Hotel Plaza San Francisco

Alameda 816, Santiago, 6513483, Chile | 4 star hotel
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Over the Andes to Santiago

A travel blog entry by jrushton

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We caught the lunchtime flight back over the Andes to Santiago in Chile. Amazing flight as you can imagine. The highest peaks are around 6000m I believe. Wow what a city. So beautiful, cultured and clean.Lots of security near our hotels we are only a block from the presidential palace. Their new president was to be installed into office on Tuesday …

Prelude - The Wines of Chile

A travel blog entry by hadwin

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Well, a driving tour of Santiago. There was a lot of decayed elegance with some very impressive tumbled down buildings which to be honest, are very sturdy and slowly being taken over and restored mainly by local Universities. Some of the better looked after and restored Villas are stunning but these are the exception. The damage seems to be a …

Santiago-t here

A travel blog entry by hadwin

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Well the journey to the long country is also a long one although to be honest, remarkably straight forwards and not at all bad.

Started in a West End Lane Cars minicab with a very polite and chatty Somali who was good company to Paddington. 5pm Friday, Paddington – it's a zoo! Half of London trying to leave and catch the train before …

The Friday that was and still is...

A travel blog entry by carmen_4655

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It is way too early to be awake! Well, I'm packed and ready to go, just have to get the car packed and head over to pick Roxy up. I am feeling a little anxious as well as excited. It is with a humble heart that I set off from Australia today and I pray that we return with a greater sense of ourselves; knowing that we accomplished something profound …

Santiago and the rough rugged Andes

A travel blog entry by jules-honeyyear

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A few thoughts......
Our trip to Chile started with a few days in the Santiago the capital of Chile. One of the highlights of Santiago where the fashion museum, where I spent an entire afternoon looking at collections from different designers from the 80's and learning of the inspiration behind the collections. This combined with the music and …

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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Plaza San Francisco Santiago

    Reviewed by hadwin

    Comfy hotel

    Reviewed Mar 9, 2014
    by (5 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Very pleasant hotel - huge rooms and comfy beds. Nice breakfast.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by carmen_4655

    Amazing!

    Reviewed Jul 17, 2013
    by (2 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    It's flash for me.

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    Reviewed by jules-honeyyear

    Pleasant Stay

    Reviewed Dec 8, 2012
    by (14 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    This hotel is good value for money taking into consideration what other hotels in the same class charge. Staff are very helpful. The location is good if you plan on visiting museums and other attractions of the historical center. If you plan on mostly going on day trips to the Andes, vineyards etc, you are probably better off staying on one of the other more charming neighborhoods such as Provedencia, Las Condes or Vitacura.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by debnsam

    Much needed luxury.

    Reviewed Aug 17, 2012
    by (8 reviews) Perth , Australia Flag of Australia

    Huge king size bed, soft pillows, beautiful sheets, beautiful furniture and an appealing breakfast included. After being in developing countries for the last month, these luxuries are really appreciated.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Plaza San Francisco Santiago

    Better Than Expected

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    I was booked into this hotel by a travel agency and was worried about staying here based on the previous reviewer's comments. I was pleasantly surprised. The lobby is beautiful, the room was large and clean as was the bathroom. The staff was friendly and helpful and the breakfast was quite adequate. I liked the central location and we enjoyed walking the pedestrian only streets that were right across the boulevard from the hotel. I felt safe both at the hotel and in Santiago. We also stayed at the Hotel Orly, which is in a better section of town and would be my preferred hotel for a Santiago vacation, however The Hotel Plaza San Francisco was not a poor choice for a vacation stay.

    In the air tonight

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    When I arrived here in December, it was election day. Needless to say, I could not leave the hotel property that night, because the Presidential candidates were giving speeches on the hotel grounds, and security was tighter than the security at Fort Knox (ok, so I am overexaggerating slightly; and furthermore, the hotel was exceptionally crowded. The lobby is so full of cigarette smoke that it could just be as hazardous as downtown Mexico City. Fortunately, I was staying in a room, and not in the lobby. However, there needs to be a lid on all that excess smoke, especially for people with breathing problems, like me. My room was for the most part comfortable, so I rarely had to hang out in the lobby, unless I was checking in, checking out, or checking out information in the lobby area. Lots of noise Election Night, but that was to be expected in any country. Bathrooms were clean. Hotel had a good pool and exercise room, which I used on my last day. I was selected this hotel by my tour group agency. So much graffiti and trash in the downtown area that I decided to have all my meals in my room. Even the historical church next door had some graffiti. All-in-all, Santiago resembles one oversized slum. If it wasn't for the supersized mountains on the fringe of the city, and the nearby wineries, this wouldn't have been worth more than a one day stay. The meals at the hotel were decent, but I had awful diarrhea one night/day, and ended up ten minutes late for a wine tour, as I had to detour first to pick up some developed photos. Checkout took too long a couple of times. Storage was good though, for stuff that I left in the hotel while doing out-of-town tours.

    Good value, but not the best

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    We were only here two nights, however I was a bit disappointed in this hotel.

    Chile

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    This was our first time to Santiago. We stayed at Hotel San Francisco for 3 nights. I was not too happy with this hotel. As soon as you enter the lobby, it gives you such an old feeling. The lighting is extremely dull in the lobby as well as the rooms. We had booked for a non smoking room, but they did not have it available so we ended up getting a smoking room. The furniture is extremely old, so is the carpet in the room. The food is not great. The breakfast was not good at all. The eggs seemed as though it was not cooked. They had the regular, bread and some pasteries. I don't know why they rave about their restaurant. The hotel is not located in a safe area. We were told not to leave the hotel after 7:30 pm. I would not go back here. If you are spending your money, i would recommend spending a bit more and staying at a better hotel.

    Not very clean, very disappointing restaurant

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    We were here for our first night in Santiago. Our First approach wasn't very good. The window leading to a terrace in front of our room was so filthy you could barely see through it (although I must say when we asked if it could be cleaned they were very quick and very kind). The room in itself was quite clean and the furniture not bad. The bathroom was in poor conditions: old and chipped tub and sink, malfunctioning shower and chipped wall tiles.

    Great value to stay at but eat out!

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    We spent 3 nights at the Plaza and were delighted with the accomodation and value. Our room was large and well appointed with a well fitted marble bathroom. Front of house staff were very efficient and helpful. The most disappointing aspect of the hotel is it's "award winning" restaurant. On our first night we dined in the Hotel and were very disappointed, squid that was full of grit because it had not been properly cleaned ( this was part of a dish that should have included scallops according to the menu but they were missing!), pasta badly made and cooked, all finished of with a dessert buffet that would be more at home in a budget holiday camp! The service was clumsy ( literally the gentleman at the next table had hot soup poured in his lap) and lacking the friendly charm that we found typical of South America. At breakfast things failed to improve with the same standard of service and scrambled eggs in a chaffing dish that should have been thrown out an hour before. While the restaurant has won several awards most of them are from a few years ago and they are now resting on their laurels. We travelled across Argentina and Chilie for two weeks and this Hotel provided the best value delivery for accomodation and easily the worst meal of our trip.

    Wonderful lobby!

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    We spent 5 nights in this hotel and were very pleased with everything. The lobby is spacious and comfortable. The restaurant is the best in Chile. My husband became ill (probably from having a sandwich with lots of mayo at a non airconditioned cafe on the corner), and the chef went out of his way to prepare him a chicken soup which was not on the menu. The hotel room was spacious with a nice view of the Andes, and there was even a life size Spider Man figure perched on the ledge across the courtyard which made me feel really safe. There were two comfortable chairs around a table in the room. The bathroom had a pull out clothesline. It was an easy walk to the tourist attractions. The tourist bureau downtown offers free tours of different sites each week-day. Just behind the hotel is a lovely section of streets called Paris and Londres with wealthy homes built in the 1920s that make you feel like you are in Prague. The colonial museum next door is very interesting, and you can see Gabriela Mistral's Nobel Prize medal there. For a great cafeteria style meal with the local business people go to Homero on Huérfanos and Estado -Pasaje Matte 957. There is a lot to do in Santiago, and if it is too hot go to see a movie with English subtitles. The hotel pool is very nice, but there is too much clorine. Both men and women wear bathing caps.

    Santiago

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    I went to Chile in Feb 2005 & stayed at the Hotel Plaza San Francisco on 4 separate occasions, for 1 night each time, below are a few of my thoughts on the hotel:

    * I would class it as a low range 4 star hotel (it probably was the best in it's hay day)

    * During our 4 stays, we had a selection of different standard of rooms, try not to get one on the front of the hotel as it can be quite noisey

    * Breakfast was average (if you have an early flight, drinks & cakes are supplied in the lobby)

    * Great central location

    PS I wouldn't spend too long in Santiago, not a lot to see. The museum is worth a look. Highly recommend eating at El Naturista a vegetarian restaurant it is really busy every lunch time we went & cheap

    Great Location

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    The lobby is the best. You'll see business and pleasure travelers lounging on sofas. Walk further to the bar and people are drinking pisco sours (national drink) and a few steps further a comfortable small restaurant. The lobby has to be one of my favorites-- you have a true feel for Santiago-- you won't find in an American hotel. I thought the art added to the special atmosphere.

    Great Food, Great Staff, No Noise

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    A quiet, comfortable refuge from a noisy and chaotically fun city, this hotel had a top notch staff that was warmly inviting and eager to please. Our room was spotless, the bathroom immaculate and the double paned glass windows a welcomed shelter from the street noise below.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Plaza San Francisco Santiago

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent