Hotel del Casco

San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina Book from

Refined elegance in this beautifully restored colonial residence in Buenos Aires' upmarket suburb, San Isidro
Built in 1892 as a rather grand summer house, Hotel del Casco still offers all the pleasures of staying in the country. The relaxed atmosphere and the elegant building’s original features sit well within a calming minimalist décor. This is a peaceful location, in the picturesque historic quarter of smart San Isidro, with its long waterfront and marina; the ideal place to return to after the city's frantic pace.

From the leafy cobbled street, wrought-iron gates glide open to reveal a grand classical colonnade. Inside is a stunning, light-filled central patio, with an original mosaic floor and a high ceiling of stained glass supported on slender Ionic columns. After your excellent breakfast, lounge here elegantly on white sofas among ferns, take tea, and plan your day. Ten of the rooms open onto this central area, with 2 more upstairs: all are high-ceilinged and grandly proportioned, with charming bathrooms. Across the gardens at the back of the main house, 8 spacious suites are similarly decorated, with views onto the pool. A charming, very civilized alternative to downtown Buenos Aires.

Highs

  • The beautifully restored colonial house gives a rare flavour of life in Argentina's heyday
  • This is elegant luxury, 1900s style: polished wooden floors, roll-top baths, antiques, fine paintings and gorgeous bed linen
  • Quiet, historic San Isidro has plenty of shops and restaurants, and a pretty waterfront with a marina for sailing and windsurfing. Racecourses and golf courses are nearby
  • You'll get personalised service from the friendly bilingual staff
  • Easy access to Buenos Aires' favourite weekend resort of Tigre, which offers fabulous boat rides through jungly rivers

Lows

  • If you really want a city hotel, you'll find San Isidro just a little too far (30 minutes) from the centre of town to make more than one trip a day. Shop in town and return for dinner, or spend the day sailing here and head into town for the nightlife
  • No restaurant, though breakfast is included and a nearby eatery can deliver meals to your room
  • Some noise from the cobbled street at the front of the hotel
  • Rooms opening onto the central area lack privacy, and you may hear sounds from the lobby

Best time to go

Buenos Aires is most delightful in spring and autumn (October / November and April / May), but it can be impossibly hot and humid in the peak months of summer (January and February). Winter is usually pretty mild. If you're coming over January, February, July or Easter, bear in mind that these are the peak holiday periods for Argentina’s schools and all hotels and flights across the country will be heavily booked: make your plans ahead of time. San Isidro is most delightful in late summer.

Our top tips

Don't miss a trip to Tigre. A smart tourist train, Tren de la Costa, whisks you in style from San Isidro to this lovely weekend resort, 20 minutes (10km) further north. Go on a boat trip for a couple of hours, or even rent a cabin for a night on one of the many islands (you'll sleep in total peace deep in the jungly river delta). There’s also a craft market here at weekends.

Great for...

Family
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 20
  • Breakfast only (+ restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
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Activity:

Activities

  • Buenos Aires’ many attractions lie just 30 minutes away by taxi, so browse the city's museums and art galleries (MALBA is particularly recommended) and the usual sights of the Casa Rosada and the Plaza de Mayo

  • Go shopping in trendy Palermo (you're the right side of town) or explore the antique markets in San Telmo

  • You’ll find plenty of entertainment in San Isidro, too. There’s a lovely long waterfront with sloping lawns going right down to the Río de la Plata and a wonderful marina. Here you can windsurf or sail (the hotel can arrange this for you), and the brave can try kitesurfing on the widest river in the world

  • The river is a lovely place for a stroll or a long bike ride; you can go fishing, too

  • The station in San Isidro (cross the green square at the end of the street, go down the steps in the park and it's in front of you) houses a good selection of fine handicrafts in lots of individual stalls, as well as a small selection of the classier chain shops

  • San Isidro’s famed Hippodrome is a great place for a day at the races. Ask staff for directions, or to help arrange tickets

  • Del Casco can arrange temporary membership at the local athletic club for guests to play tennis and other sports. There’s a fine golf course at the Jockey Club nearby, too

  • Language courses can be arranged at the hotel or off site - enquire in advance

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Kitesurfing
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing

Kids

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.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Cycling

Distances:

  • Airport: 45 minutes (Ezeiza); 30 minutes (Jorge Newbery)
  • Shops: 2 minutes
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