Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced it has signed a management contract to manage, and ultimately brand, a 310-room hotel currently operating in Santiago, Chile.
The group will take over management of the property from August 2017, and rename it Hotel Santiago. Following an extensive guest room and public area renovation, the first stage of which is scheduled to complete in August of 2018, the hotel will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental, Santiago. This will be the group’s first property in South America.
Hotel Santiago is located in the heart of the city’s most important commerce and leisure district, known as Las Condes, home to two luxury shopping malls, restaurants, museums and theaters. It is also close to the exclusive residential neighborhood of Vitacura. The property is owned by Hotel Corporation of Chile (HCC).
The property comprises 310 guest rooms including 23 suites with commanding views of the city and the Andes. Its 270,000-square-foot grounds contain a large free-form outdoor pool and landscaped gardens which provide a resort environment for guests.
The hotel currently has five restaurants and bars as well as extensive banqueting and meeting space. Additional facilities include a spa and fitness center.
Hotel Santiago will continue to operate throughout the first phase of the renovation which will reposition the property as a Mandarin Oriental hotel from August 2018. The new luxury accommodation, public areas and landscaped gardens will be redesigned to reflect local culture, with features inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s Asian heritage.
“We are delighted to be introducing the Mandarin Oriental brand to South America and to be bringing the Group’s legendary service to Santiago,” said James Riley, group chief executive of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, in a written release. “We look forward to collaborating with HCC in transforming the hotel into the city’s most exclusive luxury property.”