Fodor's Expert Review Faena Hotel

Martha Salotti 445, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 1107, Argentina Fodor's Choice

Argentine fashion impresario Alan Faena and famed French architect Philippe Starck have created a universe unto itself with this hotel: rooms are feng-shui perfect, with rich reds and crisp whites, sporting velvet curtains and blinds opening electronically to river or city views. "Experience managers" are basically personal assistants, 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 of a room, 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. Also visit contemporary art exhibitions at nearby Faena Arts Center.

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
  • extremely pricey to eat in
  • bar clientele can be tacky

QUICK FACTS

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Service
Sophisticated
Central
Design
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

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

HOTEL DETAILS

110 rooms, 16 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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