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Chilled Out Luxury In Chile: Singular Santiago
“He who does not travel, who does not read, who does not listen to music, who does not find grace in himself, she who does not find grace in herself, dies slowly.” – Pablo Neruda
The journey to the famed Chilean poet’s home, Casa Chascona, was a treat in itself. On the way, my poor sense of direction and natural curiosity led me to side streets of Santiago’s Bella Artes neighborhood, a vibrant pocket of the city that pulsates with colors, outdoor dining and an eclectic mix of people. A fifteen-minute walk past intricate street art landed me in front of Neruda’s home, a sparkling turquoise building atop the sloping hillside of San Cristóbal.
It was a fulfilling day of exploring, with Singular Santiago as my home base. As a first time visitor to the city, the hotel provided the ideal location and comforts for a memorable trip. And even if it wasn’t, you can always count on a little Neruda to romanticize any Chilean experience.
With just two properties in the country- Santiago and Patagonia- Singular creates a quaint experience that typifies simple luxury. Whether you are looking to get active in the city or around the breathtaking Fjords, the properties deliver. Service at the Santiago location is excellent without being overwhelming. Décor combines neoclassic French architecture with an early modern 20th century style. Personal touches like local newspapers, an intimate lobby bar, plush chairs and strawberry mint water make coming back from a long day of touring a welcomed one. The bathroom amenities include the hotel’s own concoctions of juniper, citrus fruits and white nettle. An inviting bathtub is cozy enough for two, or just one and a good book and glass of champagne.
Accommodations offer an industrial vibe that’s sleek and minimalist. Narrative collages of photographs line the lobby wall. Black and white tones set the mood for the mellow digs in a prime location. Lastarria is a vibrant neighborhood often referred to as bohemian, but that’s selling it short. You can easily get lost in whatever your niche might be, and still not be able to squeeze it all into one day. There are quaint wine bars, art galleries and alleyways reminiscent of a beloved Paris side street.