In the Buenos Aires suburb of San Isidro, Hotel del Casco sits majestically on a tree-lined street. Built in 1892 as a private home, this neoclassical mansion makes for beautiful photographs.
Maids bustle back and forth in formal black and white uniforms, ensuring this boutique hotel’s 20 rooms are ready for guests. Some rooms are in the hotel’s main building, off a wide central hallway with a glass roof supported by big arches.
Our room, in the newer building near the pool, had double-height ceilings and was decorated with antique furnishings to look like the original rooms. It was equipped with a king bed with great sheets, a mini fridge, TV-topped dresser, leather couch and two chairs. Fresh flowers greeted us on arrival and again at turndown on our second night. In the large bathroom there was a big claw-footed bathtub, with a separate small shower with wooden floor, conveniently fitted with a mirror for shaving.
Hotel del Casco’s pool is small, but cools you off well in the sunny garden. Breakfast is served in the garden or in a glassed-in breakfast room. Service was a little bit confusing, but eventually we received our order. Offerings varied each day, and the fresh orange juice was fabulous.
In the basement underneath the main house, there’s a library, beautiful chess set, a small gym, sauna and a massage room. Some equipment can be moved out into the garden if you’re wanting sun and fresher air for your workout.
If you’d like to be near Buenos Aires’ famous Tigre suburb, but stay in a nicer neighbourhood and in a gorgeous building, Hotel del Casco in next-door San Isidro is a good choice.