Santiago Chile | Photo: Luis Alfonso Orellana

Gay Santiago de Chile Santiago de Chile City Guide

Curation by Nacho López, words by Casey Siemasko

If you’re looking for one of South America’s most alluring capital cities, Santiago is the not-so-obvious but oh-so-right choice. Tucked between the majestic Andes Mountains and the Chilean Coastal Range, Santiago promises a little bit of everything—from world-class museums to thought-provoking street art to leafy neighbourhoods dotted with sidewalk cafes. Santiago’s comfortable Mediterranean climate provides the perfect atmosphere for an amble through one of its many stately hillside parks. And of course, wine lovers won’t want to miss a stop at any of the dozen or so nearby vineyards, where you can sip on top-rated Carmenere and Cab Sauv—yet still make it back to the city centre for dinner. In stark contrast to the oppressive Pinochet years (when homosexuality was suppressed entirely), Santiago now has a large, open and diverse LGBTQ community, with LGBTQ organizations and activists continuing to fight repression to achieve equal rights. For your definitive Santiago de Chile gay guide, you’ve come to the right place.

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The best hotels in Santiago

Let’s start this gay Santiago travel guide with a roundup of the best places to stay in Santiago de Chile. In the heart of Lastarria, one of Santiago’s top gastronomic neighbourhoods, is Luciano K. A stay here will instantly transport you back to the luxe and glamour of the 1920s. The historic Art Deco building (once the tallest in Santiago) now houses 38 elegant rooms, seamlessly merging original design details with the most modern of amenities. The rooftop terrace is particularly delightful with its stylish bar, heated swimming pool and sweeping views of Parque Forestal and Alameda Avenue. Also in the heart of Lastarria is The Singular Santiago Hotel. The architectural style here is neo-classic, with nods to the history and culture of Santiago. The family-owned hotel is warm and welcoming without forgoing any luxury; expect a cosy lounge, on-site restaurant, and an elegant rooftop terrace (named one of the best terraces in all of Santiago.)

For a hotel putting the environment first, try Eco Boutique Bidasoa. This hotel boasts 100% sustainable practices while still offering its guests a state-of-the-art gym, quiet swimming pool and pleasant terrace—ideal for sipping on a strong cup of coffee before exploring the surrounding neighbourhood of Vitacura. Or, tucked away in the undiscovered neighbourhood of Barria Italia, there’s the lovely CasaSur Charming Hotel. This small well located family-owned hotel makes you feel at home away from home with a personalized service together with their delicious homemade breakfasts served every morning with free-range eggs made-to-order.

Barrio Bellavista is home to Santiago’s best gay bars and nightclubs, and also where you’ll find The Aubrey. The 1920s building turned boutique hotel has only 15 rooms, each uniquely decorated and most with private outdoor patios or balconies. Don’t leave without trying the hotel’s signature Pisco Sour.

Eco Boutique Bidasoa

Eco Boutique Bidasoa

The Aubrey

The Aubrey

CasaSur Charming

CasaSur Charming

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