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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1204 Cheap Hotels Near Plaza de Armas

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$97 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Located in Downtown Santiago, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Francisco Church and National Archive. Pontifical Catholic University ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (635 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Mercure Santiago Centro
The Singular Santiago
The Singular Santiago
5 out of 5
Merced 294, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$340 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Located in Lastarria, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Forest Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Costanera Center. Lastarria District and National Museum ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (306 reviews)
"The staff was hands down the best I’ve ever encountered. They took care of every need we had, gave great local restaurant and club recommendations, and arranged transportation and COVID testing for us. They were so friendly and accommodating. We loved staying at The Singular."

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2022

The Singular Santiago
Hotel Sommelier Boutique
Hotel Sommelier Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Merced 433, Santiago, Región Metropolitana de Santiago
The price is AU$155 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.
Located near the slopes, this Downtown Santiago hotel is in the city centre, and within a 5-minute walk of Forest Park, Santa Lucia Hill and National Museum ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (282 reviews)
Outstanding
"High quality hotel at a good price. Lovely room and very impressive service throughout. Felt like a very welcomed and treasured guest. They even fixed a tear on a pair of trousers for me at no extra charge."

Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2020

Hotel Sommelier Boutique
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Top Plaza de Armas Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Hotel Fundador
Hotel Fundador
3 out of 5
Serrano 34, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$65 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.
Hotel Fundador
The Singular Santiago
The Singular Santiago
5 out of 5
Merced 294, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$340 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
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$97 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Mercure Santiago Centro
Hotel Sommelier Boutique
Hotel Sommelier Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Merced 433, Santiago, Región Metropolitana de Santiago
The price is AU$155 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.
Hotel Sommelier Boutique
Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel
Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Coronel Santiago Bueras 188, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$165 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel
Hotel Cumbres Lastarria
Hotel Cumbres Lastarria
4 out of 5
Jose Victorino Lastarria 299, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$200 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.
Hotel Cumbres Lastarria
Altiplanico Bellas Artes
Altiplanico Bellas Artes
3.5 out of 5
Santo Domingo 526, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$132 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Altiplanico Bellas Artes
BMB Suites Apartments
BMB Suites Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Huerfanos 1400, Of 214 Torre B, Santiago
BMB Suites Apartments
Hotel Santa Lucia
Hotel Santa Lucia
3.5 out of 5
Huerfanos 779/San Antonio 327, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$68 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Hotel Santa Lucia
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