“Refined elegance in this beautifully restored colonial residence in Buenos Aires' upmarket suburb, San Isidro”
The house's 12 original rooms are perfectly preserved in all their grand proportions and in their stylish furnishings. There are 10 rooms leading off the central courtyard and a further 2 upstairs. From high ceilings (naturally cool in the hot summer months) hang crystal chandeliers, catching the light which flows in. Walls of exposed brick contrast with great slabs of colour, while old paintings and tapestries speak of the house’s history. Tall windows are dressed with flowing muslin, and impeccable white Egyptian cotton bed linen adorns the very comfortable kingsize or twin beds.
Bathrooms are beautiful: roll-top baths, walk-in showers, and immaculately restored traditional sinks in old washstands, laden with the hotel’s toiletries. The effect is classical and luxurious without being ostentatious.
Across the courtyard at the back are 8 more rooms. These are all suites, hugely spacious, with their own sitting areas and the same elegant 1900s design as the main house. First-floor suites have balconies, and all have garden views.
The design of the house, with its impressive central patio and another stylish terrace at the back, offers plenty of places for you to sit and read, eat breakfast or drink tea. The rear patio has black wrought-iron furniture, creating a classic feel against the cream walls and terracotta tiled floor, with abundant greenery. The sense of space gives privacy, and this is what makes del Casco so relaxing.
You may be reluctant to leave your comfortable room, but a fine breakfast awaits you. This is usually eaten in a quaint plant-filled conservatory opposite the rear patio to the accompaniment of trickling water from a pretty old fountain, but you can take it where you like - or even order breakfast in bed, if you prefer. Good coffee is made to order, and there’s a fine range of teas (albeit in bags). Fresh juices, a lavish fruit salad and a really impressive array of cakes and pastries may take you some time, so allow yourself an hour to linger. There’s also ham, cheese and eggs cooked to order.
Although there's no in-house restaurant, the hotel has a room service menu of choices from La Cartuja, a good restaurant down the road, which is available from 7am to midnight. Snacks and drinks are also available in the garden and lobby.
Dinner is easy, since San Isidro has plenty of fine restaurants to cater for its discerning inhabitants, many within 2-5 blocks of the hotel. Del Casco’s owner Betina recommends 2 splendid parrillas (traditional Argentine steakhouses - not to be missed) on the waterfront: Alvear Abajo and El Ombu. Ask staff in reception for directions. Closer to hand, Bar Unico on the corner near the hotel is a popular and civilised haunt and, among a whole slew of restaurants alongside the Hippodrome, Deriva serves excellent caipirinhas.
I would add my recommendation of Kansas, which claims to be an American-style grill but is actually modern Argentine, serving good steaks, excellent pasta and delicious fish in a lively brasserie atmosphere. More Argentine cuisine awaits at O’Farell on Libertador, and for an unusual setting you can’t beat Villa Hípica, which is actually inside San Isidro’s famous Hippodrome. Watching horses being trained as you sip fine wines from an impressive list is great fun.
Children of all ages are welcome and the hotel has connecting rooms. Extra beds, baby cots and babysitting can also be arranged for little ones on request. There are no children's activities on site, so this place is perhaps best suited to babies, or older children who will appreciate the history and culture on offer in Buenos Aires.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking