Buenos Aires’s Great Small Hotel
How do you stand out in a city filled with stylish boutique hotels? Try a rooftop pool, a cognac bar, 24-hour butler service, and a lobby with a two-story waterfall. Set in a landmark 1912 French-style town house in the chic Recoleta district, the new Algodon Mansion has just 10 suites, making it feel more like a well-heeled Argentine’s private residence. Its owners—who are also behind the Mendoza-based Algodon Wine Estates—spared no expense, installing grand pianos in several guest rooms, Italian calacatta marble bathrooms, and ebony wood floors. At the restaurant, Chez Nous, with its fireplace and gold-leafed ceiling, chef Antonio Soriano serves a seasonal menu of dishes such as grass-fed lamb chops with Andean potatoes or Patagonian black sea bass with black-olive gnocchi. And, of course, don’t miss Algodon’s extensive wine list. We loved the vanilla-inflected Bonarda and the oaky Malbec, the perfect warm-up to a twilight tango. Doubles from $800.
A 2009 renovation of Buenos Aires’ Algodon Mansion, in the city’s Recoleta neighborhood, upped the ante at the six-story Belle Époque gem. The New York-based owners of Algodon (also the forces behind the Mendoza-based Algodon Wine Estates) spared no expense. The 1912 now hotel comprises just 10 luxurious suites, and each is furnished with a cavernous limestone-and-marble bathroom—some even have grand pianos. The spa offers organic, wine-inspired treatments (the Algodon wine salt bath utilizes exclusive vintages from San Rafael, Mendoza) and at the restaurant, Chez Nous, chef Antonio Soriano serves a seasonal menu of dishes such as grass-fed lamb chops with Andean potatoes or Patagonian black sea bass with black-olive gnocchi.