Strolling down the streets of Buenos Aires feels much different than the cities of Ecuador, or even Peru. There are no dirt roads in this booming metropolis. Tall buildings broad over the streets and the metro surges underground. Mio Hotel rests in a central district of the city called Recoleta.
There is a historic cemetery, lots of cafes, and a market of goods in the nearby park. To enter Mio, you must pass through an enormous wooden door, which weighs several tons. Within the lobby tall ceilings and modern decor invite you inside.
Each floor of the hotel holds about four rooms, making a very intimate and private feel. The door was completely wood paneled, as if a secret entrance.
When we opened the door we were amazed to see an expansive bath area. There was a large platform and right in the center of the room was a bathtub made of wood, resembling the trunk of a tree. It was one of the most unique tubs ever seen.
The bed was grand and fluffy, which looked particularly inviting after all the traveling. There was a great balcony just off the bath area with a urban view of the surrounding garden apartments.
We enjoyed the spa on the eighth floor, which was right off the elevator. There was a long, narrow pool to soak in as well as a steam room.
Above the lobby was a lofted library filled with photography books. The location of the hotel was extremely central and made it easy to bus to nearby Palermo, or hop on the metro to San Telmo. Just around the corner was the most authentic empanada restaurant of the city. One of our favorites stops was the MALBA museum, which housed a Yoko Ono exhibition at this time. Mio Hotel is the perfect place to rest in Buenos Aires, maintaining a modern and luxury feel, without losing any of the warmth.