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In 1929, modernist architect Johannes Kronfuss designed a dramatic Art Deco edifice two blocks from the Casa Rosada, Argentina's presidential palace. Despite being declared a heritage building, Kronfuss's creation fell into ruin in the 1990s, along with much of the Montserrat district. Recently renovated as a 39-room hotel, the seven-story building has a graceful fluted stone exterior, while an accordion-gated elevator still clunks past landings lit by stained glass windows. Rooms range in size from the generous to the enormous; all have 13-foot ceilings, expansive iron-framed windows, and Art Deco-style furniture upholstered in iridescent sea green. Don't be afraid to ask for extras like babysitters, personal trainers, or masseurs--inexplicably, the youthful staff may forget to detail what's on offer. Guests may also customize the contents of their minibar or borrow a laptop.
Address:376 Moreno, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1091
Tel: 54 11 6091 2000
When to go: Avoid only the sweltering summer months of January and February.
Which room to book: No. 48 for its view of the 1754 Basilica de San Francisco.