Hotel Santa Cruz
A taste of Chilean tradition
The conference I attended from Oct 16-19 2010 was at the beautiful Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza in the Colchagua Valley, about 2 hours drive south of Santiago, which gives a truly Chilean experience, with the very congenial staff uniformed in traditional garb! And what excellent food with home made preserves for breakfast! I couldn't get enough of the alcoyota jam! Or the fried country bread with a chopped tomato salsa - something like eating bruschetta!
A visit to the Museum Colchagua close by is a must! The vintage car collection was simply marvellous! The only thing lacking was the English translation! Both the hotel and the museum were damaged in the Feb 27 earthquake and were reopened only 3 weeks before the conference!.
The drive to Santa Cruz from SCL was beautiful! With California poppies lining the roads all the way from SCL - absolutely gorgeous:-) Plus of course, all the vinery - btw can you tell the difference between table and wine grapevines? ;-)
The countryside around Santa Cruz is very beautiful! Where else do you still see farmers tilling the gorgeous rich brown earth manually with a horse and men riding a horse driven cart standing up! Absolutely recommendable! :-)
Unique Quality: A truly Chilean experience, with the staff uniformed in traditional garb! And excellent food with home made preserves for breakfast!
The Museum Colchagua close by is a treasure! There is even observatory nearby for the star-struck!
Directions: 2+hrs drive south of SCL, in the Colchagua valley in District VI, Chile.
Top Accommodation in Santa Cruz
The Hotel Santa Cruz is a very good hotel located in central Santa Cruz. The hotel is set in a resort like grounds with adobe buildings and trees. Many people use the hotel for weddings and functions and it has good facilities for that. We ate at the restaurant inside the hotel and the food was pretty good.
Unique Quality: A pool, wedding and function facilities, restaurant, gift shop
Directions: It is the hotel right on the plaza in the town of Santa Cruz
Chile: Hotel Santa Cruz /Colchagua
TIP#1 Ask that your room face the back of the hotel. Rooms in the front face a very busy road and tend to be noisy.
Hotel Santa Cruz was elegantly appointed and a pleasant place in which to spend a weekend. The vibrant color washed walls and glass elevator created a very nice impression when we entered the lobby. We booked a wine tour right from the hotel--a guide came to accompany us.
Our meals here were absolutely wonderful--the service excellent! Indoor dining was offered, but we preferred having our meals outside beneath the vine covered arbor.
The swimming area was lovely with lounges surrounding the lagoon style pool. Waiters brought drinks to your chaise or one could float over to the bar at one end of the pool. Our visit here was one of total relaxation!
Around the corner from this hotel is a noteworthy musem. When staying at the Hotel Santa Cruz, there is no charge to visit the museum. See my TIPS for more on this.
Unique Quality: Romantic getaway, yet great for children, also.
Directions: Santa Cruz,Chile Colchagua area
Elegance in the Town
This is a 5 star traditional Hotel in Santa Cruz.
It's located in the heart of the town, beside the Public Square, and very close to the Colchagua Museum.... very easy to find.
Unique Quality: 44 rooms.
Free parking, laundry service, meeting rooms, air conditioning, direct dial phones, internet, restaurant, bar, sauna, gym, handicap access, etc.
Directions: Santa Cruz (beside the Public Square)
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Amenities at Hotel Santa Cruz
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Fitness Center
- Free Parking
- Business Services
- Kids Activities
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle Service
- Free High Speed Internet
- Bar / Lounge
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