As someone who between the ages of minus nine months and 16 spent every last night of every last family holiday in a tent, I love taking my daughter to hotels. Even the blandest lodging thrills her with amenities she can’t enjoy at home: premium Disney channels, a shower that works around the clock, a toilet that flushes at the first attempt, and so on. Just occasionally, however, one stumbles on a kid-neutral or even kid-hostile establishment—at which point the idea of a bivouac and a sleeping bag looms temptingly in the mind’s eye.
This is unlikely to happen in Buenos Aires, one of the world’s child-spoiling meccas. Luxury chain hotels like the Four Seasons and Hyatt are, of course, happy and well equipped to keep youngsters active and entertained. Less obviously, so are many of the hip boutique properties—like Home [link to Best Boutiques] with its pool lifeguard, baby monitors to borrow, and spacious lofts and suites.
Pulling out all the design stops with its rainbow facade and sleek interiors, this popular boutique is nonetheless a solid choice for families who want to stay in fashionable Palermo Viejo. The two-story duplex suites have space aplenty for cribs and extra beds, and board games and DVDs are free to borrow.
Any hotel that includes dulce de leche-filled alfajores and a bottle of Malbec in its welcome basket has clearly given some thought to intergenerational harmony and how to foster it. Other pluses include large guestrooms with well-equipped kitchenettes, super-friendly staff, and a prime location on the north side of Palermo Viejo.
Howard Johnson Hotel Boutique Recoleta
Poised between the parks and gardens of Palermo and the historical sites of downtown Buenos Aires, upscale Recoleta is a great neighborhood for a family stay. At this no-frills Howard Johnson, up to two children under 12 stay free with their parents, buffet breakfast thrown in. (Hat tip to Sophie Parker of Time Out Buenos Aires for digging up this nice deal).
This family-friendly aparthotel places you on the west side of San Telmo, just a 10-minute stroll from Plaza Dorrego. Choose from 15 spacious condo units, each equipped with everything you need to be self-sufficient. If the kitchenette doesn’t inspire, there are numerous steakhouses and empanada joints within a five-block radius.
Space. You need it; this terrific aparthotel has it. A Premium apartment gives you and yours 84 square meters in which to spread out and, when it comes to it, as it always does, fall out. The hotel lives up to its name with nice visual touches here and there, and the whole property is bright and cheery. The Recoleta location is another bonus.