Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
Krista Boutique Hotel is a charming hideaway that offers a tranquil refuge in Buenos Aires’ bohemian Palermo Hollywood district. Owner Christina’s professional calling as an interior designer is clearly on show in this restored 20th-century townhouse, where tasteful contemporary furnishings perfectly complement original features such as wood panelling to create a harmonious and stylish décor. The original layout of the building has been preserved, and the high ceilings and picturesque interior courtyards give the hotel a real sense of light and space. With only ten rooms, and a boutique Relaxation Room offering massages and beauty treatments, Krista Boutique Hotel is ideal for those that want to explore the leafy parks and buzzing nightlife of the Palermo District.
The hotel serves a delicious breakfast buffet every morning in the airy breakfast room. Choices include freshly squeezed orange juice, the very Argentine medialuna croissants, and a range of jams and preserves, including dolce de leche.
For more substantial meals you’ll have to venture out of the hotel, but luckily Palermo is home to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants. Enjoy a light lunch at one of the small hole-in-the-wall joints serving empanadas, with spicy beef being a particularly popular filling. No trip to Argentina would be complete without sampling some of the country’s famous steak and wine, and our favourite spot is Don Julio, an elegant Parilla full of old-world charm. The restaurant fills up very quickly, but the helpful team at Krista Boutique Hotel will be more than happy to reserve a table for you.
The ten bedrooms have luxurious king-sized beds, polished wood floors and characterful features of the original building. The décor is contemporary and chic without being overly stark and modern. It’s worth noting that standard rooms can come up a little small, so opt for an upgrade if this might be an issue for you.
The hotel has a small Relaxation Room, where you can pamper yourself with aromatherapy massages, facials and other treatments. One of the inner courtyards has a Jacuzzi, perfect for a relaxing afternoon soak.
The Palermo district of Buenos Aires may be lacking in the gritty Latino charm of the San Telmo area, but it is home to some of the city’s best boutique shops, found in the Palermo Soho area between the plazas of Cortázar and Palermo. The area is also home to the city’s best open spaces, from the picturesque Japanese Gardens in Parque Tres de Febrero to the exotic Botanical Gardens.
The MALBA gallery has a fantastic collection of contemporary Latin American art, including works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. For an extraordinary, if somewhat macabre, insight into Argentina’s history we recommend taking a tour of Recoleta Cemetery. Listed by UNESCO as one of the ten best cemeteries in the world (don’t ask), this necropolis has the largest concentration of statues anywhere in the entire world, and the elegant mausoleums tell the story of Argentina’s history from its origins to the political upheavals of the 20th-century.