A book store in Ostend’s oldest hotel
If something was missing Old Hotel Ostend, the oldest accommodation in the Pinamar area, which turned 100 years old in 2013, was a bookstore. Always linked to literature, art and cinema, the VHO has a library for guests and a small room to watch movies with seats from an old Buenos Aires cinema. This season he opened a book store named after the title of a novel by Almudena Grandes, “I’ll call you Friday.”
The store operates in a small space inside the hotel (located at the corner of Biarritz and Cairo), but it caters to all audiences. Those who want to know the catalog should come to the reception, scan a QR code and place an order for novels, essays, anthologies of stories, non-fiction and children’s titles. The project, which arose from an idea by the publisher Paola Lucantis and Paulina Cossi, a member of the Planeta Argentina Communication team, involves the distributor Big Sur. Among the publishers that make up the catalog are Fiordo, Obloshka, Compañía Naviera Limitada, Chai Editora, Eterna Cadencia, La Bestia Equilátera, Odelia, Ralenti and Little Editor.
This summer, in addition, the guests of the VHO found a new mural by the cartoonist and graphic humorist Miguel Rep, on one of the garden walls. The first had been done in February 2010. On this occasion, Rep had the active participation of the hotel’s youngest guests. He painted it in an afternoon for all to see.
The original venue for the summer festival La Noche de las Ideas and the FLIP children’s literature festival, the Old Hotel preserves the tower room where the Frenchman stayed. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The little Prince, for two consecutive summers, in 1929 and 1930.