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Faena Hotel Review
Argentine fashion impresario Alan Faena and famed French architect Philippe Starck set out to create a "universe" unto itself, and they have succeeded in spades: Rooms are feng-shui perfect, with rich reds and crisp whites, sporting velvet curtains and Venetian blinds opening electronically to river and city views. Marble floors fill expansive bathrooms; velvet couches, leather armchairs, flat-screen TVs, and surround-sound stereos lend more luxury. The "Experience Managers" are basically personal assistants, making reservations and tending to 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 sensual tango shows. 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.
A Whole New World
That the term "universe" is incorporated into the Faena Hotel + Universe's name is more than fitting. The belle-époque luxury hotel—featuring several restaurants, a regal piano lounge, outdoor pool, and intimate cabaret venue—really is a world unto itself, evidenced as soon as one slips inside the voluminous entry hallway "cathedral," with its dramatic blood-red carpet, rich wood floor, and gold velvet curtains. Argentine fashion impresario Alan Faena and French architect Philippe Starck collaborated on the 126-room hotel in Puerto Madero, and the result is a contemporary, comfortable, and sensual property where "experience managers" take the place of concierges and front desk staff.
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