South America’s first W Hotel opens!

The W is in South America, and it’s lookin’ good. This good. Check out that view of Santiago.

The W Santiago is South America’s first W Hotel and the building itself was designed with Chile in mind. NYC designer Tony Chi and native Chilean designer Sergio Echeverria gave the building its rockin’ look — “shaped by Santiago’s vibrant culture,” complete with local copper and themes of wine, fruits and vegetables — which you can see in the gallery below.

“When designing, you have to start with the location and its people, and what I noticed here is that friends and family congregate frequently and in large groups,” says Tony Chi. “Chilean culture is about crossing generations and bridging differences, and as a collective sentiment, it is what ultimately inspired W Santiago.”

The hotel features a 90 foot wide private, gated garden entrance filled with music and 50 foot Chilean trees. If you’re into music, you can also “play” the Drum Wall, located in the hotel living room.

The dining options include Whiskey Blue, Red2 One (rooftop bar by that heated pool there), Peruvian-Asian cuisine at Osaka, two French restaurants by Jean-Paul Bondoux and a Tea Library (aw).

If you really like it, you can even purchase a residence there. If you do, please invite me over. Thanks.