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Destination Dispatches: Dos Nights in Buenos Aires

- David Black, Regional VP of Hotel Relations for Kiwi Collection

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.

One of Faena Hotel + Universe’s sleek rooms.

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.

San Isidro Cathedral.

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.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires exudes old world elegance inside and out.

But it’s time to board a Bquebus ferry to Carmelo for my next experience. Chau for now.

  1. josefina Argüello says:

    San Telmo has a special old charm, that for me defines the romantic, charming spirit of Buenos Aires. The neo-classical facades of antique buildings are crumbling, only becoming even more magical and beautiful. The most vividly abstract and surreal graffiti art decorates cement walls like commissioned murals. It is ugly and beautiful and I love it.
    San Telmo is my favorite neighborhood of this city.