Vain Boutique Hotel

Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Vain Boutique Hotel

Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A fresh-faced hideout in Palermo Soho, a few blocks from Buenos Aires’ hippest shopping streets, with a rooftop pool and skyline views

A fresh-faced hideout in Palermo Soho, a few blocks from Buenos Aires’ hippest shopping streets, with a rooftop pool and skyline views

This smart boutique hotel - with 34 minimalist-chic rooms - boasts a great location. It's just a few blocks from the city’s hottest fashion boutiques in Palermo Soho, minutes from Plaza Italia, a noisy but useful transport hub, and near the green expanses of the Palermo parks, including the lovely Botanical Garden and the Rose Garden.

With highly personalised service, sleek design features and a cool monotone palette, Vain looks and feels every inch the small, composed Palermo hotel. In the noughties, this district became the focus of the city’s flowering design scene, with artists and designers opening studios and bijou boutiques on its cobbled lanes. Then a bevy of hip bars, restaurants and hotels followed, one of which was Vain - a beautifully refashioned 1920 townhouse with modern interiors and a gorgeous old façade. Following a second refurb in late 2023, the interiors have become even sleeker and the outdoor space upgraded with a rooftop terrace and pool, boasting unbelievable views across the city: we can't wait to pay another visit and see for ourselves.

Highs

  • Very chic design, from the polished concrete floors to cool circular sinks
  • Staff are friendly, professional and super-quick, without being fussy
  • A gorgeous rooftop terrace with loungers, a plunge pool and epic panoramic views
  • In a city of underwhelming breakfasts, Vain excels
  • We repeat: location, location, location - close to good shopping, Plaza Italia and the Palermo parks

Lows

  • We haven't visited since Vain underwent an extensive refurb, but it still looks like the city's coolest hangout
  • Some people may find the grey interiors a bit soulless
  • Bathrooms in general are slightly cramped, and not all have baths
  • Not all rooms have a window with a view: some face the hallway (which can limit privacy) or an internal patio (noise can be an issue)

Best time to go

The weather in Buenos Aires is generally clear and bright, though sudden downpours are common. October to January marks the spring/summer high season, when the city can get hot and humid. The most pleasant months are spring (October-November) and autumn (March-April), when days are sunny and warm but a sweater may be required for the evenings. Activity moves indoors during winter (June-July), when temperatures drop considerably.

Our top tips

Bring an extra suitcase for holiday purchases. You're minutes from the trendy boutiques and design studios that line the leafy streets of Palermo Soho. The best streets for shopping are Honduras, El Salvador, Malabia, Gurruchaga and Armenia, but the Palermo scene is spreading constantly, with new boutiques opening every week.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 34 rooms
  • Breakfast; restaurants nearby
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

Since our last visit, Vain has undergone a significant makeover. The rooms now share a cool minimalist aesthetic, with large double beds (that can be made up as twins) dressed in crisp white linen, pale oak wardrobes, and throws, cushions and rugs in varying shades of concrete grey and earthy brown. Most rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows draped in wafting sheer white curtains which keep them bright.

There are 4 room categories: Suites are the plushest, descending to Standard which are the cheapest. Suites have some outdoor space; bear in mind that most other rooms have windows that give onto an internal patio. For those wanting lazy starts and nights in, it could be worth paying the extra for more privacy and lounging space.

Bathrooms are modern (if sometimes a touch small) and continue the grey and white theme, with neat circular sinks and nicely scented toiletries. Some rooms have tubs with overhead showers, while others have walk-in showers only. Senior and Superior Rooms have in-room basins and vanities.

All rooms have polished concrete floors, cable TVs, cordless phones, heating, A/C, free WiFi access, hairdryers, bathrobes, electric safes and well-stocked minibars.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots available
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

There's a small but airy breakfast room by reception with a handful of white tables and some expressive modern art on the walls. The buffet breakfast was a highlight during our stay. Start the day with a huge glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a bowl of fresh fruit, followed by flaky pastries, a selection of cakes and cold cuts of meat and cheese.

You're also perfectly placed for exploring the innumerable restaurants in Palermo, which has the city’s most fashionable and adventurous dining scene. Most of the top restaurants can be found over the railway tracks in Palermo Hollywood (hotspots include Standard, Miranda, Olsen and, for Japanese-Peruvian fusion food, Osaka). Though it's only a short walk away, it's advisable to take a cab to cross the tracks at night. For superb steaks and homely Argentine surrounds within striking distance of the hotel, make a reservation at Don Julio (Gurruchaga 2100, on the corner of Guatemala; tel: 4831 9564).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
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Activity:

Activities

  • Shopping is a big deal in this neighbourhood - and you’ll want to put aside a day to nose around the irresistibly dressed boutiques and studios
  • Buenos Aires doesn’t have many green spaces but at Vain you will be close to the city’s largest and prettiest parks. The Botanical Garden, designed by French-Argentine architect Carlos Thays, is ideal for strolling or reading on the grass, and the Rosedal (Rose Garden) is a romantic spot, with a boating lake and a flowery scent on the breeze. Both are free
  • Go stargazing at the Planetario, officially the Galileo Galilei Planetarium, a magnificent UFO-shaped building in the Parque Tres de Febrero
  • 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
  • Hop on the Subte (metro) to the Plaza de Mayo and see the cathedral and the famous Casa Rosada presidential palace, then wander up to the dazzling Teatro Colón, which hosts world-class opera and ballet
  • The hotel can organise tango classes, Spanish classes, personal trainers, personal guides, city tours, polo and football tours, and just about anything else you put to them
  • You can go cycling, fishing and kayaking in Tigre, a pretty resort town on a delta just outside the city. It's reachable by train and makes a lovely day trip

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Theatre

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome, and there is a lift to all floors. Baby cots and/or extra beds can be added to all rooms (except Standards) with advance notice, and babysitters can be booked via reception.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request

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

Kid Friendly:

Location

Vain Boutique Hotel is located in Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires.

By Air:
Buenos Aires has 2 airports - Ezeiza (32km away) for international flights, and Jorge Newbery (3km away, and also known as Aeroparque) for domestic flights. For a list of airlines serving these airports click on the links below.

From the Airport
The hotel can organise transfers to and from both airports; enquire when booking. A radio taxi from Jorge Newbery will cost from around US$9 and take about 20 minutes. Ezeiza is 40 minutes away and a taxi would cost from around US$40. Alternatively, you can take the airport bus service to the city centre then get a taxi.

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 to BA don't want to hire a car, but if you do, see our car rental recommendations. The hotel can arrange parking but will need at least 3 days' notice.

Getting Around:
Take a radio taxi (never one on the street), or hop on the Subte (metro) - the nearest station is Plaza Italia on the D line.

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 32.0 km EZE
  • Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (Aeroparque) 3.0 km AEP

Other:

  • Beach 100.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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