Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires
What We Love
- Meat and greet: Elena restaurant serves succulent local beef that’s dry-aged in-house
- It takes two to tango, so invite your better half to Tango Porteño, a couples massage applied to the beat of Argentina’s most famous musical genre
- Superb service — genuine friendliness across the board, from housekeeping to the in-house sommelier
What To Know
- It's in a residential area; you’ll need to take a cab to get to nightlife hub Palermo
- Sharpen your elbows: This is the celebrity accommodation of choice, so the entrance is often bustling with fans waiting for soccer stars and rock legends
- The windows are double glazed, but you need to keep them firmly shut as the property is next to thumping 9 de Julio Avenue
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Hip hangout. Following a whopping $49 million face-lift, the Four Seasons BA is no longer just a haunt for visiting impresarios. Overlooking the River Plate, life-size metal horses sculpted by Vivianne Duchini gallop in the entrance, one of many Argentine touches. Checking in is a dazzling experience, because the front desk is bedecked in gleaming azure semiprecious local stones, which are offset by equally impressive hand-blown glass chandeliers. Next to reception, hot young things pack out the Pony Line bar and its cigar bar, keen for a dash of the polo lifestyle accompanied by cool music and cooler drinks. Foodies will love the smart Elena restaurant, which offers a bird’s-eye view of the open-plan kitchen and the adjacent mansion; the poolside Nuestro Secreto grill is a more relaxed option.
Bed & Bath
Polite reminders that you’re in Argentina include leather and alpaca headboards, Malbec-colored furnishings and curtain draw rods made from riding crops. The look is understated thanks to natural tones, but it’s backed up by huge geometrical mirrors and contemporary art. Freshen up in the marble-floored bathroom; step into the powerful walk-in rainfall shower, or sink into the free-standing tub. Fragrance liberally with loose bath salts in a bowl or L’Occitane goodies, while catching up on the news on the mirror’s LCD TV.
Juan Gaffuri’s Elena is a two-story courtyard lesson in leather thanks to its wallpaper and seating. It recently took a spot in Latin America’s 50 best list due to high marks in charcuterie, rotisserie and dry-aged beef. Leave room for the goat cheese and prune gelato. The buffet breakfast is Full English or cold cuts, with house-smoked trout and bagels with cream cheese thrown in for good measure. Pony Line is the hippest bar in BA on a Wednesday night: Besides innovative craft cocktails such as the Sunny Margarita (Hesperidina with tequila). If you’ve spent a day in the saddle, book the Polo Massage at Cielos spa.
In the Area
While this is certainly Buenos Aires’ swankiest district for those with a pulse, it’s also the neighborhood of choice for the extremely wealthy moving on to the next life: Lavish mausoleums at Recoleta Cemetery (Cementerio de la Recoleta) are brimming over with former presidents, authors and even the odd military hardman or three. Oh, and Evita has a space there. Next door is Nuestra Señora del Pilar, a striking mustard-and-yellow colonial-style church. And next door to that, Recoleta Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Recoleta) houses art installations and workshops and is Fuerza Bruta’s stage. On weekends Plaza Francia morphs into a bustling outdoor trinket and handicrafts market, ideal for souvenirs, while art collectors will revel in the dozens of galleries in the ’hood.
How to Get There
• I would like to start off by saying that this review is long overdue. With that said, I wanted to express my utmost satisfaction. In the simplest words, this is the best Four Seasons I have had the opportunity to stay at. I have stayed at four seasons all over the world and not one can compare with the experience which I had at the FSBA. The rooms are exceptional. We upgraded to a junior suite which was more than enough space. The food on the property is exceptional. At this point in. my review you may be questioning what makes this the best Four Seasons Hotel? It’s very simple to answer, it’s the people. The service is out of this world. Its beyond exceptional and unable to be compared to that of any other four seasons. Lisa and her team have blown my wildest expectations out of the water. I have stayed in some properties at over $2000 USD per night. With that being said, I have recommended everyone in my network to stay at FSBA and encourage others to do the same. Truly an extemporary representation of the Four Seasons Brand. From accommodations to the people 5 star all the way around. I will 100% visit again. All other Four Seasons properties around the world should learn from this property.
Even for a Four Seasons, this property is a step above in their service! We are approaching the end of our 8 day stay here and we will be very sad to leave! Each person that we have encountered, across the board, has been so helpful, genuine and courteous. It has been a treat to stay here. In addition to the service, the rooms, location of the hotel and pool are fantastic. We love the Pony Line bar, too. It seems to be popular spot for the locals to hang out, as well, which I can certainly understand. I am about to head to the spa now and we are going to Elena on our last night. I am sure they will be as amazing as the rest!
We were treated like absolute rockstars. From the moment of arrival to the moment we left. The food was phenominal, particularly the breakfast. The rooms were plush and luxurious.
The staff, incredible. They had to drag me away.
Good hotel in a safer area. Loved the breakfast buffet and food and drinks at pony line. Service at pool was great although the pool area is small but we never had problems getting a spot by the pool. Nice bathroom in room and I felt the room was just the right size. There were 3 in our group and when we had arrived they had a roll away type bed all set up for our teenager.
Great location, modern rooms, very nice spa. We pretty much expected to have a great service as we’ve stayed there before. And it was great, up to the small details - like on our second day our room service had noticed that I had reading glasses and left these little wipes for the glasses. Or - while I am sitting by the pool the sun moved and was on my salad as I was eating it. Someone rushed to move the umbrella. Small details but they make you feel at home.