Santiago isn’t a city particularly renowned for chic hotels, but that is starting to change. Travellers coming to explore Chile’s high desert and the glaciers of Patagonia, and to sample fine wines from its diverse terroirs, inevitably book an overnight stay in the city, and I’d recommend The Singular Santiago, sister property to The Singular Patagonia.
It may have only been open for six months or so, but the hotel is already drawing a sophisticated crowd to its somewhat unlikely Lastarria location. This historic part of town is considered Santiago’s East Village or Shoreditch – an area rich in colourful street life.
The building combines a neoclassical French architectural style with a more modernist 20th-century aesthetic. After being warmly greeted, we headed for the hotel’s elegant, intimate bar for an excellent pisco sour – architect Federico Prieto, of G6 Architects, and interior designer Enrique Concha have created a timeless, chic atmosphere by featuring handcrafted furniture, parquet floors and limited-edition artworks (second picture). Neutral fabrics and dark wood finishes set a calming mood. Upstairs, rooms were expansive by city standards, with sitting areas, balconies and state-of-the-art bathrooms.
Award-winning chef Laurent Pasqualetto’s restaurant is a stand-alone destination in and of itself. We sampled the hotel’s Patagonian specialities – all prepared with French flair. Fresh, local and sustainable produce is sourced from organic huertas, and seafood from the fishermen of Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales. We enjoyed everything from perfectly seared scallops to sous vide octopus – sadly no one at my table braved The Singular’s signature guanaco (a relative of the camel), so I can’t illuminate you more on that dish.
The Singular’s location is superb – you can scale nearby Cerro San Cristóbal for sweeping views of the city, or explore the neighbourhood’s Parque Forestal. I, however, was in stopover mode, and instead chose to enjoy my limited hours in this discreet bolthole, having a rejuvenating good night’s sleep and a refreshing plunge in the rooftop pool (third picture).