Santiago has become a major center for frequent conventions, and it is also experiencing a growth in tourism and business as the economy booms. As such, there has been an increase in hotel openings across all categories (luxury, boutique, business traveler, hostels), especially in some of the hot areas of the city such as Barrio Lastarria and Parque Forestal.
Some of the newer luxury hotels are located in the eastern Santiago boroughs of Las Condes and Vitacura although the hip areas of Barrio Lastarria and Parque Forestal, and Bellavista have seen a boom in high-end, stylish boutique-hotels. All of these areas have excellent restaurants and shopping nearby. The U.S. Embassy is located near hotels in El Golf in Las Condes. The major convention centers in Huercheraba now have hotels close to Espacio Riesco to avoid Santiago's horrendous traffic during the week. Business travelers often opt to stay in the eastern boroughs given the proximity to office buildings in areas such as El Golf.
Providencia, meanwhile, offers a strong combination of affordability and convenience, including some attractive boutique-hotels and bed-and-breakfasts. These neighborhoods are all near subway stops, allowing for inexpensive and quick transportation throughout the city.
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