The Icon Hotel Santiago – Soft Opening
After the long, but enjoyable flight from Sydney to Santiago, I was glad I had pre-arranged a transfer from the airport to the hotel. It was simple to arrange the transfer before arrival through the hotel. Even though they use a third-party provider, it was charged directly to my account. That was a welcome surprise we wish more hotels gave us.
Icon Hotels – Bespoke Yet Global
The Icon Hotel in Santiago is brand new and was an absolute treat. They are taking bookings throughout the soft opening phase, with greatly reduced pricing. Be aware though that there are still some things under construction. Largely though the hotel is ready to go and beautifully designed.
Icon Hotels are a global chain with bespoke properties across Asia, the US, and now in South America. Each property is uniquely designed, with quality fittings and trendy furnishings. Their new Santiago hotel was no exception!
A Warm Welcome to Santiago
On arrival, to what looks like an office tower building, you are warmly greeted by the door staff and welcomed into the stunning lobby. Light and air are key aspects of the design. Large floor to ceiling windows are everywhere, including in the guest rooms.
The lobby has several different seating areas and a high table with bar stools to work on your laptop, which is great if you’re waiting for your room. The reception staff, fluent in both Spanish and English, made me feel very welcome. They explained the features of the hotel. They also mentioned the soft opening and what this implied.
Conference facilities on the lower floors were as yet incomplete, as was the bar at the rooftop pool. The hotel was ready for guests, with beautifully set-up rooms, a lovely bar and restaurant, and very friendly staff. Free wi-fi is provided throughout the hotel, which is something we applaud in hotels.
I was pleased about being allocated a corner room on the 11th floor, because it had sweeping views over the Las Condes suburb of Santiago. Even though the Icon is not centrally located near to the major tourist attractions, it is easy to get around with taxis and the metro. Both are very easily accessible from the hotel.
A large shopping centre is across the road for any supplies you may need. It also contains several cafes for a quick bite to eat.
On entering the room, I was impressed with the classy design and the tasteful decor. I especially loved the full walls of glass windows. In the centre of the room was a king-sized bed and facing this was the largest free standing TV I have seen in a hotel room. The TV was moveable too, to allow you to move it if you wanted to have uninterrupted views from bed.
There was also a work desk and a sitting chair, both by the windows.
The bathroom was stylish in design, with a large basin, rain shower, and amenities provided.
The hotel also offers a free mini-bar, with several choices of soft drinks and snack bars available.
Places to Relax at the Icon
The Icon has a pool and relaxation area on the roof-top and the views are stunning! There are several cabanas with couches for relaxing, and even curtains if you desire additional privacy.
There are also pool lounges and tables and chairs for when the pool bar is completed. This would be an ideal spot to while away a few hours under the warm Andean sun and a welcome remedy for any jet lag.
Eating and Drinking
Breakfast is provided in the restaurant downstairs with a buffet offering cold meats, fruit, pastries, salads, and hot breakfast foods. Cereals, juices, tea and coffee are all available.
On the downside, this is the only meal the hotel serves. There are no options for lunch or dinner inside the hotel at the moment. Hopefully this will come when the hotel is fully completed.
I started my day with a healthy choice breakfast of tomato, ham, avocado and cheese.
There is also a bar next door with a wonderful range of Chilean wines available by the glass. An upcoming post on wine tasting in Chile will give you more details about the high quality of the wine from this region.
Expert Traveller Recommends…
Like many large capital cities, hotels in Santiago can be expensive. This beautiful hotel, especially during the soft opening period, brings down the price considerably.
It’s stylish design, beautiful rooms, and stunning rooftop pool make this a great hotel for a short stay for business or pleasure. We would definitely stay here again if passing through Santiago, as we were this time on our round the world adventure.
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