Arriving at Ezeiza airport in the late evening, we needed to get to our hotel. No obvious buses or trains were anywhere to be seen so taxi really is your only option. Luckily a desk in the centre of the arrivals hall can not only get you a taxi but tell you the exact fare. This eliminates the chances of getting into a dodgy cab.
For $530 ARS (£11.06) it’s an hours ride into Buenos Aires. Having battled the evening traffic with our lives still intact we tipped the driver and walked into our lodgings for the week at Fierro Hotel in the Palermo district.
Palermo, as our new friend Marcos described, is like the Hollywood of Buenos Aires. TV shows and films are shot here and it’s a safe area – although it does look like it could do with a lick of paint.
In stark contrast, this hotel is a standout. A modern reception area and smart restaurant named ‘Uco’ also with decent sized lifts up to the rooms. Our room was no ordinary one – we had secured The Terrace Suite complete with an outdoor hot tub.
The size of this room is insane. A huge bed, a large TV and a free bottle of red wine from the hotel. This stay really had got off to the best possible start. I will never forget the feeling of jumping in the hot tub gazing across the city, it was beautiful and well worth the money.
Breakfast here is taken in the Uco restaurant which looked beautiful in the day with a smart garden area outside now visible. We had traditional Irish breakfasts for the most part which were expertly cooked by the owner who happens to be from Ireland. In South America you simply have to get coffee in the morning, it’s the best you will ever try.
Cocktails are also epic in this place. A happy hour is an occasional treat during which you can try some amazing creations – a Pisco Sour was my choice, a Peruvian specialty, it was flawless.
The hotel were also really helpful in securing metro tickets for us. The nearest station is Ministro Carranza, a station on the main line to the city centre. However, this is Argentina. Possibly the only place in the world where you can’t buy train tickets at the train station.
After visiting the station to be told in Spanish that you either have to go to a shop or a hotel to purchase a ‘Subte’ card which is like an Oyster Card that you would use in London, we headed back to the hotel. We managed to purchase a card for $35 ARS (£0.73) and top it up there and then.
The hotel was so ideally positioned for everything. A journey into the very centre of the city was no more than around 20 minutes. The immediate area is home to many bars and restaurants, many serving traditional ‘Parrilla’ – Argentine barbecue. If you happen to get The Terrace Suite – you even get your very own Parrilla grill!
With quiet rooms, a safe neighbourhood and excellent staff The Fierro Hotel is a no-brainer when it comes to accommodation in Buenos Aires. The food served in the restaurant is of good quality and the cocktails are out of this world. For a boutique hotel experience, this is undoubtedly one of the best.
Nearest Metro: Ministro Carranza