Guests of the 11-room Hub Porteño in Recoleta don’t just reserve a room here, they are setting up their experience of the city. The hotel staff are intent on making sure, for example, that a guest understands the polo match they've brought him to or that a guest can glimpse a bit of gaucho culture in the countryside. Mirroring the experiences, the contemporary decor of each room is unique. Each blends a mix of vintage furnishings from local auctions with art on loan from the Fortabat Art Collection. Dark leather chairs, animal skin rugs, and marble floors in the bathrooms serve as an elegant foundation. A stylish living room serves as a meeting place for guests with its library, afternoon tea, and snacks sent out from the kitchen. The rooftop is home to a cozy terrace lined with comfy sofas and a bartender serving cocktails amid leafy views of the neighborhood, while the on-site restaurant from an el Bulli–trained chef features a fig tree growing right through its center.
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La Recoleta is the most posh neighborhood in Buenos Aires, with some of the city’s grandest architecture and countless Parisian-style buildings designed by French architects in the early 1900s. A few blocks from Hub Porteño is the iconic La Recoleta cemetery, home to palatial tombs of Argentina's high society, including first lady Eva Perón. The neoclassical Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes showcases the work of 19th- and 20th-century Argentine painters, as well as the work of notable European artists dating back to the 12th century. There are several great restaurants and nightspots in the neighborhood, such as Gran Bar Dazon, one of the city’s most renowned for wine or original cocktails.
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Rooms: 11 suites. From $344. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The restaurant, Tarquino, which made Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, is consistently ranked among the city’s top eateries. A “Sequence of the Cow” tasting menu breaks down Argentina’s favorite animal into various cuts. The 13-floor terrace Skybar also serves cocktails and small plates from Tarquino’s kitchen. Spa and gym details: There’s a full spa, with sauna, plus a modern, one-room fitness center with windows looking out onto the courtyard.
Who’s it for: Luxury travelers wanting to immerse themselves in the finer aspects of Argentine culture, who like the personal attention that a larger hotel might not be able to provide. Our favorite rooms: The Grand Suite is the most fab, with a vintage crystal chandelier in the bathroom and a laser-engraved cow skin rug in the bedroom. The private oversized terrace, complete with its own hot tub, features views of the gardens and an enormous fig tree. Expansive service: The hotel offers guests custom experiences led by local experts, such as a shopping tour from Argentine textile designer Martín Churba, which includes accommodation, all meals, car, and driver.