If you are a foreign visitor to Chile then you are entitled to full VAT exemption for accommodation. You do not need to pay 19% tax in the hotel provided you: 1) show your passport to the hotel cashier, 2) pay your expenses with cash, in US currency. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring US bills, even if you do not use that currency in your country. You can also change some currencies to US dollars or Chilean pesos at “Casas de Cambio” in downtown Santiago. The Casas de Cambio typically accept Euros, British pounds, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, Japanese yens, Argentinian pesos and Brazilian reais.
We recommend three hotels which are very near from the conference venue listed below. There are many restaurants and cafes nearby (Lastarria street, and crossing the river, Bellavista neighborhood).
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL * * * * *
Av. B. O’Higgins 136
Single: US$239 Double: US$290
Web page: http://www.crowneplaza.cl/
HOTEL PRINCIPADO DE ASTURIAS * * *
Ramon Carnicer 21
Single: US$70 Double: US$80 Breakfast included
Web page: http://www.hotelesprincipado.com/indexpasteng.htm
HOTEL PRINCIPADO * *
Av. Vicuña Mackenna 30
Single: US$60 Double: US$70 Breakfast included
Web page: http://www.hotelesprincipado.com/indexprincipadoeng.htm