I have been staying at the Foresta for over five years. I chose it initially after determining that it offered the best value in the best location for a Santiago stay. I found it on Lonely Planet, which unfortunately no longer lists it. I prefer tit to their current offers in the area. I hadn't been to Santiago for nearly 30 years and was not sure where to stay. The area of the Hill of Santa Lucia - Cerro Santa Lucia - looked like the best bet: close to Metro, museums and walkable distance to the center. I was right!
I have stayed here since, returning to Santiago each year. The value is unparalleled. I get a beautiful bedroom with a sitting room and private bath. The hotel is elegant with an older charm not only in the decor but also in the service. The staff is most accommodating and now that they know me it is like coming home.
The breakfast could use an upgrade, but I really have no real complaints. They could be more generous with the coffee and offer some variety beyond the carb overload ( I'm a diabetic).
The location is the best. It is in the area with great restaurants, theaters ( my first love in Santiago), museums and safety at night. For me, the area of Sta Lucia is the place to be at night. If I want night life I can walk to Bellavista but I don't have to try to sleep amidst its noise and hubbub. I can easily get to most of the theaters, and walk to many. The area is an arts district with lots of shops, bookstores, cafes. Frankly I wouldn't want to be up in Las Condes or sequestered in a more remote part of the city. This barrio has the charm of old Santiago with the verve of today's renaissance.
The Bar Rodrigo, attached to the hotel, is a great place to relax at night. I love the musician playing Gershwin and Cole Porter, although perhaps I'm the only one listening.
After a day of schlepping around Santiago and environs I can return to my suite of rooms, sit on a nice couch, sip some wine and recoup for another day of exploring.
For me the Foresta is the best value in Santiago. I wil be staying there again this summer.
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