By Anne T. Parker
Santiago
Chile
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Santiago is Chile’s fifth largest city, its capital and one of Latin America’s most modern metropolitan destinations. The impressive high-rise architecture in the central city is framed by the snowcapped Andes Mountains, providing some of the most breathtaking views of any city in the world. Santiago is the financial center for Latin America and hosts regional headquarters of numerous multinational corporations, which adds to its vibrant cosmopolitan appeal.

Nestled in the large fertile Santiago Basin, Santiago is surrounded by various ranges of the Andes to the east, north and south and by the Chilean Coastal Range to the west.  Santiago is rich in natural beauty and places to see. In less than an hour from the city, you’ll find five major ski resorts. During winter (June to September), you can even take off from a rooftop helipad or local aerodrome in Santiago to ski the Andes. Within an hour’s drive to the northwest, you can enjoy the stunning beaches of the Pacific. Santiago is one of the few cities where you can snow ski or snowboard and enjoy the beach, all in the same day.

Visitors to Santiago arrive via Santiago International Airport (SCL), the largest passenger gateway to the country. The airport is located about 10 miles northwest of Santiago’s central city.  Airport buses operate two routes into the central city. Shared-ride shuttle service with Transvip is also available and can be arranged at their counter, located immediately after Customs and before exiting the main terminal. Private taxis and rental cars are also available at the airport. Let EscapeWizard.com help plan your trip to Santiago by using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Santiago has a great selection of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts to suit any budget. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking hotel accommodations as well – just click on (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

The Rio Mapocho bisects Santiago in an East-West direction, before emptying into the flood plain. The northern border of the central city is marked by the Mapocho, while Via Norte Sur and the Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins (known as the Alameda) define the west and south. The city’s main plaza is known as Plaza de Armas, located in the heart of the city and just 5 blocks south of the River. The Plaza is home to Santiago’s national cathedral and main post office. Here you’ll find all major museums, monuments, and architectural sights that distinguish this beautiful city. Nearby is Parque Forestal, an urban park carved from reclaimed land of the Mapocho. The park was designed by a French landscaper to replicate a Parisian park. Your stroll along the tree-lined paths of Parque Forestal will take you to the Museo de Bellas Artas and the Mercado Central. The Mercado was designed in the British tradition in the mid-19th century. This large open-air market is known for its variety of fresh fish and wide selection of fresh, exotic produce.

Chile’s world-class wineries are located just outside Santiago. You’ll want to be sure to visit some of the great wineries at Maipo, Casablanca, Aconcagua, and Rosario Valleys. The two oldest wineries, which date back to the late 1800’s, are Cousino Macul, which is still owned by a direct descendant of the original founder, and Concha y Toro, the largest producer of wines for export.  If you are traveling to Santiago during March and April, you can celebrate Vendimia, the wine harvest festival. While many wineries are less than 30 minutes from Santiago’s central city, you can visit Colchagua, the “Napa Valley of Chile” in just two hours.

There are so many places to tour in Santiago, and boredom will not be part of your visit to this vibrant city. For the “fashionistas”, you won’t want to miss a stop at the Museo de la Moda (Fashion Museum), one of the City’s little known secrets. The museum is located in a mid-century home in Vitacura and rivals similar museums in Paris and London. In the artistic Bellavista neighborhood, you can tour La Chascona, the quirky mansion built by famous poet Pablo Neruda. It houses a collection of unique artifacts obtained by Neruda and special artworks by some of his famous friends. In the tony east side neighborhoods of Vitacura, La Dehesa and Las Condes, you’ll find the swanky Alonsa de Cordova Street. Alonsa de Cordova is to Santiago what Rodeo Drive is to Beverly Hills. Alonsa de Cordova Street is home to all the well-known, exclusive designer shops.

The Parque Metropolitano serves as the city’s metropolitan playground, with its many walking trails and picnic areas. For a spectacular view of the city and the Andes, you’ll want to head to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal. You can reach this summit via funicular, cable car or by taking a long hike. The park also has a botanical garden, zoo and two swimming pools.

Santiago’s cultural landmarks include the Centro Cultural Matucana 100, which opened in 2002 and is home to an outstanding exhibition of arts. The Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM) houses the city’s art and film library and offers free WiFi. The GAM has concert halls, a theater, restaurant and café. The Teatro Municipal is the city’s historical performing arts center and the home for international dance and opera. The building itself is impressive to see, even just from the outside.

Night life in Santiago is as varied as any large city. The Nunoa neighborhood is home to some of the best jazz clubs showcasing everything from Latin jazz to blues. The Bellavista neighborhood is home to all types of ethnic restaurants and quaint cafés, as well as discos and nightclubs.

For a vacation to an area rich in majestic beauty and historical charm with plenty to do and see, EscapeWizard.com recommends Santiago, Chile. We’ll help you get there…..you keep the memories!
Hotels in Santiago
By Anna Howland
Four Points by Sheraton Santiago
Santa Magdalena No. 111, Santiago, Chile
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Whether exploring Santiago’s rich history or the modern theater, shopping and food scenes, you will never forget your experiences here. The Four Points by Sheraton, located in the affluent and artistic neighborhood of Providencia, offers the perfect central location for taking in all of Santiago’s charms. With only a 15-minute taxi ride from Arturo Marino Benitez Airport, arrival is relaxing and easy at your check-in time of 3 p.m. or later. If you prefer to drive, on-site parking is also available for a daily fee.

In your air-conditioned guest room or suite appointed with either a king, queen, or two single-sized beds, you’ll find a large plasma television with cable service and a dual-line speaker telephone. Wireless internet access is provided for a daily fee. After an exciting evening at one of the popular nearby restaurants or nightclubs, relax in the provided robe and slippers while you enjoy the mini-bar and 24-hour room service.

Whether in Santiago for business or pleasure, the Four Points by Sheraton accommodates your every need. A business center, laundry services, secretarial services, rental car services, and five fully staffed and appointed meeting rooms make conducting business productive. When you aren’t working or sightseeing, enjoy the outdoor rooftop pool to take in beautiful views of the city and the Andes Mountains in the distance. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head down to the Buganvilia Restaurant to sample Chilean specialties for breakfast, lunch, or dinner by an award-winning chef. This is definitely not your average hotel fare! The bar is open 24 hours a day and serves up specialty Chilean wines and some very tasty pisco sours.

At the end of your stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Santiago, you don’t have to depart in a rush with a checkout time of 12 p.m. With a centralized location in a city surrounded by vineyards, mountains, and beautiful beaches, the Four Points by Sheraton Santiago is your ideal accommodation for a grand South American adventure. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your stay through EscapeWizard.com today!
Hotels in Santiago
By Chris Flagler
Holiday Inn Express Santiago
Vitacura 2929 Santiago 6760235, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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Nestled in the shadow of Cerro San Cristobol Hill in Santiago, the Holiday Inn Express is an ideal destination for business professionals and vacationers alike. The hotel is conveniently located off of the central highway Costanera Norte, and stands at the gate of Santiago’s posh Vitacura neighborhood. Arriving at the Holiday Inn Express is made all the simpler by its proximity to Arturo Merino Benitez Airport. Taxi service is readily available and reasonably priced. Upon arrival, a courteous staff will help you with your check-in. It should be noted that this hotel has a leisurely check-in time of 3pm.

As far as room accommodations are concerned, the Vitacura Holiday Inn Express provides everything one would expect of a Hotel in this price range. Bedding is available as either a single King, or two Double beds. A rollaway bed is available for a fee, and the nicer suites come included with a pull-away couch. Internet access, spare outlets, available power adapters and a designated work station are some of the available perks should your trip be business oriented. Additionally a small refrigerator and coffee maker are included. The internet service is complimentary, however should you need a higher bandwidth, and a small fee will be incurred for the upgraded service.

The Holiday Inn Express in Santiago has included an array of amenities to make your stay that much more convenient. Along with a recently renovated fitness center the hotel also provides guest laundry facilities, an unstaffed business center, and safety deposit boxes available at the front desk. Should your visit be less professional in nature, the Santiago Zoo is just moments away on the overlooking Cerro San Cristobal Hill. A complimentary breakfast is even provided.

With its proximity to a wide selection of restaurants and shopping areas, this Holiday Inn Express is a premier option for accommodations in Santiago. With its location in-between the Financial District, and the ritzy Vitacura District, travelers can attend to business then head to the famous Avenida Alonzo de Córdova for world class shopping options. As a traveling professional, or a family on vacation the Holiday Inn Express won’t disappoint. Check the comparison section of our website to compare prices with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Santiago
By Joanna Lee
Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center
Ave Santa Mari­a 1742, Santiago, Chile
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You can begin your stay in Chile in as little as twelve minutes when you arrive at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center from the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. For those arriving more locally, the Providencia subway station is close by. Check-in begins at 3 p.m., check-out at 1 p.m. Hotel parking facilities are available for a small fee and a car rental service is offered. Luggage storage is provided.

The Sheraton provides 379 rooms overlooking the city, the pool, or the mountains. You can choose from a variety of suites, Club Floor, and Classic rooms with two single beds, a queen bed, or a king sized bed. All rooms are furnished with a safety deposit box, a LCD TV with a 32 inch screen, and High Speed Internet access. Club room guests are allowed access to the fitness center and the Club lounge. Rooms are non-smoking. Accessible rooms are available.

When you’re settled, you can set out to some of the many museums, shopping venues, and recreational facilities Santiago has to offer. If you’re not quite sure what to do first, the hotel provides a tour service. For those who prefer to stay in, take a swim in the Sheraton’s indoor heated pool and the outdoor pool, or take a moment to relax and treat yourself to a massage. You can also go for a round on the green at the old course close by. There are several dining establishments to choose from, such as the acclaimed El Cid restaurant or the more relaxed El Jardin Coffee Shop. For those in Santiago for business, the hotel offers a selection of business accommodations like cell phone rental, a virtual meeting planner, and a business center to name a few.

Come enjoy the sights and adventures of Santiago at the Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center. To begin, go to this link through EscapeWizard.com: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Santiago
By Jessie Frary
San Cristobal Tower
Josefina Edwards De Ferrari 0100, Santiago, Chile
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If you want the beauty of a breezy, tropical environment nestled in the valley of the snow-capped Andes Mountains, then Santiago, Chile would be the place for you to go. If you want a breath-taking view from your room, the San Cristobal Tower Luxury Hotel would be the place for you to stay.

With its modern architecture melded with elegant and classic décor, the 127 45-square meter Grand Deluxe Rooms have a mini bar, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, an in-room safe big enough to hold a laptop, and more. Cell phones and fax machines are available on request, so it’s perfect for anyone’s hectic business schedule. You will have exclusive butler service, which is available on every floor. The nine 90-square meter Executive Suites are two-section rooms decorated in English styles. They offer a separate living room with TV and Wi-Fi, dining room, and large working desk. There are two beautiful Terrace Suites named after Literature Nobel Prize winners Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda. These 135-square meter suites have lovely terraces to take in the stunning views of Santiago, along with a separate living room, TV, Wi-Fi, dining room, bedroom, and bathroom, which are complete with a separate Jacuzzi. The rooms’ decorations include collection furniture to fine French crystal ware.

If you really want to go all and out, the Presidential Suite would be the top-notch choice, which is located on the 22nd floor. Its roomy 350-square meter features a gorgeous, uninterrupted panoramic view of San Cristobal Hill, the Mapocho River, the Andes Mountains, and downtown Santiago. It’s a view fit for a king (or queen)! The room itself is a luscious mix of luxury, elegance, and style, decorated with fine English furniture and Buenos Aries antiques. There is an incredible marble bathroom with Jacuzzi, separate living room and dining room, fully equipped kitchen with an exclusive butler, and a working studio with the comfort of a small office complete with two phone lines, Wi-Fi, computer, and fax.

Once you’ve made your room selection, there are a lot of local attractions, like shopping downtown, art galleries, skiing, golfing, and discovering the natural beauties of Santiago. It’s a short 15-minute drive from the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport and travel options are a private or rental car. Check in is at 3p.m., and check out is at 1p.m. Let (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) help you plan your trip today!
Hotels in Santiago
By Stacie Adams
Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport
Americo Vespucio Ave 1292 Pudahuel, Santiago, 9020000, Chile
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Visit Chile’s capital city in style at the Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport. This luxurious nine-story hotel is less than two miles from Santiago International Airport. Despite the proximity, Hilton Garden Inn Santiago provides shuttle service for all guests of the hotel. Check-in is 2 p.m., and free parking is available to all guests.  This convenient location is only minutes away from downtown Santiago, offering many great attractions and areas of interest to all guests of the Hilton Garden Inn.

Luxury gets top billing at Hilton Garden Inn Santiago. Featuring 144 gorgeous rooms, each one is equipped with a 42-inch LCD TV, as well as free Wi-Fi, allowing guests to surf the web in luxury. Deluxe bedding is available to all guests, as well as ergonomically designed chairs for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing and enjoying all that Santiago has to offer. A smoking floor is available, with up to 18 rooms designated for smokers.  All rooms include refrigerator, two phone lines, coffee maker, as well as a safe deposit box for valuables.

Hilton Garden Inn Santiago features many great amenities suited to both leisure and business minded guests. The business center caters to the latter, offering printing services, as well as a sizable work space within your room. The business center is accessible 24 hours a day, allowing guests to maintain their own schedules and get in some last minute work at any time, day or night.  The gorgeous indoor swimming pool is great for either lazing poolside or getting in some laps before you hit the tow. A fitness center is also available for impromptu workout sessions, and includes an array of equipment suited to a full body workout. Dine in at the exquisite on site restaurant, featuring many tasty regional dishes, or pick up some quick bites at the 24 hour pantry store.

Check out is at 12 p.m., giving visitors ample time to grab some breakfast or do a bit of shopping before they depart this luxurious hotel.  With EscapeWizard.com you too can enjoy all that Santiago has to offer, whether you are seeking business or pleasure; just click here to start your search (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).