Review: Santiago Marriott Hotel, Santiago, Chile
For our last night in town, we stayed at the Santiago Marriott thanks to its proximity to the Ski Total transfer offices. It was everything that you’d expect from a corporate business hotel.
This post is one chapter in our trip to Peru and Chile via Air Canada Executive First (Business Class). This trip was booked using Air Canada e-upgrades to upgrade into Air Canada International Executive First class. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
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Read more from this trip:
- Introduction: Lima & Machu Picchu, Peru &, Middle Chile via Air Canada Executive First
- Air Canada Executive Class: Vancouver – Toronto
- Air Canada Executive First: Toronto – Lima
- City Visit: Lima, Peru
- LAN Peru: Lima – Cuzco
- Region Visit: Cuzco & The Sacred Valley, Peru
- Attraction Visit: Machu Picchu, Peru
- LAN Peru: Cuzco – Lima
- LAN Chile: Lima – Santiago
- Hotel Orly, Santiago, Chile
- City Visit: Santiago, Chile
- Region Visit: Maipo Valley, Chile
- Region Visit: Skiing in August at Valle Nevado, Chile
- Santiago Marriott, Santiago, Chile
- City Visit: Valparaiso & Vina Del Mar, Chile
- LAN Chile: Santiago – Lima
- Air Canada Executive First: Lima – Toronto
- Air Canada Executive Class: Toronto – Vancouver
Review: Santiago Marriott, Santiago, Chile
“A straight forward business class hotel that happens to be situated next to an American commercial mall; the perfect location for corporate consultants”
We returned to Santiago with ski total as planned and made the decision to walk with our rolling luggage and backpacks to the Santiago Marriot. It was the wrong decision as it was about 30 minutes walk, and having skied on our last day, we were pretty tired and hungry by the time we got to the Marriott.
We walked up and walked straight into the front desk area. The check in guy didn’t look too impressed with us. We did look like ski bums with our ski boots attached to the outside of our backpacks but what are ya gonna do? I had book the room under an advance purchase rate on Marriott.com. No upgrade was offered despite being Marriott Silver. There wasn’t any assistance with the bags, even though we could have used it, and I didn’t stick around because by this time, we were starved.
The room itself was very large in the center block facing north. We didn’t have any guests beside us. The included free breakfast was satisfactory, but nothing exciting. It did include an omelet station and all the bacon and sausage that you could want. The restaurant did seem full of consultants on the circuit.
The desk had a fabulous multi charging plug in station which I had never seen before.
The hotel was situated next to Parque Arauco, which was a large American styled mall with lots of restaurants, including Tony Roma’s, TGIF and the like. It made for a very non Latin American experience. While convenient, it made me decide that I actually preferred the Hotel Orly as the neighborhood had much more charm and personality. However, this location may be what you are looking for if you’re looking for a business hotel with stuff available without inconveniencing yourself or having to wander too far from the property. It just doesn’t feel like Chile.
A downside of the hotel, it was indeed a brisk 18 minute walk to the nearest Manaque Metro, which can make for a long sightseeing day if you are headed into town without a taxi. On the last breakfast of the day, our waiter gave us a complimentary sealed bottle of wine to take home as a souvenir, which was a nice touch. It made for a memorable experience, if not a super exciting one.