Trip Report: Faena Hotel Buenos Aires

Faena Buenos Aires

Faena Buenos Aires

If you are looking to be wowed by your hotel in Buenos Aires, then look no further than the Faena Hotel. This was the fourth and final hotel in my week long tour of Buenos Aires.

The hotel is located in the hot new neighborhood of Porto Madero, near great dining, parks, and the marina. The interior design was done by Philippe Starck and the hotel reflects his unmistakable modern playful touch.

Faena Hotel - Bed

I stayed for two nights in a Skyline View Room. The layout was unique with the bed on an angle in the middle of the room and the desk tucked behind the bed. The interior bathroom walls were made entirely of glass, with heavy red drapes available for those requiring a little privacy.

Faena Hotel - Desk

The hotel has a large gym facility, a small spa, and an outdoor pool. Of course, designed by Philippe Starck. My photo does not do it justice, and sadly it was not pool weather during my visit in June.

Faena Hotel - Pool

The Faena is also know for having one of my all-time favorite Virtuoso amenities – two complimentary tickets to their Rojo Tango show at El Cabaret. They do not allow anyone to take photographs during the performance, but I did sneak a quick picture of the menu. The show was every bit as melancholy and sexy as you would expect from a tango performance at the Faena.

Rojo Tango

The complimentary Virtuoso amenities for 2015 are as follows:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • for duration of stay
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • VIP Welcome Amenities
    • and a welcome drink
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • Two complimentary tickets for Rojo Tango
    • (approximately $220 USD per person, excludes dinner)

My three takeaways:

Fabulous:

The food at El mercado is great and the hotel vibe is young and fresh.

Faux Pas:

The coffee mugs at breakfast need to be replaced as the coffee becomes instantly cold due to their large size.

FYI:

Book your Rojo Tango tickets in advance of your stay to ensure availability.

 

Please get in touch via phone at 508-485-3061 or email with any questions about the Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires, or if you are ready to book.

Trip Report: Alvear Art Hotel

Alvear Art Hotel - Pool

Alvear Ar Hotel - Bed

My week long tour of Buenos Aires continued with a quick one night stay at the Alvear Art Hotel, located near Saint Martin Square and the shopping areas of Santa Fe Avenue and Florida Street, and the Galerias Pacifica shopping mall. We arrived as a group in and check in ran fairly smoothly and we were quickly on our way to our rooms.

Alvear Art Hotel

I stayed in a Studio Premier Suite. The decor was fresh and contemporary and the room was large, although technically not a suite. These rooms have a desk, a sitting area with a sofa, and a full four piece bathroom with a large jacuzzi tub and heated floors.

Alvear Art Hotel - Bathroom

The hotel has a gorgeous rooftop pool with amazing views over the city. On the same floor as the pool there is also a small spa and a modern gym facility which also has great views.

Alvear Art Hotel - Pool

The Alvear Art Hotel is not currently in Virtuoso, so if you want to be VIP’d please get in touch with me directly.

My three takeaways:

Fabulous:

Loved the clean modern decor, heated bathroom floors, and in-room Nespresso machine.

Faux Pas:

The service was not quite as polished as at the Alvear Palace hotel, but the price point is much lower.

FYI:

If you love both shopping and art, be sure to take a guided tour at the Galerias Pacifico shopping mall.

Please get in touch via phone at 508-485-3061 or email with any additional questions about the Alvear Art Hotel, or if you are ready to book.

 

Trip Report: Alvear Palace Hotel

Alvear Palace

Alvear Palace

Every major world city has at least one iconic hotel, and in Buenos Aires that hotel is the Alvear Palace, located in the upscale Recoleta neighborhood.

I arrived for my two night stay via a taxi in the early afternoon and was warmly greeted by the bellman and escorted into the hotel for check in. There was a slight mix up with my arrival date, but it was quickly remedied and I was offered access to my room, a Deluxe Suite.

Bedroom

My suite was very large with a formal living room, a small office, a bedroom, a full bath with Hermes amenities, and two closets (a large walk in off of the bedroom, and a smaller closet in the living room). The decor is very traditional and done in keeping with the spirit of a true palace hotel. Although it is not my personal preference for decor, the layout worked well and the furnishing were clean and comfortable.

Alvear Palace Breakfast Buffet

The breakfast buffet was the best of the four properties that I stayed at during my week in Buenos Aires. Lots of fresh fruit, gorgeous homemade pastries, hot items, and plenty of silver service. However, my favorite item on the buffet was the honeycomb.

Honeycomb

The complimentary Virtuoso amenities for 2015 are as follows:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
    • served in L´Orangerie Restaurant
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • HighTea for 2 persons served in L´Orangerie Restaurant
    • once during stay

My three takeaways about the Alvear Palace Hotel:

Fabulous:

If excellent service is the most important priority for your hotel stay in Buenos Aires, then you will absolutely love the Alvear Palace.

Faux Pas:

No coffee or tea making facilities in the room.

FYI:

The hotel is an easy walk to Recoleta Cemetery.

 

Please get in touch via phone at 508-485-3061 or email with any questions about the Alvear Palace Hotel, or if you are ready to book.