Krista Hotel

Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina Book from Book from £232 per night

Find your pocket of peace in Palermo inside this chic, strikingly modern hotel with a pool and spa
In the bewildering proliferation of ‘boutique’ hotels flooding Palermo, Krista is the real thing. During its first incarnation – in the Palermo Hollywood residence of Perón’s doctor – we loved staying here, and so did our guests. It has since moved lock, stock and barrel to a new minimalist nest in the nearby neighbourhood of Palermo Soho. No fuss or flashy sign, just slip through the entrance and find a sleek respite from the buzz of Buenos Aires in beautifully calming, modernist interiors. Inside is a hall flooded with light, bright white walls adorned with wooden strips, and black and white granite floors illuminated by exquisite windows. On our recent visit, Krista was a welcome invitation to relax in a quiet sanctuary.

Owner and interior designer Cristina has a perfectionist’s eye for detail, and matches a flair for colour and textiles with respect for the building's urban surrounds. The effect is privacy and space, in 37 calmly decorated bedrooms which are minimalist, airy and light. It’s hard to believe that you're right in the beating heart of Palermo's fine restaurants, chic shops and buzzing bars.
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Highs

  • You'll find tranquility and calm in the midst of Buenos Aires' most exciting area
  • This is grown-up, understated cool yet it doesn't feel pretentious, nor is the atmopshere stiff
  • Rooms have very comfortable beds and lovely linen
  • It's extremely good value for money: all rooms have Smart TVs, Netflix and WiFi - plus breakfast is included in the rate before 10:30am
  • Restaurants and bars abound: Palermo Soho is in the midst of the action for shopping and eating
  • Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, plus speak excellent English

Lows

  • Krista is in its last stages of completion, but we found the works didn't disturb the serenity at all
  • This is a brand new building, so we were half expecting some snagging issues when we visited, but our stay went flawlessly
  • The main doors are locked between 10pm and 7am, so night owls need to buzz for entry and wait for staff to let you in
  • The closest underground (Subte) station is a 25-minute walk, but taxis are readily available

Best time to go

Buenos Aires is at its best in spring and autumn (October to November; April to May). It can be impossibly hot and humid in summer (January and February) and winter is usually mild. January, February, July and Easter are holiday periods for Argentina’s schools, when hotels and flights will be booked well in advance.

Our top tips

You’ll want to spend at least two days here exploring the main sights. A week would allow you time to see the city’s cultural delights, shop at leisure in Palermo, take in a tango show and a couple of lessons, and sample many of the excellent restaurants. Allow a day for a trip to an estancia if you have time.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 37
  • Restaurant
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

There are 37 rooms, of which the Standard Rooms are the smallest, and all have ensuite bathrooms. The Deluxe Rooms and Superior rooms (where we stayed on our visit) have more space, as you’d expect, but all are flooded with light and feel airy. Sleek lines and shelves create storage space and desk areas. It's minimal chic, but Krista avoids feeling cold thanks to natural materials and gentle injections of colour. After all, a quiet atmosphere is exactly what you need for a comfortable night’s rest.

The beds are huge, firm and incredibly comfortable, with crisp white sheets and soft duvets. Wood detail adorns the walls, and the neutral palette of blossom pink, black and white allows each room to breathe. All rooms have bathtubs with showers with thoughtful toiletries provided: soaps, shampoo, conditioner and a shower cap.

Some Superior and Deluxe Rooms have a balcony; three Deluxe Rooms and the Suite have a balcony and terrace. All have lovely large windows to soak up urban street views or garden vistas. Quadruple Rooms can be created by connecting a Standard and Superior Room - a handy alternative for larger families or groups of friends.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

There's a Basque restaurant on-site, serving flavours from Spain's historic cultural Euskadi region. On our visit we enjoyed grilled white fish fillet with asparagus and smoky, dried pepper vizcaína sauce. This was followed by coconut and dulce de leche ice cream, fresh fruit, and a mango and hibiscus sauce.

The menu also features an array of tapas such as, cazuela de txipirones (squid casserole), nougat ice cream, craft beers and carefully selected wines.

Breakfast is complimentary, served between 7:30am and 10:30am - for those wishing to choose a leisurely a la carte option later in the morning, there's an additional charge.

You can order room service too, if you fancy a snack, a sandwich or a drink. You only need step outside the building to find some lovely restaurants to choose from, and staff will readily come up with suggestions for dining. There are two steakhouses less than 1km from Krista: La Cabrera has been listed as one of the world's best steak restaurants by The Telegraph. Diners can choose from more than 24 cuts of grass-fed beef.

Lobo Café two blocks away offers fantastic brunches and sweet treats, and is a great stop off before or after a day exploring the city. Nearby Plaza Cortázar (or Plaza Serrano as it’s known to locals) is a hive of little eateries with a wealth of choice, including vegetarian options.

Back at the hotel, a welcome drink and daily sunset cocktail are also included and provide the ideal moment to reflect on your day's wanderings around the city.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Relax in the spa with a glass of wine, ask reception to book you a massage (they even offer jet lag massages), head to a sauna (there are two) or take a dip in the unheated outdoor pool
  • Palermo is shopping heaven, divided into Palermo Hollywood on the western side of Avenida Juan B Justo, and Palermo Soho (where Krista is) on the eastern side. Three more commercial shopping malls also divide Palermo and Recoleta. The majority of the chic shops and restaurants lie in Palermo Soho, in the four blocks between the plazas of Cortázar and Palermo
  • The Palermo parks, where Porteños go to relax, are a short walk or taxi ride away. The gorgeous Parque Tres de Febrero has rose gardens, boating lakes, Japanese gardens, a zoo and a planetarium
  • It’s also worth visiting the beautiful silver Floralis sculpture in Recoleta
  • The Bosques of Palermo (a forest) is a great place to escape the heat during the summer
  • Visit the MALBA gallery (Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415) to see its fantastic collection of contemporary Latin American art, including works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
  • Lose your inhibitions and try a tango class at Dandi; phone ahead for lesson times
  • A real tango show is a must - try La Viruta or Salón Cunning which is one of the oldest milongas in the city. Both include food in the ticket price
  • While away a few hours browsing San Telmo's antique markets on Sundays in Calle Defensa and Plaza Dorrego
  • Take a boat trip up the river to see Buenos Aires by night
  • Play tennis at the nearby La Magdalena club
  • If you want to go horse riding or learn to play polo, the hotel can arrange a visit to an estancia outside the city
  • Staff can also advise about Spanish language classes

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Kids

Children are welcome and babysitting services, extra beds and cots are all available. There is no special menu for children but Krista is happy to accommodate them.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Standard Rooms can also be connected to a Superior Room to create a Quadruple Room for larger families and those with older children.

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement at an additional cost.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

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

Kid Friendly:

Location

Krista Hotel is located in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood of the City of Buenos Aires, four blocks from Plaza Cortázar and nine blocks from Plaza Italia.

By Air:
Ezeiza International (30km away) and the domestic airport Jorge Newbery (10km away, known locally as Aeroparque) are the closest airports. For a list of airlines serving these airports please click on the links below.

From the Airport
The hotel can arrange private transfers from either airport (please enquire at the time of booking). Alternatively you can take a remise (radio taxi), booked at the desk inside the arrivals halls.

By Bus:
If you're travelling within Argentina, you can book a long-distance bus to Buenos Aires' Retiro bus station (not as uncomfortable as it sounds as long as you book the cama and cama completa services, which recline to 160 and 180 degrees respectively), then take a taxi.

By Car:
Most visitors prefer not to hire a car, but if you want one for exploring the wider region, see our car rental recommendations.

Getting Around:
Take a radio taxi (never one on the street). Palermo isn't well-served by the Subte (metro), but the three stations along Santa Fe street - Scalabrini Ortiz, Plaza Italia and Palermo - are within a 15-minute walk. All are on line D, which goes straight into the city centre. You will need to buy a SUBTE card from the station and top it up, however, it also works on all buses and can be used anywhere in the Buenos Aires province (which stretches as far south as Bahía Blanca). The nearest Subte station to Krista is Malabia line B, nine blocks to the city centre.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to Argentina and getting around

Airports:

  • Buenos Aires Ezeiza International 30.0 km EZE
  • Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (Aeroparque) 10.0 km AEP

Other:

  • Beach 400.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

8/10
Room
9/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We enjoyed our trip to Krista BOTH times....we actually spent a 5th night on the way back from Mendoza before going back home!

We enjoyed breakfast but it was the only meal we had so we can't comment on the evening meals.
We found the rooms extremely minimalist and trendy but they were brand new and comfortable and we loved that!
At the time we stayed, the hotel was in its final stages of completion.
We think that its a fab location. There is an amazing parilla several roads down (which we went to twice).
Staff in general at the desk were welcoming and friendly and bent over backwards to help us with things to do, see, and recommendations were good. Just note that the sunset cocktail is a choice of wine, either sparkling, white or red. My husband drinks only beer so that we had to pay for that.
Overall, we recommend the hotel, as there is a lot to like about the hotel and location!

9/10,

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