This is a nice boutique hotel with an exceptional (!) location – especially for the first-time Buenos Aires visitor. Numerous cultural/historical attractions surround this hotel, as well as a large artisans fair every Saturday just one block away (fronting the cemetery).
I was greeted by a very friendly, bilingual hostess that was very willing to take me on a quick tour of the facilities. Though the standard rooms (especially with two single beds) are a bit cramped, the executive and diplomatic suites are very nice – one bedroom with a double sofa-bed in the living room, mini-bar, jacuzzi , and high-speed internet connection. In my opinion, at just AR$45 more (about US$16), an upgrade to the executive suite is well worth it. There is a nice restaurant downstairs. However, browsing through the menu, prices are even higher than the already pricey restaurants surrounding the hotel. The health club on the 12th floor has a swimming pool and an adjacent Juice Bar, but limited exercise equipment.
Directly across the street is the Recoleta Cemetary. A quick stroll will bring you to the Pilar Church, the Recoleta Cultural Center, and Village Recoleta (shopping/cinema). Restaurants line the walk adjacent to the hotel, though they are a bit pricey. Walk a couple of blocks south to Avenida Las Heras and the prices drop dramatically.
Like most of Recoleta, public transportation is limited to buses (AR$0.85). Currently (August, 2004) the nearest subte line – Linea D, Pueyrredon Station – is about 11 blocks away. However, under construction and just a couple of blocks away is the newest subte line – Linea H – scheduled to be in operation sometime in 2005. Of course, taxis are everywhere.
by Kauai Boy
August 13, 2004
From journal Buenos Aires Hotels