The Recoleta district in Buenos Aires is where you’ll find the majority of the city’s top hotels. One of the wealthiest areas of Buenes Aires and a big tourist hub (mainly because of the famous Recoleta Cemetry), it’s where you’ll see many ‘chateaux’ built in the late 19th Century, imitating the French palaces. Many of these palaces have been turned into five star hotels like the Park Hyatt (Palacio Duhau) and the Four Seasons. But amongst the five star chains, you’ll also find the smaller, more characterful boutique hotels, like Hub Porteno.
Located round the corner from the Park Hyatt, and walking distance to Recoleta cemetery, you’ll find the 10-room Hub Porteno.
All the rooms are remarkably spacious – the Queen Twin room we had was massive, and the two ‘twin’ beds were actually like small doubles. The complimentary amenities are worth mentioning: Nespresso machines in the room, snacks, lovely bath products and afternoon tea served at 4pm with apple cake. What really stood out for me was the bathrooms – practically the size of the bedrooms, you can expect a lot of glass, marble and metal. I had the best power shower ever there.
I found the ‘living room’ (which also doubles up as a library) a little bland, it’s strange since while the interiors are all creams and whites, it felt quite dark dark due to a lack of natural light. Still, all is forgiven when you reach their 4th floor roof terrace; an expansive green space, with comfortable seating and it does feel, as they say, like an oasis in the middle of the city.
For those looking for a bit more action, then their small gym is actually perfect for a quick work out, and they also have a spa and sauna if you want some pampering.
I didn’t get to try their restaurant, but I did have a (rushed – sadly) breakfast there, and it was truly superb. The coffee was the best I had in Argentina, and their china so beautiful. The croissants were freshly made, and I managed to enjoy some eggs and bacon too (if you put your mind to it it’s amazing what you can eat in 10 minutes!).
And finally, the service was wonderful – so helpful, so personal and very warm and welcoming. It definitely made my experience in Buenos Aires.
Rodríguez Peña 1967,
Photo credit: Hub Porteno
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