Costa Petit Hotel
If your Argentine fantasy includes polo mallets, saddlebags, and other equestrian accoutrements, look no further than this patrician hotel in the calm northern reaches of Palermo Viejo, an area recently dubbed Palermo Soho. Costa Petit’s Ralph Lauren–gone-estancia aesthetic, wrapped in pale greens and white, carries through its four, large rooms, which are filled with antique armoires and vanity sinks, wainscoting, and brass fixtures polished with such dedication that you may have to open your French doors to air the room upon arrival. Set in the hotel’s grass-and-honeysuckle-filled courtyard is a serene pool—a rarity among the city’s small hotels. After you’ve spent a day shopping along Palermo’s tree-lined blocks, there’s no better way to revive yourself than with a quick dip followed by a sunset cocktail on your balcony.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.