We booked this with some scepticism, wondering about the OTT reviews. We were lucky to get a great price on the Ismael suite and just loved it. Two small balconies with great views of snow covered mountains and overlooking Parque Forestal, wonderful bathroom space. If you like conventional bathroom layouts this would not suit but this is boutique, luxury and quirky.
The food (breakfast was included) was ok, we got a little confused about what it covered, for instance the muesli and yoghurt are not on the menu & we didn't realise we could have that as well until our last day. If breakfast is not included there are many cafes around that would be fine.
The staff were unfailingly charming and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them to either advise or arrange.
The location is wonderful. For restaurants in Lastarria such as Opera and Mulatto and so many more it's perfect. A short walk to Santa Lucia, Bellavista, the main squares. We really enjoyed La Vega Central and Mercado Central. La Vega Central was a delight of colour and people watching. An accidental stumbling on the changing of the guard at the Presidential palace was a ,plus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Call it Ismael 312. Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little in the way of design hotels, and nothing particular to interest the restless global nomad, the insular city of Santiago quietly took to the construction of a new crop of contemporary boutique hotels. Among the first fruits of this new wave of hotel construction is Ismael 312, a nine-story contemporary boutique hotel in an easy-on-the-eye modern minimalist style, just off the Parque Forestal in Santiago’s historic city center. Semi-transparent glass-walled bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, full-length windows — it’s clear Ismael 312’s proprietors have been paying attention to the interior-design conventions of the boutique-hotel world. This clean-lined look has quickly become the global standard, instantly rendering a million flowery bedspreads obsolete. Here, if you’re fortunate, you’ve got a view of the park from a private balcony; if not, you can content yourself with the pared-down simplicity of your room’s contemporary design. Don’t expect five-star extravagance — Ismael 312 is little more than a pied-a-terre. In this neighborhood, though, that’s more than enough — you’re surrounded by restaurants and picturesque old streets, not to mention the park with its selection of museums, perfectly placed to circumambulate the city of a dreamy Sabbath afternoon. ... more less
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