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Argentina Hotels

August 26, 2010 By: Joe Pike Travel Agent


New at Panamericano Buenos Aires
New at Panamericano Buenos Aires are 40 Bicentennial Suites with neoclassic decor.

Like most Central and South American nations, Argentina is witnessing somewhat of a resort boom these days. Travel Agent recently spoke with hotel representatives for an update on some soon-to-open hotels as well as the perennial favorites.

Upcoming Properties

Blue Parallel, a company founded in 2002 that specializes in arranging luxury vacations, will launch Blue Parallel Villas in October. Each of the Blue Parallel Villas, spread across key destinations in Latin America, was handpicked by the group’s founder and CEO, Emmanuel Burgio, and include several Argentina properties in the collection.

Casa Palermo in Buenos Aires is a private 5,400-square-foot home that comes with a 4,500-square-foot garden, 980-square-foot patio with decks, a private interior garden/courtyard, pool and guest house. It can accommodate 10 guests, and must be booked for at least 10 days. La Plaza, also in Buenos Aires, is a five-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot, classic French Renaissance-style building with a chic European decor and several balconies.

Villa Nahuel in Bariloche has lakefront access and, with 4,303 square feet of space, it can host up to 12 people. It also has an indoor/outdoor pool and a fireplace. Villa Llao Llao is another Bariloche lakefront property, with a pool overlooking the lake. The property has sculpted grounds, a heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym and outdoor living areas. It can accommodate up to 14 people in five bedrooms.

Casa 7 Colores in Jujuy is a 17th-century property that served as a refuge for the Argentine cavalry during the war of independence against Spain. It is a 10-bedroom elevated property, with views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

For more information, agents should contact Blake Lieberman (800-256-5307, [email protected]), villa specialist for Blue Parallel Villas.

The 27-room boutique Fierro Hotel is opening in Buenos Aires’ Palermo Hollywood district in October. The best room here, we are told, is the Terrace Suite, which is spread over 535 square feet on the top floor, with a private outdoor Jacuzzi and a barbecue grill. The next best are the Balcony Suites, which have at least 438 square feet of space.

The hotel is generally best suited for under-45 couples or business/solo travelers seeking an alternative to other boutique hotels in the city, which, we are told, tend to be more glorified B&Bs. Agents can contact General Manager Alejandra Oliver at [email protected].

Revisiting Some Favorites

El Casco is a 33-room property that opened in 2007 on the shores of Lake Nahuel in Bariloche, one of the most beautiful spots in Patagonia. The best accommodation is the first-floor Soldi Suite that comprises a bedroom and 1,184-square-foot living room with a private terrace. It has a king-sized bed, individual bath and walk-in shower with a double bathtub and Jacuzzi for two. Agents should contact Director of Sales Soraya Fumazoni (011-5411-4815-6952, [email protected]) for details.

A Calos Gardel Suite
A Calos Gardel Suite at Los Sauces

Last year, the Panamericano Buenos Aires Hotel & Resort hired Pablo Sánchez Elía Architectural Studio to refurbish its restaurant, the emblematic Tomo 1, which has been operating on the mezzanine floor of the hotel since 1993. 

The hotel recently opened on its third basement level The Green Club, the first urban indoor golf center in Buenos Aires. It is spread over 600 square meters, with four aboutGolf (official PGA tour) simulators, a golf academy, putting green, resto bar, pro shop and locker rooms with sauna and VIP salons.

Book your clients in one of the 40 brand-new Bicentennial Suites, which are decorated in a neoclassic style, or perhaps the Royal Suite, with a European-style king bed, large living room, dining room for six people, bathroom in carrara marble and a balcony. Agents should contact Angelica Bosch, tour and travel manager, at [email protected].

At Hotel Panamericano Bariloche, the latest new feature is a spa, with exclusive beauty treatments. The property affords great views and houses a renewed version of Tinto Bistro, the successful restaurant by Martín Zorreguieta, brother of Máxima, the princess of the Netherlands. Tinto Bistró, set in an informal environment where tradition meets modernity, boasts a menu based on local ingredients.

Apart from a fantastic Presidential Suite, the hotel has Junior Suites and Suites with impressive views of the Lago Nahuel Huapi. For more information, agents should contact Marioli Wagner, special accounts manager, at [email protected].


Agent Advice


“There is never a dull moment in Buenos Aires,” says Cesar Rolon Jr., CEO of Imagen Consultants in Chicago. “The many times I have visited Argentina is to participate in Buenos Aires Fashion Week, which is a must. You’ll find many designers that have sprouted from their previous careers [in] engineering. Buenos Aires is a city with special charm. Where else can you walk along Calle Caminito in La Boca and watch couples dancing tango?
Buenos Aires will steal your heart.”

Los Sauces has opened two new Patagonian houses this season, taking its suite tally to 38. Part of the expansion are four outstanding Master Suites. Also new this summer is a club house, including a meeting room, playroom, large and comfortable living room, and a barbecue area that overlooks the Calafate Stream. An indoor swimming pool is scheduled to open soon.

The Casa La Comarca Restaurant offers a delicious gourmet experience with flavors of the End of the World, accompanied by delicious wines from southern Patagonia. On the menu is the Patagonian lamb as well as fueguine spider crab and southern hake straight from the freezing southern seas.

El Quincho Las Brasas is next to a small river in Calafate and in the middle of a natural garden of willows and rose hips. The four Master Suites are the pick of the accommodations.

Agents should contact Ariel Casco, sales and marketing manager, at [email protected].

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