Santiago
Chile
By Christopher Feddersen

Perhaps the most modern city in South America, Santiago de Chile sparkles with glass office buildings between the snow-capped Andes Mountains looming over the city to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is true that, from Santiago, one can ski in the mountains and then relax on the beach on the same day. Today, the beautiful plazas of Santiago have become playful venues for South American artistic and cultural expression and modernization.

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WhatsCheaper.com recommends starting your visit in Santiago at the Plaza De Armas, the city’s main plaza in the Historic District. The large plaza is architecturally punctuated by the neoclassical styles of the national cathedral; the Correo Central, the country’s central post office; and the Municipalidad federal building. Lining the plaza are tall, regal palm trees. Plaza De Armas is always teeming with activity and offers the best snapshot of social life in the country. Surrounded by markets and shopping arcades, it is in the plaza that you will find street artists, performers and people gathering from all over South America.

Santiago is the home of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda and he has left his characteristic mark on the city. WhatsCheaper.com recommends touring La Chascona, one of the poet’s three homes as part of a visit to the city’s Bellavista neighborhood. This whimsical house is truly that of a poet, with eclectic designs and art dreamt into life by Pablo Neruda himself. The house is dedicated to his third wife and the name La Chascona means “tangle-haired woman”. Tours are available in Spanish, English and French.

For the best views of this beautiful city, visit Parque Metropolitano on Cerro San Cristobal. This extensive park reaching up above Santiago is most easily reached by cable car and presents visitors with the best views of the city. Around the hill visitors will find Japanese gardens, the Metropolitan Zoo and swimming pools. Capping the hill is the Statue of the Blessed Mary looking over the city from a church amphitheater where Pope John Paul II led mass in 1987. If you visit the park on a clear day, you will be able to see the entire city of Santiago and the snows of the Andes.

In Santiago’s Civic District is Palacio de La Moneda. Once the residence of the president, this imposing urban palace was originally constructed as a mint to produce Chile’s coinage and now houses the offices of the President of Chile. Tours are available to take you inside the Palace, but visitors are reminded to schedule tours one week in advance. Inside the palace, visitors will enjoy seeing the ornately decorated Blue Room where the President of Chile receives guests. Outside of the palace, Citizenry Square is an eye-catching geometric plaza with presidential statues, cannons, reflecting pools and orange trees. There is a daily changing of the guard here featuring mounted soldiers. Beneath the palace is the Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, a subterranean national culture center complete with rotating exhibits, cafes and gift shops.

Santiago is Chile’s center of performing arts and offers one of the richest artistic scenes on the continent. While there is plenty of art on display in the busy plazas of Santiago, visit one of the city’s many inexpensive theaters for interesting dance and performance art, plays, creative installations and music. Santiago’s Teatro Municipal is an historic theater for dance and opera and offers a visually luxurious venue to visitors. Santiago has a world renowned jazz scene and the city’s many jazz clubs buzz with remarkably talented local jazz bands as well as visiting jazz artists drawn in from around the world. Throughout the year, Santiago hosts a number of jazz festivals. The largest and most well-known may be the Festival de Jazz de Providencia during the southern hemisphere’s summer.

Boasting some of the world’s best wines just outside the city, Santiago is a hub for wine connoisseurs. The luxurious estates of such legendary wine makers as Concho Y Toro, Tarapaca, Santa Rita and Carmen are located within an hour of Santiago in the Maipo Valley. Wine-making and wine appreciation is a major part of the Chilean economy and is a source of much of the nation’s character. You will see Chileans enjoying a glass of wine, for example, in Santiago’s Plaza De Armas in the afternoon.

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MUST SEE IN Santiago LIST:

  • 1. Plaza De Armas
  • 2. Bellavista Neighborhood
  • 3. Parque Metropolitano
  • 4. Palacio de La Moneda
  • 5. Citizenry Square
  • 6. Teatro Municipal
  • 7. La Chascona
  • 8. Dance theaters and jazz clubs
  • 9. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
  • 10. Palacio Cousino

Santiago EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. The Love Parade - January
  • 2. Santiago Jazz Festival - February
  • 3. Vinos de Chile - March
  • 4. Fiesta del Cuasimodo - April
  • 5. Navy Day - May
  • 6. Independence Day - September
  • 7. Rodeo Festival - September
  • 8. Columbus Day - October
  • 9. Santiago International Short Film Festival - November
  • 10. Christmas - December

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Four Points by Sheraton Santiago
Santa Magdalena 111, Santiago, Chile
By Christiny Miller

Touching down in Santiago, Chile, one can’t help but be in awe of the giant slopes of the Andes that border the city’s eastern edge. Walking around the tree-lined streets of the modern metropolis one can catch frequent glimpses of the Andean peaks between the centuries-old colonial buildings and twenty-first century skyscrapers. Located just under thirty minutes from Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) and in the heart of Santiago’s financial district, the Four Points by Sheraton is an accessible and centralized choice for your stay in the capital of Chile.

Take advantage of the hotel’s airport transportation service or park your own car onsite for a fee, then check in at or after 3 p.m. Choose between one of the 119 Deluxe rooms, available with a queen bed or two twin beds, or one of the eight suites. All rooms come with air conditioning, a plasma television with cable channels and an alarm clock, though many prefer to utilize the hotel’s wake up service. For your comfort, every room offers bathrobes and slippers and most importantly, a stylish and comfortable Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed.

Located only one block from the nearest metro station, you can easily head out to explore the more distant areas of the city with the guidance of the hotel concierge. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner at Buganvilia Restaurant and at the 24-hour Bar Buganvilia you can try one of Chile’s many regional wines or the country’s famous cocktail, the pisco sour. Alternatively you can order room service at any hour of the day or night. To wind down and relax, take in panoramic views of the city and mountains from the outdoor pool and sauna on the top floor or squeeze in a workout in the fitness center. The hotel also offers use of its business center with free wireless internet in public areas of the hotel. Wireless internet can be used in your room for a daily fee.

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Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center
Ave Santa Mari­a 1742, Santiago, Chile
By Ellen M. Scotto

The Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center overlooks the magnificent snowcapped peaks of the Andes Mountains and sits amidst the energetic and vibrant city of Santiago, Chile. The Sheraton is conveniently located just 12 minutes from Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) and is within walking distance of the subway station. Explore the thriving art scene, rich culture and world-class cuisine of the city, or enjoy the plethora of outdoor activities that the mountains provide, such has skiing, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and more.

The Sheraton boasts 379 recently renovated and spacious guestrooms, all equipped with a 32” LCD flat screen television, high speed internet and luxurious bed. All rooms offer views of the breathtaking Andes or the bustling community below, have access to in-room movies and 24 hour room service. For those with a work schedule to keep, take advantage of the hotel’s business center or meeting rooms, and expect easy access to Santiago’s financial and business districts.

Take a load off on the newly-built wooden deck with a cocktail while overlooking the outdoor pool and garden, or swim indoors in the heated pool. For those who plan to maintain their workout regimen, take advantage of the hotel’s personalized health and fitness program, including training experts and a selection of workout equipment. Finish off with a relaxing massage or a rest in the steam room.

Hailed by culinary critics as one of the city’s best restaurants, the hotel’s El Cid Restaurant overlooks the illuminated outdoor pool and is known for its excellent seafood, impeccable service and elegant presentation. If you like choices, the seasonal El Bohio restaurant offers your favorite grilled meals. Enjoy a light meal or casual lunch at the El Jardin Coffee shop or dance to live music in the hip Lobby Bar.

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Crowne Plaza Santiago
136 Ave. B O'higgins, Santiago, 00000 Chile
By Alaska Rue

Look no further for the perfect place to stay in Santiago. Just a twenty-minute ride from the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, Crowne Plaza Hotel is nestled in midtown Santiago. Located within a convenient walking distance from several metro stations, it’s a great base for seeing the city. The hotel is just a stone’s throw away from downtown, the historic district and many main tourist attractions such as the Presidential Palace, Santa Lucia Hill from which you can get a bird’s eye view of the city, and the National Museum of Fine Arts.

Crowne Plaza is a great hotel for both business and leisure travelers. Priding itself on its services to business travelers, Crowne Plaza boasts a convention center with a capacity of 1,500 seats. With state-of-the-art technology, the Crowne Plaza convention center is a great place to host weddings, seminars, conferences and more. Catering services are available, and Crowne Plaza is happy to meet you step by step to come up with an event tailored to your specific needs. With a professional team to help make your event run as smoothly and painlessly as possible, you can sit back, relax and make enjoying Chile’s capital your first priority.

Crowne Plaza’s hospitality is not only limited to making business visitors feel at home. The staff are able to speak a variety of languages, including German and Portuguese, and are eager to make your stay at Crowne Plaza as comfortable as possible. The hotel aims to surpass every guest’s expectations by being prepared for most circumstances. They even have an in-hotel doctor.

The view is one of the best, as many previous guests have agreed on. The hotel’s 293 rooms overlook the city and the Andes. Guests can choose between Deluxe Twin, Deluxe King and Ejecutiva. Ejecutiva, as one may guess, is the executive suite, with its own private lounge and open bar, computer and pool table (I can see some of you grinning now). Whatever you may choose, all are spacious rooms equipped with a 32-inch LCD, minibar, and wi-fi. The hotel has something for everyone - an outdoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, tennis courts and massage services are just the top of the list. Check-in time starts at 3 p.m.; check-out time is liberally placed at noon, great for those who like to sleep in.

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Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport
Americo Vespucio Ave 1292 Pudahuel, Santiago, 9020000, Chile
By Jessica Howell

Featuring 144 beautiful guest rooms, complimentary high speed internet and a free airport shuttle service, the Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport hotel has everything you need during your trip to Santiago, Chile.  

Guests arriving to Santiago by way of the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport will be whisked away to the Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport hotel by TransVIP transportation free of charge.  Check in at Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport hotel is at 2 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon.  Only a 20 minute drive from downtown Santiago de Chile, guests of this hotel will never be far away from the action of this South American metropolis.  One of the most enticing things about Santiago is the delicious cuisine, and guests of the Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport hotel will enjoy some of Chile’s most delicious dishes at the hotel’s restaurant.  Guests will also savor sips of sumptuous Chilean wine from the restaurants wine list.  The hotel restaurant proudly serves breakfast, a la carte lunches and dinner.

Back in your private guest room, you can expect to find an oasis of comfort and tranquility.  WhatsCheaper.com insists that The Garden Sleep System is one of the most comfortable beds you will ever experience.  At the Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport hotel you do not have to sacrifice the comforts of home while on vacation.  With a 42-inch high definition flat-screen TV, refrigerator and a coffee maker, you will feel right at home.  If you are in town on business, you can stay connected with two telephones with data port and voicemail, a spacious work desk with ergonomic chair and complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access.  

At the Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport hotel, you will enjoy spectacular amenities and superb service.  WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to book your room at the Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport hotel today:  (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).   

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