Handsome original features in both guestrooms and common areas
Terrific à la carte breakfast featuring everything from medialunas (sugary croissants) to eggs benedict
Warm, professional service, with management on hand to meet, greet and advise
What To Know
Hushed, aristocratic ambience unlikely to appeal to 24-hour party people
No minifridges in guestrooms
Gym is quite snug, with just a trio of cardio machines plus a sauna
Parking on site
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In swanky Recoleta, this patrician club turned boutique hotel blends original features with contemporary amenities
Revamped and restored by a team of 40 artisans led by architect Iván Robredo, the once decaying ground floor of the Hotel Club Francés now resembles the set of a big budget costume drama. Everything, from the thick mahogany wall panels in the bar to the oil paintings in the lobby and the oak boiserie in the restaurant, has been restored or repurposed with an abundance of TLC. Climb the marble staircase to admire the chandeliers and wall moldings in the saloons on the second floor.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are in a newly constructed tower atop the original neoclassical mansion. Less regal than the public spaces, they nonetheless abound in lovely touches, such as antique wood paneling recycled as headboards, marble-topped bedside tables and stylishly upholstered French-style armchairs. Bathrooms are more utilitarian, but they’re spacious and equipped with rainfall showers, L’Occitane products and — if only to remind you that you’re in Argentina — little pots of yerba mate–infused shaving cream.
With its bronze sconces and bookcases stacked with century-old tomes, the restaurant is a handsome space in which to enjoy Ramiro Martínez’s no-nonsense French food, featuring such brasserie classics as steak au poivre and more elaborate seasonal dishes. Breakfast (served in the bar) is superb, with a range of hot, cold, healthy and hearty options prepared to order, and not a chafing dish or coffee urn in sight. The small gym includes a sauna and Scottish shower and gives onto a spacious terrace.
Hotel Club Frances
Rodríguez Peña 1832
Buenos Aires, Argentina
How to Get There
Flights are available to Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from EZE, about 12 miles away, are approximately $50 per vehicle (maximum four passengers), each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from EZE are approximately $60, each way.