Fundador Hotel

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

Paseo Serrano 34, Santiago, Chile
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If you have to stay downtown,...

by wadekorzan

If you have to stay downtown, I have stayed in just 2 places. Hotel San Francisco and Hotel Fundador, both are located in the center and right around the corner from each other. Hotel San Francisco is a 5star and is really really nice, the other Hotel Fundador is 4star and is just ok. Staying downtown is ok, as from these 2 hotels you are right across the street from the big car-free shopping zone called Ahumada, you have the oldest church in the city called Iglesia San Francisco right around the corner, and behind the hotels you have a small area developed in the 1920{s called Paris-London, and these couple of streets are inmcredibly quaint. The downside is that downtown is quite closed down after dark and most nocturnal life is happening in the part of Santiago known as Suecia, Las Condes, or Providencia. There is also Bella Vista section of town, which is the closest sort of nightlife-restaurant area to the downtown area.

A Week in Santiago Chile

by unbeldi

"The Arrival"


August 31,2006 –Thursday. We were up very early Thursday morning to meet our cab at 5:30 AM, to take us to the Buenos Aires airport. We did not sleep well Wednesday; we did not trust the travel alarm clock. Jim set his mental clock and was up and down several times before 4:30 AM when we both got up and was waiting in front of the apartment building for our ride to the airport. We made it to the airport in good time. Why not? That time of the morning no one else would dare be up beside early morning travelers. We arrived at the Buenos Aires airport with time to spare. We were there before Air France opened. We took an Air France flight, a Boeing 777, from Buenos Aires to Santiago. The Air France plane arrived in Buenos Aires from Paris; then on to Santiago where it was serviced and flew back to Buenos Aires, and to Paris. The one thing we determined is that we will not fly any airline if the plane is a 777. There’s barely enough leg room for tall people and the person in the seat in front of you most always tilts their seat as far back as possible, which makes your own sitting very uncomfortable. Those passengers probably were sitting in that seat from Paris and were going on to Santiago. After an in-flight breakfast and high above the Andes Mountains we touched down in Santiago, Chile.

Chile, the narrowest country in the world sits between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Chile’s neighbors are: Peru and Bolivia to the north, the Pacific Ocean on the west, Antarctica to the south, and shares a long eastern border with Argentina.

We got to the hotel, the Hotel NH Cuidad De Santiago, and checked-in, but had to wait a while as the room was not yet ready. The room is actually a nice suite, but for several reasons we cannot recommend this hotel. This hotel is not the most centrally located in Santiago, but we have a great view out our 8th floor windows, part of the city skyline and the mighty Andes Mountains, beyond.

The hotel suite consists of a small foyer, bedroom, walk-in closet, sitting room, and a bath. Upon arrival we were exhausted, getting up early and to the airport in Buenos Aires before dawn is tiring. We unpacked, showered at the hotel and walked around the corner to the money machine (bank). Larry got $20,000.00 pesos. Talk about a false sense of wealth!!! We had a late lunch in the hotel. The bill for the late lunch/early dinner was $45,800 + 5,000 tip. Money here is like a Jekyll and Hyde. It goes further but the U. S. dollar seems to go faster. At the late lunch/early dinner I had seared sea bass, which was delicious and Larry had lamb. I tried a piece of his lamb and it may have been some of the best lamb I have ever tasted.

The first night in Santiago is an early one. We were up early this morning in Buenos Aires, went to the airport, flew over the Andes, and have now checked into a hotel in Santiago. Today has been full. Air France served a breakfast, which was unexpected given the shortness of the flight from Buenos Aires. Larry and I believe that there were some on that flight from Paris to Santiago. The flight originated in Paris, then Buenos Aires, and then Santiago. The airplane, a Boeing 777, is serviced in Santiago and back to Buenos Aires, then Paris. WOW! What a round-trip.


Larry said he does not feel as safe in Santiago as he did in Buenos Aires. I, on the other hand, feel safer in Santiago, compared to Buenos Aires. Perhaps I will change my mind before Sept. 5th, when we leave to go back home. We will arrive back at NATIONAL Airport the 6th. Our Delta flight will take us from Santiago to Atlanta, then to Washington National Airport.

September 1, 2006 – Friday The buffet breakfast was good, although it was a late breakfast for us, about 9am. We retired for the night at 6pm, the day before was long and tiring.

We took the Metro from the Salvador stop to Santa Lucia (on line #1 red) and did tour #1 in Insight (compact guide CHILE). Larry made reservations for what he thought was a two hour tour but in fact was four hours, from 3 to 7 PM. We returned to the Salvador metro stop and decided to walk across the river, which runs through the center of this city, and found a place for lunch. We had a nice salad and walked down Bellavista and discovered some nice lapis (lapis is the native stone in Chile) in a factory store. We purchased two small silver plated and lapis combination candle stick holders and returned to the hotel to get ready for the tour. We declined against buying the clock on second viewing. We decided against buying the small clock, after looking at it again on Monday. The tour covered much of the sights we had seen on our morning walking tour but the guide was knowledgeable and explained things in detail, so it was worth it. We returned to the Hotel at 7pm and had a hamburger in the hotel restaurant, which is another story.

September 2, 2006 Saturday – We got up around 7am and had a good breakfast in the hotel. Buffet breakfast is included in the room tab. We decided to do self-Tour #2 in “Insight Chile”. Larry purchased two small boxes at an outdoor street antique market. Afterwards we had a great lunch in vegetarian restaurant in the city center, the el Vegetariano, Huerfanos 827, Santiago. We took the Metro from Universidad de Chile back to Salvador and back to the hotel. We were both exhausted and long soaking tub baths and a nap was reward enough. We took the Metro from Salvador to Los Leones and walked around the restaurant/pub area. We finally selected a restaurant and had a satisfactory meal. The owner gave us a nice bottle of white Chilean wine which we will put in the mini bar frigs until tomorrow night.

September 3, 2006 Sunday - Today (Sunday) we took a tour bus to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. We wanted something to do Sunday. This place starts closing down at 2 PM Saturday, when most stores close. That gives you a clue what Sunday is like and it has nothing to do with religion as these people are not religious. Few speak English. They try hard to speak English and no matter how hard we try to understand Spanish; the situation becomes a merry-go-round. Waiters and others are not offended that you cannot speak their language, being polite, patient, and thoughtful does not get you anywhere.


Back to Valparaiso. I see so much potential in that port city, but what I think and "see" does not count. Valparaiso is exceptionally poor. The poverty there is overwhelming. The harbor, no matter how picturesque, went down hill after the Panama Canal opened. Prior to the Panama Canal all ships that rounded the Horn harbored in Valparaiso. Valparaiso is a poor city of about 350,000. In 1990 Chile's parliament, or congress, moved to this breathtakingly pretty and potential city. All guides tell you the Chilean Congress moved out of Santiago to better distribute authority. That is hog wash. They did it to make sure that it is more difficult for the success of a coup d’tate. The Chilean naval Armada building is eye-catching with its stunning architecture. .

Vina del Mar is the opposite of Valparaiso: modern, pretty, up-to-date, beautiful apartment/condo buildings, new cars; and money, money, and more money. Vina del Mar looks like any chic seaside resort you would find on most coastlines in the United States. The tour guide said that the wealthy of Santiago come there in the summer (for the week-end) to relax in their ocean-view apartment. The big thing we have noticed here is that there's no middle class, you either have it or you don't. So, those who go to their fancy seaside apartments from Santiago must be the wealthy class. Poverty is not in Vina del Mar. Since I’ve not seen any evidence of Middle Class, then it all has to be Upper Class.

We got back to the hotel about 6:30 PM, tired, and did not feel up to going out to eat. We ordered room service and that is a chore trying to get the staff to understand English. If you come this way we recommend you check out The Fundador Hotel at Paso Serrano 34, Santiago - Chile. Their phone (or fono) number is (56-2) 387 1200, FAX (56-2) 387 1300; OR this hotel is centrally located and would be our choice if we ever returned to Santiago. We are exhausted and another early night is in order.

September 4, 2006 – Monday. Today is Labor Day back home, but is just another Monday in Santiago. We had complimentary breakfast in the hotel restaurant and went out for a while. We stopped at the lapis shop to look at the small clock again, but decided against it, as mentioned above.

Spring is rapidly approaching in Chile. It is hot outside, but the locals are still bundled up with coats and scarves like it is freezing out. Spring does not arrive officially until September 19th, so technically it is still winter. The trees and plants are showing signs of new growth and spring and summer apparel are in the shops windows. The citizens of Buenos Aires and Santiago are not slaves to fashion. People wear what is comfortable to them and everybody wears jeans. Disregard whatever you may read .about the people being fashion conscious in these two major South American cities. If you come here, bring what is comfortable to you, which may include jeans. You will fit in.

"Akarana Resturant"

Larry is lying down nursing a bad headache while I try to catch up on this travel log. Pollution is bad here and that is the cause of Larry’s bad headache. When he gets up we will try to find a place for lunch. There are not many places to have lunch, or dinner, near this hotel. We decided to go to el Vegetariano. Dinner, the last night in Santiago is outstanding. Below is useful information and worth repeating here.

Cuisine Fusion

Hours Daily noon-midnight

Address Reyes Lavalle 3310

Location Las Condes

Transportation Metro: El Golf

Reservations Reservations recommended

Phone 2/231-9667

Prices Main courses $6-$10

Credit Cards AE, DC, MC, V

Akarana is a welcome new addition to the El Bosque area, opened recently by the owner of the Cafe Melba, who is from New Zealand. She has created a menu that reflects the tastes from her home country, fusing Asian cuisine with New Zealand specialties to create a wonderful feast for the palate. Appetizers include gingery egg rolls and tempura, or try a plate of fresh oysters, served with one of three recipes. Move on to grilled, herbed sea bass with radish puree and aioli, one of their unconventional pizzas or a steak with portobello mushrooms and Parmesan mashed potatoes. The all-white interiors are fresh and airy, and the wraparound patio dining area offers undoubtedly the most pleasant outdoor seating in the area. The cost for two, which included entree, wine, and dessert, was 28,600 pesos, or about $53 US dollars.

"Final Days"

September 5, 2006 – Tuesday. Since I am not good at writing in the future tense, this will be brief. After breakfast this morning we got out the bags and started packing, for our trip to the Santiago airport, for the overnight flight to Atlanta, arriving there Wednesday morning. After going through Customs in Atlanta we board our flight to Washington National. Home at last.

Some Observations. It is not cold in Buenos Aires, cool perhaps, but hardly cold. You would have to go down into Patagonia to feel the chill. Public transportation is good in Buenos Aires. Cabs are not expensive and the streets are crowded with the black and yellow cars. Most taxis are Peugeot, Fiat, Renault, or VW. The Buenos Aires subway system is good, but old, and a little inconveniently located. The subway appeared to be crowded any time of the day, especially during rush hours. Hundreds of thousands drive into Buenos Aires from the suburbs and like back home, 99% of the vehicles on the freeway and streets have only the driver. The people appear more aloof compared to the Chileans. Don’t attempt to cross a street until you have the light in your favor, in Buenos Aires. They all drive fast and recklessly. Shopping in Buenos Aires is much better than in Santiago. I did not see any department stores. If you are in the market for a pair of shoes, you go to a shoe shop; if you are looking for a suit (men or women), you must go to a shop that sells outer clothing; if you want a shirt and necktie – you get the picture. There’s too much running around when shopping in Buenos Aires. Now I understand why foreign visitors to the United States like to shop and the first thing they want to know is, where’s the mall?

The Santiago subway system is modern, exceptionally clean, new cars, and inexpensive. On Santiago’s streets are thousands of buses that look like something what we think belong in Southeast Asia or in dusty African towns. The buses are dirty and painted an ugly burnt orange color. Not a Martha Stewart recommendation. I’ve seen buses zoom down busy streets with its front and rear accordion type doors open. At their speeds why passengers are not thrown out open doors is a mystery. All vehicles, i.e. cars, cabs, buses, travel too fast. All vehicles speed approximately 45 to 50 mph on the crowded streets. In Santiago you should stand about two feet away from the curb, else you might be clipped by a speeding bus. A noticeable difference between these two cities is that Buenos Aires has flower vendors and newspaper and magazine stands on most corners of the city. Santiago has only a few such stalls/stands. In both cities the streets are clean and free of trash. City workmen are out sweeping and clearing gutters with a broom, a long-handle scoop pan, and a two-wheeled trash receptacle. In Buenos Aires there are a couple of policemen on every corner. Their purpose is not clear. Many say their presence is for looks and to give the appearance of security. Others say the number of uniformed police is a hold-over from former military dictatorships. There are far fewer visible policemen on Santiago streets. There are, however, policewomen in Santiago, but I saw only a couple or so throughout the city. Police/security women are posted in the area around the president’s office. Michele Bachletet was elected president of Chile in Mach 2006. Men have not done a very good job at governing and places like New Zealand, Chile, Iceland, and Germany, to name a few, have elected women to power.

Forum Posts

Anyone know about the Kempinski hotel or Hotel Fundador?

by aimslo

Someone advised me to stay at the Kempinski hotel in Santiago, but I can't find it online. Can anyone out there direct me to an online source for getting information about the Kempinski hotel in Santiago. Going to the Kempinski site doesn't help. Maybe it has a different name?

RE: Anyone know about the Kempinski hotel or Hotel Fundador?

by RicardoBA

We stayed at the Fundador this year for 2 nights in March. It's a really nice hotel in the downtown area and very close to all the historical sights. It is on a side street off the the main blvd. so the rooms are quietfor sleeping. The buffet breakfast in the morning was excellent. The rooms are average size and the bathrooms were nice and very clean. The lobby of the hotel is beautiful and very classic. The service was excellent and they were very helpful with touring. There is only one main problem and that is Location. The downtown area is not good after dark. It is mainly used for business and other daytime activities. There are few restuarants, and it is quite dangerous to go out walking. Many of the people which you see during the day, have all gone to Provedencia/Las Condas where they live or are staying. In Provendcia/LC you will find the nice areas for shopping and eating. In short, we moved to Provedencia/LC. In this area, we could walk in the evening and enjoy all the wonderful restaurants and clubs. Also, the metro is close to all the hotels and you can go to the downtown in a few minutes. You can walk from Provedenia to the skyway which will take you to all the beautiful gardens and the Madonna on top of San Cristobal Hill. For reasonable priced hotels check out Hotel Orly(really nice);then amy of the apart hotels, which are a great deal(new, spacious and great locations in Las Condes), and the big hotels, Sheraton,Hyatt,Radisson,etc.
Just stay away from the downtown, unless you are there for a business meeting. The local people will tell you the same advice.
Enjoy Santiago. It is a beautiful city with so many wonderful parks.

RE: Anyone know about the Kempinski hotel or Hotel Fundador?

by RicardoBA

I found this These are the apartments in Provedencia.I was able to see these in person(across from my hotel). They were beautiful and since I had prepaid for my hotel, I was unable to stay there, but next time I would stay here. They rent by the night,also.

RE: Anyone know about the Kempinski hotel or Hotel Fundador?

by Porteno

Sorry but the reason you cannot find a Kempinski hotel is that they do not have one in Santiago or in Chile for that matter. Here is a web site that might help you find a hotel in Santiago.



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Address: Paseo Serrano 34, Santiago, Chile