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Author:Bradley, Ruth
Position:ON THE ROAD: SANTIAGO, CHILE
 
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The opening of the W Santiago in 2009 marked the hotel chain's debut in South America and Chile's capital remains its only location in the region. The hotel, in the heart of the fashionable El Golf district, caters mostly to businesspeople and is a particularly popular choice with younger executives. Along with two restaurants--Japanese and French--it offers a terrace with a spectacular view over the city as well as the lively Whiskey Blue night club. Chief Concierge Sandra Riveros offers her tips for making the most out of a trip to Santiago.

What restaurant would you recommend for a professional lunch or dinner?

Our First recommendation, of course, is the hotel's own restaurants but, other than that, we mostly recommend restaurants on Avenida Nueva Costanera and, particularly, Tierra Noble. If guests want to be able to talk quietly, we call the manager there and they provide a very good service in that respect. Others we recommend on Nueva Costanera are Ox for meat and Puerto Fuy. I know there are a lot of restaurants on our street, Isidora Goyenechea, but they get very busy, especially at lunchtime, and we explain that to guests.

I have 24 hours in Santiago. What itinerary would you recommend?

We offer guests a city tour with a private driver, but quite often they want to explore on their own. In that case, we suggest they use the subway--which is very safe--and get off at the Pedro de Valdivia station to visit the Providencia district and then get back on and go to the Baquedano station to visit the Bellavista area and walk through the park by the river into the downtown area and La Moneda presidential palace and, perhaps, the Central Market.

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