Esplendor Buenos Aires Hotel – An Art Gallery You Can Sleep In

Usually, we only feature hotels on Oddity Central if they’re built on an old oil rig or if they look like a hamster cage, but the Esplendor Hotel in Buenos Aires isn’t weird like that. The only reason we decide to write about is because of incredible collection of portraits made from unusual materials located inside.

Although it’s known as one of the best hotels in the Argentinian capital, the Esplendor Buenos Aires Hotel is worth visiting just for the impressive portraits displayed around the hotel, including in the lobby, restaurant or all over the corridors. And while many hotels do their best to treat their clients to some fine art, what the Esplendor offers is truly special – portraits of various South American celebrities, from football legend Diego Armando Maradona to revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, made from all kinds of unusual materials.

The unique works of art on display at the 4-star Esplendor Hotel were created by Argentinian art collective Mondongo, well-known for their offbeat creations. Just last year, we featured one of their series of detailed portraits made with dripped Plasticine. Mondongo, which consists of consists of  Juliana Laffitte, Manuel Mendanha and Agustina Picasso, was founded in 1999 and over the years has worked with a variety of materials, from food to bullets.

Eva Peron  (political figure and social icon) – burnt toast, stale bread and resin


Diego Armando Maradona (football player) – solid gold chains wrapped around nails


Maria Elena Walsh (children’s author and songwriter) – bits of clay


Adrian “Dárgelo” Rodriguez (rock singer) – colored sequins on black velvet


Isabel “Coca” Sarly (vedette dancer) – assorted cookies and resin

Che Guevara – bullets and resin

Photos: Facebook and Imagine Argentina