Sumptuous suites in posh Buenos Aires
One couldn’t tell from the opulent Belle Époque exterior, but the intimate 10-suite Algodon Mansion is the sister property of a sprawling winery miles away in Argentina’s Mendoza province. But this Recoleta-district hotel is nothing short of a luxurious urban escape with subtle inflections of the vineyard found throughout — a complimentary bottle of private collection wine comes with a room, produce from the Mendoza estate is served in the ground-floor restaurant.
Housed in a former mansion, the boutique hotel feels much like a (very) well appointed home with a fleet of formal-mannered staff tending to guests’ every need. In fact, front desk, concierge and room services are available around the clock. Celebrities, heads of state and other VIPs have come to appreciate Algodon’s marquee service and discretion. (Rafael Nadal stayed here while in town for a tennis match and the property helped him keep a low profile.)
Flush with amenities that rival larger luxury properties in Buenos Aires, the restored 1912 mansion has a marble bar and clubby lounge area, a buzzy restaurant, a full-service spa and a rooftop patio with a small swimming pool and lounge.
Checking into one of the luxury hotel’s 10 suites (ranging from 600 to 1,200 square feet) is like checking into one of the city’s most exclusive apartments. Quietly posh rooms are decorated in a palette of warm creams and browns and outfitted with buttery leather and ebony furniture. Bookcases in the suites are stocked with thoughtfully selected books showcasing Buenos Aires and Argentina. Larger suites have flickering fireplaces, wet bars and a choice of robes.
All suites have buffed Lapacho wood floors, crown molding and large, elegant beds. The limestone and marble bathrooms feature freestanding bathtubs, steam showers with Hansgrohe-designed waterfall fixtures and L’Occitane bath products.
On the ground floor, Algodon Club & Wine Bar serves farm-to-table, Mendoza-style cuisine incorporating fare directly from the vineyard estate. In both the adjacent bar and the restaurant, the Algodon winery’s best vintages are featured.
You will want to head to the top floor for a unique Buenos Aires experience (rooftops in the city are surprisingly rare). The Davidoff Lounge features a full menu of — you guessed it — high-end Davidoff cigars. A top-shelf bar serves those sunning, swimming or lounging on the terrace. During warmer months, the space comes alive with exclusive evening events.
Need a break from the wine and smoke? Book a French-inspired treatment at Le Spa and detox in steam room, sauna or deluxe spa showers. Or indulge in one of four in-suite specialty baths featuring herbs and fruits from the Mendoza region.
Ritzy, residential Recoleta is located near the city center and within short walking distance of some of the top city sights like (believe it or not) the Recoleta Cemetery. The Buenos Aires hotel is on a leafy street that is pleasant and quiet, populated with small cafés where area residents sit sipping coffee for hours with friends.