No matter where you’re traveling in Chile, from the Atacama desert in the north to Patagonia in the south, you’ll most likely pass through Santiago, the country’s capital city.
Whether you’re in town for business or holidays, the mid-range Hotel Torremayor Providencia has everything you need for a Santiago stopover. Here’s the scoop:
Guest Rooms and Amenities
Hotel Torremayor Providencia is located on a busy but tree-lined street in the city’s upscale Providencia neighborhood, just east of downtown. Many of the staff speak English; the young woman who checked me in at the front desk could do a mean Texas twang, thanks to years of living in the U.S.
In this narrow 17-story tower, the modern guest rooms cover all the basics. Furnishings are clean-lined and white, with accent pieces in vibrant orange. Rooms have wood floors, wooden wall panels, and your choice of one king or two twin beds; there’s also a triple-room option. Standard features include flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, safes, and modern bathrooms.
My room on the sixth floor was quiet and looked out into the trees.
Rates include a buffet breakfast, served in the lower-level dining room, which is decorated in the same orange and white color scheme as the guest rooms, with a mirrored wall displaying an array of illuminated photographs.
The buffet itself is ample if fairly standard, with fruit (some fresh, some canned), yogurt, breads, cookies, and cakes. There’s also a hot counter with scrambled eggs, meats, and premade omelets.
Facilities and Services
One of the hotel’s best features is up on the roof. The small rooftop pool on the 17th floor has a spectacular view of the Gran Torre Santiago at the Costanera Center, which is currently the tallest building in South America (the photo at the top of this post shows you the rooftop view).
The only drawback is the pool’s somewhat limited hours – 10am to 8pm – which don’t allow for early morning or late evening swimming.
But that’s a minor quibble in an otherwise solid property – a convenient spot for a stopover in Chile’s capital city.
Note that there’s another Hotel Torremayor, with more traditional guest rooms, a few blocks down on the same street. Pay attention to which hotel you’re booking, and be sure to give your taxi driver the correct address. The Hotel Torremayor Providencia is at Avenida Ricardo Lyon 25; the other property, Hotel Torremayor Lyon, is at Avenida Ricardo Lyon 322.
Hotel review by Vancouver-based travel, food, and feature writer Carolyn B. Heller. Photos © Carolyn B. Heller. Hotel Torremayor Providencia, in conjunction with Turismo Chile, hosted my stay for review purposes.