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Even The Cocktails Are Arty At El Casco Art Hotel

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  Site Where: Av. Bustillo Km 11,5, Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
October 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM | by | ()

El Casco's Lobby Bar

Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the place—specifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.

Today: El Casco Art Hotel's's cocktail art.

The entirety of this 33-room hotel in Argentina's Patagonian Lake District is a piece of art. It re-opened in 2007 with a collection of over 475 Argentine paintings and sculptures curated by owner Ignacio Gutiérrez Zaldívar, a noted collector in the Buenos Aires art community.

Suites are named after individual artists whose work decorates the room (you can book rooms such as the Bertani, Quirós or Soldi Suite), but there is also art in the garden, lobby and hotel bar.

Available in both the restaurant and lobby bar, El Casco's 20-strong cocktail list is made up of drinks named after artists and their signature style.

The Bonevardi, for example, named after avant-garde artist Marcelo Bonevardi, is "intense and digestive, like the construction of 'Pompeya'." Translated into booze, that means Johnnie Walker red, Drambuie, fresh mint and soda water.

The Fader, on the other hand, is a "fresh drink," pale red and violet, as a nod to the best works of Fernando Fader. It's a blend of Bombay Sapphire, Gancia, cranberry juice and citrus.

For those more interested in classic cocktails, the bar also does Bellinis, martinis, and French 75s.

El Casco's website has more on the hotel's extensive art collection. Rooms start at US $240 a night.

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