Buenas tardes Buenos Aires.
I arrived into Ezeiza airport in the early afternoon travelling overnight from Vancouver. Needless to say, I was tired and couldn’t wait to check into my first property, the Faena Hotel + Universe. Its mise en scène is stylish, and if you’re lucky you might even spot the odd celebrity. John Cusack and Andrea Bocelli were both guests at the hotel when I was there.
The hotel’s concept was inspired by Alan Faena and designed by Philippe Starck. My favourite detail—a fog proof mirror in the shower. A godsend for a shave-in-the-shower guy like me. After cleaning up I started on my adventure touring Buenos Aires.
The city is full of history and culture made obvious in the many different neighbourhoods. San Telmo offers colonial-inspired houses along narrow cobblestone lanes, while the hip residential area of Palermo is tree-lined streets and intersections packed with restaurants, bars and boutiques, and the blocks within Recoleta boast posh refinement with French-style buildings, large green spaces and first class restaurants. I must recommend you make time for the tango show at the hotel. One of the best in the city.
From there it was off to my next hotel. A switch-up from the fast-paced lifestyle of the Faena, the Four Seasons is a time-honoured hotel offering exceptional service. Here I felt like royalty or a prime minister of some country. They knew who I was before I checked in. Perhaps they read it off my bag tag, but I was still quite impressed. On one of my free evenings, I had to make time for a steak dinner, a must in beef-enthused Argentina. There’s certainly no shortage of good restaurants that serve it up, so you really can’t go wrong anywhere you go. At the Four Seasons you enjoy a unique vantage point from which to explore all the sights. Tucked into Recoleta, you have the best shops and boutiques at your doorstep.
But it’s time to board a Bquebus ferry to Carmelo for my next experience. Chau for now.