You don’t accumulate a guest list as impressive as the likes of the Dalai Lama, Shakira, Antonio Banderas, Madonna, Diego Maradona, and Fidel Castro by chance. The Four Seasons is known around the world for its absolutely impeccable 5- star service and amenities, and this breathtaking Buenos Aires hotel located in the most prestigious part of Recoleta is no exception.
Upon check-in with the meticulously trained front desk staff at Four Seasons Buenos Aires, you will realize that there is no desire that you can dream up that they cannot or will not take care of for you, with a smile. If you realize that you forgot your suit for an important meeting, one will arrive within minutes for you. Want to experience tango without the crowds? A private show can be arranged on site for you with some of the finest dancers in town. Bono of U2 once got the idea that he wanted an old-fashioned shave, and a room was quickly turned into a barber shop set for him, with one of the city’s oldest and well-known barbers sent in to do the honors. So be careful what you ask for, as your wish really is their command!
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Even the standard room here are nothing standard. Upper level rooms offer amazing views of the famous Obelisk and the world’s widest avenue, 9 de Julio. A large walk-in closet with paper lined drawers, ample work space with ergonomic chair, marbled bathroom with a tub fit for a princess, and iPod docking station with sound system are just a few of the amenities that every guest at the Four Seasons can enjoy.
For those guests looking to push the idea of luxury to its limits, the Mansion is an option for accommodations that will make even a celebrity’s jaw drop. The Mansion, built in 1916, resides directly next to the main Four Seasons building and holds seven elaborate suites. There is a private gated entrance which means that guests of the Mansion can be driven straight up to the front door of their accommodations with full anonymity. The Presidential Suite alone is over 2000 square feet. With antique furniture imported from many continents, its own private commercial kitchen, a two storied walk in closet with hidden bathroom, a bathroom covered in marble from floor to ceiling, and 24-hour butler service, it is fit for the royalty that has slept there. For the ultimate privacy, some guests like the Rolling Stones choose to rent out all seven rooms and have entire Mansion all to themselves.
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In tradition of going above and beyond the standard, the gym area is larger and better-equipped than a lot of private membership gyms in the city. The pool is climate controlled and outside, perfect for a hot Buenos Aires summer, but the downfall is that in the winter the water is not kept warm enough to really enjoy the pool. The spa area includes a sauna and a steam room, and offers a long list of unique treatments with local Argentine flair, such as massages with yerba mate or with wine. There are rooms specifically suited for a couples massage.
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Le Mistral, the on-site restaurant, has what has to be one of the best lunch options in town. To begin, there is a tapas bar with over 30 options from all sorts of grilled vegetables, some of the finest cheeses that you will find in Argentina (a country where it can be difficult to find great cheeses), salads, dips, breads, and meats. An a la carte menu offers your entree choices, and the dessert not to miss is the chocolate degustation. Lunch comes with the perfect wine to match your entrée, and ends with an espresso or tea. If you happen to be at the Four Seasons on a Sunday, the extensive and elegant brunch held at the Mansion is an unforgettable treat.
It is really hard to fault this top-tier hotel for anything. Every minute detail seems to be in line beginning with and a handwritten note left on a tray of figs and berries in your bedroom welcoming you, sitting next to a gorgeous orchid arrangement. Forget something such as an electrical adaptor? Check the desk, there are a few already there waiting for you. Need nail polish remover, a loofah, or feminine supplies? Don’t even bother to call the front desk, all of these and more are already sitting in your bathroom drawers. When it was noted that there was not a way to make coffee in the room, it was quickly remedied by having an espresso machine sent right up.
Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, rest assured knowing that your stay will probably be flawless from start to finish. Yes, it is undeniable that the location is great, the building immaculate, the rooms large, and the beds comfortable. But what makes your time here special is the level of service and impeccable attention to detail. Whether you are royalty or just want to be treated like you are, the Buenos Aires Four Seasons will not disappoint.
Review by Cathy Brown, photos courtesy of Four Seasons.
Web Site: www.fourseasons.com/buenosaires
Total Number of Rooms: 165
Published rates: $410 - $8000
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