An elegant 1920s mansion sympathetically transformed into a contemporary boutique hotel
Located at the foot of Cerro Santa Lucía, within easy walking distance of trendy Bellas Artes and the restaurants of Lastarria
Rooftop terrace for cocktails with city views and modern Chilean restaurant serving a twist on local favourites
Contemporary, Scandi design meets original neo-Gothic architecture
Santiago is a year-round destination but the most pleasant months to visit are October to April. Although summer (November to April) is hot, breezes disperse the smog that shrouds the city for most of the year and there is lots of sunshine. Over winter (June to September) you’ll see the Andes wreathed in snow and can ski nearby, but the weather is chilly and rain can be an issue. Spring-like September is Chile's national independence month, and is full of activity.
Set at the foot of Santiago’s famous hilltop park, Cerro Santa Lucía, and overlooking the city, Hotel Magnolia is a contemporary boutique hotel housed in a gracious heritage mansion, once the home of a prominent Chilean political family.
Nestled amongst the 1920s heritage mansion blocks of Santiago’s historic El Centro district, Hotel Magnolia was once the residence of an important political family and has been cleverly transformed into a sleek and contemporary design hotel by architect Cazú Zegers. Related to the building’s original architect, Zegers has seamlessly unified the elegant new extension with the original stone building. Discreetly blending neo-Gothic architecture with modern accents of glass, steel and concrete, the lobby is flooded with light from the traditional stained-glass windows, highlighting the restored floor tiles, marble staircase and original wooden doors. Spread across the original townhouse wing of the building and the sleek, new extension, Hotel Magnolia houses 42 chic and stylish rooms and suites. Muted linen fabrics, Chilean art and high-end architectural style combine to create modern, airy spaces at the heart of this bustling city. Some rooms embrace the stained-glass windows and stone walls of the original building, whilst others are clad in pale eucalyptus for an almost Scandinavian feel. The larger suites on the upper floors of the hotel offer additional space to relax and super king-sized beds. Under the steel and glass ceiling of the new wing of the hotel sits Restaurant Magnolia, awash with potted palm trees, quirky Tom Dixon light fittings and polished concrete walls. Serving an innovative and ever-changing menu of Chilean classics, locally sourced ingredients are transformed into dishes such as short ribs slowly cooked in Chilean Carménère and a traditional conger eel stew. The rooftop terrace offers views of Cerro Santa Lucía and the Santiago skyline, serving an impressive wine and cocktail menu and light bites and sharing plates, from pizza and sandwiches to cheeseboards and Chilean tapas. A boutique hotel in the truest sense, there are no frills or extra facilities at Hotel Magnolia but the location at the heart of Santiago’s El Centro district more than compensates. Walk out the front door and discover the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, the fascinating Museum of Visual Arts or the Cultural Centre of Gabriela Mistral. Climb Cerro Santa Lucía for magnificent views of the city, or head further afield to explore the bohemian streets of Barrio Bellavista and La Chascona, the home of famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda.
Hotel Magnolia’s 42 rooms and suites are spread throughout both the original 1920s wing of the building and the newer extension, completed in 2016. The superior rooms are a fusion of modern Chilean design and original 1920’s architecture, some with stained-glass windows and thick stone walls, other with muted tones and modern accents. Textural linen fabrics and hand painted murals of Chilean birds and wildlife contrast with the softness of local wood cladding and contemporary design to create light, airy and peaceful spaces. The larger suites are located on the higher floors of the building, with city views, additional seating areas and super king beds. All rooms come complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD Smart TVs, coffee machines and air-conditioning.
With its boutique nature and historic status, Hotel Magnolia isn’t awash with facilities, however its location at the heart of the El Centro district makes it the perfect city bolthole. Restaurant Magnolia lies at the heart of the hotel, serving delicious, modern Chilean cuisine in contemporary surrounds, whilst the rooftop Terrace Bar offers magnificent city views and an extensive wine list, cocktails and light bites. A quiet library lies just off the airy foyer, offering a quiet place for reading or relaxation after exploring Santiago.
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Hotel Magnolia sits at the foot of Cerro Santa Lucía in the city’s El Centro neighbourhood with its restaurants, bars and leafy parks. The trendy Bellas Artes district is within easy walking distance, as are the lively restaurants and bars of Lastarria. Santiago International Airport is approximately 30 minutes away by road.
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