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It List: 45 Best New Hotels of 2010

W Santiago, Santiago, Chile

Courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc

W Santiago, Chile

The ever-expanding W empire has grown exponentially this year (Washington, D.C., Barcelona, and most recently Vieques, Puerto Rico), but the hotel company’s first South American outpost, W Santiago, deserves the spotlight for its cheeky homage to Chile’s natural landscape. Aquamarine on the corridor ceilings is an ode to the country’s lengthy coastline and sheepskin walls in the lobby channel Patagonia. Unparalleled views of the chiseled Andes are a given; the best panoramas are seen from the rooftop lounge and pool. For even more local flavor, head to the hotel’s NoSo restaurant and order its fuente de mariscos, a platter of sea urchins, oysters, clams, shrimp, and ceviche, paired, of course, with a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Doubles from $299.

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