REVIEW

Buenos Aires cE Hotel de Diseño

A chic, minimalist 28-room hotel that's also notably welcoming.

By Alex Robertson Textor, Friday, Feb 12, 2010, 4:23 PM

Buenos Aires cE Hotel de Diseño

About this Hotel

Price From $110

'Hood On a side street in Barrio Norte, surrounded by high-rise apartment buildings, shops, and some parks. The neighborhood centers around very commercial Santa Fe Avenue and rubs up against posh Recoleta and hip Palermo.

The Vibe Smart and minimalist, with wide-open spaces; the lobby's glass floor reveals a small decorative Jacuzzi in the lounge below. This is a chic place that looks from the outset like it belongs in an interior-design magazine. Yet it's also notably friendly, with none of the staff ennui often associated with hotels of this type.

Rooms The hotel's 28 rooms are sparsely decorated, with cement floors, white and gray walls, ceiling-to-floor mirrors, and oversize beds. The resulting aesthetic is crisp and unfinished. Amenities are basic and of high quality: flat-panel LG televisions (the ones in suites swivel), safes, minibars, microwaves, robes, slippers, and even umbrellas.

Plus This level of style at this price point is hard to beat in Buenos Aires, and the cheapest rooms—the Patio Rooms, located at the back of the building—are charming and very quiet. Location provides easy access to public transportation.

Minus The immediate neighborhood is not one of the capital's most charming. Given the hotel's emphasis on style, business travelers and families might want to look elsewhere.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Diner's Club, MC, Visa.

Details Doubles from $110, suites from $250.

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