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
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.
We had the great pleasure of staying in a Mansion view junior suite, which is a very spacious and functional room. The only thing we didn’t like about the room was the walk-in closet, which only had one bar with some hangers, no shelves and no drawers despite the generous size of the closet.
The hotel is beautiful and the staff is fabulous. The outdoor pool area in front of the gorgeous mansion is great. We had a delicious dinner at Nuestro Secreto, and we enjoyed the sumptuous breakfast with plenty of high quality products. The gym is good too.
The hotel is well located in a beautiful neighborhood. This was our first time in Buenos Aires, and we were totally amazed about the beauty, cleanliness and charm of this city.
We would definitely gladly return to Four Seasons Buenos Aires.
All the staff were friendly and professional, offering support proactively. Room was nice with a great view. Restaurant and bar were also excellent. Hotel is located in relatively safe area, with easy access to the city center.
Overall very pleasant stay.
I guess any review is subjective and while the hotel is undoubtedly lovely, I just thought overall it was a bit too “could be anywhere” especially when it came to the bedroom. In fact I had a moment when I had a flashback to a trip to Taiwan and thought I could have been in the Mandarin Oriental Taipei - they were practically identical.
And I think the fact they charged for Nespresso capsules at a hotel of this standard is absolutely taking the....
I was a bit disappointed that on two occasions prior to getting there I had requested firm pillows in my room, which never happened until I chased it up after my arrival. It’s not like you’re spending small money, I expect requests like that to absolutely be acted on at a hotel of this calibre.
Front desk staff were all very pleasant but quite robotic and no one’s personality seemed to shine through at all - management/HR what are *you* doing wrong that that is the case?
This was not the case at breakfast where the staff were consistently lovely and it was great that they had a barista.
The pool was a very welcome touch after sightseeing.
I appreciate these remarks are nit-picky but I just left to go home feeling a bit “meh” - it was fine, but there was no spark, no going above and beyond, nothing wow. You can’t please everyone though eh.
We have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Buenos Aires and could not fault the hotel. Not only is a great hotel in which to stay, but the staff are a delight. Nothing is too much for any of them and they go out of their way to be of help. Be it in reception, on the concierge desk, around the swimming pool, in the restaurants and bars, none could be faulted. We would not hesitate to recommend anyone going to Buenos Aires to stay there. The food (and drink) was great and we had an amazing upgraded suite in the "Mansion House".
Anne & David Silverman