It never occurred to me that the Armillary needed any updating so I was surprised when I walked into what had been a spacious lobby to find it now abridged.
It is divided, the Armillary temporary relocated to the rear of the lobby, divided by foliage and expanding outside when weather permits to the spacious gardened courtyard. The hotel choose the perfect months for the update (their attention to detail) as I spent most of my time enjoying the outdoors. The temporary locale is seamless, tasteful and were I a first time visitor, I might not take note.
As typically traveling alone, I tend not to venture out so depend on the hotel for sustenance. Thankfully, their menu has not changed. I admit a certain addiction to their shrimp cocktail (with avocado paste), seafood and onion soups and their Caesar salads (make sure to ask for their bread). The steaks are good but I lean more towards seafood…so I advise that you stay away from the ceviche: it's not what I am accustomed to in South America – lacking authenticity.
Interestingly, having run thru the menu, it is easy to become creative and they are accommodating. For example, the salmon that is a topping option for their salads is excellent – cooked perfectly. I have ordered it separately as an appetizer especially during business meetings. In a sense, you can build your own tapas if so desired.
I enjoyed eating outdoors (and suggest that if space is available, you should try it at least once) and when the weather was disobedient, the indoors is cozy. Indeed, it is as ideal for a business dinner as it is for a more intimate gathering.
There is a good selection of wines (even by the glass), beer and of course, liquor. Yes – try the mojito – or two. Conveniently, while the gratuity is included, it is only 15% and the overly attentive staff certainly deserves at least 20% - my opinion but I am sure you will agree.
My only complaint is that with the remodeling, there is no longer the “Happy Hour” which featured reduced priced drinks and finger food. While I understand the bar area is significantly compromised (they do not even have bar stools – another critique I guess), it could be moved outdoors as it made for a very social gathering.
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