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Holidays in Plaza de Armas
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This historic central square is home to magnificent works of architecture, museums and a nice blend of city workers, street performers and artisans. 

Lively and picturesque Plaza de Armas is the historic heart of Santiago. Admire important city landmarks, visit museums and art galleries, shop for handicrafts and watch street performers. Established by Pedro de Valdivia shortly after he founded the city in 1541, this leafy square has been the city’s pulsating epicenter for nearly five centuries.

Take time to marvel at some of Santiago’s most prominent architectural landmarks. The majestic neoclassical Correo Central (Central Post Office) occupies the site of the former home of Pedro de Valdivia. Check out the stamp displays in the building’s free Postal and Telegraphic Museum. Visit the elegant Palacio de la Real Audiencia, built at the start of the 19th century. This former royal court building now houses the National Museum of History. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the square from the museum’s clock tower.

Go to the Catedral de Santiago to admire its ornate façade and lavish marble altarpiece. See Jesuit art and other religious artifacts in the cathedral’s Museum of Sacred Art. Directly in front of the cathedral artists sell their paintings while artisans offer handicrafts and souvenirs.

Sit on one of the square’s benches and observe the diverse mix of characters go about their business. Watch as businessmen get their shoes polished by eager shoeshiners. Observe the elderly compete in chess tournaments and kids chasing pigeons. Listen to religious preachers and soapbox speakers. Keep an eye open for street performers, such as the chinchinero. This one-man band plays a drums strapped to his back while crashing symbols together and spinning around at a dizzying speed.

Running south from the plaza are two of Santiago’s principal commercial streets, Paseo Ahumada and Paseo Estado. Along these pedestrianized streets you’ll find well-known brands and independent stores, street vendors, cafés and restaurants.

Plaza de Armas marks the geographical center of Santiago. Public transport, such as buses and the metro, plus a hop-on, hop-off tourist bus provide easy access. The square is within walking distance of several other major city attractions, including the Mercado Central, Palacio de la Moneda and Cerro Santa Lucía.

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The Singular Santiago
The Singular Santiago
5 out of 5
Merced 294, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$158 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

Located in Lastarria, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park and Plaza de Armas. Costanera Center and Clinica Santa Maria are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (278 reviews)

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Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

The Singular Santiago
Mercure Santiago Centro
Mercure Santiago Centro
3.5 out of 5
Av. Libertador Bernardo O Higgins, 632, Centro, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
Free cancellation
The price is AU$87 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.

Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Francisco Church and National Archive. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (624 reviews)

"I cancelled my reservation because of the rioting that continues to this day in Santiago. You denied my request for a refund and showed no concern for the safety of your guests. I will never stay at a Mercure property."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2019

Mercure Santiago Centro
Hotel Santa Lucia
Hotel Santa Lucia
3.5 out of 5
Huerfanos 779/San Antonio 327, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$63 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.

Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Vivo Imperio and Plaza de Armas. Clinica Santa Maria and Movistar Arena are also within ...

3.2/5 (62 reviews)
Plain and Simple

"The hotel was dated and very worn out. An earlier reviewer discussed a helpful concierge - there was no concierge. We were a party of two couples, one with a room on the third floor and the other on the fifth. There is only elevator service to the fourth floor. So we had to carry luggage up/down ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

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The Singular Santiago
The Singular Santiago
5 out of 5
Merced 294, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$158 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
The Singular Santiago
Mercure Santiago Centro
Mercure Santiago Centro
3.5 out of 5
Av. Libertador Bernardo O Higgins, 632, Centro, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$87 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.
Mercure Santiago Centro
Hotel Santa Lucia
Hotel Santa Lucia
3.5 out of 5
Huerfanos 779/San Antonio 327, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$63 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
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Hotel Plaza San Francisco
Hotel Plaza San Francisco
4 out of 5
Alameda 816, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$137 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Hotel Plaza San Francisco
Hotel Panamericano
Hotel Panamericano
3 out of 5
Teatinos 320, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$86 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
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BMB Suites Apartments
BMB Suites Apartments
3 out of 5
Huerfanos 1400, Of 214 Torre B, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
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Alojamiento Kpaz
Alojamiento Kpaz
3.5 out of 5
Loma Redonda 6 Pte., Santiago, Región Metropolitana
The price is AU$34 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
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Almacruz Hotel y Centro de Convenciones (Ex Galerías)
Almacruz Hotel y Centro de Convenciones (Ex Galerías)
4 out of 5
San Antonio 65, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
Almacruz Hotel y Centro de Convenciones (Ex Galerías)
Cozy and great apartment in the best place in Santiago
Cozy and great apartment in the best place in Santiago
104 José Victorino Lastarria, Apartamento 1017, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan
Cozy and great apartment in the best place in Santiago
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