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The ultra-contemporary Hilton Buenos Aires Hotel’s glass-enclosed, sky-high elevators literally top this friendly retreat’s list of attractive features, especially when riders ascend as they gaze down at the expansive atrium lobby below. This Hilton, in the exclusive Puerto Madero docklands district, boasts every amenity expected from one of the world’s legendary chains — plus the added convenience of extra-large dressing rooms (a real “must” in this gussied up city), an in-house wine bar (dispensing international and local labels), and two outstanding club floors (well worth the upgrade cost), including an extra special club lounge (pool table, free Internet, and al fresco seating). One major bonus for those who sleep in: Late checkouts tend to be granted, so be sure to ask before hitting the hay in the helpful Buenos Aires Hilton.
351 Macacha Güemes
+54 11 4891 0000
For centrally located, long-term stays that won’t break the bank, Art Deco Hotel — close to the landmark Obelisco monument — offers no-frills, decent digs with such helpful extras as a small business center, and traditional Argentine breakfast. Friendly front desk personnel are extremely helpful to BA newbies, especially when asked where to buy fresh food. Because each of the 50 accommodations offers a full kitchen, on-premises cooking is encouraged — a true money saver for visitors on a budget. Warning: Be careful not to book a room with a balcony overlooking the busy street below; while you will get ample light, you will also welcome noise and car exhaust, too — so much for “buenos aires.”
+54 11 4383 5049
The soft strains of a violin ease you into a rarified mood when you check in at the InterContinental Buenos Aires during evening hours. No surprise. BA’s Montserrat area’s only five-star hotel is a classic, with its staff always thinking of ways to make your stay shine with Argentine spirit — whether that be finding you a room overlooking the magnificent, early 18th-century San Juan Bautista Church or by detailing shops that carry the best bargains on nearby Florida Street. Other on-premises specialties of this recently refurbished 1930s modernist hideaway: a stylish lobby done in rich materials like leather and marble, the much-beloved Mediterraneo restaurant for fine Continental fare, and a full-service spa, complete with everything from rejuvenating treatments (try The Californian if you’re stressed) to a salon-style lap pool to a healthy spread of fruits, cereals, and soothing herbal teas. Don’t cry for us, Argentina!
+54 11 4340 7100
By Paula Conway
My last-minute trip to Louisville was also my very first — guaranteeing one delightful surprise after another.
As a neophyte, I was urged by a friend to try a Hot Brown (an open-faced turkey sandwich, smothered in cheese, with bacon), to sample a Derby Pie (a cookie stuffed with chocolate chips, walnuts, hot fudge, [...]
RUMBAR, inside The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, lays claims to being Miami’s only live Latin music venue. On weekends, a four-piece band in white dinner jackets will take you back to Old Havana with rhythms of vintage Cuba. Order a rum flight for a vertical tasting of Miami’s largest selection of rums from Trinidad, Barbados, [...]Read More