I developed a very favorable opinion of this wonderful 'boutique-type' small hotel long before my wife and I arrived for a one-week stay in Sep. This is because I had been corresponding with Cornel, the manager of Miravida Soho, on a number of occasions, and was amazed by how quickly and attentively he had responded to each of my inquiries.
I was looking for a small, comfortable place to stay during the week my wife and I would be in Buenos Aires - our first visit there - to participate in a large-scale international congress, and not wanting to stay at a large and impersonal hotel in the city center, where the congress would be taking place.
My hope was to be able to enjoy our time in BA more by staying in a more suburban setting, in an area of tree-lined streets with low-rise buildings that retained a 'neighborhood quality', and where one could enjoy walking, shopping, siting at a cafe and dining in the neighborhood.
Palermo Soho is just such an area.
Arriving at Miravida Soho by taxi from the airport in the morning, my first impressions of the hotel were very favorable. It is a classically European looking building on a small plaza. The reception area is next to a comfortable sitting area, that opens into an area with tables and banquette seating that serves as the hotel's breakfast and snack service area, and bar.
Through French doors, there is a small and well-designed outdoor sitting area with tables. We had breakfast there several days, and sat with friends there, sipping wine from Miravida Soho's well-stocked wine cellar in the evening, before going to dinner at one of the excellent neighborhood restaurants that Cornel and his wife and co-manager, Frauke, recommended to us.
But I cannot pass by the hotel registration experience without saying how thankful and impressed my wife and were that, after the long overnight flight to BA from Miami, we were able to go to our room right away, and did not have to leave our suitcases at the registration desk and find something to do for several hours, until the standard afternoon check-in time.
Cornel appeared at the door of our room, just as we got out of the elevator and were being shown to our room by the friendly young woman who greeted us at the reception desk.
We very much appreciated the thoughtfulness and help we were given at check-in.
Our room, on the third floor and overlooking the courtyard, with views of the neighboring buildings from the French doors that opened onto a small balcony, was somewhat small, but big enough. The large bathroom had a well-designed walk-in shower. Care had been taken with all the fittings and furnishings of the room, to make them attractive, functional and consistent with the classical appearance of the building.
Since I had to spend a substantial amount of my time at the congress, it was a great comfort to come back to the congenial atmosphere created and nurtured at Miravida Soho by the presence, friendliness and helpfulness of Cornel and Frauke. It was their concern for the comfort and enjoyment of everyone who stayed at their small and cheerful hotel that made my wife and I - and everyone else who was staying there - feel like welcome house guests of Cornel and Frauke.
I had written to Cornel for his advice in helping me to arrange a dinner for eight colleagues and friends during the congress. The restaurant he reccommeded was outstanding. Before walking to the restaurant, Cornel, Frauke and their staff arranged an Argentine wine-tasting for our group at the hotel , accompanied by tapas.
Cornel was also very helpful in arranging a lunch meeting for me and seven colleagues during the congress, at another excellent local restaurant.
Cornel and Frauke were always ready to help with whatever we needed to make our stay enjoyable for us...and for our daughter and son-in-law who joined us during our stay at Miravida Soho.
When we left the hotel after our week there, Cornel and Frauke saw us off, just as one would for family, or for house guests.
It is now more than two weeks since we left, and the pleasant glow of being with Cornel and Frauke at Miravida Soho Hotel and Wine Bar is still with us.
We hope we will have an opportunity to stay with them again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming Boutique Hotel and Wine Bar in Buenos Aires' trendy Palermo Soho neighborhood. Located on a cobblestone street it has the feel of a private residence, intimate and comfortable. Miravida is your home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Miravida Soho Buenos Aires