The Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, which opened in 1992, is really two hotels in one. The more historic of the two is the three-story, 20th-century Belle Epoque mansion, built in 1920 as a wedding gift from Félix de Álzaga Unzué, a member of a prominent local family, for his bride, Elena Peña. There are mansard ceilings and toile de Jouy wall panels, and many suites are housed here. The other building is a modern 12-floor tower, which holds the bulk of the rooms. These feature double-glass windows, private bars, and armoires with HD TVs. Every cushy amenity expected of a Four Seasons property is found in both styles.
In 2013, most of the common spaces underwent a $49 million renovation, completely overhauling the lobby and the spa, and adding two new restaurants. There’s still the Roman-style outdoor heated pool overlooking La Mansión, but to complement it, more of the outdoors has been worked into the hotel: lavishly landscaped gardens, a rooftop garden, and a glass-enclosed asado-style restaurant that can be opened up to fresh air.
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On the Recoleta end of Avenida 9 de Julio, the Four Seasons is strategically located in one of the most active tourist zones of Buenos Aires. Down the busy thoroughfare is Plaza de la Republica, home to the famed obelisk of Buenos Aires, which is surrounded by buildings covered in LED lights. Nearby in Tribunales, there’s Restó, a tiny slow-food restaurant within the Central Architect’s Society, which serves inexpensive lunch menus during the day and rather affordable tasting menus during the evening.
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Rooms: 116 rooms, 49 suites. From $525. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The double-height, courtyard restaurant Elena, with its dramatic spiral staircase, is named after Elena Peña Unzué, the bride of La Mansión. The menu sources local ingredients like Patagonian king crab and merluza negra, which are used to create modern international and Argentine plates like slow-cooked matambre or squid ink paella. The smart, casual Nuestro Secreto centers on the typical Argentine asado, or open-fire barbecue, but it's set in a retractable glass house. The Pony Line lounge also serves light bites and cocktails. Spa and gym details: The Cielo Spa offers massages and treatments based on the Germain de Capuccini natural product line, while a fitness center is open 24 hours.
Who’s it for: Refined business and leisure travelers, many of whom are familiar with the Four Seasons luxury brand. Our favorite rooms: Either of the two La Mansión Ambassador Suites, which overlook the garden and pool, have French classical decor with dramatic high ceilings and antique furnishings, plus a large living area. Olfactory exclusive: In one of the hotel’s signature experiences, Argentine perfumer Julian Bedel of Fueguia 1833 can create personal fragrances for guests with advance notice (2–3 months is recommended).