Surrounded by the posh Belle Epoque mansions of Buenos Aires’ Recoleta district, Algodon underwent a three-year renovation in 2010, turning the landmark 1912 French classical townhouse into the city’s most exclusive boutique hotel. There’s little glitz or glamour; rather, the luxe setting is more refined. In place of the typical modern glass and steel additions, the Algodon showcases worn leather armchairs, silk curtains, and suede wall fabrics, not to mention bathrooms with Italian Calacatta marble and French limestone. The property isn’t stuck in the 20th century, though. There are Nespresso coffee machines, geeked-out sound systems, and winetasting sets. On the rooftop, teak decks and loungers sit alongside a small pool and petite counter with a cognac and bar selection that matches any in the nearby embassies. The ground-floor restaurant, reimagined in 2013, now displays the seasonal ingredients and iconic wines from the hotel's own vineyard estate project outside Mendoza.
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Many call Buenos Aires the most European city in the Americas because of La Recoleta, where Algodon Mansion is located. The ritzy, mostly residential neighborhood is home to the famed La Recoleta cemetery, with the stately tombs of some of Argentina’s most famous residents—presidents, Nobel Prize winners, and iconic First Lady Eva Perón. For a nightcap, head to nearby Retiro and duck into Floreria Atlantico, a basement speakeasy beneath a flower shop, that serves some of the city’s best cocktails, many made with yerba mate–infused gin.
Need to Know
Rooms: 10 suites. From $464. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel’s ground-floor restaurant and lounge, the Algodon Club and Wine Bar, uses ingredients and iconic vintages sourced from its own farm and winery outside Mendoza. The swank spot offers a seasonal bistro-style menu with dishes like braised lamb or a daily risotto. On the rooftop, the Davidoff Lounge offers an original cocktail menu, top-shelf cognacs, and a premium cigar selection. Spa and gym details: Aside from steam, sauna, and massage rooms, the hotel’s Le Spa offers specialty treatments from Stendhal Paris, the only Latin American spa to do so. Guests have complimentary access to Deporte Total Fitness Studio—which includes complimentary yoga classes—two blocks from the hotel.
Who’s it for: Luxury travelers with an eye for style and service. The hotel courts mostly leisure travelers who like to indulge in the good life. Our favorite rooms: The hotel’s 1,300-square-foot Royale Suites, inspired by the French Classical era, come with limestone bathrooms and wine-themed wet bars, plus a fireplace and adjoining den. Venture out: Extend your trip in Argentina by visiting Algodon’s Mendoza area winery, golf, and estate project.