This handsome townhouse was built as a private residence in 1927 and is now an upmarket boutique hotel in the bohemian Lastarria district of Santiago. The elegant facade is matched by stylish interiors which incorporate original features such as large windows, polished parquet floors and marble staircases, and are enhanced by tasteful decor.
The 14 rooms are spread over 4 floors and are a fusion of classic style and mod cons, so you have air conditioning, cable TV, complimentary wifi, minibar, iPod dock and a contemporary bathroom as well as period furniture. If you plump for one of the junior suites you'll also have a balcony, and there are connecting suites that are ideal for families.
During your stay you can stroll around the local neighbourhood with its chic restaurants, bars and shops, and hop on the metro to explore downtown Santiago and other parts of the city. Staff can help with arranging city tours, museum visits and theatre tickets as well as excursions further afield such as to wine estates.
There is a pretty garden which includes a sheltered terrace and a swimming pool, a major plus for a city hotel. The restaurant serves a good range of dishes in refined surroundings, and there's an attractive dining terrace. It is open to the public for lunch and dinner, so booking is advisable, although there are plenty of alternative eateries in the vicinity.
Open: Casa Bueras, formerly known as Lastarria Hotel, is open all year.
Location: It is in the heart of Lastarria district, an upmarket area of Santiago primarily known for its smart restaurants and bars and fine colonial buildings.
Rooms: There are 14 guest rooms arranged over 4 floors. They are made up 4 superior (22sqm) and 3 deluxe rooms (approximately 28sqm), 3 junior suites (40sqm including the balcony) and 4 suites (30-35sqm). Climate control, cable TV, free wifi, phone, radio, alarm clock, iPod dock, minibar and blackout curtains are standard features. Bathrooms come with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. Deluxe rooms have original windows and garden views, and one has a jacuzzi. Each junior suite has a balcony. The 4 suites have sitting areas and a desk and can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child, and 2 are interconnecting so are good for families or groups of friends. Rooms on upper floors can be reached by the lift.
Activities: There are restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, shops and theatres close to the hotel. The Badquedano metro station is nearby for access to other parts of the city. Staff can help you arrange your time in the city.
Facilities: There is a restaurant and a dining terrace (see below), a lounge-bar, garden and outdoor swimming pool. The hotel has a hair dressing salon, a small massage room (treatments on request) and can arrange beauty services. All interiors are air conditioned. Reception is staffed 24 hour a day.
Dining: There is a complimentary breakfast each morning. The Deli-Lounge Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, to the public as well as to hotel guests, and serves sharing dishes, light meals, salads and desserts. It offers a choice of wines.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The hotel offers babysitting and childcare.
Health: There is no malaria in Chile.
Communication: There is complimentary wifi internet access.
"For a night or two in Santiago, this small boutique hotel has a great position between the Bellavista and Lastarria areas which are both excellent for restaurants, cafes and bars. The rooms are good, with very comfy beds, nice decor, and good touches such as robes, slippers and toiletries. We loved the free afternoon tea, and though we didn’t use the swimming pool it would be good to have if you are here in summer. Friendly staff add to the good atmosphere here. "