Published on April 12th, 2011 | by Mark Chesnut
Hotels, Attractions, Tours: What’s Booming in Buenos Aires
|Buenos Aires continues to debut stylish new hotel options; here, the view from Design Suites.|
With its unique culture, fine dining and interesting attractions, Buenos Aires has long been an exciting place to visit. And as Argentina wrapped up its 200th anniversary last year, its capital city also celebrated the debut of a variety of new hotels and attractions. You can read more about the latest developments in my article, Booming Buenos Aires, published in Agent@Home, a travel industry magazine and Website for travel agents and industry insiders.
To sum it up, here’s what’s booming in Buenos Aires:
Attractions: The historic Teatro Colón, a theater that first opened in 1908, has completed a two-year, $100 million restoration that has made it more beautiful than ever. Also debuting last year was the Casa Ana Frank, a museum that features exhibits about Anne Frank.
Hotels: Among the city’s newest hotels are the Algodón Mansion, a boutique property that opened in 2010 in the Recoleta district, and the Dazzler Tower San Telmo, in — you guessed it — the San Telmo district. This year, InterContinental Hotels Group is to open two hotels in Buenos Aires province: the 140-room InterContinenal Nordelta Buenos Aires Hotel, Residences & Spa, and the Holiday Inn Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, at the city’s largest international airport.
And soccer lovers take note: Design Suites, which already operates a cool but reasonably priced hotel in the city (as well as properties in Bariloche, Calafate and Salta), is planning to open a soccer-themed hotel in 2012. The new property will offer packages that include admission to local games, exclusive access to football stadiums and the opportunity to meet some of the players.
Tours: Sandra Borello, president of New York City-based Borello Travel & Tours, said that Buenos Aires is selling very well — the best-seller is a five-night stay with private city tour, a half-day cultural tour (art and Jewish culture are among the most popular cultural topics), a tango show with lessons and visits to an estancia (ranch) outside the city.
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