A few days into Santiago, we had adjusted to the transition from Argentina to Chile. The city is imbued with so many beautiful sights, with the Andes and a smaller mountainous range enclosing the massive capital, and with nineteenth century financial, political and artsy buildings at the heart of the city.
Districts to keep your eyes on include the heavily artistic scene of Barrio Brasil, Plaza Coronel Santiago Bueras which is home to Parque Forestal, and the capital’s main plaza, Plaza De Armas, where you can find Chile’s national cathedral and many other public buildings.
We stumbled upon Avendina Pedro De Valdivia, a pretty central avenue on the east side of Santiago, where you can find the commercial district Ñuñoa, central Providencia and commune Macul. It was here that we found Hotel Neruda, a centrally located spot in Providencia that is flooded with spotlights which really makes its presence in its size and its elegant exterior and interior. We received a very warm reception at the twenty-four hour front desk, and were really impressed with the room and facilities that followed the great location and staff.
The room was bright and clean with a large, comfortable bed, a handy desk, large bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, large LCD TV and minibar. We were happy with having free Wi-Fi in our room (as well as all over the rest of the hotel) making it a comfortable spot to do our work. We also had great space for all our clothing and gadgets in our very own walk in wardrobe!
We had no issue with the noise level during the day or night, which was really impressive considering the hotel is so centrally located. Facility wise, we were extremely impressed with the state-of-the-art gym and large indoor heated swimming pool provided to us.
We made use of getting a great work out in followed by a lengthy, chilled out swim. Other facilities and services include a laundry and ironing service, a concierge service, luggage storage (very handy for long-term travellers like ourselves!), an informative tour desk for tour services, a lovely a la carte restaurant and meeting and banqueting facilities and rooms for formal events.
Breakfast has become our most important meal of the day since we started travelling full-time. It’s a stark contrast to when we lived at home as we nearly always skipped breakfast – naughty, we know! When we stay in hotels, the breakfast is always something that we are keen to check out and a good breakfast is something that we always appreciate (as do most people!).
The Hotel Neruda did not disappoint with breakfast and each morning we were greeted with a very large display of Latin/American style breakfast buffet which contained yummy hot cross buns, hot foods, cereals, fresh fruit, gorgeous fresh breads and an array of conserves and juices.
If you want to check out the hotel for yourself, make sure to have a look at their website where you’ll also see that they have other hotels. And while you’re so centrally located when staying at the Neruda Hotel, make sure to immerse yourself in the numerous cafes and bars that are literally next door to you!
You won’t find a better location than this wonderful spot in Santiago.