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Let’s say it’s your fourth day in Buenos Aires, and you’ve already dined at steakhouses like Cabaña Las Lilas, El Obrero, and La Brigada (where they carve the “special cut” with a spoon), and now you’re ready to take matters into your own hands. Let’s even say you’ve picked up a few new friends along the way, and you want to invite them to dinner.
Then Fierro Hotel Boutique in Palermo Hollywood might just be your answer. Check into the 535-square-foot eighth-floor Terrace Suite (a steal at just $250/night!), where along with all the basics (king-sized bed, rain shower, 32-inch LCD TV, iPod dock, Nespresso coffee maker, complimentary Wi-Fi and iPad to use during your stay), you get a large red eucalyptus deck, with its own built-in outdoor brick barbecue pit, better known as a parilla in this part of the world. It even has a spit, so you can decide at the last minute to cook an entire Patagonian lamb instead. If you don’t slip into a meat coma, you and your newfound friends can also take advantage of the terrace’s outdoor Jacuzzi, where there’s a view of the leafy skyline…if it occurs to you to look that way.
Opened in October 2010, Fierro also has 22 superior rooms and four balcony suites, all of them a roomy 438 square feet and starting at just $175 per night (although there are even better prices on the Web). There’s also a heated pool with sunken hydromassage chairs, and his and hers saunas and Jacuzzis (useful if you have too many friends to fit into yours). Don’t feel like cooking? No problem. The Hernán Gipponi Restaurant on the ground floor, with its nine-course tasting menu, provides more than enough reasons just to sit back and enjoy. Particularly if you also take advantage of Fierro’s wine cellar, which offers weekly tastings and is curated by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association. www.fierrohotel.com
For general trip-planning information, see our Buenos Aires Travel Guide.