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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.