After a short wait in the Santiago Grand Hyatt club lounge, we were handed our keys to room 1112, which like the club offered spectacular views of the Andes mountains. We had a standard room on the eleventh floor which was quite large, and had a separate seating area on a lower level section of the room.
The hotel is currently being renovated, and a portion of each floor was closed off, but we weren’t bothered by any construction noise during our overnight stay.
After settling into the room, we headed out for a brisk walk to the nearby mall, touring the beautiful property grounds on the way.
This is our third stay at this Grand Hyatt, so we are familiar with the immediate area, and it hasn’t changed much in the last couple years. In fact the road construction on the road by the hotel and mall is still going on from our last visit in March 2015!
We had lunch at the mall in the food court at noon. I emphasize noon as we walked around the outdoor mall complex, only to find all of the restaurants closed until noon. That included the chains such as Tony Roma’s, TGIF Friday’s, as well as several local restaurants. Even at noon, no one seemed to be flocking into any of the restaurants, so we went inside the mall to the 2nd floor food court to eat.
I had McDonald’s and DOS had pizza from a local chain, same as our last visit here!
By late afternoon we were both starting to fade from the overnight flight, so after showering we took a nap. Around 6:30pm, we went up to the 16th floor Club lounge and had some light snacks and Chilean Cabernet. The four cheeses they had really went well with the wine, but we didn’t have much as we didn’t want to fill up before dinner.
Around 7:30pm, we walked back over to the mall area and had dinner at Santabrasa where we have eaten twice before and always enjoyed it. They have moved locations, from the second to first floor, and have a larger space now, including outdoor seating.
We sat inside as it was getting cooler in the evening (it is winter after all in the Southern Hemisphere ), and had a friendly waiter, and was assisted by the English speaking hostess, and our translator app on our phone. The Chilean people are so lovely, and genuinely go out of their way to assist you, we’ve found many times in different places and situations, and this was no exception.
We had dinner with shrimp appetizers, garden salad and dry-aged ribeye’ all very good. We also had a Chilean Cabernet that went well with our meal. We even split a dessert after dinner!
We then walked back to the hotel and DOS got ready for bed, while I went down to Duke’s, the hotel lounge and had a nightcap brewski. It was a quiet night in there and the staff were so friendly chatting with me and offering me suggestions on which wineries to visit when we return to Santiago over Labor Day weekend.
But as we had to depart the hotel at 5:30am for the airport and our onward trip to Easter Island, I headed to bed by 10:30pm. Tomorrow is another day, and another five hour flight. I guess I can sleep some on the plane.