Central and easy to get to, the Hotel Emperador claims to have the largest standard-size hotel rooms in Buenos Aires, at 41.5 square metres. Designed by Spaniards Rui Costa and Alvaro Vigil of the Arquiconcept Studio in Madrid and opened in 2000, the interior of this 265-room imperial tower is simultaneously intimidating and inviting.
Head through the lobby past the platoon of semi-undercover guards to the creeper-enclosed garden for a drink, safe in the knowledge that your security will not be breached or your luggage stolen. If you are in town on business this could be right up your street.
The Emperador is perched on Avenida del Libertador 50 metres from the foot of Avenida 9 de Julio – supposedly the widest avenue in the world – within sight of the Bank Boston tower; art buffs, too, will enjoy its situation parallel to Arroyo street and therefore perfect for a wander round the art galleries.
However, the hotel’s five-star rating is a little bold: there is no spa to speak of, and the staff at the front desk are ever so slightly chippy, due in part to a regular stream of demanding clients during conference weeks. That said, Cecilia the PR girl is charming and the spacious, lilac coloured rooms flaunt their uninterrupted views of the River Plate.
Juana M is your hip Argentine basement restaurant right around the corner on Carlos Pelegrini, while Italian restaurant Piegari is the best of the under-the-motorway Recova eateries. For gaucho art, Marcos Bledel’s gallery is also a 5-minute walk away on Cerrito.