Home Hotel succeeds in combining comfort with unique design. It has won multiple prizes for its strong design identity, as architectural concepts like interconnected spaces play with the relationship between outside and inside. The use of cement, wood and glass, as well as touches of retro decor with a modern sentiment, complete this trendy hotel. Home Hotel is aware of its eco responsibilities and produces specially-developed natural toiletry products as well as collecting bottle tops for fundraising initiatives run by the local hospital.
DesigncE is the brainchild of architect Ernesto Goransky. The hotel has paid careful attention to the needs of its guest by including luxury details such as jacuzzi baths. Situated in the cultural capital Buenos Aires, DesigncE overlooks a square designed by the French-Argentine landscape-architect Carlos Thays and is walking distance from some of the premier cultural sights that Argentina’s capital has to offer. Located in the basement of the hotel is the bar Design Club, where guests can enjoy cocktails and sip on the many Argentine wines available.
Recoleta is not only one of the most affluent areas in Buenos Aires, but also a site of historical and cultural importance. Renowned writer Jorge Luis Borges once lived there, as did some of the Argentine presidents. Situated in this area is boutique hotel Algodon Mansion. Built in 1912, its aesthetic is based on French Classical architecture. Having been recently renovated, the hotel now bursts with modern additions, featuring a waterfall in the lobby, a rooftop swimming pool and a complimentary butler for guests staying in the suites. Algodon Mansion promises nothing but a luxurious experience.
San Telmo is not only known for being the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, but also as a bohemian haven for dancers, artists and antiquaries. One of the many historic buildings in this area is Moreno Hotel. The restorative renovations of this Art Deco building have retained its architectural characteristics; the antique lift juts up and down, the stairwell is alive with stain glass windows and the rooms have generous dimensions. Guests can easily amble down to the flea market found in Plaza Dorrego, famed for its collection of antiques and curious objects. Moreno Hotel provides an affordable stay considering its location and personality.
Moving away from the cultural centre of Buenos Aires is Cordoba, a small city home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Jesuit Block. This historical site is a collection of thousands of 17th century colonial buildings. Outside the city of Cordoba is El Colibri, a hotel dedicated to Argentina’s love of horses. Nestled in the mountains of Cordoba, the ranch provides equal measures of relaxation and activity, although horse riding is unmissable whilst staying here. Its surrounding 420 acres of Argentine countryside can be explored on horse treks organised by the ranch, suitable for all abilities. El Colibri’s love of horses continues with their polo club, a place where guests can practice, learn and indulge in this sport. The countryside’s charm is included in the bedroom’s hand painted floral murals.
On the shores of Nahuel Huapí’s Lake, within National Park Nahuel Huapi, sits Las Balsas. This Patagonian spa resort prides itself on combining nature with luxury, offering skiing and hiking balanced with unique algae massages. The hotel has unparalleled views of the lakes and each room, with their huge windows, takes full advantage of this. Las Balsa is renowned for their food and Argentine wine, and provides guests with an authentic experience of Patagonia.
El Casco Art Hotel
In 2006 architect Julio Coccifi and landscape-architect Carlos Thays were commissioned to renovate this once glamorous lake house to its former glory. Perched besides Nahuel Huapí’s Lake, El Casco Art Hotel includes over 500 works of art, mainly consisting of paintings and sculptures by Argentine artists; 160 of these works of art can be enjoyed when staying in the bedrooms. With views of the lakes, the Art Hotel is in a prime position for daily outings to skiing destinations and hiking spots. The El Casco Art Hotel offers a unique experience of art and nature.
Faena is the design child of businessman Alan Faena and world famous designer Philippe Starck. The Faena district is a slice of Buenos Aires which includes an Art Centre and the Faena Hotel, and the district is considered a hub for art, culture, design, technology and architecture, and marries public and private, culture and commerce. The hotel epitomises high design as each suite is a curated selection of antique furniture with an eclectic mix of contemporary artwork produced by local artists. With windows framed by draped red velvet curtains and unique bathtubs, this design hotel is definitely worth a visit.
This boutique hotel is an intimate and charming place to appreciate Salta, found in the northern-west area of Argentina. In the Lerma Valley, at the foot of the Andes, Salta overflows with colonial architecture and breathtaking landscapes, and these views can be appreciated from the boutique Kkala Hotel. Decorated with a mixture of traditional textiles, regional materials and modern touches, the hotel is a nod to the past and present. The rooms are individually decorated, and Kkala Hotel offers a luxurious way to enjoy Salta’s natural surroundings, especially from the swimming pool sipping champagne.
Architect Guillermo Roitenberg designed the contemporary Hotel Pulitzer, located between Microcentro and Recoleta, while within the hotel interior, designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán has inventively combined vintage and contemporary beauty. The library found on the first floor of the hotel is dedicated to Argentine art and culture, and sets a precedent for the rest of the experience. The rooftop Sky Bar provides panoramic views of the city and is a social setting for guests to enjoy, especially with their renowned mixologist on hand.