Hotel Club Frances
What We Love
- Handsome original features in both guestrooms and common areas
- Terrific à la carte breakfast featuring everything from medialunas (sugary croissants) to eggs benedict
- Warm, professional service, with management on hand to meet, greet and advise
What To Know
- Hushed, aristocratic ambience unlikely to appeal to 24-hour party people
- No minifridges in guestrooms
- Gym is quite snug, with just a trio of cardio machines plus a sauna
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Revamped and restored by a team of 40 artisans led by architect Iván Robredo, the once decaying ground floor of the Hotel Club Francés now resembles the set of a big budget costume drama. Everything, from the thick mahogany wall panels in the bar to the oil paintings in the lobby and the oak boiserie in the restaurant, has been restored or repurposed with an abundance of TLC. Climb the marble staircase to admire the chandeliers and wall moldings in the saloons on the second floor.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are in a newly constructed tower atop the original neoclassical mansion. Less regal than the public spaces, they nonetheless abound in lovely touches, such as antique wood paneling recycled as headboards, marble-topped bedside tables and stylishly upholstered French-style armchairs. Bathrooms are more utilitarian, but they’re spacious and equipped with rainfall showers, L’Occitane products and — if only to remind you that you’re in Argentina — little pots of yerba mate–infused shaving cream.
With its bronze sconces and bookcases stacked with century-old tomes, the restaurant is a handsome space in which to enjoy Ramiro Martínez’s no-nonsense French food, featuring such brasserie classics as steak au poivre and more elaborate seasonal dishes. Breakfast (served in the bar) is superb, with a range of hot, cold, healthy and hearty options prepared to order, and not a chafing dish or coffee urn in sight. The small gym includes a sauna and Scottish shower and gives onto a spacious terrace.
How to Get There
Entrance and reception were a welcomer step back from the super-chic of modern Hotels, Staff were extremely helpful and happy to arrange my wife's wish to see a tango performance. Our luxury suite was a delight, huge, with a king bed and equally large bathroom with sauna - sadly I did not get to test it.
Street noise was non-existent and this, coupled with the very comfortable bed ensured a restful sleep, most welcome after the chaos of arrival at Ezeiza.
The in-house French restaurant is a good fall-back if dining out in one of the many nearby eateries does not suit and the Recoleta area has much to offer in sightseeing and shopping.
This small boutique hotel reflects the upscale location. Very nice, clean well equipped bedrooms but the hotel restaurant is the real reason to stay here. Lavish breakfast buffet plus any special orders you give. Really equisite, classic French cooking for lunch and dinner. Excellent service. Reasonable rates for hotel & restaurant. Attentive front desk. Forget any food at the bar. Service lagging. Stick to the dining room and iif you reserve, ask for the solarium or "winter garden"........totally attractive surroundings. Have favored this place for 3 years and never disappointed. English translation menus.
The hotel is a very nice building but poorly mantained. Wifi never worked, I had to use my 4G. When I approached the desk, I was mistreated by the employee, which never took care of my problems. I felt like I was disturbing the busy atmosphere. Never going back, total trash