French flair in Buenos Aires
Situated in Retiro, the Argentine capital’s bustling port neighborhood, Sofitel Buenos Aires fuses art deco architecture with neoclassic French style and a slice of history. Originally constructed in 1929 as Argentina’s tallest skyscraper by a shipping merchant, Nicolás Mihanovich, who was keen to watch his boats sail in, the building is now used as a sophisticated port of call for business travelers.
A few minutes’ walk from Buenos Aires’ central business district and a short drive to Puerto Madero, Sofitel Buenos Aires looks after executives, well-heeled travelers and cruise ship guests in its 140 rooms, many offering fantastic city or river panoramas. And despite its downtown proximity on a leafy street, the zone is particularly tranquil.
Effortless French elegance, language and tradition is at the heart of Sofitel, which united Mihanovich’s art deco tower with two neighboring residential blocks to create a single hotel before opening its doors in 2002.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
● Be sure to reserve a Junior Suite on the 18th floor for unrivaled views across Buenos Aires from the spacious balcony.
● All rooms use the custom-designed My Bed, which normally come in king size.
● Location speaks volumes. The Buenos Aires hotel is not only close to the business district but it’s also near key sights, including Plaza San Martín as well as hip cocktail bars such as Florería Atlántico and Shout Brasas & Drinks.
● Sample selections from Le Sud’s cheese trolley, hands down the best in the city.
What to Know
● While the six room categories are spread out across all 20 floors, ask for one that looks out over one of the widest rivers in the world, Río de la Plata.
● February is particularly busy at the luxury hotel, with cruise ship guests disembarking for one or two nights.
● If you book the Junior Suite category and above, you’ll receive VIP status and concierge assistance.
● Undergoing substantial renovation in 2002, the well-illuminated glass-roofed lobby provides a bright welcome.
● As is typical at Sofitel, all staff speaks French.
● A sophisticated property, Sofitel Buenos Aires uses plenty of marble and maple across the board.
● French artwork depicting country scenes teams up with Argentine leather and natural hues such as ivory, sunflower yellow and malbec.
● Botticino marble is the norm in the luminous bathrooms. Order champagne service to enhance a dip in the tub.
● Many rooms include a terrace with sweeping cityscapes.
● The Apartment, a home-like, two-bedroom suite, closes off the entire floor for the ultimate in privacy.
● Helmed by French-born chef Olivier Falchi, Le Sud showcases France’s classic cuisine with a contemporary twist (think oyster and shrimp tartare).
● For the juice of the day or a glass of Argentina’s favorite red, malbec, quench your thirst at La Bibliotheque.
● While the basement gym and indoor-swimming pool don’t offer much in the way of a view, a personal trainer is on hand to see you through any workout issues.
● Hosting a banquet or a board meeting? Sofitel Buenos Aires’ four conference rooms hold up to 120 guests.