Chile

Hotels in Chile

Chilean accommodations are varied and far-flung. You can choose full-service hotels and resorts, economical inns, cozy B&Bs, or budget hostels. One of the standout hotels in Chile is the Awasi Patagonia. It’s located in the southern desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama. Chilean architect Felipe Assadi designed the boutique space. Twelve (all-inclusive) villas face glacial lakes and the snow-capped Torres del Paine Mountains. The hotel also offers excursions to discover the surrounding wilderness. At night, wrap yourself in alpaca wool blankets and watch the stars from the couches in the courtyard.

Casa Real Hotel, once a manor, offers the perfect stay with access to the estate’s finest wines from its vineyards. This Chile hotel in the Maipo Valley has no shortage of elegance and luxury, with all the modern trimmings. Hacienda Los Lingues in San Fernando is a restored hacienda and one of Chile’s most historic spots to stay. Ideal for riding enthusiasts, the hotel has a colonial style with contemporary amenities, plus 25,000 acres of land including stables and an on-site rodeo ring. Other notable Chile hotels include the Ritz-Carlton Santiago, Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa, and Kau Lodge. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top spots for where to stay in Chile.

In the El Golf district of Chile’s capital, the ebullient Tony Chi (the designer behind the restaurants at Park Hyatt Sydney and Mandarin Oriental New York) is responsible for witty flourishes.

The desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama—which rivals Patagonia as a wilderness destination—sells itself, but to explore the remote salt flats, volcanic formations, and meandering rivers with a group is almost a shame.

A Beaux-Arts mansion in the trendy Bellavista district.

Recommended by Manny Beauregard, one of T+L's 2010 A-List travel agents.

A clean-lined contemporary look—Philippe Starck lightfixtures, suede-soft curtains, Bang and Olufsen technology—predominate in this modern 24-story tower, located in the quiet residential district Las Condes.

Patagonia's contemporary wood-and-stone Hacienda Tres Lagos ("three lakes") sits on the shore of Black Lake and is a stone's throw from Lake Bertrand and the vast Lake General Carrera.

Trained to seek out soaring skyscraper hotels in boomtown Santiago, we almost missed this 31-room charmer in the leafy Providencia neighborhood.

A further testament to the pace of development in the area is Altiplánico Sur—a bunker hotel set into a hillside, its roof covered in grass and dandelions, and its façade faced in bricks of turf.

A stay at Los Lingues is a lesson in regional history. The owner consulted with top architects and historians to restore Chile’s oldest hacienda—78 miles south of Santiago, in the Colchagua Valley—to its 1650 colonial style, while adding contemporary luxuries like a pool.

One of the more stylish new bases in Patagonia for exploration is Remota, an upscale lodge designed by the great Chilean architect Germán del Sol (creator of the Explora hotel-adventure company).