Need to know
15, including two suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $159.20.
Rates include a buffet breakfast with breads and pastries, cereals, yoghurt, fresh orange juice and coffee.
Italian owners Cate and Dario welcome you like an old friend, and they’re better than a guidebook when it comes to must-try local hotspots.
At the hotel
Coffee shop and lounge, roof terrace, hot tub, library, concierge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Smart TV, minibar, air-conditioning. IPads and local smartphones are available to borrow.
Our favourite rooms
The room inspired by romance poet Delmira Agustini is a blush-pink, chandelier-lit boudoir evocative of vintage romance. The turquoise, art nouveau-style Susana Soca room (named after Picasso’s muse) is equally charming, with artwork-peppered walls and his ‘n‘ hers balconies. The blue-and-grey palette of the Carlos Gardel suite is a little more sombre, but you can take languid breakfasts on the private terrace with sweeping city views.
There’s no pool, but the cobbled roof terrace has a decked hot tub with views of the Old Town. The green plaza below is popular with locals, but noise is minimal, so this potted-fern and sunlounger-scattered spot is a serene city hideaway.
A few tango moves; Uruguayans swear the dance was invented here before Argentineans got swept up in the craze. A pretty flapper-style dress and a pair of brogues and – if he sports one – moustache wax for Mr Smith.
Friendly hosts Dario and Cate can arrange in-room spa treatments with 24 hours notice.
Children can stay, but this grown-up stay has little to keep them entertained.