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
Such a gorgeous hotel with very friendly (and I must say, very good looking) staff! Concierge was very responsive and accommodating when I emailed them with requests prior to my arrival. It was such a wonderful place to unwind and relax in fabulous Buenos Aires after spending a few days in rugged Patagonia. The Recoleta neighborhood is quite nice and very safe. Definitely check out the cemetery and try the empanadas at nearby Sanjuaninos. The dry aged beef at Elena is excellent and of course you absolutely can't leave without trying some Malbec. Breakfast was great, too. I had a pretty spacious mansion view room and could look down at the pool area - very pleasant. Bathroom has a ton of counter space even by my standards (I always have tons of toiletries) with lovely L'Occitane products. While hotel bathroom lighting is usually problematic for me, the mirror in the little separate room with the toilet had amazing lighting (I don't know why the toilet room had a mirror, but I appreciated it for sure). My only regret is not trying the spa, but my trip was very short so I wanted to spend time wandering the city. I am planning to visit Antarctica in 2020 and 4S will absolutely 100% be my first choice hotel when I return to Buenos Aires for that trip. Great service, delicious food, beautiful rooms, and a fantastic location all make this hotel a wonderful choice when you're trying to decide where to stay in BA.
I really like this hotel. Great rooms and attentive staff. Location is very accessible and allows you to take walks in the neighborhood behind it. I do have a minor gripe. The restaurant is excellent and a great reputation, however, this should not extend to the price of a buffet breakfast. My recommendation is to take a pass on the hotel breakfast if you are paying extra and take a walk to the neighborhood behind up the hill. Lots of coffee shops and bistros that offer great value for money.
This is definitely the best hotel in Buenos Aires. The room was very spacious and clean. The pony line bar and the main restaurant were also amazing! Great location and we felt safe in the surrounding area. There were great restaurants and shopping within walking distance. We stayed at the Four Seasons at the beginning of our trip and Alvear Palace Hotel at the end. There was no comparison if you are trying to decide between the two.
We spent a week here in May 2018 and were very impressed with the service we received. The location in Recoleta was perfect for us and is in easy walking distance of most city attractions. We stayed in a Mansion-view one bedroom suite which was very spacious and had all necessary amenities; decor is a little uninspired but the furnishings are well appointed and the bed is exceptionally comfortable. The view to the pool and the mansion were preferable to us because the views from the city rooms were not great, and it was a lot quieter on this side of the hotel. The hotel has an excellent spa and fitness facility; we made daily use of the excellently equipped gym, I had an excellent massage, and the steam and sauna facilities were also good. What impressed us the most and came as a surprise was the swimming pool which we didn’t think we would be able to use in the autumn months; however it is heated so after a long day touring Buenos Aires we could relax in the pool at dusk with steam rising from the pool water. A great experience.
We ate in all the hotel restaurants. Nuestro Secreto only opens at the weekend and it serves high quality barbecue style cuisine. We also ate in the hotel bar, Pony Lane, which is one of the best hotel bars we have visited; the cocktails were fantastic, service excellent no matter how busy it was, and the aged hamburgers were superb. Breakfast in Elena restaurant had an excellent choice with a mix of buffet and hot dishes to order; this was the only time service got a bit patchy - with orders getting forgotten and waiters unable to manage the volume of customers. Dinner at Elena could also be similarly hit and miss, with our first visit excellent, and subsequent visit disappointing.
All in all, this is a wonderful hotel and would be our first choice on subsequent visits to BA.
The service : excellent
The room : excellent
The breakfast : excellent
Would especially like to mention the obliging Matthias. Nothing was too much trouble accommodating my dietary issues Very impressive!!!