Monday, January 22, 2018

NOI Vitacura Santiago Review

NOI Vitacura Hotel Review

"A stylish hotel in one of Santiago’s most desirable residential areas, with an intelligently-designed latticework façade and a fabulous rooftop pool and bar that afford guests views of the nearby Andes mountain range. The Noi Vitacura is close to some of the city’s most exclusive restaurants and fashion stores."

Location 7/10: Vitacura, to the east of the city, is ideal for those who want to wind down after a flight or tour. While principally an upmarket residential district, there are plenty of buzzing bars and restaurants, as well as chic boutiques – indy and big brand – on and around Avenida Alonso de Córdova, which is within easy walking distance. The area can seem a bit sterile compared with historic downtown and boho Bellavista. A taxi ride to those areas takes 20-25 minutes.

Style & character 8/10: The 10-storey building is quite a landmark in a neighbourhood of mainly low-slung buildings, with pine latticework wrapped around a glass and steel structure — this looks great but also means natural light can flood in without being blindingly bright. The interior, full of dramatic angles, airy open spaces (or 'voids') and high-rise bridges, cool little settees and bespoke lighting has a very contemporary feel. The decked rooftop terrace (with pool and bar) is dashingly handsome, too, and affords sweeping views of the Andes and across the city.

Service & facilities 9/10: A serious business hotel; the Noi Vitacura has super-efficient, multi-lingual lobby staff, six conference rooms with space for 360 people and limited parking (charged). There’s a relaxed, attractively designed spa, small fitness centre, heated indoor pool and an outdoor pool on the roof terrace that has a view of the snow-capped Andes on clear days.

Rooms 8/10: The 87 rooms come in six categories, from smallish 'deluxe' rooms to an executive suite that’s three times as big, and comes with a large dining room and living room. Bathrooms vary across the categories, with simple glass-walled showers in all and baths and even outdoor whirlpool tubs in the pricier suites. Brown and beige hues predominate, as well as lots of clean white surfaces and posh sheets and fabrics have been imported from Portugal and Italy.

Food & drink 9/10: Breakfast is a generous buffet of rolls, cured meats, fresh fruit and decent coffee. The Territorio restaurant changes its menu (standardised across Noi’s six hotels) with the seasons, drawing produce from across Chile’s regions: the seafood options are outstanding, and wine matching taps the ample resources of the hotel’s Chilean-oriented cave. Try the wild boar cooked in aromatic herbs, served with tasty natve potatoes, spinach and mushrooms — the biar is sourced in southern Chile’s lake district. The Tramonto bar and terrace on the roof, popular with couples and after-work groups, serves pizzas, ceviches, empanadas, burgers and oysters, plus great cocktails, pisco sours, champagne and beers.

Value for money 8/10: Double rooms from USD 249 (£189) year round. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities? Yes, and two specially equipped bedrooms.

Family-friendly? Not especially, but there are two connecting rooms on each floor, and extra beds are available at $80/£60 per night and cribs are free – but should be booked in advance.

Vitacura, Avenida Nueva Costanera 3736, Santiago, Chile. 00 56 2 2941 8100