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CasaSur Bellini Hotel—Buenos Aires

Cabello 3780, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The newly opened CasaSur Bellini Hotel has two advantages over the boutique hotel competition in the Palermo section of this city: a beautiful outdoor swimming pool and a fabulous location. Stylish and efficiently run, it's a solid option for travelers looking to stay in the middle of the action in one of the city's most exclusive neighborhoods.

CasaSur Bellini

When looking for the right hotel in Buenos Aires, you usually have to narrow things down by choosing between one of two general categories: the luxurious old grand dames of Recoleta, or the contemporary boutique hotels of Palermo. The latter is a much larger category — on a preliminary search, the selection seems overwhelming. What makes the new CasaSur Bellini Hotel, a member of Preferred Hotel Group, stand out from the pack? Two points: a highly desirable and somewhat unique location in the exclusive Botanico section of Palermo, and a swimming pool that's larger than most others around town, an especially appealing amenity in summer weather.

Though the CasaSur Bellini is new, the brand is not: the CasaSur Art Hotel has been well established on the city's boutique hotel scene for years. So the owners knew what they were doing when they opened a second location in the leafy section of Palermo, around the corner from the zoo and a Museo Evita, a short distance from the botanical gardens. For all its tourist-friendly attractions, it's not a neighborhood that has many hotels—probably because the cost of real estate is so high that the city's moneyed elite members have a lockdown on the barrio's properties. Indeed, the CasaSur Bellini shares the large central courtyard, and the lovely swimming pool, with a sleek residential high–rise called the Palacio Bellini. It sits in the middle of a tree–lined neighborhood rich with fashionable cafés and artisanal ice cream shops. It is, in short, an enviable address.

Palermo's new boutique Casa Sur Bellini

Sleek and modern, with eighty rooms, it displays design elements evoking Argentina's modern art scene and polo culture. The rooms are divided into just two categories: Executive Rooms and Deluxe Suites. The former is larger than the city's standard, complete with a spacious balcony seating area, many of which overlook the picturesque Bellini pool bordered with modern chaise lounges. Notably, guest rooms also feature useful mini–kitchens stocked with stemless wine glasses, a corkscrew, and champagne flutes, should you be celebrating a special occasion.

Casa Sur Bellini room

The glass dining table is separated from the sleeping area by a tall bookshelf displaying quirky design objects and art books; on the other side, king–sized beds are made up with high–end linens in a subdued color scheme of crisp white and charcoal gray. Further amenities include whirlpool tubs, Bellini restaurant42–inch flatscreen TVs, iPod docks, and complimentary Wi–Fi. Suites offer more space, plus small perks like Nespresso machines.

This was a new hotel when I stayed, meaning there are still a few kinks being worked out. For example the continental breakfast at the ground–level Bengal Deli is gourmet and adorably presented, but the space is too small for the number of guests passing through. It's the kind of issue that's likely to be resolved before long, especially given the high number of travelers looking to book rooms at the hotel in the upcoming summer season. One look at the swimming pool and the upcoming weather forecast, and you're practically sold on staying at the CasaSur Bellini.

Website: www.casasurhotel.com/bellini or book through Preferred Hotel Group
Total Number of Rooms: 80
Published rates: $149-225

Review and photos by Bridget Gleeson