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Costa Petit Hotel, Buenos Aires 

5141 Costa Rica
Palermo Soho
Buenos Aires
Argentina C1414BSS
Tel: 54 11 4776 8296
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Aimed at low-profile travelers with impeccable taste, Costa Petit is a design-minded boutique hotel in Buenos Aires' Palermo Soho district. The two rooms and two suites are decorated with velvet, restored wood furniture, and rustic wall paneling. The owners, cabinetmaker Diego Padilla and interior decorator Eugenia Chorén, salvaged 19th-century lamps, wicker sofas, club chairs, and aged pinotea ceilings from architectural demolition sales.They also found new uses for old curios: a wrought-iron baby crib functions as a towel stand, and planks of caldén hardwood, cut cross-grain like butcher's block, now serve as robust flooring. The property was once a mechanic's workshop: A vehicle inspection bay has been transformed into a turquoise-tiled pool, surrounded by a brace of Italian cypresses and a lone olive in the jasmine-draped garden. Space is too cramped for a restaurant, but the staff serves a sumptuous in-room breakfast and can arrange anything from yoga sessions or polo practice to a day's yachting on the Río de la Plata.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

Walk into this four-room B&B on the edge of red-hot Palermo Soho and you may think you've stepped into a country estancia. The interior has been constructed of salvaged wood from the nineteenth-century homes that are, sadly, falling victim to Buenos Aires's current building boom, and the polished dark mahogany makes for a lovely contrast to the delicate white impatiens, jasmine, creeping roses, and lilies that flourish in the small but beautifully landscaped garden. The spacious rooms are filled with well-considered details—a copy of Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia, a straw hat hanging from a hook, a few white blossoms floating in a jade-green ceramic dish—that are as idiosyncratic as they are evocative. Costa Petit pulls off the wonderful feat of allowing visitors to feel transported out of the city while giving them access to everything it affords.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: Although fall and spring have the most pleasant weather, Buenos Aires is always exciting.

Which room to book: No. 1, the ground-floor suite, opens onto the garden and a small splash pool.

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Pool

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