Source: Day In, Day Out
By: Lindsay Lambert
Buenos Aires had been on the top of my travel wish list for a really long time—since long before I was old enough to even think about what kind of career I wanted to have (and when I still thought it was pronounced “Buenos Air-ees”). In November, it was finally my turn to go, when I was invited to spend a week in Argentina and Uruguay experiencing four different hotels and three very different landscapes in the two countries. With so much to squeeze in over several days, my stay in Buenos Aires was tragically short, but I was excited to squeeze in as much of what the city has to offer as was possible. My future travel plans will and do include a return trip to Buenos Aires to explore it beyond its obvious draws, but in the mean time, here are a few highlights if you’re heading to BA for the first time. Starting, of course, with where to stay.
Back in 2014, when my husband and I were considering a belated honeymoon in Argentina, Algodon Mansion kept coming up in my search for Buenos Aires’s best hotels. And now I know why. I spent my first three nights in the city at the posh boutique hotel, which is tucked away on pretty, tree-lined Montevideo Street in the city’s upscale Recoleta neighborhood. Algodon has just 10 suites, which might make you feel like you’re staying in a (very wealthy) friend’s row house rather than a hotel. I stayed in the first-floor Ambassadeur Suite, which is the only one in the hotel with a private terrace, a great spot to kick back with a bottle of wine and stare up into the brilliant-blue Buenos Aires sky. Algodon has a chic little wine bar in its lobby, which is great for people watching and a leisurely glass of wine before heading out on the town. Order a Chardonnay Sour at some point during your stay, and try a few glasses of wine from Algodon’s own private collection, which is produced at its sister property, Algodon Wine Estates, in Mendoza. The hotel’s restaurant is good, so if you arrive late in the evening and feel too tired to head out on the town for dinner, rest assured your meal here will be a good one—especially if you order the empanadas. (If you didn’t already know, Porteños eat dinner very late, around 10 or 10:30 p.m.) There’s also a rooftop spa and pool deck, the latter of which is a fun spot for a private wine tasting. From its amenities to its attentive service, there’s so much to love about this hotel.