While C & I had roamed the colorful streets and rickety funiculars of Valparaiso after we landed in Chile, we still had to explore the culinary scene of Santiago and its cosmopolitan neighborhoods. The plan was to take in as many tourist sites as we could during our short stay in the city, stay close and walk to restaurants in the evening, visit the open air markets and enjoy the romantic, wintery nights of Santiago. With that in mind, we checked in into Hotel Diego de Velasquez in Providencia area of Santiago.

Full Disclosure: We stayed at this cool place in Providencia area as guests of Hotel Diego de Velasquez. All opinions are our own.

Our superior room was big and clean, with a separate sitting area. S-boy needs time to wind down and burn his excess energy before sleeping and he had a great time running in all that open space. The included amenities were standard: free wi-fi, underground parking and breakfast. We didn’t have any issues connecting to the wi-fi. As usual, I wish they had a few of the universal power outlets to charge my many electronics but the concept seems to be entirely missing in this part of the world. The breakfast was really good with a variety of cheeses, meats and breads on buffet. S-boy again loved his queso and ate some of the fresh fruits. They had a good variety of yogurts and C & I enjoyed our morning meal. I really liked their funky, glass elevator that takes guests and luggage from the lobby to the second floor.  

Big, clean room with ample sitting area

Hotel Diego de Velazquez also has a pool for guest use. It boasts of excellent facilities for hosting events and seems to be popular within the corporate world. While we were staying there a corporate event was being held for H&M, one of my favorite brands, and I had to resist the temptation to get a glimpse of their new season merchandise. Just kidding! The on-site restaurant, Olivias, has Mediterranean influenced cuisine and is a cozy place to sit and people watch. I really liked the friendly English-speaking staff; the concierge was helpful in figuring out dining options on the night of our arrival and in providing Hop-on Hop-off bus tour brochures and other trip services including getaways to Valparaiso.  

In a word, this hotel is all about the location. Hotel Diego de Velazquez is located close to the Metro station, Los Leones. The Metro takes visitors to Mercado Central (fish market), Plaza de Armes and other major sites. We took the Teleferico or gondola from San Cristobal on our last day in Santiago and could easily walk back to the hotel from the last stop. The Providencia area is a bustling center of shopping, cultural galleries and theatres and culinary scene and most places are easily accessible from the accommodations. We had many choices of restaurants at walking distance open late into the night during our stay; this was especially useful the night after we returned from Easter Island. I would recommend the hotel to anyone looking for a good hotel in a central location to explore the city of Santiago. Oh and do check on the glass elevator!

The unique glass elevator, I fell in love with it!

Full Disclosure: We stayed at this cool place in Providencia area as guests of Hotel Diego de Velasquez. All opinions are our own. 

Hotel Diego de Velasquez / Website / Address: Guardia Vieja 150, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile / Phone: +56 (2) 2234 4400

I visited Hotel Diego De Velasquez in Santiago, Chile in September 2017.

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