Have you heard? For the first time, Mandarin Oriental will be heading south of the border. The luxury brand’s first hotel in South America will be in Santiago, Chile. The Hong Kong-based hotel company recently announced that it will take over management of a 310-room hotel, which it will rename Hotel Santiago in August 2017. Following a top-to-bottom renovation (the first phase is slated to be completed in August 2018), the Hotel Santiago will be rebranded as the Mandarin Oriental, Santiago.
With the stunning backdrop of the Andes mountains, the cosmopolitan capital of Chile is also one of the largest cities in the Americas. The future Mandarin Oriental is situated in Las Condes, a commercial and leisure neighborhood packed with two luxury shopping malls, restaurants, museums and more. Not far from the upscale residential quarter of Vitacura, the property is owned by Hotel Corporation of Chile (HCC).
What to expect at Mandarin Oriental’s exciting new venture? An outdoor pool surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens, a spa, fitness center, five restaurants and bars, plus expansive meeting and event space. Of the 310 guest rooms, the 23 suites have impressive views of the city and the Andes beyond. Stay tuned for more details about Mandarin Oriental’s renovation and how it will affect property design and the room categories.
In other big news for Mandarin Oriental, the upscale hotel brand recently announced a second luxury property in Dubai. In addition to the urban resort called Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah Beach, there will also be a downtown business hotel housed in a 63-storey skyscraper. Currently managing 29 hotels and eight residences in 19 countries, Mandarin Oriental will open their next hotel in Doha.