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Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires

Address: Posadas 1086/88

Neighborhood: Recoleta

City: Buenos Aires

Phone: 011-54-11-4321-1200

Website: www.fourseasons.com/buenosaires

Expert Review

This 12-story, 165-room tower in Recoleta was a Park Hyatt until 2001, when the luxury chain Four Seasons took it over and did a major renovation. Marble bathrooms with separate showers and deep-soaking tubs and rich mahogany furnishings complement large rooms that start at 430 square feet, and come with blackout curtains and LCD TVs with CD/DVD players. Choose a “Preferred” room on the seventh or eighth floor for access to The Library, an exclusive lounge where non-alcoholic beverages, tea, and coffee are served all day (along with newspapers, magazines, and computers with Internet access). Then choose an odd-numbered room for a view of the 1920 Belle Epoque mansion that makes up the second half of the property. Most recently restored in 2007, the seven-suite mansion’s ground floor gives way to a progression of rooms with cedar and oak paneling, 24-carat gold leaf, frescoes, and marble. Upstairs, you’ll find 15-foot ceilings, antique furnishings, 24-hour butler service, and the opulent Presidential, Royale, Ambassador, and Diplomatic suites. A marble passageway connects the two properties; above ground, there’s also a leafy garden and 44-foot heated Roman-style pool between them. A 7,500-square-foot fitness room, with saunas and steam rooms, is open 24 hours; alongside it, the Four Seasons’s cedro-wood spa offers a signature “Porteño Tango” massage that combines hot stones and sesame-seed exfoliants with tango music (although more conventional treatments are available, too). In the tower, Le Mistral offers French bistro fare, and an indulgent breakfast with six kinds of dulce de leche and six kinds of mate. But for an added thrill, Sunday brunch is spectacularly served in the mansion’s ground-floor rooms, and open to guests and non-guests alike. The mansion has hosted many of the city’s most famous visitors; go there to enjoy an omelet, Chubut oysters, or bife where the Duke of Edinburgh once harrumphed or Madonna learned to tango for Evita.

Tags: luxury | expensive | spa

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