It seems like every month or two we get a press release about some new Buenos Aires boutique hotel that has been featured in a magazine’s “hot list” or “it list” some other accolade of trendiness. Very few of these hotels are as good in practice as they are through a magazine photographer’s eyes.
I’m happy to say we’ve added reviews of two new ones, however, luxury boutique hotels that held up to the scrutiny and are worth your consideration.
MIO Buenos Aires is in Recoleta, the fashionable district that houses most of the city’s other upscale hotels. MIO is different though, with only 30 rooms and plenty of friendly, personal service. You don’t have to put up with the tiny, underfurnished rooms offered by many other boutique hotels in the city and these are stocked with more amenities than even some of the big luxury brands nearby. (For starters, there’s an espresso machine and chilled wine dispenser in the rooms.) Our reviewer says, “From the quirky textural details that make the place truly comfortable and one-of-a-kind, to some of the friendliest service in the city , there is something about MIO Buenos Aires that gets under your skin and leaves you wanting to stay forever.”
Fierro Hotel Boutique is in Palermo Hollywood, a neighborhood teeming with hipsters and fashionistas, so of course it had to be stylish and modern—that’s a given. Beyond the sleek lines and contemporary furniture, however, are basics done well: effective double-glazing to keep out the city noise and ultra-comfortable bedding. The terrace suite is well worth the splurge, with its own terrace whirlpool and outdoor grill.
Fierro is a magnet for foodies, thanks to the well-known restaurant Hernán Gipponi. Our reviewer says, “Ranked in some publications as the number one rated restaurant in the city, chef Hernan brings his years of experience from the Guggenheim Bilbao and Quique Dacosta’s El Poblet in Valencia, both of which received two Michelin stars under his guidance. To be able to experience his ever-changing, seasonal menu, complimented with organic vegetables and herbs grown in an on-site garden, without leaving the comfort of your hotel, is a rare treat. A must to try is the 9-course tasting menu, which includes a tapa, two entrees, fish of the day, a rice dish, a meat dish, pre-dessert, and two desserts, all paired with great wines. The massive wine list is overseen by Andres Rosberg, who happens to be the President of the Argentine Sommelier Association.”
A lot of Buenos Aires boutique hotels look pretty and are staffed with beautiful people, but these two actually function well and have staffers who can meet your needs—often before you even know what you need.