“A sensitively restored Art Deco gem in the beating heart of Buenos Aires, with vast rooms and splendid city views from the roof terrace”
The 39 rooms are immense by any city’s standards, feeling more like studio apartments than hotel rooms. They go from Large to Extra Large to Extra Extra Large, with even bigger Lofts and Big Lofts on the higher floors, which will buy you 67sq.m of space.
High ceilings and huge windows allow ample natural light, and the décor is minimalist, masculine and classy. The cool Deco lamps, retro alarm clocks and custom-built red-leather sofas or armchairs add to the period feel; but soft Egyptian cotton, free WiFi, electronic keys, cordless phones and foldaway flat-screen TVs bring it bang up-to-date. All rooms have kingsize or twin beds, sitting areas and ample wardrobe and drawer space. The Lofts and Big Lofts also come with coffee- and tea-making facilities, and some have balconies or terraces.
Bathrooms are polished and modern, with dark-wood decking in the power showers (some rooms have a tub instead) and chic circular sinks with shiny silver fittings. Soft white towels, toiletries and hairdryers are provided, and slippers and bathrobes are available on request.
Be sure to ask for one of the higher front-facing rooms, which give glorious views over the domes and turrets of the nearby San Francisco basilica.
The hotel's ritzy restaurant and bar, Aldo's, occupies the ground floor and is open from 11am to midnight for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, drinks and dinner. It was created by sommelier Aldo Graziani and its 500-bottle cellar is central to the concept, with dishes designed to complement the wines available. We have yet to sample the fare ourselves, but we've heard good things about the international cuisine (truffle risotto, veal milanese, pan-fried salmon) and jazzy ambiance.
Breakfast is served on the roof terrace between 7-11am and is a more scaled-down affair, consisting of toast, fruit, yoghurts and pastries. If the weather allows, you can take it up on the roof terrace and gaze over Buenos Aires as you eat.
The streets immediately surrounding the hotel don’t throw up many good options for eating out, but just a few blocks south are the lively bars and restaurants of San Telmo. Check out Brasserie Petanque (Defensa 596) for well executed French bistro food, El Desnivel (Defensa 855) for a rowdy traditional parrilla (steak house), and super-swanky 647 Dinner Club (Tacuarí 647) for cocktails and modern Argentine food.
The ultra-spacious rooms make the Moreno a good option for families. Cots for under-2s can be added to all rooms free of charge, and most can take extra beds for a supplement. However, the busy narrow streets around the hotel may be challenging terrain with buggies and the area has few open spaces for kids to let off steam. Babysitters can be booked via reception.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking