We stayed in Santiago last Nov, for our first night and our last night (before a morning departure). We stayed at the Radisson (downtown), primarily because we could all be accomodate (there were 14 in our group) and we got a very good rate off their website. We are going back again this Oct/Nov (this time only my wife and myself) and will be staying at the Orly Hotel. It is a "boutique" hotel that has received a lot of good reviews and is reasonably priced. There may be hotels near the airport....but I think it would be more interesting and better restaurants if you stayed downtown. If you stay at a downtown hotel, make sure you reserve a taxi, minivan large enough to accomodate all of you and your luggage. Allow adequate time for traffic and airport check-in requirements.
Re: restaurants.....we ate at Astrid & Gaston....all 14 of us agreed it was great.....although like any big city, Santiago has no lack of restaurants.
In my job we have a lot of visitors from New Zealand come to Santiago and the Radisson is one of the hotels that we often recommend. At the moment there is a large construction site right next to it so you may like to request a room that is on the other side of the hotel. The construction site will turn into one of the largest shopping centres in Santiago so eventually this hotel will be well located next door. The hotel is close to the metro stations of Los Leones and Tobalaba and close to restaurants in El Bosque or Isidora Goyanechea in Las Condes area.
Staying here was very nice - a spacious, comfortable room, good location just a short walk from the Metro and restaurants, nice bar downstairs - great Pisco Sours and evening nibbles, helpful and polite service - all the things that make for a very pleasant stay. I'd certainly book in here again.
Radisson Plaza Santiago is in Las Condes district, that's the business area and is sorrounded by skyscrapers and has a wonderful view of the Andes mountains.
The hotel is in a the World Trade Center building and has all kinds of facilities, including a gift shop and a car rental agency ( they offer good rom+car packages!)
Buffet Breakfasts are delicious and always include fresh chilean Smoked Salmon!
The Hotel also has a sofisticated restaurant called Brick which serves good international cuisine.
Unique Quality: Great Views of the Andes Mountains
Next to a Starbucks Coffee
Directions: Las Condes district, located right next to the Mapocho river.
I will be staying at the Radisson Plaza. Can anyone suggest several restuarants within walking distance for dinner on New Years.
I was staying there last year.
When you are there, go to the top floor one morning and ask a maid if you may take photos of the city from the the huge windows in the penthouse suites.
What's wrong with the hotel's restaurant? I've eaten there a couple of times and it was excellent!
We did go out to a sea food place. It was recommended by the hotel and a car picked us up and dropped us back. Do let me know if you want me to search for the name etc of the place!
Whatever, I suggest that you book with the Rad now and cancel your booking should you find another place.
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Address: Avenida Vitacura 2610, Las Condes, Santiago, 6760197, Chile