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
- 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
Stayed in the hotel for 7 nights and attended a work seminar hosted in the hotel.
Very spacious and comfortable rooms, which allowed for peaceful sleep.
Very good gym and spa.
The hotel has a very relaxed and laid back atmosphere, but the staff are very professional and helpful. The Bistro is a must try, the food is very good as is the restaurant and bar. Sampled lunch there all week plus a few evenings for dinner.
Hotel is situated within walking distance of plaza de Mayo and the surrounding area.
Stayed for here with my wife for our last night of a 1 week trip in Argentina. Great option for to wrap up a couples get away.
Very nice pool and interesting architecture in this hotel. Enjoyed signature cocktails and appetizers by the pool lounge, followed by great live cover band in the hotel bar.
Gym amenities were also great.
I’ve stayed at various hotels in BA and this one multiple times.
Pros: indisputable best hotel pool in BA (you definitely want a pool if you’re in the city during its summer and this one is the best design & hippest); front desk/concierge service are tops (let the concierge know what you like and they will guide you to some of the best experiences/dining in the city); excellent breakfast; whimsical design (not for everyone, but I’m a Philippe Starck fan); amazing beds; nice spa & gym; cool/quiet area of town (pro for me, maybe con for others); the hotel smells beautiful (faena in Miami has same scent — almost as good as Hotel Costes in Paris)
Cons: outside of the front desk & concierge, consistently bad service at pool, bar and restaurants (lots of good looking staff just standing around but you almost need a flare gun to get their attention; in fairness, I felt sorry for the pool staff because there were so few of them that it was impossible for them to attend to all the guests — I blame the hotel, not the staff, for that one); rooms need a refresh, especially bathrooms (mirrors so old, I couldn’t see my face when I was shaving); location is a bit far from other hot spots in city (I don’t mind that because I like the area, but my friends felt far from everything).
I’d stay here again in summer over all other hotels in city. If you don’t care about a chic, mostly adult pool, then stay at park Hyatt which has a better/more central location (but only inside pool). If you have kids, stay at the four seasons.
Hotel Faena is amazing place to stay. The staff could not do enough for you.Especially Ariel Pippo who could not do enough for customer. The food and service rooms are outstanding. Thank you for everything Mary
Everything was top notch — service, rooms and public area, pool, food and gym.
I chose the hotel because of the Philippe Starck design. It was beautiful, visually interesting, whimsical and well maintained.
This I expected. Everything else exceeded my expectations.
The service is excellent — Special thanks to concierge Johans, and pool waitstaff Gabo. They made us feel welcome and were extremely gracious and helpful.
The pool, as others have said, is really special. The hotel is in an urban neighborhood, but the pool is surrounded by a brick wall with opaque glass windows. Like everything else, this is terrifically designed to feel private, yet open. It’s extremely comfortable to sit by the pool and enjoy the fresh air at one of the many tables with a banquette, or in a lounge chair — even if you are not a sitting by the pool kind of person.
Compliments to the chef who designed the pool and bar menu. There’s a nice selection of salads and a few sandwiches. What’s great is the availability of delicious and fresh vegetables (it is summer) which so many restaurants seem to just skip. I loved the two salads I had for lunch the two days we were here. The breakfast buffet is good, fresh, etc. and worth doing.
The gym has a large selection of well maintained equipment in a pleasant setting. As you might expect, it’s difficult to go to the gym when the pool and the city beckon.
This was an excellent pick for us and we would return.