Pros; Great views, nice hotel and attentive staff
Cons: Its a bit out from the attractions.
I had the pleasure of staying at the Santiago Marriott 3 nights :April 13-16th, 2011. The room number was 1705 and had a spectacular view of the Andes, was very spacious, had a super comfortable bed (King) and bath.
Note: that if you are not a reward upgrade member, the internet fee is $14 a day...and if you are you may want to request a room higher up. One of my traveling companions went with the upgrade to a two room suite but didn't have much of a view as they ended up on the 8th floor.
We had an overnight flight from the states and arrived at the hotel around 10:00am, very tired, only to learn that no rooms were available and the wait was over two hours. Luckily our corporation includes the upgrade that gave us access to the excecutive lounge...if you can make ,be sure you go.. its on the 23rd floor and the views are wonderful (especially at sunset). Breakfast is plentiful in the lounge as are evening appetizers and drinks. Try the delicous pisco sours or one of the Chilean wines (Caremene). All items in the lounge are available at no cost.
Behind the hotel and across the street is a beautiful park complete with a marvelous rose garden with fountains, be sure to follow the path (away from the Andes) which leads to a childern's play area...the reward here is an outdoor aviary full of color parrots and furry footed roosters.
We ate one evening in the hotel resturant (upper level I can't recall the name)...but the meal was wonderful; Starter was grilled watermelon with port wine reduction and grilled crab...it was devine (who would have thought to grill watermelon.), grilled sea bass was the main dish and was nicely done. Sparkling wine is included with your meal (not the best, but was a nice touch). We also had a nice bottle of Chilean wine. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly.
There was live music in the lobby lounge each night but we didn't stay to listen.
There is a nice mall about one block from the hotel...we walked there several times in the evening. One night there was a live concert near the fountains in tthe outdoor center of the mall. We also booked a tour from Tourstik there - Hop on/off City tour.
Following a tip from one of our local colleagues...we went to the market next store . A big white and geen buidling (note the bottom is essentailly a Home Depot, but there is a full grocery store on the top level...enter from the mall side of the street...up the stairs) there we purchased Chilean wine and pisco brandy to bring home...its was a lot cheaper than the wineries charge when you do the tours. We did do several wine tours...very nice activity...but the same wine in the shops there were more expensive.
Only con: its a ways out from many of the main attractions like Plaza Armas. But tourstik tour (hop on/off) at the mall , made all of the locations doable.
Note: By American Standards getting in any taxi for a trip anywhere is like getting on a wild scary amusement part ride...but its just how they drive. The subway is clean, efficent but over 5 blocks away (I did ride the subway later in the week after I moved to a Bed and Breakfast, the Casa Bonita which is a different review).
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