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
- 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
My husband and I vacationed in Buenos Aires and stayed at this lovely hotel. The room was spacious, kept immaculately clean, and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was huge with a big shower. The hotel staff are among the most helpful I have encountered at any hotel. Breakfast was included every day and it was delicious. We had one lunch and one dinner in the hotel's restaurant and both were great. Only one tiny drawback - they say they have 24 hour room service but they do not, not really, we tried to order it at 4 in the morning one day and they did bring us up coffee but we were not able to get eggs at that time. A SMALL complaint in an otherwise PERFECT stay. We HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND Hotel Club Frances!!!
A small 4*hotel with very good location. Service of the staff are very warm eventhough we checked in late at 11pm. We get the corner room which is huge. Good enough continental breakfast which opens until 11am.
We spent 3 nights at the hotel and from the start we were very impressed. The cab driver overcharged us on our trip from the airport to the hotel (we learned later that his meter charged 3 times what it cost us on our return trip.) My wife was upset about this and left her passport in the cab. The staff at our hotel called both the police and the cab company and her passport was recovered. They went above and beyond. The breakfasts included in the room rate were very tasty. Fresh squeezed OJ and made to order eggs, good coffee and pastries. Great table service. Room was very nice. Bed was very comfortable. Great location.
We stayed at this hotel twice during our visit to Argentina and had a wonderful experience both times.
I am in a wheelchair and the accessible room was well laid out with a full wet room (roll-in shower, grab bar by the toilet) as well as a second bathroom with a bathrub, shower and toilet - my husband was thrilled as we didnt have to share!
We cannot fault this hotel, they went above and beyond to assist us during out stay. I travel with some medication which requires refrigeration, so the hotel organised a small fridge for our room.
The hotel organised tango tickets for us, but on the night we were unable to source a taxi suitable for me as it was very busy as it was raining, so they contacted the show and arranged to change the tickets for the next night and then went on to organise a booking at a nearby restaurant (Fervor), which was walking distance and provided an umbrella - it changed a stressful frantic experience into a wonderful night!
We enjoyed breakfast in the courtyard daily, the service was fantastic and on a morning where we had an early start we were able to arrange breakfast in our room.
We found the location of the hotel to be close to everything and we felt safe to walk/roll the streets without any issues.
Very nice hotel with large rooms and great staff. Bed wasn't the most comfortable and could use some new pillows, but the room itself was comfortable and had a good shower. Chose this hotel for the location and the price, which was very reasonable. Front desk staff helped us with reservations and transportation to/from the airport. The hotel restaurant is excellent. Hotel has "old-world" charm.