by Terence Baker | April 01, 2005

Old meets new: The
variegated face of Santiago

The engine of one of South America’s healthiest economies, Santiago is a mixture of old and new, a blossoming center for meetings and for the arts. The 200,000-square-foot Espacio Riesco, better known as the Santiago Convention Center, opened a separate 250,000-square-foot exhibition pavilion last month. Near the center is the 120-room Radisson, which opened in 2004. An upscale hotel is currently in the planning stages.
    Elsewhere, the 310-room Hyatt Regency Santiago will complete a renovation of its guest rooms and public spaces by September. In addition to its wonderful lagoon-style swimming pool, the hotel has seven meeting rooms and a ballroom for 800.