Spent a few nights here on a business trip. I've stayed at both Radisson's in Santiago and this is the best of the two - just, but it is out of the way. 'Modern' design, but not very practical really, at various levels - for example, inside the entrance is an open space from ground floor to the roof. Great, except that sound travels through that open space and, day and night, you can hear every noise/voice from ground floor to top room. The rooms are also very 'modern', but again style overcomes practicality - examples: bathroom design means the sink splashes water everywhere when you use it, and because the shower door isn't watertight you end up with water all over the bathroom floor and running into the toilet area adjacent to it. Looks good, but messy.
It is a bit out of the way and it's a bother to find a taxi driver who knows the way. If you need to travel downtown then allow 45-60 minutes in rush hour, or 30-40 minutes other times. Taxi costs vary from CLP12,000-15,000 (€20-25) one way.
The onsite restaurant (Zafran) is a bit hit and miss. The manager is a really good guy and does a great job, and the chef can obviously cook. The trouble is, if the manager's not there then the service and food quality drops beyond recognition. I had lunch there the day I arrived and I thought "wow" when the manager got the chef to prepare some off menu shrimp, followed by a wonderful tenderloin steak - great. Wine was good and service was excellent. Went back for dinner the next day and... yuk. What a disappointment. Service and food dropped to below mediocre to downright poor. If the chef can cook such a great lunch at the request of the manager, how come the normal menu fare is so poor? Oh well...
So, for a few days on a business trip it's OK. But if you have business downtown, find somewhere closer and where 'style' doesn't come before practicality - you'll sleep better and avoid wet feet.
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