The Singular Santiago
What We Love
- Pisco sours and dazzling views at the ninth-floor rooftop bar
- The design hits that sweet spot between bohemian and slick
- New age and holistic treatments are offered at the 3,300-square-foot spa
What To Know
- The Lastarria neighborhood is renowned for its art and culture
- Free WiFi
- The spa has only four treatment rooms, so it’s best to book ahead
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Combining the best of neoclassical French architecture and contemporary design, this hip newcomer shows all the signs of becoming a Santiago institution. The lobby is outfitted like a gentleman’s club, with vintage furniture, stuffed bookshelves, beam ceilings and framed botanical prints. The 62 guestrooms are like mini-residences, with rich textures and warm tones, filled with retro-cool touches like brass lamps and chinoiserie-style lacquered desks. But the vibe is very of-the-moment once you get to that 21st-century hotel staple, the rooftop bar. Set on the ninth floor, this perch offers spectacular views of the adjacent Parque Forestal. The rooftop pool, meanwhile, is perfect for both cooling off and preening alongside the city’s stylish after-work crowd. Another highlight is the subterranean spa, which offers holistic and new age treatments, including chromotherapy.
In the Area
Santiago is a compact, walkable city, and Lastarria, on the northeast side, is one of its loveliest and most convenient neighborhoods. Stroll through Parque Forestal, stopping to take in the sights, sounds and scents of the Mercado Central seafood market, then peruse the modern treasures at the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art). Next hit Bellavista, a charmingly boho micro-neighborhood crammed with galleries, cafés and performance spaces. Don’t miss the former home of Nobel Prize–winning poet Pablo Neruda, who lived here in the 1950s and ’60s. Afterward, grab an espresso with the literati and modern-day beatniks who hang out at Bellavista café Off the Record.
How to Get There
The reviews here are mostly good to great and I did not disagree with that assessment, so let me focus on some of the more interesting things about Singular. Firstly the position is the best place to be. You can go out further but take no notice unless you are there for business, this is where the action is. Boccanariz, for wine and food connaisseurs is around the corner, there are pisco bars , a great ice cream shop, and you can walk to most places including bellavista which is the boho bar, food and university area. And if you are not a shopper like us, then it is no disadvantage to be away from the malls and nearer the cultural destinations. The rooms are nice , the wifi works well, you have to be a safe cracker to delicately adjust the hot water which seems like it must come from the basement, but eventually it all works. The staff are very good and the concierges can arrange a lot of things for you. The female wait staff walk around in these Harry Potter/ but really Spanish, capes. There is a very nice foyer waiting/ bar area. Breakfast .... it is basically good and is included in the room price. Eggs as you want them and a limited , but adequate selection from the buffet. Outstanding freshly squeezed juices ( fruit is a key export of Chile along with wine and copper) are available , and they do it well. Do not expect good coffee in Chile, they do not really get it. It is true everywhere not just in the hotel. There are some coffee bars around the town which were pointed out to us, mostly in arcades , where the coffee is served by young ladies in very, very short skirts . I do not know if the coffee is any better but it is probably a very different experience. They also do not understand bread in Chile and the bread, by and large, is fairly ordinary, so you can have a cardboard tasting bread, or a reheated frozen bun, with an absolutely outstanding jam . There is a delightful roof top bar and pool. I think the Singular is probably as good as it gets in Santiago.
As others have said, this hotel is really great and the neighborhood has lots of eateries and a few nice shops. The staff was friendly and helpful, and most everyone spoke English. Our king room, with windows on two sides, was beautiful, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was large and the hairdryer was powerful. Unfortunately, the door to the toilet was clear glass, which makes privacy impossible. The breakfast buffet was good, but not extensive. However, you can always order eggs and bacon. The much-touted rooftop terrace was a little disappointing because it's small and has Plexiglas walls on some sides which, in addition to buildings, block the view of the sunset. And, if you're interested in swimming, the tiny pool is also squeezed in there on the roof. All in all, however, it was a very nice stay.
Stayed 2 nights between destinations with the Mrs. in March. This neighborhood appear safe, but you'll notice the doorman at the entrance 24/7. It is on a busy street though we didn't notice the noise from our room. The rooftop "pool" is more like a plunge pool than a swimming pool and the roof is divided between that area, a bar and some limited outdoor seating so it can be first come first serve. It's actually pretty quiet, though polluted, up there. They do have a nice restaurant and bar however there are numerous dining/drinking establishments nearby. BTW, Santiago in general is your typical dirty, smoggy, shanty filled, South American city.
My husband and I had (2) wonderful stays at the Singular Santiago, as we used Santiago as a base for exploring South America. The staff was outstanding ensuring our visits were memorable with special thanks to Carla in the restaurant, whom took care of us on three occasions. A beautiful hotel property with large rooms and bathrooms to ensure a great stay. And the location is superb: As we could walk to restaurants and shops.
Really enjoyed our stay. This is in the perfect location for seeing Santiago. Easy walking to the sites and restaurants. Service was excellent. The staff is eager to help and English speaking. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. Very much a luxury hotel.
Breakfast was nice. A smaller selection that some larger hotels, but high quality and great service.
Would stay here again for sure!