A business traveller must juggle a busy schedule, and choosing the right hotel to stay amid seminars, meetings, workshops and networking events can really take a big load off their back. In order to do that, one key attribute is a good location.
That’s why Lastarria might as well be called “the loveliest location” in Santiago, for its bustling environment, its range of views and its diverse options for any walking tour.
1. An easy to access location within Downtown Santiago
Lastarria has a huge advantage in terms of connection within the central district and other parts of the city. It is located at a walking distance to the political and financial nodes, and it is next to a series of Metro stations to easily connect with other areas of the capital.
If you’re just arriving or leaving town, its nearby connection to the Costanera Norte urban highway puts you at arm’s length from the airport and the network of motorways to any other city.
2. A diverse neighborhood with parks and museums
Central Santiago holds picturesque and warm European style parks and buildings. Just South of the Mapocho river, the Parque Forestal is one of the most important green areas of the city and a must for locals and tourists.
The park is flanked with restaurants, cafes, the historical center and the Museo de Bellas Artes, a fine arts museum with the French-style architecture that is typical of this district.
The Santa Lucía hill, on the other hand, was the natural fortress where the city was born. Now an attractive promenade, it has a long tradition of welcoming tourists.
3. Cafes, bars and restaurants a few yards from the hotel
One thing that Lastarria is plentiful of is places to have a bite or drink. Whether you just want to sip a traditional cortado coffee and read a newspaper, have an informal meeting, hear some music or plug in your laptop to get some work done, there are options for all types of business traveller.
The Guardian found the best wine bar in Santiago here, with a great wine list, the best menu of pisco in the country, and a chance to compare the Peruvian and Chilean styles of this spirit.
4. A relaxing and intimate neighborhood
Lastarria not only holds a unique place for meetings, but also makes it easy to take a well-deserved break, so that the business traveller can become a regular unwound tourist.
The area boasts a European architectural style, with bookshops, antique stores and stands across the streets, as well as small theaters running plays and old movies.
We hope you find this part of Santiago convenient for your next business trip. You will not only find your activities productive, but you will also be able to take some time off your schedule to unwind, walk around and enjoy this vibrant urban area.
Barrio Lastarria is an eclectic mix between classical and art deco buildings, with traditional Chilean cuisine mixed up with fusion food, locally brewed beers and European spirits. The neighborhood and its surroundings also house a wide range of theme bars to enjoy very particular styles of entertainment.
This restaurant embodies best the fine eclectic style of Barrio Lastarria, mixing neoclassic tunes with modern Santiago. The stone fortress where it's located houses a bohemian ambient to enjoy cocktails and tapas, and it’s one of the best places in the neighborhood to hold social events. Its upstairs terrace has one of the best views on the neighborhood to have a drink and go sightseeing. Lastarria 70, Santiago.
Located in the heart of Lastarria, Mamboleta is a proposal of a neighborhood corner bar, with a menu filled with traditional Chilean dishes in a small, tapas’ style serving. Merced 337, Santiago.
This canteen-restobar, recommended by El Mercurio, holds a 12 meter long bar with over 376 different bottles. Like its name says, it has seven variations of its iconic drink, the Negroni, which is an Italian-based cocktail mixing gin, Campari and red vermouth. It also offers locally inspired drinks such as the Motini con Huesillo, using a traditional Chilean dried peach dessert. Mallinkrodt 180, Providencia.
Red Luxury Bar
In this bar you’ll never get the same menu two weeks in a row. Inspired in prohibition-times speakeasies, El Mercurio recommends its darkly-lit striking style, where there is no cocktail menu, but a chalkboard with a list of preparations that are constantly changing. Constitución 53, Providencia
Culto Bar This is paradise for those who love British rock music in the heat of Barrio Lastarria. It has music, videos and drinks inspired on bands as the Verve, The Clash and The Smiths, and locals can ask for a video of their favorite Britpop band as part of their menu, inspired in rock icons such as a sip of the Jarvis (named after the Pulp lead singer) with a side of Zeppelin. Estados Unidos 246, Santiago.
This bar and restaurant is one of the most iconic brands in Santiago, mixing up traditional Chilean drinks and dishes in a vintage styled environment with iconic and historical Chilean advertising. Fodors praises its large selection of Chilean wines and signature cocktails. Merced 298, Santiago
Bar La Junta Right in the middle of Lastarria, you can literally bump into this place when starting a tour. This pub combines beer with a good menu and is recommended by travelers for its “great craft beers along with local lagers”. Now the bar is integrating cellar beer, to stand out from other pubs in the neighborhood. José Victorino Lastarria 70, Local 5, Santiago.
Bar El Túnel
This Funky style disco pub looks like a cabaret. It’s both a great place to go dancing and an ideal venue to check out shows and stand-up comedians -if your Spanish is up to it. Santo Domingo 439, Santiago
If you'revisiting the capital city of Chile you cannot miss having a real bohemian night at this neighborhood of artists, writers and, musicians.
The itinerary must start with a show. You can either go to the theater at Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral(GAM) (Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 227) or to the movies in the beautiful old style cinema El Biógrafo (José Victorino Lastarria 181).
Once in the GAM, you can choose between a lot of different spectacles like dance, performance or play seven in different languages. The program is very dynamic so you never know what you are going to find. On the other hand, in El Biógrafo you can get to see a lot of independent European films.
Once you get out of the theater is a good idea walk through Lastarria and Merced streets. Every afternoon this intersection is the place of gathering of many different street artists, craftsman and, antique sellers. In there you can find a lot of different unexpected treasures.
Another shopping option is Kind of Blue (Merced 323), a record store where you can listen to vinyls and shop between a great variety of music.
Once you get hungry, you can choose between lots of street food options, but if you want to have a truly bohemian meal, you have to go to Les Assassins (Merced 297 - B). This is one of the oldest places in the neighborhood, a strange mixture between a French bistro and an English pub. Definitively a place you have to visit when in Barrio Lastarria Santiago.
To goon with the night and have a traditional drink you can decide between wine and pisco. Or choose both. If you like winetasting, Bocanáriz (José Victorino Lastarria 276) isyour place. In there you will have the chance of taste the best wines of Chilean vineyards.
Though, if you prefer getting to know a very famous local drink your optionis Chipe Libre or Independent Republic of Pisco (José Victorino Lastarria 282) like they like to call themselves. In there, you will have the opportunity of tasting different kinds of pisco and mixings of this Chilean (and Peruvian) grape brandy.
Finally, you can enjoy the rest of the night in one of the numerous terraces of the Lastarria neighborhood, like the one of the Ópera Catedral bar (José Miguel de La Barra 407). In there you can have all sorts of drinks, enjoy the conversation and even get to see different musical shows depending on the day.
As you can see, the only thing youhave to do to enjoy a bohemian night like the locals do at Barrio Lastarria Santiago is put your feet on the street and have a good time.
If you’re travelling to Santiago between December and March, you’ll be able to enjoy the wonders of the Chilean Summer. While locals leave the city for their holidays, you can take advantage of one of the most diverse districts in town.
1. Enjoy the Parque Forestal
This is one of the most beautiful green areas surrounding the historic quarter of Lastarria Santiago. You can go jogging, rent a bike or lay down in the grass, enjoying a picnic while contemplating historical buildings and an eclectic mix of neoclassical architecture and colonial legacy, from Museo de Bellas Artes to the Bruna Palace.
During the Summer you’ll find lots of outdoor activities such as book fairs, recitals and ,theater shows that you can ask about when you arrive at the hotel.
2. Attend a series of workshops at the GAM Summer School
Every year the Centro Gabriela Mistral (GAM) prepares a diverse schedule of activities. It has previously hosted children’s workshops and storytelling activities, Japanese handicraft training, poetry reading and theater shows.
Regardless of the day, in Lastarria Santiago you can walk up to this cultural center and find plenty of fun activities.
3. Walk up the Cerro Santa Lucía
This traditional landmark and cultural heritage for Santiago is a must for anyone who wishes to take a stroll, enjoying both history and sightseeing.
It is one of the most visited public parks, and you can visit both the late 19th century terraces built by governor Benjamin Vicuña Mackenna as well as the old batteries that protected Santiago under Spanish rule.
4. Visit the arts and craft fairs
Lastarria holds a variety of bookshops and artisan fairs such as the Centro Artesanal Santa Lucía, offering traditional clothing and jewellery as well as vintage books.
One renowned corner is the Mulato Gil de Castro square, named after a prominent colonial painter. It is surrounded by restaurants, an archaeological and visual arts museum and the Iglesia de la Vera Cruz, built in 1857.
5. Go on a midnight pub crawl
If you want to have a sip of different tastes, there are some bohemian operators running English-speaking tours around bars and clubs. Explore the eclectic energy of the nightlife in this part of Santiago with other English speakers, within a walking distance or a cab ride from the hotel.
6. Take a break and enjoy our exclusive terrace
If you want to enjoy the sun and the moonlight, and appreciate the scenery while keeping it at an intimate level, Ismael Hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool and sun terrace, where you can enjoy a great view of Santiago.
To know what’s trending during the Summer days you enjoy with us, come to our front desk, and our personnel will be happy to give you the most up-to-date activities taking place.