Faena Hotel

Martha Salotti 445, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 1107, Argentina

Argentine fashion impresario Alan Faena and famed French architect Philippe Starck set out to create a "universe" unto itself with this hotel, and they succeeded: rooms are feng-shui perfect, with rich reds and crisp whites, sporting velvet curtains and blinds opening electronically to river and city views. Marble floors fill expansive bathrooms; leather armchairs, flat-screen TVs, and surround-sound stereos lend more luxury. The "experience managers" are basically personal assistants, making reservations and tending to your every whim. Other highlights are two excellent restaurants and an elaborate spa with a Turkish bath. In El Cabaret, a blood-red music box dotted with red-leather couches, you can swig champagne and watch the contemporary and sensual Rojo Tango show. Next door in the Library Lounge you never know who might show up: Coldplay and local rock legend Charly Garcia once held an impromptu jam session around the piano, playing Beatles songs until the wee hours.

PROS

  • quite simply, one of the most dramatic hotels on the planet
  • luxury abounds
  • celebrity magnet

CONS

  • an "are you cool enough?" vibe is ever-present

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 11-4010–9000
Website: www.faena.com

HOTEL DETAILS

110 rooms, 16 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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