Add a few beats to tango and you have electro-tango. Deck out a 12-bedroom San Telmo building with a couple of swimming pools, a spa, sauna and Jacuzzi, fill its cellar with wine, tack on a chill-out lounge, make the rooms look futuristic and glam, and you have the Mansión Vitraux.
The brain child of Rodolfo Hernández, who until not so long ago was supplying shampoo, soap and tooth brushes to the Sheraton, Intercontinental and Holiday Inn hotels.
This is the latest addition – opened mid 2007 – to San Telmo’s elusive scene, in which previously The Cocker was the only hotel worth mentioning. The Mansión Vitraux continues The Cocker’s and 647’s (see Drink) lead of bringing modern design to a crumbling part of Buenos Aires and have, to a certain extent, helped reignite the San Telmo revival, which for a moment looked as if it would peter out when 647 struggled to fill.
The 12 rooms are deliberately skewed, the lounge is designed for sipping Argentine wine, and the area’s only real spa, make the Mansión Vitraux the hipper alternative to The Cocker.