A sexy, sceney luxury hotel in Buenos Aires
66 Rooms / 22 Suites
The red brick exterior of Faena Hotel Buenos Aires projects a low profile, but the interiors of the luxury hotel are bathed in rich reds and black marble, creating a sexy, dramatic ambiance. Doormen don elegant top hats and long-tailed coats, but Faena Hotel is far from staid — its endlessly hip, with beautiful people mingling about its roster of swank niceties such as the clubby Library Lounge and the sceney pool bar. Designed by the ever-inventive Philippe Starck in collaboration with fashion impresario and owner Alan Faena, the unique hotel in the buzzy Puerto Madero neighborhood of Buenos Aires appeals to traveling celebrities and stylish, influential local movers and shakers.
It’s easy to lose oneself to the outside world and exist solely in the world of Faena Hotel. For sustenance, guests can visit the two on-site restaurants: El Mercado and El Bistro. Both elegant in their own way — El Mercado was created in the vision of old European markets, and glamorous El Bistro is bathed in all-white décor including striking unicorn busts and sparkling chandeliers — and the focus is on presenting traditional Argentine products and recipes in inventive ways. Some of the best sommeliers in the country are on staff and can guide guests through the wine cellar’s offerings, which include more than 500 labels.
The Library Lounge is one of the city’s top nightlife spots with DJs spinning on some nights and live music on others. It’s a place to see and be seen, and both Coldplay’s Chris Martin and beloved Argentine artists Charly Garcia have tickled the ivories on the lounge’s baby grand. In the warm months the party spills out onto the glitzy pool area, where luxe red loungers line the infinity-edge pool and a giant bedazzled crown serves as the pool centerpiece.
Tucked toward the back of the ground floor is the hotel’s cabaret where performers put on a fiery contemporary tango show. The spa specializes in holistic treatments performed in a handsome space that includes a hammam, a sauna, a beauty lounge and a fitness center.
The design of the Faena Hotel is a contemporary remix of Belle Époque. The rooms are no exception and are dramatically dressed in red velvet curtains, white leather furnishings, lapacho wood floors and gold accents. The smallest rooms are intimate at 375 square feet, while the larger suites run up to 3,875 square feet. Some rooms are outfitted with gorgeous clawfoot tubs, glass-walled bathrooms and sweeping views of the Buenos Aires skyline seen through large picture windows.
A little over a decade ago Puerto Madero was nothing but undeveloped waterfront land. Today the neighborhood along the Rio de la Plata buzzes with activity and is home to the most expensive real estate in the city. Sleek office buildings reach into the sky, trendy restaurants are filled with well-healed locals, and a number of celebrities own places in the hood’s high-rise apartment buildings. The hotel anchors the eponymous Faena District, a micro-neighborhood that includes a handful of luxe apartment buildings and the Faena Arts Center, a five-minute walk from the hotel.