I had the opportunity of staying at the Oporto for one night in mid December. I am surprised it does not have more reviews. The room I had was small compared to standard North American hotel rooms, but this was known from the onset. It was clean, comfortable, well-lit and air conditioned. The bed was large (for a single) and comfortable, the bathroom was exceptionally clean and all linen was clean. The air conditioning was quiet and comfortable. The room also was quiet. I did not see an elevator for this 2 story building, but it is not an issue since the staff helps you with your luggage. Wifi is also included and was sufficiently fast to easily browse the various travel and Santiago tourist sites.
The rate included breakfast, which was pretty standard. It was not a spread, but I think that’s because the hotel is managing waste (not a bad idea). The hotel will cook you eggs to order, which was great.
The hotel is located in the neighborhood of Providencia, a quiet and treed residential area. I felt perfectly safe walking the neighborhood late at night.
The hotel is located 10 or 12, easily navigated, blocks from the Metro. If you are planning to tour Santiago via the transit system, this distance is no deterrent. Otherwise, taxis are an easy and viable option.
A nice variety of restaurants are also within walking distance. The distance is around twenty blocks – an easy, safe walk or a short taxi ride.
The staff, especially Victor and Carolina, was very accommodating. Some members of the staff speak English well; in any case, I had no issues communicating with the staff. They were also very accommodating - allowing me an early check-in, a late checkout and holding my bags for a late flight out of Santiago. Getting to and from the airport was easy with the TransVIP taxi service (as explained in other posts in this forum). I understand that the hotel will also pickup and drop off at the airport for a fee.
I would not hesitate to stay at the Oporto again and would recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oporto Hotel Boutique, an Eco-friendly pioneer boutique hotel in the city of Santiago. This building was restored from 2 buildings that existed in the 1917's and was transformed becoming a stunning cozy hotel. Oporto Hotel Boutique, after months of planning and designing, finally became a stylish sophisticated green hotel with a merge of European and contemporary influences. ... more less
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