Krista Hotel

Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina Book from Book from £221 per night

Find your pocket of peace in Palermo in 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 recently moved lock, stock and barrel to a new nest in the nearby neighbourhood of Palermo Soho. We absolutely cannot wait to come and stay in this new building - an exciting modernist adventure this time around - very soon. No fuss or flashy sign, just slip through the entrance and find a sleek respite from the buzz of Buenos Aires. Inside is a hall flooded with light, bright white walls adorned with wooden strips, and black and white granite floors illuminated by exquisite windows. It is 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.

Highs

  • You'll find tranquility in the midst of Buenos Aires' most exciting area
  • This is grown-up understated cool: there's none of that feeling of being on display which you get in Palermo’s excessively trendy hotels
  • Rooms have very comfortable beds and lovely linen
  • It's extremely good value for money: all rooms have Smart TVs, 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

Lows

  • We are yet to stay at the hotel in its current location, but we think the photos look great, and will be reporting back as soon as we’ve visited
  • This is a new building for the staff, so there may be some short-lived teething problems, though we've been assured rigorous training has taken place
  • 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

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 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 a 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. We're yet to visit personally and try the dishes ourselves, but the menu features treats such as Biscay fish with cider potatoes, 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.

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
  • Lunch 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, 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. 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
  • 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 Esquina de Carlos Gardel or El Querendí. Prices normally include dinner before the performance
  • 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.

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. 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 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

7/10
Room
6/10
Food
9/10
Service
8/10
Value
8/10
Overall

Nice house in a great neighbourhood.

7/10,

Fantastic location, friendly team with plenty of tips and information about Buenos Aires. Very comfortable room too, although the view is not amazing in the standard room.

9/10,

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