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Saturday, 15 December 2007

Art Hotel, Buenos Aires

Written by  Eric Rosen
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Whether you come to Buenos Aires for the history, shopping, food, nightlife, or because you have an abiding fascination with Evita, the Art Hotel in the bustling Barrio Norte neighborhood is a great place to call home during your stay.
Part of a family of inns and boutique hotels called “Rusticae,” Art Hotel is a little gem

art hotel patioWhether you come to Buenos Aires for the history, shopping, food, nightlife, or because you have an abiding fascination with Evita, the Art Hotel in the bustling Barrio Norte neighborhood is a great place to call home during your stay.

Part of a family of inns and boutique hotels called “Rusticae,” Art Hotel is a little gem tucked away on a quiet street between three of Buenos Aires’ biggest avenues—Santa Fe, Callao and Pueyrredon—right in the heart of the upscale Recoleta district.

The hotel, with only 36 rooms, is housed in a former private residence dating back over a century. The original architecture is still intact, with the six floors of the hotel surrounding a central atrium that opens up to a skylight in the ceiling. While this means that some of the rooms do not have windows opening to the outside, there is still plenty of natural light. The rooms are also well ventilated by individual air conditioning and heating systems.

The guest rooms range from cozy singles with twin beds tucked into nooks and crannies, to spacious king-sized rooms with balconies. The rates accommodate most budgets at $65-$190. Plus, some of the rooms have connecting doors, meaning families traveling together can share a suite of adjoining rooms.

art hotel roomThough the building is old, the guest rooms are all new, with simple wrought-iron canopy beds and beautiful wooden desks. The linens and color schemes are neutral whites, taupes and beiges, providing an oasis of calm to help guests relax after a day of braving the hectic streets of the capital. The full bathrooms are large and enameled in concrete, glass and tile. Each room has a safe deposit box, mini bar, and cable television, providing all the amenities of a modern hotel.

There is much more to the Art Hotel than the lavish rooms. Next to the lobby on the ground floor is a cute, narrow café that serves both coffee drinks and bar potables. This is also where the hotel’s daily breakfast (included in the room rates) is served every morning. Unlike the continental breakfast at most hotels, the meal you will get here is by no means meager, and there are choices of cereals, cold cuts, fruits, yogurt and pastries. With such a hearty start to the day, you’ll be set to trek outside and explore the city. There is also a computer station located at the entrance, where guests have access to the internet at all times of day or night.

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