I was looking for a hotel in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires and the amazing design of the rooms at Mio caught my eye. A large wooden bathtub in the middle of the room may not be to everybody's taste, but I prefer hotels with quirky rooms to boring business hotels type rooms. We didn't use the bathtub during our stay, but I still enjoyed the fact that it was there. Actually, the rooms are probably the second best thing about the hotel - the best is the location, but more on that later. As for the rooms, they are large and well-designed, however, I do think that they're only suitable for couples - if you're sharing the room with a friend, I don't think you'd be very comfortable with the glass doors to the toilet and the shower, and no door at all to seperate the sink and bathtub from the bed.
At first glance, the room seems to be clean, but it look's like the maids are cutting some corners in places that most guests aren't likely to notice. The room has a small balcony, and because both me and my husband smoke, we went out to the balcony quite a lot. In our three night stay the balcony floor wasn't sweeped or washed. When we arrived, there was a cigarette butt left over from a previous guest. It was stil there when we left. Also, the curtains were absilutely filfthy. It's hard to notice from the room, as the part of the curtains that faces the room is a dark colour. But the part that faces the balcony is white - or should I say was white, now it's a greyish colour with multiple stains. Not a big deal - and something you probably won't notice if you don't use the balcony, but it's the type of thing that stops this good hotel from being a really great hotel.
The location of the hotel is absolutely perfect. Recoleta is a great area of Buenos Aires, very clean and safe, with lots of restaurants and bars, beautiful parks and lovely buildings. It's not too far from most of the areas of interest in the city by taxi (taxis are cheap and easily available in Buenos Aires, and the traffic isn't too bad). The hotel is located very close to the Recoleta cemetery, which is, in my opinion, a Buenos Aires must-see. There are plenty of nice restaurants and cafes within walking distance, including a place that serves the best empanadas I had in Argentina, unfortunately I don't remember the name, but I'm sure the hotel staff will be able to tell you.
The staff at reception are friendly and helpful, if a bit forgetful. When we checked in, we asked them for an ashtray for our balcony, they said housekeeping would bring it to the room shortly, however they never did, even after we reminded the reception staff of our request on the next day.
I don't think I'd stay at this hotel again - there are many boutique hotels in Buenos Aires, and as much as I enjoyed staying in Recoleta, I preffer the Palermo area - however I don't regret staying there and would probably recomend it to friends if it suited their requirments.
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