In a city full of boutique hotels, several new properties are raising the bar with unique spaces and features.
HOTEL + FOOD
1. Vitrum Hotel
Behind Vitrum Hotel’s colorful facade, its urban spa indulges guests with an open-air terrace high above the trendy boutiques and restaurants of the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood. Wooden loungers, a relaxing outdoor Jacuzzi, a garden and an indoor art space, and brightly colored modern lounges and suites flanked with sunny interior courtyards make Vitrum one of the trendiest spots on the Buenos Aires boutique hotel scene. From $290.
2. Esplendor Buenos Aires
While the rooms at Esplendor are lush and comforting, it’s the popular art created by a group of Argentine artists called Mondongo that will really catch your eye. The avant-garde mixed-media installations situated throughout the hotel’s corridors and restaurant feature portraits of Argentine figures like Eva Perón, Carlos Gardel, and Ástor Piazzolla. And even though the Esplendor (formerly the Hotel Phoenix) has kept up the traditional look of its exterior, don’t be fooled: The interior has been thoroughly modernized and is outfitted with every high-tech amenity imaginable. From $175.
3. 248 Finisterra
The 10 rooms at this cozy spot in Las Cañitas are stylish and airy, but it’s the common areas that make the hotel shine. The outdoor hot tub, rooftop deck area, and garden spaces are magnets for young Argentine celebrities -- and hip porteños know that in this growing neighborhood, having a place to crash after an elegant dinner or shopping spree is a great improvement for the up-and-coming barrio. From $225.
Where to Eat in Buenos Aires
Chef Diego Felix runs a supper club of mostly vegetarian cuisine inside his home three nights a week. With each course, Felix tells the group of less than 12 diners where the ingredients were sourced from, how he prepared them, and about the politics of the people who farm the food and the implications of it. To book a table at Casa Felix, call 011-54-11-4555-1882.
In a country that mostly sticks to its standard Quilmes and similar brews like Budweiser and Stella Artois, the microbrews at Cerveza Antares’s hip brewpub restaurant in Palermo Soho are like breaths of fresh air. From honey beer to a dark porter, they offer a great selection of brews and an array of bar food, including a picada of assorted cheeses, meats, and olives, and fries smothered in cheese and green onions. Go slightly earlier than the standard 10 p.m. dinner time since there’s a line out the door most nights.
Sugar Bar and Cafe
This spot in the heart of Palermo Soho offers a great daily happy-hour menu and American comfort foods like chocolate-chip pancakes, bacon and eggs, and omelets, as well as other international favorites like falafel, crepes, and Argentine picadas. Since English is spoken here, this café draws expatriates throughout the city and an otherwise very international crowd.