We were totally thrilled with the Hotel Loreto. Its location was perfect, in the heart of Bella Vista, an area inhabited by artists and restaurants, across the river from downtown. The hotel was quite modern, with lots of natural light that came through three floors and reached the main level with the clever use of skylights in the upper hallway and glass blocks on the hallway floors. There was wood and glass, plank floors and modern purple furniture. Its rooms were small, but clean and well appointed. Its open common areas were terrific, from a comfy couch area on the main level to seated table areas on our floor complete with computers and the best wifi we've ever experienced travelling. On the upper floor was a comfortable lounging area with lots of comfy couches and coffee tables, ottomans and a tv viewing area. But the best spot in the hotel was the rooftop patio, with comfortable couches & cushions, great views of the surrounding hillsides and the street life below, gorgeous evening sunshine and lots of little seating areas. We met up there for drinks each night and basked in the return of summer to our lives!
My only complaints were:
1) that the showers were very tiny,
2) that the street noise carries into your room at night when you are trying to sleep (but that's more than made up for by the unique area you are in when staying here) and
3) that the breakfasts were just average... a buffet style with yogurt, some fruit like orange sections and bananas or canned pears, small squares of white cheese and deli style ham (but not like north american ham... more like the cheap, processed, ham-like meat products you can buy in packages that are a bit jelly like with their fillers & additives), toast & a sweet dessert item like a cake, tea & nescafé coffee.
One more thing... don't believe what you read when you google coffee shops in the area. The ones nearby do not open until the afternoon. Morning coffee just does not happen here, culturally. The coffee shop across the street is only open at night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Loreto aims to be warm and welcoming, a place that is shared and accessible to all, yet intimate. Like a big family house, Loreto offers a living room, a dining room, terraces, a reading area and a garden where each guest will find a place to relax in a warm and homey atmosphere.The terraces are one of the main features of the Hotel. They integrate the outside with the inside and are like footbridges. There are balconies on each floor, and the roof has a large terrace overlooking the Cerro San Cristóbal and the center of Santiago. ... more less
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