One of my new favorite hotels. This one has it all — central location, great restaurant and bar, adept and friendly staff, beautiful pool, and appeals to both modern and classic design lovers as it has two buildings — one in each style.
One enters the Four Seasons with a sight of five bronze galloping horses. Smiling attendants greet you and whisk you into the elegant white marble-floored lobby with jewel-toned velvet settees, stunning sapphire-blue chandeliers in the style of Dale Chihuly, and a backlit reception desk created of semi-precious stones in hues of electric-blue.
I loved our gorgeous adjoining rooms — one with a lovely pool-view; the other with a larger bathroom and walk-in closet — as the space included a portion of the hallway which made it feel more suite-like.
The location is in the upscale neighborhood of Retiro, with easy walking distance to the numerous sights in Recoleto. And while some on Trip Advisor lament the nearby highway, I did not find this in the least undesirable. Quite the opposite, actually, as it provided easy access to many things, including the airport and a daytrip out of the city.
Elena — which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner — is one of the top restaurants in the city. The space is modern and attractive; the food delicious, and with the current exchange rate an absolute bargain for comparable quality in other international city high-end restaurants. Pony Line is a trendy cocktail lounge, and quite popular with a late-night local crowd. The polo-motif space is lovely with it’s comfortably-chic leather seating areas and stable-style interior walls. Libations and food are both excellent here — be sure to try the chorizo sliders and the famed dry-aged Prime burger with crunchy onions and homemade pickle relish and aioli.
The street across from the hotel sports several excellent restaurants — we loved both El Mirasol (for steak) and Piegari (for Italian.) Within a couple blocks are two excellent wine bars: Floria Atlantico — which is a basement speakeasy within a flower shop — and it’s sister bistro next door, Brasero Atlantico.
We made use of the concierge to plan a couple of our days — it was an excellent choice. Augustina, a delightful young Porteño, enthusiastically recommended excellent itineraries based on our interests, including sights and restaurants within both walking and taxi distance. She also arranged an English-speaking driver to take us to two areas north of the city that had been recommended to me by friends — San Antonio de Areco and Tigre. We had considered driving ourselves as there are several car rental agencies within a block of the hotel, but we were happy to spend a bit more for the comfort, convenience, and excellent local knowledge of our driver, Nicolás Sansalone.
I would happily return to Buenos Aires to enjoy another stay at the Four Seasons.