Chile’s latest boutique hotel already becoming a fast favorite

The Castillo Rojo, centrally located in the Bellavista district, has received rave reviews from around the world.

Historic Bellavista building is reborn as stylish boutique hotel to great acclaim from international press. Photo: Hotel Castillo Rojo/Facebook
Historic Bellavista building is reborn as stylish boutique hotel to great acclaim from international press. Photo: Hotel Castillo Rojo/Facebook

The Hotel Castillo Rojo is the latest boutique offering accommodation in the lively Bellavista area. The red castle, which dates back to 1923, has already impressed travelers from around the world since opening its doors in February.

The hotel — built as a residence for the wealthy Lehuedé family — is still decorated with relics of its former incarnation as a luxurious home. Family photos and furniture once belonging to previous inhabitants decorate the “castillo,” reviving the atmosphere of a lost age.

After being bought by a Russian in 1947, the red castle became home to a gathering of artists. The remodeling of the building sought to capture the heritage of previous inhabitants, while offering premium comfort for today’s guests.

“Set on a petite plaza, the building combines if-you’ve-got-it-flaunt-it qualities with uninhibited architectural make-believe,” was how British newspaper The Independent described the imposing building, which lies next to Plaza Camilo Mori.

The newspaper went on to highlight the comfortable rooms on the top floor, the history of the hotel, as well as the ease of access to Santiago’s main destinations.

The striking red facade has long made it an iconic building in Bellavista but since its evolution into a boutique hotel, the “castillo” has further cemented itself as a local landmark by virtue of its close proximity to nearby restaurants and nightspots in the bohemian neighborhood.

“The location of the hotel lends itself to being in the nucleus of culture and gastronomy of Santiago, because the people who come here are two steps from the most typical restaurants and from place like Patio Bellavista,” said Jean Pierre Beaujano, general manager of Castillo Rojo to CNN Chile.

Bellavista has long been the hub of entertainment in Santiago, with an eclectic mix of tourists, students, food lovers and night owls making their way through the wide variety of establishments in the neighborhood.

The Hotel Castillo Rojo adds another high quality option to the growing sector of boutique hotels found in Santiago. Bellavista is not the only neighborhood to enjoy a new lease of life as historic buildings are being renovated across the country, providing guests with comfort but also contributing to the preservation of the nation’s architectural heritage.