Had four fun-filled nights in the lovely W Hotel in Santiago. Being Santiago's newest luxury hotel, the hotel is very modern, stylish and rather like walking into an art museum. The lobby and reception area is not located on the ground floor as you walk into the main hotel entrance, you have to access it by a lift. It is in the upscale Las Condes are of Santiago, which is a safe, quiet neighbourhood and there are restaurants and cafes within a few minutes walk away, but El Golf metro station (red line on metro map) is just a few minutes walk away. Takes a while to get used to the different lifts, as there is one set that goes to all the guest rooms (which you need a key-card for to operate the lift) and another to go down to the ground floor and spa, and yet another separate lift for the swimming pool. The staff were very helpful and friendly. I arrived in the morning, way before official check-in time of 3pm, but although a room was offered, I wanted to wait until a higher floor room was ready, so I relaxed by the pool until the room of my choice was ready. Wi-Fi is free around the lobby areas, just not in the rooms. There are also free computers for guests to use by reception if you don't have your own laptop.
Me and some friends had travelled from all different countries to attend a rock concert, so we all stayed in the same hotel. We all enjoyed it a lot, but everybody thought that the rooms were very expensive, although I really liked my room which was very spacious and my bed was very comfortable indeed. There was no complimentary teas and coffees in the rooms, which was a shame. The toiletries are very good, though. I pre-booked via Expedia and was lucky to get a better deal than what most of my friends paid and got breakfast all included every morning. The breakfast was excellent. Compared to anywhere similar in London, the cocktails and drinks at the bars in the W were cheaper, although expensive by Chile standards. The main bar on the reception floor serves great cocktails until around 2am. Wasn't that impressed by Whiskey Blue, which is the hotel's own nightclub, it was just full of locals and the music wasn't that good. Food in the hotel is very overpriced, so I ate at local places for dinner. There is a Starbucks just across the road around the block and a few reasonably priced reataurants. Down the road there is a convenience store/supermarket for food and drinks that is much cheaper than buying anything essential at the hotel and it is open until very late (I think it's 24 hours, not sure).
One of the best things about this hotel is the swimming pool up on the 21st floor rooftop. Fabulous views of the Andes and Las Condes area, on a clear day you can see an amazing view of the city. I spent most of the daytimes by the pool and made the most of the lovely weather (as it was freezing in England and this was a short holiday!) as it is Summer in Chile from November - February and the best time of year to go to Chile if you want the sunshine and warm climate. I would definitely stay in this hotel again when next in Santiago.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- W Santiago reinvents the style and sophistication, becoming an icon for fashion and tendency in the city. Enjoy the WET(R) (swimming pool) with panoramic view of Santiago. Embrace yourself with the exuberating unique colors and flavors that our restaurants and bars offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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