Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Clubhouse

Rates from (ex tax)$100.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD100.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Secret garden bolthole


Trendsetting barrio

The Clubhouse hotel is right at home in Buenos Aires’ trendy Palermo neighbourhood. Hidden behind the discrete door of a converted residence, this members’ club of just four stylish rooms has had an injection of South-American cool. Come to rub shoulders with Argentina’s bright and beautiful around the delightful pool.

Smith Extra

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A bottle of red wine in your room on arrival and a wooden 'mate' goblet


Photos The Clubhouse facilities

Need to know


Four, including two suites.


11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $100.00.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD100.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude a Continental breakfast (US$20 a person), a feast of muesli, fruit salad, a home-made pastry each, bread with jam and dulce de leche, orange or apple juice and tea, coffee and milk. A welcome soft drink is included.


A family home until a few years ago, the Clubhouse is now a laid-back retreat for its sophisticated members. Look out for pop-up dinners from international chefs, film screenings, rotating art exhibitions, weekly brunches in the winter and see-and-be-seen pool parties in the summer.

At the hotel

Lounge, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, Macrovida toiletries

Our favourite rooms

The Master room will make you feel, well, master of the house: its private terrace overlooks the garden and pool, and the roll-top tub and double rainfall shower aren’t too shabby either. The Upstairs room has a rooftop patio and a glossy, black-tiled bathroom. The Cuarto is cosy and just a stumble away from the lively pool and bar – perfect for late-night revellers.


Beneath a string of fairy lights in the garden, steps lead to the heated waters of the stone-clad swimming pool. Tall, ivy-covered walls keep prying eyes away: grab a cocktail and soak up the sun on one of the sleek, monochrome loungers.


In-room deep-tissue and Swedish massages can be arranged with 24 hours’ notice.

Packing tips

If you’re more lark than night owl, no need to pack earplugs: the Clubhouse provides them.


On Mondays, the hotel's restaurant and bar close after breakfast, but there are plenty of dining options close by. This exclusive members’ club often hosts events late into the night, including a DJ-fuelled dance party every Friday night.


The Clubhouse is a grown-up hideaway for over-23s only.

Food and Drink

Photos The Clubhouse food and drink

Top Table

Kick off your sandals and grab the little table on the lawn for the best view of the pool.

Dress Code

A classic Eres swimsuit and a hand-embroidered kaftan.

Hotel restaurant

There is no dining room as such, but the Clubhouse Restaurante’s tantalising seasonal menu can be enjoyed in the lounge or by the pool every day except Monday. Inspired by local produce, American classics and round-the-world flavours, chef Dario Bare’s culinary style is relaxed and casual: try crispy sweetbreads, grilled provolone, smoky pork sliders or a fig and sheep's cheese salad.

Hotel bar

Framed by red-and-white candy stripes, the Clubhouse Bar is the poolside heart of the house. Sample crisp whites, heady reds and cheering rosés from Mendoza, or ask the bartender to whip up something exotic from the spirits behind the triangular counter. Stay in on Sunday afternoons to experience an Argentinian pool party, complete with barbecue and DJ. The bar is closed on Mondays; in the winter, the indoor Clubroom Bar takes over with comfy velvet sofas and a roaring fire.

Last orders

The kitchen is open from 1pm to midnight; it only opens for breakfast on Mondays; breakfast runs till 11am daily. Tipples are poured until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays and 8pm on Sundays; the bar's also closed on Mondays.


Photos The Clubhouse location
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The main international airport in Buenos Aires is Ministro Pistarini (also known as Ezeiza International Airport), a 45-minute drive away, and has licensed cabs at official stands. The domestic airport Aeroparque Jorge Newbery is a 15-minute drive away.


A 15-minute drive away, Lisandro de la Torre station serves Trenes Argentinos routes to downtown Buenos Aires, as well as Palermo, Belgrano, Olivos, San Isidro and Tigre.


If you’re bringing your own wheels, drop your bags off at the hotel first; there’s a private car park two blocks away (from USD$25 a day).

Worth getting out of bed for

When you’re ready to leave the leafy haven of the Clubhouse, download the hotel’s iPhone app, a local’s guide to this most desirable of Buenos Aires neighbourhoods. You’ll find the cosmopolitan city’s best bars, restaurants and boutiques right on your doorstep. Pick up Pinterest-worthy cowhide rugs, zinc accessories and locally crafted leather bags at Calma Chicha (+54 11 4831 1818). A picturesque tangle of colonial buildings, tango dens and antique shops along cobbled streets, San Telmo is the oldest barrio. Catch a milonga (social dance) at La Catedral (+54 11 4686 5471), a grungy, atmospheric club with English-speaking teachers and fiery dancers.

Local restaurants

Start with the main course: no visit to Argentina could be complete without a taste of its splendid Pampa-fed beef. La Cabrera (+54 11 4832 5754) is an institution for all things grilled, thanks to its gargantuan servings of steaks, sausages and ribs. With its exposed-brick walls, leather-clad tables and masterful asado (barbecue) Don Julio (+54 11 4832 6058) is equally tempting. Peruvian hangout La Mar serves zesty ceviches, hand-rolled sushi and spectacular sharing platters. Started as a secret supper club, Colombian-run I Latina (+54 11 4857 9095) takes inspiration from across South America: you’ll find black-corn tortillas, caramelised prawns and avocado ice-cream on the menu.

Local cafés

Oui Oui (+54 11 4778 9614) brought brunch to Buenos Aires and it’s still a popular spot for hearty soups, golden French toast and perfectly poached eggs.

Local bars

Just down the road, Victoria Brown (+54 11 4831 0831) is a dark and seductive late-night watering hole with an inspired menu of cocktails and finger food. You might need to bribe the Clubhouse’s staff for the password – and directions – to the Harrison Speakeasy, one of the city’s most notorious, hush-hush bars. There’s nothing gimmicky about the cocktails: expect Mendoza bourbon, local absinthe and a masterful use of shakers and bitters. It’s worth the 20-minute drive to Florería Atlántico (+54 11 4313 6093), a lovely spot hidden beneath a florist that’s made a name for itself with inventive cocktails and moreish tapas.


Photos The Clubhouse reviews
Clemmy Manzo

Anonymous review

There’s nothing quite as wonderfully porteño as a taxi driver with a mullet ranting about politics. I’m not really listening to mine, though, because, look! The jacaranda flowers! Such lilac glory! And then, the familiar smell of sizzling steak wafts through the window… yes, it’s good to be back in Buenos Aires. 

A few years ago, I called this seductive city my home. Then Mr Right came along, and I swapped South America for southeast London. Deptford’s up and coming, they told me… But for now, I’m back, and travelling solo; where better to stay than the capital’s only private member’s club? The Clubhouse is something of a secret, tucked away behind an unmarked iron gate, off the cobblestoned streets of boutique-lined Palermo Soho. I ring the buzzer and a woman in black appears and lets me in, generously ignoring my giant mushroom hair (oh, the humidity!) 

There’s a touch of the avant-garde, here – ‘Love will tear us apart’ is scrawled across one wall in electric-blue neon, and there’s a temporary exhibition of Belle du Jour stills above the living room’s maroon velvet sofas. But here, the beautiful Ms Deneuve is destined to be ignored: past the floor-to-ceiling glass window beside her is a private garden dotted with whitewashed furniture, flanked by tall ivy-covered walls, with a small but perfectly formed infinity pool at its heart – in the prickly summer heat, it’s the only place to be. 

I grab a fluffy white towel, lather sunscreen onto my winter skin, and get stuck into some serious people-watching. Artfully draped on the pool’s edge is a group of tanned, lithe 30-somethings flaunting gravity-defying glutes. I zone in and out of their animated conversation on last night’s antics, as does, I suspect, the MacBook-toting hipster across the pool. The soundtrack of smooth beats is disrupted by the occasional rattle of a cocktail shaker from the open-air bar, so I order the Clubhouse’s legendary Bloody Mary (yup, still the city’s best). 

Back when it opened in 2011, the Clubhouse quickly became the hangout of choice for BA’s good-looking, affluent and hip crowd – a 50/50 mix of expats and Argentines. Looking around now, it’s clear that hasn’t changed. To truly fit in, you’ll need designer shades and good genes. A tattoo is optional; a perfect pout is not. 

Up the wrought-iron staircase, I’ve the top floor all to myself. My spacious suite keeps things simple with a monochromatic design – vintage cinema poster here, abstract photographs there – and a slick, black-tiled bathroom. In a box on my bedside table is a stash of ear plugs – a not-so-subtle reminder that Buenos Aires never sleeps, and I’m in the heart of its bar zone. 

As the day lazily turns to dusk, the music is turned up a notch or three. I Whatsapp the magic words (‘private rooftop terrace’) to a few old friends and they’re over faster than you can say ‘Lionel Messi’. We gaze out towards Buenos Aires’ jagged skyline and reminisce over a bottle of Malbec. Below us, the garden twinkles in candlelight, ready for the influx of cool kids arriving for Friday night’s party (one of several weekly events). It’s vaguely tempting to join them, but right now nothing can keep me from a rib-eye steak dinner at local favourite, Las Cholas. 

The next day, I tear myself away from my bolthole and enlist the sought-after services of friend and personal shopper, Sophie Lloyd of Shop Hop BA. Together, we embark on a magical mystery tour of BA’s secret designer showrooms: inconspicuous garage doors open to reveal a treasure trove of jewellery pieces; on the third floor of a residential brick building is a stunning studio showcasing beautiful skirts, suits and rugs, handwoven by a women’s collective in Northern Argentina. After a full day of ogling butter-soft leather bags and swooning over rare vintage finds, I’m exhausted, so we surrender to smoky cocktails served by bow-tied barmen at Doppelganger, a Gatsby-esque bar in the bohemian barrio of San Telmo.

Over breakfast on the garden-facing mezzanine, under Ms Deneuve’s sultry gaze, I ponder my plans for my last day. There’s plenty to see in this city: the famous Recoleta cemetery where Evita was laid to rest, the Malba museum jam-packed with modern Latin American art, the kitsch-tastic government Pink House and – if being pestered by tango dancers with excess hair gel is your thing – La Boca’s colourful Caminito. But for me, the beauty of Buenos Aires isn't confined to any address: it’s the charisma of its people, the energy of its streets, the nostalgia of its cafes… and also the allure of its pools. So I step outside to mine, don my new sunglasses, and try my best to fit in before dragging myself back to up-and-coming Deptford. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Clubhouse’s Guestbook below.

We loved

A quirky hidden little gem, it is quite hard to find at first behind gated doors and it is more like a member's club then hotel. But don't let that put you off as the rooms are modernly furnished with a bit of character. Really helpful staff in organising trips for us and recommending restaurants as well as upgrading our room as it was our honeymoon. They also offer occasionally a great party in the evening with awesome cocktails and music. Don Julio is a good nearby restaurant; Rojo Tango was fantastic, which the hotel can organise for you!

Don’t expect

The breakfast is a bit sparse as it doesn't seem they offer meals very often.


Stayed on 25 Nov 2016