The Aubrey, Santiago $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Built in the bohemian barrio of Bellavista, the 15-room Aubrey was once the patrician home of a Chilean railway magnate. The 1927 mansion retains its terra-cotta roofs, overhanging eaves, and exposed beams, but a lengthy restoration by two former London bankers has seen its austere wood paneling and heavy beams brightened by wingback chairs, crystal chandeliers, and fresh flowers. Many of the spacious rooms have a balcony, a private patio, or original parquet flooring, and all are soundproofed and slickly furnished with Tom Dixon lamps, leather chairs by Chile's Santiago Valdés, and mosaic-tiled walls. Outside, water cascades from stone arches in the cobbled, fern-filled courtyard, where award-winning Valparaiso caterers Pasta e Vino serve well-prepared Italian dishes, Ionic columns edge a heated outdoor pool, and two turreted towers (one kitted out for massages, the second housing a DJ booth for the occasional party) overlook a garden of royal palm, acacia, and jasmine that sprawls up the lower slopes of 2,800-foot Cerro San Cristobal. Amiable staff smooth travel pains by pressing a couple of shirts at no charge upon arrival; bikes are available for scooting around Bellavista or exploring the Parque Metropolitano, next door. 2010 Hot List
Which room to book: Non-exhibitionists should request a room with a separate bathroom, not an in-room, glass-walled cubicle.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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