Singular boutique hotel

When the first Singular hotel opened in Patagonia, it was a striking reinvention of an old canning factory on a lake. The Singular Santiago does not attempt to make such a bold statement in Chile’s capital. Instead it chooses to evoke a feeling of a 19th century city hotel in France, with plenty of staffers “in white jackets with black bow ties” providing attentive, but buttoned-up service.

The latest hotel to hit Santiago is a new build rather than a historic building, but you could be mistaken for thinking it’s a classic that’s been here since the early days of independence. It’s located in the Lastarria neighborhood, home to another boutique hotel we’ve reviewed, Parisian-style mansions, and a large city park. The area is convenient to the city center as well as the top nightlife area a short hop away.

There are plenty of reasons to spend time in the property though, including a spa with a couples’ massage room that has a whirlpool bath. The rooftop bar opens out to a sun terrace with a swimming pool and one of the best views in town. From here you can see the surrounding mountains and two nearby city hills: Cerro Santa Lucia and Cerro San Cristobal.

The executive chef here is the same one who oversees the Patagonia property and “a clear Patagonian influence to the menu with guanaco carpaccio, king crab, and Patagonian lamb.” Meals are all treated as a special occasion, “with little details like carving lamb at the table and wheeling out a trolley to make crepe suzette before your eyes.” To really step it up, book a private dinner in the wine cave, with a sommelier assisting your selections from the surrounding bottles representing all of Chile’s wine regions.

Singular room

Rooms vary from small Patio rooms and Asian-styled Classic rooms to the top Singular rooms category, with larger baths and balconies. All are traditional in style but contain refrigerators stocked with soft drinks and water, electronic safes, and complimentary Wi-Fi. If you need some room to spread out, the top suite is 861 square feet and has a separate living room. Naturally at this level, all rooms include turndown service and bathrobes.

Since we started Luxury Latin America last decade, Santiago has gone from a relative wasteland for luxury hotel choices to one of the most dynamic cities for upscale lodging in South America, especially for boutique hotels. This new 62-room addition to the scene looks to be another top contender, with a superlative staff-to-guest ratio, a classic cocktail lounge, and one of the best rooftop views in town.

See our full review of Singular Santiago.