A Buenos Aires hot spot with Argentine flair
165 Rooms / 49 Suites
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires is more sumptuous than ever after a recent $50 million revamp which updated the South American hotel and infused it with local style. An equine polo theme runs throughout — the galloping horse sculptures near the main entrance is the first indication of the aesthetic, while the Pony Line Lounge, furnished in high-end leather elements and a favorite spot for drinks among well-heeled locals, makes it tastefully clear.
Blending the contemporary and the traditional, the 165-room luxury hotel occupies both a modern tower and a 20th-century Belle Époque mansion connected to the main building through the outdoor pool and terrace. Its location in the swank Recoleta district attracts affluent neighbors and VIP travelers looking for a hip hotel with both style and classic bespoke services and amenities.
Rooms in the tower hit an ideal note between understated contemporary luxury and indulgent comfort. Sunlight streaming through double-glass windows enhances the warmth of the rooms, which are dressed in a palette of rich buttery hues. Furniture pieces such as headboards, dressers and chairs are made from supple leathers and mahogany wood. Elements like carved horse lamps and locally crafted alpaca-embossed headboards show the Four Seasons’ trademark attention to detail. Expect modern touches in the marble bathrooms like LCD TVs embedded in vanity mirrors and deep soaking tubs.
Opulent and classically French, the seven-suite mansion is often where celebrities choose to stay (Madonna resided here while in town filming Evita). Guests here can take in the space’s grand historical touches like high ceilings, original antiques, oak floors, glass chandeliers and floral rugs.
Elena is known as one of the city’s best restaurants highlighted by its seasonal fare and local products — think dry-aged meats and charcuterie. The two-story courtyard eatery inside the hotel’s mansion has a grand spiral staircase, a marble butcher’s table and open, airy feel. Don’t miss the inventive dolce morte, rich ice cream in flavor combinations like dark chocolate and mint fondant.
Tucked away on the terrace, indoor/outdoor Nuestro Secreto is housed in glass and feels like a secret garden escape in a busy city. Go there to hide out and taste some of the best asado (Argentine barbecue) you’ll find anywhere. In the mood to see and be seen? Head to the lively Pony Line for craft cocktails, artisanal beers and small bites.
Bathed in pure whites with loads of natural sunlight, The Cielo Spa (which means “heaven” in Spanish) is an intimate retreat with four treatment rooms, relaxation areas and steam baths and saunas. But the real reason to visit is to experience the signature Porteño Tango massage, performed to the beat of tango music.
The Buenos Aires hotel boasts an elite address in Recoleta, where the moneyed reside and shop — in fact, down the street is Patio Bullrich, the city’s most high-end shopping mall. The always-bustling 12-lane Avenida 9 de Julio runs near the hotel, but the property is mostly insulated from the noise and chaos. The Retiro neighborhood, a five-minute walk away, is populated with some of the city’s chicest restaurants and bars.