It’s all about nostalgia: Hotel Clasico is an appealing property spilling on to the shaded pavement of a folksy part of the upmarket Palermo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. In design and atmosphere it recalls an era of well travelled leather suitcases, large wrought iron keys and uniformed, deferential bell-boys.
But this is Buenos Aires, capital of Latin American chic. The vintage look is mixed with rustic contemporary: chandeliers, wrought iron and brass lamps beneath distressed wood ceilings combine well with polished floors, state of the art flat screen TVs and luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets.
The 32 guest rooms on four floors are individually decorated and ooze character. Dishes served in the paintbox-bright restaurant are similarly sophisticated and innovative.