Lovely tranquil Belle Epoque townhouse with a lobby art gallery on a leafy residential street of Buenos Aires' most exclusive neighbourhood
The 1871 yellow fever epidemic drove wealthy denizens of Buenos Aires north. Today their extravagant marble-facade mansions with wrought iron balconies give the leafy streets of Recoleta the look of a Paris quartier.
With its sprawling parks, broad boulevards, upscale shops, European-style cafes and corner markets, Recoleta is the city’s most elegant address.
Art Hotel is a 1927 townhouse turned European-style boutique hotel just a couple of blocks from shop-til-you-drop Avenida Santa Fe.
From its multi-storey lobby – which doubles as an art gallery – take the sweeping marble staircase or 1930s elevator (with ‘Viva Peron’ scratched into the crystal mirror).
Ranging from ‘cosy’ to canopied romantic, 35 rooms marry period architectural details (lofty ceilings, arched windows and French doors) with industrial-style minimalism (concrete floors, metal-mesh wardrobe) and all the modern amenities (cable TV, mini-bar) you need.
End each day with a glass of wine in the Art Café or soaking in the roof terrace hot tub.
Art Hotel, Argentina is a city hotel with 35 rooms with doubles costing from US$85 for bed and breakfast.