Santiago wasn’t all glamour at the Crowne Plaza! It involved 7 nights at the luxuriously appointed Ibis of Destiny (em, or not…) Having said that, the area it was in is very nice – Providencia – a slightly posher neighbourhood with more shops and (nice) street life than near Banquedor, which is where the Crowne Plaza was situated.
The lobby was clean and fresh and promised much. I was given a room on the 16th floor (the top floor).
The views were lovely, if featureless, to be honest and I ummed and ahhed a bit about the level of the floor.
On TripAdvisor, someone had written “no-one wants the top floor, they prefer to be on the lower floors because of all the earthquakes”. Hmm. I reckoned I’d be okay (I was soon to learn…)
EVERYTHING was shut when I checked in because it was Census Day. I mean I couldn’t buy water from a vending machine. Everything. So I went for a walk and pondered my food options.
A block or two away was Club Toby. I think it might have been a special club with ladeez. I use the term… loosely.
The only food option was the Ibis restaurant. Think 40 foot spotlights crushing your eyes and the cast of Matilda the Musical tap dancing their 4 year old way through the cafe and entering into screaming competitions.
Dinner was supposed to be meatloaf (we used Google Translate, the waiter and I). It turned out to be a boiled meat product, with a fried egg on top onna bun. It was filling. Best I can say 🙂
I was excited, since everything was closed, to do my ironing. The Ibis has catered for all its guests by having one ironing board with one iron, in a special room. Not that unusual in parts of Europe, in particular Italy, if I recall correctly. It worked, it was fine!
Would I recommend it? On a budget, certainly. The room was okay, the paintwork and cleanliness dubious. The earthquakes, on the other hand, were remarkable! More in an upcoming post!