Hg2 : The Hedonist

Esplendor

Smell, hear and feel the bustle of Buenos Aires then retreat to this chic, minimalist haven. The dark horse of Buenos Aires’ hotel design, the Esplendor (part of a Madrid chain) is the converted Phoenix Hotel attached to the Galeria Pacifico shopping centre.

The location is far from romantic – you are right at the city’s Microcentro coalface – but this historic building has an ice-cool heart, and the Esplendor is exactly the kind of hotel you want to come back to after a heavy night’s clubbing. It feels clean, is clean, and the stark spacious rooms will clear the head.

The building’s 20th-century white stone Italian fa├žade conceals three 60 square metre penthouse suites with bedside Jacuzzis, twenty 40 square metre suites and twenty-eight 25 square metre rooms; the doors to the rooms are over 4 metres high. All feature bold cement lines, ooze attitude and top Buenos Aires’ league for stylish urban modernism.

There is also an Esplendor Hotel down in El Calafate, a convenient base if you plan to visit Patagonia’s famous Los Glaciares National Park. El Claustro Santa Catalina in front of the hotel is a peaceful spot for lunch.

Address
San Martin 780,
Retiro
Telephone
+54 11 5256 8800
Price
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