Faena Hotel Buenos Aires
What We Love
- A very hip scene at the pool area
- Location in trendy Puerto Madero, near restaurants and shopping
- Pets are permitted at no additional cost (weight limit of 11 pounds)
What To Know
- This is a luxury property, and services at the spa and restaurants are priced accordingly
- It’s about a 5-minute cab ride to the historical center (San Telmo)
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In trendy Puerto Madero, a waterfront barrio, the Faena Hotel Buenos Aires is built in statuesque red brick, walled in from its buzzing surroundings. The over-the-top style starts in the lobby, with velvet curtains and a sumptuously dark interior. The dramatic color palette of reds, blacks and whites defines the property’s style, and there’s a vibe to match: Beautiful people are everywhere — by the intimate pool, doing business deals in the Library Lounge, eating in the cantina-style El Mercado restaurant.
Bed and Bath
If the public spaces are a study in dark drama, the guestrooms are the opposite. Decorated in bright reds and pure whites, the rooms add drama, some with sleek glass-walled bathrooms, others with mirrored furniture and leather and metallic accents. But wood floors and large windows create a light, airy ambience, while blackout shades ensure undisturbed rest.
Entering the white and gold El Bistro, the property’s upscale restaurant, can be disarming. Don’t let the unicorn heads scare you — the experience will be unusual from start to finish, especially if you order dessert (try the white chocolate egg with a gooey tangerine yolk). El Bistro is just one of the hotel’s public spaces dedicated to the kind of sceney nightlife found in locales like Miami Beach. The famed El Cabaret has authentic tango shows, while the Cellar holds 400 bottles of wine, and the Pool Bar serves fruity cocktails late into the night.
In the Area
Spend an afternoon flexing that plastic in Palermo Soho, a posh part of town that’s home to some of the area’s most unique boutiques. Continue your shopping stocking up on leather and exotic skins at Lopez Taibo and Casa Lopez. When night falls, see an opera or ballet at the legendary Teatro Colón, considered to have some of the best acoustics in the world.
How to Get There
We only stayed one night but wasn’t the greatest experience. There was no hot water, the water was slightly Luke warm. Not great when it’s so cold outside. They offer free bottled water as you leave the hotel or come into the hotel but the same bottled water is US$12 in your room!! The cocktail prices at the bar were super high as well for what you got. I also tripped and fell over the small round chairs that lined the lobby hallway which should not be there as they are a hazard.
We were staying as part of a larger group and unfortunately only had one night on our way to Rio.
What a beautiful hotel. The rooms were exquisite and the library bar is a must visit!
The breakfast was equally beautiful and the staff provided great service during our short stay.
Not sure how central the hotel is but we liked where is was situated by the docks.
Would definitely stay here again. If you are looking for luxury with a little difference, then this is your hotel.
I stayed at Faena Buenos Aires for 3 nights while on business. They are in the very famous Puerto Madero area. Our rooms were ready when we arrived despite that it was early morning. The staff is very welcoming and always greet you with a smile. It is winter there now so a bit cold and rainy but comfortable. They offered us umbrellas to take while out of the hotel.
Rooms are very spacious and the red color pops every where in little details such as the natural red roses or the touches of red in the rugs.
The rooms were super clean and they have all types of amenities in the bathroom.
There is a well equipped gym which I used every day, bigger than most hotels.
Two restaurants offered a different experience, El Mercado which offers “asados” on Sundays, breakfast every day and tasty dinners at night, and Bistro Sur which is very elegant and their service is on point.
Make sure to visit their bar, offers life music and the atmosphere is vibrant. Usually some locals will come in for a drink, meet people and listen to music.
While you are there, you have to attend their Tango show “Rojo Tango”. It’s a classical and a must do. You need advance reservations, pricey but worth seeing it. It’s considered the best tango show in Buenos Aires.
The hotel is walking distance to a park and to the “El puente de la mujer” which is a touristic area and you need to discover why the bridge was given that name.
All this is around Puerto Madero, a must visit.
At Faena, make sure to meet their staff, they are helpful assisting with your needs while in BA.
I’d definitely be back.