The arrival of boutique hotels in Forest Park neighborhood

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A stunning lamp tears looms behind the thick glass door that serves as the entrance to Aubrey , the new boutique hotel that opened three weeks ago in the Forest Park neighborhood .

Located in Santiago Bueras 188, this house of four floors and elegant style with parquet floors and doors raulí was built in 1927 by architect Jorge Arteaga , head – with Sergio Larraín García Moreno , the “boat building ” Santa Lucia corner of Merced.

“The idea was to open the first boutique hotel in downtown Santiago in a newly restored heritage home with tasteful decor , intimate atmosphere and personal attention ,” says Gallucci Christian Rios , one of the architects who took charge of the remodeling of the place which cost $ 2.5 million.

There are 14 rooms in a house of 850 m2. Prices range from U.S. $ 170 to U.S. $ 350 in low season ( May to September) . From October to April the price goes up to $ 380. Three rooms have a terrace with views of the North Forest Park and the Palacio Bruna ( former U.S. Embassy ) . The southern view is overlooking the inner garden and a small illuminated pool .

The facade of the house was not touched because the neighborhood is typical zone , and only painted in a color that was approved by the Council of Monuments and the Municipality of Santiago.

On the second floor the place it worked for over 30 years, until January 2010, the news agency EFE. ” The first floor was cellar and parking , the room was abandoned and the third lived agency director ,” says Rodrigo Giadalah , Business Administration from Catholic University and one of the owners .

Giadalah that the opening of the hotel has changed the face of the neighborhood and the neighbors even have planting flowers on the sidewalks spontaneously. For the safety of tourists due to its proximity to Plaza Italia , their protests and sporting events , every night , for 23 hours at 7 am, a guard guards the door of Aubrey Boutique Hotel .

A new tenant

The Aubrey is not the only boutique hotel in this street , or at least it will not be for long. In Santiago Bueras 121 is a house in the early nineteenth century , which also has access to Merced 120, where it is built boutique hotel HM . Be nine rooms ranging in estimated value is between $ 100 and $ 200. There are four floors and the fourth is projected a terrace overlooking the Parque Forestal . In the first a restaurant, which would open in December will be located .

” The idea behind this project is to bet on the neighborhood,” explains architect Nicholas Cortez. “We want Bueras Santiago Street becomes a pedestrian walkway and continued Aubrey , because structure is destined to be. GAM has given another nuance to Aubrey , reinforced the cultural and heritage that has bet the neighborhood and that is the basis for these projects to be ” shoots .

SOURCE: La Tercera