Review: Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires
See why it's my top pick for Buenos Aires luxury hotels
When it comes to Buenos Aires luxury hotels, Four Season Hotel Buenos Aires tops my list. I recently checked in to enjoy five-star alone time over the course of two nights their exclusive La Recoleta location on my way to a conference in Salta.
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Four Seasons Buenos Aires Location
Having stayed elsewhere in Buenos Aires, I strongly prefer La Recoleta. It’s an affluent residential neighborhood that is full of Beaux-Arts architecture, important historical sites, and the famous Recoleta cemetery. The shopping here is fantastic from designer stores to leather retailers to the weekend flea market near Recoleta cemetery.
The area is also easy to navigate, and I felt quite safe walking the streets on my own as I walked for hours exploring the sights here and along the Rio de la Plata. The only taxi I took was to San Telmo Fair (highly recommend).
Luxurious Rooms and Suites
The 116 rooms and 49 suites are spread across a 12-story main tower and a 3-story adjacent and restored early 20th century Belle Époque mansion. Design throughout weaves in Argentina’s polo culture throughout.
I stayed in a spacious City View room on the E-Lounge level that looked like this. I loved all of the little equestrian flourishes and the marble bathroom with L’Occitane amenities and pretty blue accents. The rooms are quiet with blackout shades (essential for jet lag) and plenty of storage space.
While the hotel is already a sanctuary, those seeking a quiet place to work or relax should book a room on the E-Lounge floor.
It’s an unstaffed area with lovely tables and chairs, WiFi and televisions to sit and enjoy. Grab-and-go coffee, soda, and water available all-day in addition to evening wine and appetizers, which of course feature outstanding cured meats and cheeses.
E-Lounge guests also receive a 20% discount at the spa, which I recommend that you take advantage of.
The adjacent mansion houses suites that incorporate European-style luxury with French-country décor, reflecting Buenos Aires’ European roots. (Buenos Aires is referred to as the Paris of South America, after all.)
Steaks, Buffets and More
Buenos Aires is filled with some of the best steaks you’ll ever eat, Malbec, pastries, fantastic ice cream and then some.
While the time change between San Diego and Buenos Aires is five hours, the journey is rather long. I was tired when I arrived and only really up for an early dinner in the hotel at Nuestro Secreto. Early by Buenos Aires time would mean 7:30 p.m.
I could not have been happier. A little out of sorts from traveling, the server guided me toward a perfect steak, one of the best I’d ever had. And, from then on, I knew dining in the hotel would not be a hardship (it never is in a Four Seasons which is why were are loyal to the brand).
Full from the evenings, I didn’t have much room for breakfast which is a shame because it’s your typically-fabulous Four Seasons breakfast buffet at the flagship restaurant, Elena.
My husband, a bit jealous of the food I’d be eating on this trip, said that his research revealed that I absolutely must eat dinner at Elena as it’s regarded as one of the best Buenos Aires steakhouses. And, in the land of steak, that’s a pretty significant accolade. I did, and I regret that I have no photo evidence of my meal as I dug into the steak and forgot to photograph it. Adjacent to Elena is also the Pony Line lounge.
Outdoor Pool & Fantastic Spa
I did take advantage of my E-Lounge spa discount. In my opinion, there is no better way to recover from a long flight than with a moisturizing spa treatment like a wrap or full-body massage. Cielo Spa treatments are based on the Sothys Paris natural product line, and I felt fantastic afterward.
The Porteño Tango massage features massage strokes to the beat of tango music and utilizes a unique product featuring the antioxidant properties of red wine. Talk about immersing in local culture!
The pool isn’t huge, but it’s gorgeous and quite handy in warm weather months.
Tips for Visiting Buenos Aires
What a fabulous city. As I did not veer off of the beaten path and followed the advice of the concierge, I felt safe in the city.
Leave your valuables at home or in the room safe. I did not carry my big camera around as not to look like too much of a tourist.
The concierge verified that Uber is an excellent alternative to taxis for getting around town. For my airport transfers, I used Blacklane (my go-to black car service for trips around the world).
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