Ritz-Carlton Santiago: Bottom Line Review (Fine Hotels and Resorts)


During our recent Party of 5 Challenge, the entire FM Team travelled together to Santiago, Chile. Nick and I wanted to find an inspiring place to use Greg’s Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) credits that he gets from his various flavors of Amex Platinum cards. We found a great option in the Ritz-Carlton (RC) Santiago, as the rate was only  $239, just $39 above the $200 FHR credit. I’ve stayed at several Ritzes over the years, but I’ve never been to one that’s been very memorable. This one was different.

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago Bottom Line Review

The Ritz-Carlton Santiago is easily one of the best RC stays I’ve had. It’s elegant and luxurious without being over the top and the staff exudes warm hospitality. The FHR suite of benefits was great. Between both rooms, we got two bottles of wine, $300 in food and beverage, an 8:30am check-in, a 4pm check-out and suite upgrades. The rooftop pool, hot tub and outdoor patio rival the Park Hyatt NYC for view and ambiance. The breakfast and brunch were both excellent. While it’s not the best location for a tourist in Santiago, everything else about this hotel is first-rate.

  • Price: We booked this hotel through Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) in order to make use of the American Express Platinum‘s $200 credit. The direct cash price for a standard room when we booked was $208/night and the cost through FHR was $239/night. After the $200 credit, we only paid $39/night out of pocket.
  • Value: As an FHR booking, it’s an incredible value. The food and beverage credits alone are worth ~$150. Add in the room upgrade, early check-in/late check-out and complimentary Wifi and the $239 price starts to feel like a great deal…and that’s before factoring in the $200 Platinum credit.
  • Location: Located in the Las Condes area of Santiago. This is an upscale neighbourhood in the midst of the financial district (dubbed “Sanhattan” by locals). There’s a lot of office buildings and some high-end shopping/dining, but most of the places that you’ll want to go as a tourist will be a short (10-20 minutes) Uber/taxi/metro ride away. There is a metro stop literally out the front door of the hotel.
  • Room: We booked a standard room with two queens and were pro-actively upgraded to a Junior Suite the night before our stay. Although we had three people in our room, at 540sqft it never felt crowded. The massive sofa was comfy and easily big enough to sleep on, so we didn’t need a rollaway bed.
  • Parking: Parking is $20/night.
  • Resort/Destination Fee: None.
  • Internet: Excellent, able to stream throughout the hotel.
  • Service: In a word, exceptional. Our stay started off a bit rocky, as we discovered upon arriving to the hotel that Greg’s backpack was gone (spoiler alert: it was stolen). Both the concierges and the bellman immediately sprang to action, calling the airport, helping us retrace our steps and, eventually, helping with contact with the police. Then, a driver took Greg and Nick to four different police precincts and translated for Greg. Every time that I walked past the front desk or bell station with my water bottle, someone offered to fill it for me. The in-room water/coffee was refreshed three times in a one-night stay. Everyone that we interacted with was warm, competent and extremely helpful.
  • Turndown service: Nightly, with chocolates.
  • Dining:
    • Estro: Primary restaurant for the hotel, it focuses on “New Chilean Cuisine” and is located on the first floor. It also has a lovely patio that can be covered or open, depending on the weather. Breakfast is served 7am-10:30am M-F, ’till 11am on weekends. Open for lunch and dinner from 12:30pm-8pm M-F, dinner only on Saturday from 5pm-8pm and brunch only on Sunday from 1pm-4pm (reservations essential for brunch)
    • Cafe Ritual: Small coffee bar with grab and go sandwiches and pastries. Open 7:30am-6pm M-F. Closed weekends.
    • Lobby Lounge: Afternoon tea is served in this elegant lobby area. Not really a separate lounge; service and drinks are provided from the Ritz Carlton bar (see below).
    • Ritz Carlton Bar: Small cocktail bar located off of the lobby on the first floor. Officially open from 12pm-1am and has live piano music many nights. Live Jazz on Fridays.
  • Spa: There is a full spa on the rooftop with a beautiful pool and hot tub area, as well as an outdoor patio with panoramic views.
  • Fitness Room: Located above the pool on the rooftop. Although modestly-sized, it has enough cardio and weight equipment for a full workout.
  • Fine Hotel and Resorts Benefits: 
    • Room Upgrade: We booked standard rooms and were upgraded to 540sqft Junior Suites.
    • Free Breakfast: Served at Estro Restaurant. Marvelous breakfast buffet supplemented by made-to-order egg dishes, waffles and pancakes. The benedicts were excellent.
    • Property Credit: $100 food and beverage, excluding mini-bar. We used ours on the Sunday brunch before leaving in the afternoon.
    • Early Check-in: Officially 12pm, but we were allowed to check-in at 8:30am due to out early flight (without asking).
    • Free WiFi
    • Late Checkout: We were automatically given a 4pm checkout.
    • Welcome Amenity: A bottle of wine and some snacks were brought to each room in the afternoon.
  • Would I stay again?  Absolutely. The location isn’t ideal, but everything else about the hotel is superb.

Pros and Cons


  • Excellent service.
  • Both the standard rooms and the junior suites are quite spacious.
  • Striking rooftop pool area that gives the Park Hyatt NYC a run for its money.
  • Breakfast is terrific with a wide-variety of regional and international options.
  • Located across the street from a metro stop.


  • As a tourist, Las Condes wouldn’t be my first choice of neighbourhoods in Santiago, simply because it’s likely to be a bit of a hike to anywhere that you want to go.

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago Two Queen Junior Suite

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago One King Junior Suite

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View from rooms
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Complimentary coffee service and bottled water (refilled 2x daily)

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Club King Room Bathroom
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Ritz-Carlton Santiago – Estro Restaurant

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Estro patio
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Breakfast buffet at Estro
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Made-to-order waffles

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Bloody Mary bar
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Make-your-own ceviche station

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago Common Areas

The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago
Hotel exterior (image courtesy of Marriott)

Lobby Lounge

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Ritz-Carlton Bar

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago Rooftop Pool/Spa and Fitness Area

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I’m here at the RC Santiago using FHR and personally a little disappointed. Before arriving I received an email asking about our arrival time and occasion. Although it’s not an anniversary I did indicate it’s our first time in Chile so hoping they would take that into consideration. Upon entering the place felt snobby like old money. The FHR letter provided by the front desk was in Spanish and the attendant was surprised they didn’t have one in English but did explain the benefits. I booked a standard room but was told no upgrade was available even though website showed several club level and suites available. Estro restaurant food and service were great although there was only 3 tables when we dined. Chef gave everyone complimentary small bits beforehand which was a great appreciation. Room has all the standard luxuries. Welcome gift is a bottle of house wine and small cookie chocolate plate. Overall wished we got an upgrade given the situation and available rooms which would have made the ex pop experience much better.


is it true the final bill must be paid with an amex card with the cardholder name on it??


Did you also receive your standard Bonvoy perks/ benefits and night credits as if it were a regular Marriott booking?


We stayed here for 5 days in April using free night certificates. Absolutely agree about the service. Everyone was very ready to help whenever we needed something. Breakfast was great every day. I also loved the amenities they put out for joggers in the korning, maps, water and towels!


Between both rooms, we got two bottles of wine, $300 in food and beverage
Should it be $200 if it is 2 rooms?


As a resident of Santiago, I disagree with the “con” concerning location. I don’t believe you could find a better spot in the city. You’re near some of Santiago’s finest restaurants and upscale bars, not to mention several tourist attractions within walking distance, such as the Sky Costanera observatory atop South America’s tallest building. For everything else, as you mentioned, a metro station for Line 1 is conveniently nearby.

The hotel’s neighborhood is modern, clean, and safe. I surmise that if you had spent a few more days in the city, you would have found more positive aspects about this location.


Fair enough. You’ll find many fantastic independent and boutique hotels in Santiago Centro (downtown), particularly five-star options like The Singular and Hotel Magnolia. Additionally, there are numerous four-star hotels and others at various price points. The only downtown chain hotel is Hotel Accor, so you won’t find many other points-based options.

The Ritz Carlton is located in the El Golf neighborhood of Las Condes comuna (borough). What’s great about El Golf is its vibrant and walkable urban environment. Other chain hotels situated farther out in the comunas of Las Condes and Vitacura, such as the Mandarin Oriental, Renaissance, or Marriott, are in less connected and walkable parts of the city (though these locations have their own advantages). 

Interestingly, recent Chilean news reported a decision by the current government to host the various delegations for the upcoming Pan American games in hotels in Las Condes and Vitacura. They purposefully excluded Santiago Centro from the list, despite the significant investment many of these hotels made in preparation for the games. The current president was a strong supporter of the protest street movement in 2019, which unfortunately wreaked havoc in Santiago Centro. 

Thankfully, this decision has been recently reversed. The government has reconsidered, acknowledging the significant contributions and investments made by the Santiago Centro hotels, thus allowing them to participate in hosting delegates for the upcoming Pan American games. I hope this change of events will further aid the recovery and resurgence of downtown Santiago.

My husband and I coincidentally own a short-term rental apartment across from Santa Lucia park, which I noticed you visited as part of your tour. I have a deep affection for Santiago Centro, and I’m glad to see you enjoyed our city, despite the inauspicious start Greg experienced.


Nice review! I’m actually staying there in a couple months with FHR as well so looking forward to it. One quick question – the hotel website notes under the lobby bar “Dress Code: Jacket”. Do any of the dining/bar facilities have a dress code beyond smart casual?