Ñam, Santiago’s annual culinary festival, has been using Lastarria’s streets and the adjacent castle-topped Santa Lucía Hill as its setting for the last four years. The 2017 festival, held in late March, attracted 45,000 to the neighborhood over four days. “Lastarria has more than six museums concentrated in 10 blocks, plus theaters, cinemas and exhibition halls,” said Rafa Rincón, a founder of the event. “At the same time there are about 25 restaurants, and we felt that we could be able to assist in their growth and foster the spirit of collaboration that Ñam pursued.”
Most tourists never ventured to Lastarria as there was nowhere to stay. Aside from a couple of hotels in more bohemian Bellavista, most higher-end accommodations in Santiago usually meant some international chain in a shiny tower in Providencia or Las Condes, like the Ritz Carlton or W. Now the neighborhood is overflowing with options.
They include the 14-room Lastarria Boutique Hotel, in a 1927 rowhouse with marble floors and a winding staircase, and the refined eight-room Luciano K, with a cast-iron elevator and rooftop lounge and a heated pool overlooking Parque Forestal. Just beyond the edge of the district, the 42-room Hotel Magnolia added three floors covered in a modern glass facade that tops an early-20th-century mansion, while on Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro is the 70-room Cumbres, with its eye-catching concrete facade, a ground-floor tapas bar and huge headboards featuring replicas of 19th-century paintings inspired by Chilean heritage.
A few blocks away, the Singular Santiago is the second property from the luxe Chilean brand, which opened a Patagonia property in late 2011 inside a former wool-processing plant that is widely considered one of the continent’s best hotels.
The Santiago location, a new building with a brick, stone and steel facade that blends with surrounding buildings, features a 3,000-square-foot spa, seasonal French restaurant and rooftop pool and bar with sweeping views of the city’s skyline.
“It is a very vibrant neighborhood because it shows a new face of Santiago,” said Sabrina Tettamanti, the hotel’s general manager. “It’s more local, more genuine and very trendy.”