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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 galleryTaking up the other half of the ground floor is a small art gallery where the works of local artists are exhibited. For other cultural experiences, the front desk is happy to book you reservations for tango shows, a day out in the countryside at an estancia, as well as providing any maps or tourist information you might need to visit any of the city’s vibrant neighborhoods or myriad museums.


Casa Rosado Part of what makes this hotel such a great find is what is outside its doors. The allure of the Art Hotel lies in its walking-distance proximity to some of Buenos Aires’ most visited sites.

 

Just a ten-minute stroll down Azcuenaga brings you right to the gates of Recoleta Cemetery, BA’s version of Paris’ famous Père Lachaise. Take a free guided tour and learn all about Argentina’s quirky past while dodging the tourists crowding around Evita Peron’s modest mausoleum. Among Recoleta Cemetery’s eternal residents you will recognize many names and faces from the money and postage stamps of the country, including past presidents: Bartolome Mitre and Domingo Sarmiento, as well as William Brown, an Irish pirate who became the first admiral in the Argentine navy and helped win the struggle for independence in the 19th century. Just try not to pet the Cemetery’s many resident cats, because no one knows where they go at night!

Right on Vicente Lopez Street, which runs along the Cemetery’s northern edge, you can find one of BA’s most well-known leather stores, Uru Cuero Recoleta. Here you can get a jacket made to order just for you as you pore over their selection of leathers, colors, styles and sizes—all at about a third of the cost of a similar item in the United States. Continue on Vicente Lopez to the start of Avenida Pueyrredon, and you will come to Design Buenos Aires, a shopping center with some of the best furniture, housewares, and design stores in South America.

On the other side of the Cemetery, just across Avenida Del Libertador, you can visit the Museo de Bellas Artes, which houses Argentina’s fine arts collection. Further along, towards the expansive parks of the Palermo neighborhood, you will find the crown jewel of Buenos Aires museums, the Museo Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), which houses an impressive collection of Latin American Art from the 20th century including works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Jorge de la Vega, and perhaps Argentina’s most eccentric artist, the late Xul Solar, who lived in his own time zone. There is also a great café where you can grab a post-exhibit snack.

Then take a few hours to meander through the parks of Palermo, where you can visit the Planetarium, the Japanese Garden and the Zoo. On your way back to the hotel, you might stop by the new Evita Museum on Calle Gutierrez, just a block from the park. Here you will see exhibits about Evita’s early life, her political career and ideologies, as well as some of her clothes and jewelry. Though it presents a generally rosy picture of Argentina’s iconic former first lady, the museum does make an effort to be evenhanded in its treatment of her shortcomings, and the curios alone are worth the visit.

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