About this listing
Great little apartment with lovely views of the mountains and situated in a nice, village-like neighborhood with plenty of dining and bar options. Also very conveniently located 1 block away from the main metro line in town.
The apartment has one of the best views in town -- an unblemished view of the San Cristobal hill with the virgin statue, the Mapocho River and the Andes to the northeast.
More importantly, it's in a really safe neighborhood yet vibrant with lots of bars and restaurants, unlike many of the top listings in Airbnb that are in dingy and unlit areas of downtown.
The Manuel Montt area of Providencia is an elegant neighborhood with old fashioned shops from the 1960s and 1970s and is safe at all times of day. The immediate area has become a fashionable to dine without getting the noise and crowds associated with Bellavista. Within a few blocks you can eat Irish, Catalan, Belgian, Spanish, Japanese and French cuisine! We have an Irish Bar two blocks away, the fashionable Liguria Bar two blocks away, two theaters on the same block, metro station a block away, 24-hour all nighter stores, a gym and a riverside park fashionable with joggers. And yet it's quiet at night!
The building was completed in 2010 and the one-ambience living room + kitchen have been decorated in a modern style. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes herbs and spices so you can cook without having to buy everything. We have the lovely Providencia food market a few blocks away. The bedroom comes with an ample supply of bedclothes and towels should you be planning a longer stay. The flat is ideal for a couple with dining area for two.
When you get here the wine rack is full and there even a couple of whites in the fridge. You just pay for what you use and at it's priced at reasonable rates.
Sleeps max: 2
Located in the Manuel Montt area -- area of bars and cafes located 1 block from the main Providencia avenue and metro.
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
Prices are inclusive of household bills.
6 mega Internet connection and cable TV included.
Overnight storage heaters, fan for summer months.
Modern American style refrigerator
Flat comes equipped with all kitchen equipment, including liquidizer, toaster, microwave.
Spices and herbs and basic supplies such as coffee, tea and sugar are supplied.
Bathroom equipped with hairdryer, soap, shampoo.
Living room has a music player, Sony plasma TV and DVD player.
I supply a Chilean mobile phone with a prepaid card. You inherit whatever credit is leftover from the previous and it's easy to top up with more credit.
Full access to apartment, including coffee + tea + sugar and other basic food items free of charge. I have varied Chilean wines for people to try that I charge at reasonable prices. Honesty box system.
Interaction with Guests
I will most likely leave you the key with our 24-hour receptionists during office hours as I have a day-job! Also I will do that for late night arrivals, I will leave the key with our 24-hour receptionists. While the receptionists can help with basic local information if you speak a little Spanish, I am always just a phone call or email away if you need anything!
The neighborhood has everything at hand. Old shops, metro station, buses, great little bars and restaurants (I have Irish, Thai, Catalan, Uruguayan, Belgian, Chilean, French all within two blocks!!). We even had a theater a block away, and ice cream parlor from the 1950s. You can walk to two top restaurants -- Astrid y Gaston and Aqui Esta Coco, and also to the very popular Liguria tapas bar just a block away. What more can I say?
I strongly recommend tour agency La Bicicleta Verde for guided tours in Santiago, nearby vineyards and Valparaiso. Please see their website (website hidden) for more details, and please tell them that you were sent by Matt Craze for special attention! They are a good bunch of guys with tours in English and Spanish and in particular they have a great day out at Concha y Toro vineyard where you can roam the estate on bicycle!! They also have an actual office in Valparaiso and they know the place inside out.
Yes, metro serving the main line a block. Lots of buses. Metro will get you downtown in 10 minutes. And to the uptown financial district, also in 10 minutes.
Other Things to Note
A note on safety. Santiago in general is a very safe city, and violent crime is not common. You do have to be alert with pickpockets in busy areas. Many Airbnb apartments are located in the downtown area -- while this is an area that has improved a lot in recent years -- many streets in the area are still dimly lit and some are a bit edgy at night. My neighborhood located in Providencia is very safe -- we have slightly better lighting and because of its popular bars and restaurants there are people milling around at all times, which increases the sense of safety. Santiago, and indeed most South American cities, tend to be noisier than North America and Europe. Luckily the apartment block is located on a quiet street, but you will often hear late night revelers -- I think my best advice is just go with the flow -- when in Rome!!
Please use Airbnb for all initial correspondence. I advertise the apartment as a non-smoking apartment, but I don't really have a problem smoking on the balcony as long you close the doors. All food stored in the cupboards, and things like tea and coffee can be used freely.
El departamento es tal cual lo publicado. Muy buena ubicacion, comodo, luminoso, moderno, muy limpio y bien decorado, con excelente paisaje. Nos encanto la cocina electrica!
El edificio nos resulto seguro, con recepcion las 24 hs. Muy cerca del metro, avenidas importantes, restaurantes y pubs.
La cama nos resulto muy blanda, poco aconsejable para personas con problemas de espalda.
O apartamento de Matthew é uma excelente escolha para quem quer ficar bem servido de serviços e comércio, bares e restaurantes, além de transporte público (a estação de metrô Manuel Montt está a uns 3 minutos de caminhada). Ele fica perto da agitação de Providência mas, curiosamente, em uma rua supertranquila e silenciosa. Matthew foi um grande anfitrião, sanando todas as nossas dúvidas e nos dando dicas sobre as atrações mais próximas e como chegar até elas. Recomendadíssimo.
The apartment is on a safe and quite street about a 5 minute walking distance from many excellent restaurants and about 15 minutes from Bella Vista.
The size is a bit smaller than what we reprieved from the pictures but since this was a vacation, we did not spend much time in the apartment. It was nicely decorated and the best part of the experience was Matthew, the host. He made us felt like family and went the extra mile to make sure we were comfortable and even posted an ad to try and find us tickets to the final game for Copa America.
When we decided to rent a car, he advised on a garage that was only two blocks away and cost about $15 USD per day. You will feel that you have a trustworthy friend in him and he even keeps a cell phone in the apartment that you can use (Chilean number).
Enjoy your trip and make sure you do a wine tour while in Chile. If the time allows it, visit Valparaiso.
Thank you, Matthew!
The location is ideal for those hoping to see some of the sights of Santiago. It is close the metro and San Cristobal hill. Matthew always responded quickly via messaging and was very friendly and helpful on the phone. Thanks for your hospitality.
The experience was really great! Matthew helped us in everything we needed. The location was great, with a good access to the metro and a lot of facilities nearby!
El apartamento esta muy bien ubicado, la vista es muy bonita. Encontramos todo en buen estado, sin embargo encontramos mucho polvo en las alfombras de la habitación principal, lo que nos obligó a aspirar, pero esto mejoro un poco. No recibimos asistencia de Matthew para resolver el tema. Por otro lado el mueble de la sala esta en regular condición así como el colchón de la cama. Dos temas que aparecen en la promesa, que son el teléfono y el vino, no estaban disponibles.
Matthew's apartment looks just like the photos! Everything was neat and clean waiting for me. Really enjoy the google maps he did with directions for all the useful venues around! Will surely return. Highly recommended.
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About the Host, Matthew
I have lived on-off in Santiago since 1997. I can offer good advice on just about anything in Chile! I also spent a decade working for the international news agency Bloomberg.