These hotels are glamorous, chic, and cool newcomers
Lovingly nicknamed the Paris of Latin America, Buenos Aires is a fascinating merger of elements which are expected to be hostile. Few places in the world, manage to blend as successfully as Buenos Aires contrasting features, with stunningly classic glamour and the cosmopolitan avant-gardism, sophistication and chaos or traditional South American elements with contemporary European characteristics. The architecture stands as an example in this direction, being a mix of architectural styles, which enhances the vibrant character of the city. Some of the beautiful Belle Époque structures have been transformed into world-class hotels while contemporary design buildings have been added to the list, becoming upscale boutique hotels.
Where to stay? Below you’ll find my recommendations for your next trip to the Argentine metropolis:
1. Four Seasons Buenos Aires
Looking at the Beaux Art façade, one would expect the interior to be something like a gateway to a distant, glitzy past- if anything, the hotel’s design is contemporary and sensuous. There are various references to the equestrian world especially in Pony Line lounge- a place which brings to light the approachable elegance of La Dolfina polo lifestyle. Nuestro Secreto offers outdoor dining where guests can enjoy a traditional asado dinner while Elena is the more swank option, being one of the most dazzling restaurants in town.
2. The Alvear Palace
Located on the most glittering and opulent residential street in Buenos Aires, the hotel becomes the quintessence of luxury. The Alvear Palace was built in 1932 for affluent European guests, and right from the get-go it became a hot spot for the local and international elites. The interior design is unparalleled in glamour and refinement. The hotel offers two options for dining: La Bourgogne- specialized in high French cuisine, where you can enjoy the delicacies prepared by Chef Jean Paul Bondoux and L’Orangerie- which seems as a cozier option, preferred by the younger, and still very affluent, pack.
3. Hotel Faena
Faena is already something like an institution in Buenos Aires. Thanks to its unique aesthetic and eclectic decor, it remains the darling of the blessed, artsy crowd. The hotel features signature suites which stand out due to their dramatic, theatrical features, while the opulent Philippe Starck design at Bistro Sur transforms the hotel in a distinctive local gem. An event you cannot miss is the Sunday brunch led by Chef Emiliano Yulita, which attracts a mix of creative people.
4. Alvear Art Hotel
Alvear Art is the groundbreaking cosmopolite younger sibling of Alvear Palace. The elegance and glamour are still there, but this time they embrace a more contemporary, millennial form. With 137 rooms and 2 suites, Alvear Art is on the way of becoming the newest hot spot for hospitality, dining and socializing. Contraluz restaurant is the perfect setting for formal occasions and successful business dinners.
5. Mine Hotel
Located in the unconventional and supercool Palermo Soho, Mine Hotel is an excellent choice for the millennial traveler who enjoys a more down-to-earth aesthetic. The eco-friendly décor, excellent service and unbeatable location, transform Mine Hotel into a winning combination. Bonus points for the breakfast area and the copious, fresh breakfast.
6. Nuss Buenos Aires Soho
This is another local gem situated in the bohemian Palermo Soho neighborhood. Built in a former convent, completely refurbished and modernized, Nuss creates an outstanding customer experience. All rooms are well-equipped and have comfortable furnishings and carefully selected design pieces.
Latin American Post | Adina Achim
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