Luciano K Santiago
Only a five-minute walk in the bohemian area of Lastarria, Luciano K includes restaurants, cafés and beautiful ice-cream parlours on its doorstep. Two blocks north, throughout the Rio Mapocho, is located another brilliant Santiago district, Bellavistafamous for its brightly colored buildings, pubs and also the late poet Pablo Neruda’s beautiful museum and house. The square square Plaza de Armas and La Moneda presidential palace are a 20-minute stroll off, or 2 stops on the subway from the channel Baquedano, just two blocks from your resort. Luciano K appears across a major road to fairly Parque Forestal. Triple glazing signifies traffic noise does not disturb the silent air indoors.
Style & personality
In the marble entry to the darkened bar on the seventh-floor roof patio, Luciano K is a Art Deco pleasure. There’s a charming wrought-iron elevator, the earliest in Santiago, along with the dining area on the ground floor is adorned with geometric patterns, winged seats and unique tiling. Constructed in the 1920s by architect Luciano Kulczewski, the resort has honoured its founder in more than just name. Black and white pictures of Santiago decorate the walls and hints use Art Deco decoration, but the resort also ensures guests have all of the contemporary conveniences they want — a nod to Mr Kulcewski, that made the building are the earliest in Chile with central heating.
Service & amenities
The rooftop patio and bar is among the resort’s best selling things. Luciano K can be promoted as with a rooftop swimming pool — that can be quite a stretch to get the very small pool at the corner of the patio — even though the views are lovely. There’s absolutely no spa, but there’s a sauna on the ground floor for guests who wish to unwind at the close of a day holiday, and room service for people who wish to dine in isolation. Multilingual staff are amazingly friendly and will help organise trips and airport transfers.
This tall, narrow construction may adopt its Art Deco legacy, however the 38 rooms are totally contemporary, with soundproofed windows so that you won’t be bothered by traffic sounds, along with a soothing colour palette of greys and blues. You’ll see original parquet floors, but also enormous, comfy beds with sumptuous fabric headboards, clean white walls dotted with modern paintings and contemporary white-tiled baths behind stained-glass doors. Touches like the bathrobe and slippers and blankets made from grape seed extract — a nod to Chile’s wine tradition — give the rooms an elegant touch.
Food & beverage
A buffet breakfast of pastries, yogurt, cereals and fruit, along with bacon and eggs created to purchase, is included and can be served at the ground-floor restaurant. Head up to the roof patio and also you can enjoy a menu of tapas dishes, sandwiches or something more substantial like quinoa tabbouleh with prawns, skirt steak or ceviche as you see the sun set across town. Some visit the patio simply to enjoy a sundowner cocktail — that the pisco sours are advocated. However, for people who wish to unwind in their rooms, there’s the choice of room service.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $169 (#126) in low season; and out of $199 (#148) in high season (October to April), including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
There’s one available room.
Kids aged 12 and under can stay for free when using existing bedding or having an excess bed if they’re staying in a package. An excess bed can be set in suites for kids aged 12 and above to get an extra $60 (#45) per night.
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