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
We had a long trip and arrived much earlier than the check in time. The staff was very accommodating from the airport till our arrival in our room which was ready 5 hours before the normal schedule.
The three days sent there were like home away from home pampered, looked after and more. Restaurants are excellent, concierge is efficient, doormen are very good.
I really recommend this hotel in a city where I personally did not know any one.
Really enjoyed my 10 day stay at this great hotel. With three onsite restaurant and offering the only outdoor pool in Bueno Aires, this a great location and introduction to South America. Very welcoming staff and lovely rooms, a wonderful home away from home.
comparing with other four season weak. is far from a bad hotel but...hotel a little tired, details for example :restaurant uniforms of in bad taste for the breakfast.small reception. maintenance problems. and weak service at the breakfast
We arrived in the morning, having flown overnight. They were very accommodating, and did not keep us waiting more than half an hour for our room. The room was lovely, spacious, in a very nice area where walking was easy, comfortable and interesting. Breakfast was included in the room - while ample - we found the eggs odd, but everything else was wonderful. We also ate dinner there one evening, and had a lovely meal. The concierge was enormously helpful.
Located in one of the nicest parts of Buenos Aires, the hotel is close to alot of the tourist sites as well as many restaurants & cafes. Primarily a business sort of hotel, our 6 night stay was overall excellent. Service was always with a smile & staff at all levels were helpful & did their best to ensure you were looked after.
We stayed in a Jr Suite overlooking the pool & mansion on the 11th flr - outstanding views. The suite was spacious & beautifully furnished as expected of a Four Seasons. The bathroom was luxuriously appointed with toilet & shower in separate glassed in cubicles. Loccitaine toiletries were supplied. A nespresso machine was also in the room. The buffet breakfast was nice but hardly changed in variety during our 6 days. It would have been nice to have some local specialties (like empanadas or churros) but the spread was the typical usual fare.
It was great to return daily after sightseeing to use the heated outdoor pool & the steam/sauna facilities in the spa before getting ready for dinner (which is usually late in BA - 9 pm is normal!). We departed on the day security was being racked up for the G20 summit & glad we avoided all the hassles. Overall a beautiful hotel & great place to base yourself to experience Buenos Aires.