The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago
Like the city itself, the Ritz-Carlton in Santiago, Chile, is a fine orchestration of classical and contemporary elements. The stone, brick, and glass exterior—with its vaulted glass dome that houses the spa and rooftop pool and affords guests a spectacular view of the mountains—belies the hotel’s interiors, which recall an English gentlemen’s club. The warm glow of crystal chandeliers saturates the hardwood paneling, while the graceful 18th-century-style French and English furnishings and Persian wool carpets seem to float on expanses of polished terrazzo. The serenity of the lobby, however, gives way to a tropical ebullience in the 205 guest rooms, where saffron, crimson, and sage create a lively palette. At Adra, the hotel’s signature restaurant, chef Tomás Olivera adds Mediterranean flair to seafood dishes such as pan-fried congrio with abalone sauce. As its name suggests, Wine 365, under the direction of sommelier Magda Saleh, offers a different Chilean wine for every day of the year. Saleh pairs the wines with an array of eclectic delicacies (duck carpaccio or even a BLT) that, like the Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, stylishly mingle the conventional with the cutting-edge. Accommodations The 205 guest rooms include 49 Club Level rooms, three Club Suites, 12 executive suites, and a presidential suite. Dining The formal decor of Adra provides an elegant setting in which to enjoy the restaurant’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, featuring fresh Chilean seafood. The more casual Wine 365 boasts an extensive Chilean and French wine list. The Lobby Lounge serves afternoon tea, while the Ritz-Carlton Bar offers cigars, tapas, and your choice of cocktail, from the traditional pisco sour to your favorite martini. Facilities The hotel’s financial-district location and ample meeting space make it ideal for conferences. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate some 350 guests. The Boutique Spa, located on the top floor of the hotel, offers a fitness center, a pool and Jacuzzi, men’s and women’s steam rooms, and a range of spa treatments. Concierge Recommends At Wine 365, sommelier Magda Saleh will create a customized experience that takes you on a gustatory journey through Chile’s wines and cuisine, pairing rarities such as Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta with braised lamb shanks or Sol de Sol Chardonnay with “Trilogy” seviche. Rates From $270 to $2,400.