Best Areas to Stay in Santiago, Chile

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Where to stay in Santiago, Chile – A guide to the Chilean capital

Santiago is the capital of Chile, one of the countries located in the southern cone of Latin America. It is the largest commercial and cultural center in Chile, a city surrounded by the Andes Mountains and, therefore, of amazing landscapes, despite the esmog.

Santiago is also one of the most populated cities in Latin America, with immigrants from all over the world and, although it does not have the same popularity as other cities in South America such as Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro, it is a destination that deserves to be explored.

The Chilean capital contains many representative architectural monuments, including the Cathedral of Santiago, the Palacio de la Moneda (seat of the Chilean Government) and the Gran Santiago Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Latin America. In addition, the city has recreational spaces such as Cerro San Cristóbal and Parque O’Higgins, home of Lollapalooza Chile.

Due to its location in the southern hemisphere, the best times to visit Santiago vary a lot and depend on your interests. If you plan to ski, the winter months (between June and September) are recommended. On the other hand, spring (from September to November) and autumn (from March to June) provide the most pleasant temperatures to explore the city and discover its cultural attractions.

Transportation in Santiago de Chile includes a subway system that runs through much of the city and urban buses, which makes moving through most of its neighborhoods an easy task.

The Metropolitan Region of Santiago has many entertainment options for all types of visitors. From its lively nightlife and its good wine, to its great gastronomic offer that includes the famous Chilean empanadas.

Deciding where to stay in Santiago de Chile depends on many factors. If you want to party in the best nightclubs and bars, Providencia is the ideal neighborhood for you(See accommodation in Providencia). On the other hand, to remain close to tourist attractions, it is advisable to stay in the Center of Santiago (See hotels in the Center of Santiago).

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Santiago, Chile.

The best areas to stay in Santiago, Chile

Our favorite area: Providencia

Providencia is one of the most popular districts of Santiago, thanks (in large part) to its many leisure options.

This lively Santiago area includes the Cerro de San Cristóbal, ideal for cycling or walking and enjoying the best panoramic views of the city.

Providencia also contains the largest commercial and business complex in Santiago: The Costanera Center, with stores, movie theaters, restaurants and all kinds of entertainment within a set of four buildings, including the 300-meter-high Santiago Tower.

This area is connected to the rest of Santiago by bus and lines 1, 4, 5 and 6 of the metro. In addition, it is a safe and friendly area for the pedestrian.

Providencia is one of the best areas to stay in Santiago de Chile if you want to stay close to the important attractions, but without the chaos of downtown Santiago. Its nightlife is another of the many reasons to sleep in this district.

Best areas to stay in Santiago, Chile - Providencia

Best areas to stay in Santiago, Chile – Providencia

Accommodation in Providencia - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Providencia – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Santiago, Chile:

  • Cerro San Cristóbal
  • Walkable area
  • Costanera Center
  • Great nightlife
  • Connected through metro
  • High-quality restaurants

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Boutique L´Ambassade Providencia

L’Ambassade Petit Hotel has an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi, as well as rooms that combine French and Chilean styles.

fromUS$66
Budget

Newen Kara Hostel

Newen Kara Hostel offers private rooms with private bathrooms, including free breakfast.

fromUS$35
Luxurious

NH Ciudad de Santiago

It offers practical accommodation with free Wi-Fi and daily breakfast. The rooms are spacious and have a separate seating area.

fromUS$108

 

 

 

Lastarria

The Lastarria neighborhood is the hipster and bohemian epicenter of Santiago, with cobblestone streets and European-inspired architecture that make it a simply charming area.

Walking through Lastarria is like going back in time, without forgetting the modernity of the city, or entering an oasis in the busy and noisy center of Santiago. Among its cultural attractions are the Museum of Fine Arts, El Biográfo (a cinema dedicated to independent films) and the Cultural Center Gabriela Mistral.

The Forest Park with its exclusive pedestrian streets and its beautiful landscapes is another reason to stay in this neighborhood, as well as its restaurants and bars with large collections of wine to taste. In addition, Lastarria can be accessed easily, using the Santiago metro.

Lastarria is one of the best areas to stay in Santiago, Chile if you would like to discover the less mainstream side of the Chilean capital.

Lastarria - Lastarria - Best areas to stay in Santiago, Chile

Lastarria – Best areas to stay in Santiago, Chile. By Alex Fuentes on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Accommodation in Lastarria - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Lastarria – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Santiago, Chile:

  • Hipster area
  • Parque Forestal
  • Cobblestone streets
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Museo de Bellas Artes
  • Great cultural entertainment

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hostel Boutique Merced 88

Hostal Merced 88 is located in Santiago. It enjoys views of the city. In the mornings, an American breakfast is served.

fromUS$60
Budget

Hostal de la Barra

Hostal de la Barra is a short walk from the Bellas Artes metro station. The property provides breakfast and Wi-Fi.

fromUS$31
Luxurious

Hotel Luciano K

Hotel Luciano K, equipped with free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool, is a boutique hotel that combines period design with Art Deco.

fromUS$149

 

 

 

Santiago Centro

Santiago Centro (also known as Downtown or Center of Santiago) is the historic base of the Chilean capital and, at the same time, the most visited area of ​​the city for tourists.

Several of the buildings in this district still preserve some of the colonial characteristics of early Santiago, which makes it an obligatory stop during your stay.

If it is about attractions, the Palacio de la Moneda, the Colonial Museum, the National Historical Museum and the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art stand out. Similarly, the Plaza de Armas and the Fantasilandia Amusement Park are also iconic places of downtown Santiago.

On the other hand, if you want to taste the best typical Chilean cuisine, the Central Market, a Historical Monument of Chile, is the place to go.

Because it is an area with such significant historical level, the center connects with the rest of Santiago by lines 1, 2, 5 and 6 of the metro.

Santiago Centro is one of the best areas to stay in Santiago, Chile, to fully understand the Chilean heritage.

Accommodation near the Palacio de la Moneda - Santiago de Chile

Accommodation near the Palacio de la Moneda – Santiago de Chile

Accommodation in Santiago Centro - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Santiago Centro – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Santiago, Chile:

  • Cultural attractions
  • Mercado Central
  • Plaza de Armas
  • Great metro connections
  • Palacio de la Moneda
  • Pedestrian-friendly

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Casa Zañartu

Hotel Casa Zañartu is located in downtown Santiago, just 750 meters from the Government Palace and the Plaza de Armas.

fromUS$62
Budget

Hostal Forestal

Hostal Forestal has a 24-hour reception, a tour desk and free Wi-Fi.

fromUS$38
Luxurious

Hotel Plaza San Francisco

Hotel San Francisco Plaza has an indoor pool, a sauna and a fitness area.

fromUS$139

 

 

 

Las Condes

Las Condes is probably the most exclusive district of Santiago, with high-end hotels and stores with the latest trends, ideal for those who want to shop in the Chilean capital and have a larger budget.

However, the main reason to stay in Las Condes is that it is the area indicated for business travelers or those who want to ski during the winter of Santiago, since it is closer to La Cordillera than other neighborhoods in the city.

Las Condes is also home to Parque Araucano and the Cerro Calán Observatory, open during the night to, if the weather is on your favor, you can see the stars using one of their telescopes.

When it comes to moving to other areas of Santiago, Chile, Las Condes has Metro line 1 and several stations just a few steps away from each other.

Las Condes is one of the best areas to stay in Santiago, Chile if you are looking for tranquility during your stay, but without getting too far from the main attractions of the city.

Las Condes - Where to stay in Santiago, Chile

Las Condes – Where to stay in Santiago, Chile

Accommodation in Las Condes - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Las Condes – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Santiago, Chile:

  • Exclusive area
  • Ski centers
  • Luxury hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Icon Hotel

Icon Hotel offers accommodation in Las Condes with a rooftop pool and bar, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Andes.

fromUS$119
Budget

Hostal Las Condes Rotonda Atenas

Hostal Rotonda Atenas offers accommodation with free WiFi in Santiago, close to supermarkets and shops.

fromUS$40
Luxurious

InterContinental Santiago

The InterContinental Santiago offers luxury accommodation in a building that features a heated pool, a modern gym and 2 restaurants.

fromUS$144

 

 

 

Recoleta & Bellavista

The area of ​​Recoleta was known in the past as “La Chimba” and contains in its perimeter Bellavista, another of the bohemian neighborhoods of Santiago, Chile par excellence, with several theaters, art galleries and cultural options that attract hipsters, artists and all kinds of urban tribes.

It is in this neighborhood where you’ll find La Chascona, the old house of the writer Pablo Neruda that, currently, works as a museum and attracts hundreds of visitors who expect to know a little about his lifestyle.

In the surroundings of La Recoleta and Bellavista you can also find the most original souvenirs, with crafts fairs, jewelry and ornaments made of lapis lazuli, a beautiful blue stone that is only available in Chile and Argentina.

This area of Santiago is connected to the rest of the city by line 2 of the metro.

Recoleta and Bellavista are among the best areas to stay in Santiago de Chile if you want to know the alternative scene of the city.

Bellavista - Staying in Santiago, Chile

Bellavista – Staying in Santiago, Chile. By pixculture on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Accommodation in Recoleta & Bellavista - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Recoleta & Bellavista – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Santiago, Chile:

  • Charming streets
  • Bohemian area
  • Museums and cultural attractions
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Great nightlife
  • Pablo Neruda’s house

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Nativa Hotel Boutique

The rooms at Nativa Hotel Boutique are fitted with hardwood floors, heating and a private bathroom with free toiletries.

fromUS$45
Budget

The Fox Hostel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, The Fox Hostel offers accommodation in Santiago, in the Recoleta district.

fromUS$39
Luxurious

Casona Loreto

Casona Loreto has a seasonal outdoor pool and a 24-hour reception.

fromUS$97

 

 

 

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