First the good!
Cecilia (the owner / manager) answered every question promptly. She was very nice and I would rent from her again in a heartbeat!
The apartment was available the morning of our arrival - Cecilia had originally said that checkin time was at 4pm, but since we had an overnight flight that landed in the morning, she was nice enough to have it ready in the morning at no extra cost! It felt great being able to sleep after a long international flight!
This apartment is on the 16th floor of an apartment complex. It was clean and the beds had fresh sheets. The man at the front desk knew we were coming and gave us the key. He spoke English well enough to communicate, and gave us directions to the super market as well as some nice places to eat.
It has all the amenities you would expect from a nice apartment - refrigerator, dishes, and dish washer, towels in the bathroom with some soaps, etc.
The complex also had a washer and dryer located on the ground floor (same floor as front desk). It's not free though - the front desk manager will give you special coins for the machines and then bill the apartment owner - i.e Cecilia. I'm not sure about the gym or the pool - I never used either one. It also has a parking garage which I also didn't use - Santiago has good public transportation.
The bad: The location on the map on trip advisor is incorrect. The real location is at 4208 Rey Alberto Santiago Chile - corner with Salesianos Ave. Its not downtown, but it's not far by subway. By the way, if you have small kids and are not from a city with a subway, you might want a rental car - the subway is PACKED!!! You get shoved on that train and it could be difficult with small kids - especially if you don't live somewhere with a subway... Also, side note - during peak hours, the subway trains skip every other stop - some stop at green stops, others at red. So you have to be careful which train to get on for it to stop where you want.
The apartment was also a little smaller than I thought it would be, but still plenty big for a vacation rental - it was maybe a 1,000sqft.
There is also no central heating or cooling. There are electric heaters on the wall of the master bedroom and living room, but no visible venting for air conditioning. If you're going during the winter months, it's not a problem - I don't know how hot it gets in the summer though - you may want AC
The main downside was the construction going on nearby - the work started early morning some days and woke me up a couple times. It wasn't horrible, but noticeable on some days.
Overall it was positive experience, but I wouldn't call it a luxury apartment - at least not by US standards.
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