Only a couple of blocks from La Recoleta cemetery on the corner of leafy avenidas Callao and Alvear, the Casa Sur Art Hotel is ideally located for any boutique hotel in Buenos Aires. Location is only part of the charm. Casa Sur doesn’t try to capitalize on the city’s past grandeur like many of the larger, neighboring hotels. Nor is it trying to out-modern the flashier pads in Puerto Madero or Palermo. Casa Sur’s understated luxury falls somewhere in between. Muted decor—think dark hardwood floors, framed black-and-white photographs, and marble bathrooms with glass walk-in showers—help set the tone throughout. The guestrooms are equipped with every possible modern electronic, like iPod docks and flat-screen TVs. As an added bonus, all rooms have balconies, a rarity in the neighborhood. Being an intimate hotel, its facilities won’t overwhelm anyone, but they’ll provide just enough to keep most guests satisfied during a short stay. The Indian-Mediterranean restaurant, Bengal, provides a nice alternative to the many beef-centric and Italian restaurants elsewhere in the city.
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Set in the middle of Buenos Aires’s upscale Recoleta neighborhood, Casa Sur Art Hotel is ideally located for exploring the city’s biggest attractions, from Recoleta Cemetery to Plaza de Mayo, the city’s main square. At Casa Salt Shaker Secret Kitchen, step inside the closed-door kitchen/home of American expatriate Dan Perlman for five-course meals with wine pairings. There’s also Tarquino, from chef Dante Liporace, who spent time in Spain’s top kitchens and now prepares contemporary versions of classic Argentine dishes.
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Rooms: 36 rooms. From $188. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: At Bengal, diners enjoy one of Buenos Aires’s very few Indian restaurants. The cushy eatery, with touches of the Mediterranean, has a range of curries, plus pastry baskets for breakfast. A lobby bar also offers standard cocktails. Spa and gym details: The hotel’s spa and fitness center are small but efficient, with several exercise machines, a hot tub, and a list of massage treatments. nts.
Who’s it for: The young urbanite. The cosmopolitan visitor. The sophisticated traveler with needs for modern amenities without an overwhelming price tag. Our favorite rooms: The 12th-floor Grand Suite is the hotel’s best room for not just its 753 square feet of space, but its huge private balcony with a Jacuzzi and panoramic views over Avenida Callao. Explore the area: On Saturdays, the hotel offers guests a complimentary city tour.