Check in: Four Seasons Buenos Aires

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A US$49 million renovation has made this grand property one of the hottest places to stay in Buenos Aires. The highlight of the makeover is the new Cielo Spa that leads to an outdoor heated pool situated snugly between the hotel’s modern tower and the historic La Mansion. This is a delightful corner of the property, sun-lounger informal but with the same top-notch service that runs throughout the hotel. Across from the pool is another new addition – Nuestro Secreto, a glass-walled indoor-outdoor venue that specialises in asados  – a traditional, open-fire Argentinian barbeque.

Smack bang in the middle of Recoleta, one of the city’s most stylish neighbourhoods, it’s close to the city centre and the formidable Avenue 9 de Julio, yet it remains peaceful. Buenos Aires is a city of parks and there are plenty in this upscale barrio, making for pleasant strolls. Recoleta Cemetery (where actress-turned-First Lady Eva Peron is buried), Teatro Colon, Plaza San Martin and The Obelisk are all within walking distance.

The rooms
The rooms are designed to reflect the era of the building they are in. Those in the 12-storey main marble tower are spacious, light, with understated bursts of colour on the soft furnishings. The bathrooms – a coveted part of any hotel experience – are generous in size, with plenty of marble and an oversized soaking tub. The Belle Époque mansion building – one of the architecturally most impressive mansions in a neighborhood of knock-out mansions – is where you’ll find the sprawling Mansions suites. Drawing on the opulence of the late 19th century, decorated with gilded mirrors, glass chandeliers and antiques, the rooms exude a very classical and Francophile vibe. This is where Madonna stayed when she filmed Evita, and Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones have also made it their temporary home when in town.

The facilities 
The restaurants are highly rated and hugely popular. Although you don’t need to stay at the hotel to enjoy the gourmet cuisine at Elena, it’s a real treat to go straight from there to bed. You won’t want to miss breakfast – it’s served in the same fabulous space and offers Argentine favourites such as mate tea and dulce de leche.

The bottom line

Staying here costs a pretty peso,
but the renovation makes it worthwhile. Be sure to lie by the pool and soak up the glamour of the charming Belle Époque design – and do a little celebrity spotting while you’re at it.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires 1086/88 Posadas, C1011ABB Buenos Aires, +54 (11) 4321 1201, fourseasons.com. Rooms start from $4,200.

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