Mio Hotel Buenos Aires: A Natural Choice For Cosmopolitan Travellers
Among the growing number of small boutique hotels appearing on the Buenos Aires accommodation scene is the exceptional Mio Hotel. Unlike most of the new properties opening in the city’s bohemian/hipster districts, Mio is located in the very exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood just one block away from chic Avenida Alvear. The convenient position enables guests to stay within easy walking distance of the city’s most impressive museums as well as Avenida 9 de Julio, the main axis in the Buenos Aires city centre.
Mio’s discreet façade blends in well with the posh residential buildings sharing the streetscape on Avenida Quintana, and this a delightful home away from home for sophisticated travellers certainly does convey the feeling of a residence―a very large, very sumptuous one. There is a library mezzanine where interesting books on art, architecture, food, wine, history, and culture are available for guest perusal. The eighth floor is the spa floor, a place for a swim in the lap pool or for a variety of treatments available by appointment. The voluminous but subtle lobby allows guests to be welcomed by the friendly Reception staff before being escorted to their accommodation. Rooms and suites at Mio are unusually large; the unique design unites bathroom, sleeping, and lounge areas into a single integrated space. The bathtubs are especially noteworthy, carved from single blocks of wood and intricately engineered. The wood theme is reiterated in the artistically designed doors to the rooms; each one is a textured work of art.
A bath may be just the thing after a day out exploring the many attractions of Argentina’s seductive capital. Buenos Aires is a place best enjoyed on foot to allow for stopping off at the many unexpected places of interest found along the way to one’s intended destination. Numerous parks and monuments punctuate a city crisscrossed by avenues lined with beautiful buildings, many of them dating from the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century, a period when Art Nouveau was very much the fashion in architectural design. Like works of art, the buildings often carry the signatures of their creators, many of them French. Appropriately, the Museum Of Architecture And Design is a few blocks to the north of Mio Hotel. Several blocks to the west is the Museum Of Fine Arts and the Museum Of Decorative Arts, both institutions exhibiting extraordinary collections. The Recoleta Cemetery, popular among visitors wanting to see the tomb of Evita Perón, is right at the end of Avenida Quintana adjacent to a beautiful park with enormous trees that, too, are counted among this unique city’s attractions.