What are the best historic hotels in Santiago?

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Gabriel O’Rorke

Santiago has some lovely 1920s mansions turned hotels. Two of the best are as follows:

The Aubrey:
Open since 2010, this 15-bedroom boutique hotel is made up of two 1920s mansions. A dark wooden paneled staircase runs through the main house, brightened up by Art Deco furniture on the landings. Bedrooms are split between the two mansions, and an outside block near the pool (ask to be in the house if you like more traditional decor and the pavillion rooms if you prefer space and a feeling of independence). A cobbled terrace joins the restaurant and piano bar, with outdoor seating next to an aqueduct-like set of arches, above which sits the swimming pool. The food is international with a Chilean twist, and the smoked rainbow trout with squid ink risotto is especially good (plus I could eat tubs of the pea puree). Don't miss the artisan ice creams for pudding, the chocolate and dulce de leche go down very well with an espresso.

Another 1920s townhouse, Lastarria is also pretty new - it opened in 2011 and sits on a corner of a leafy street in the (you guessed it) Lastarria District. The 14 bedrooms are more traditional, with antique furniture reminding you of times gone past. Food is served in a cute cafe with seating in the internal terrace away from the hustle, bustle and cars. Lastarria is a great district to explore with bars, cafes, boutiques and street stalls aplenty.

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