Bygone Era of Hotel Luxury Found Alive in Buenos Aires
Source: Huffington Post
By: John Nicholson
The first stop on my hotel tour of Buenos Aires was the Algodon Mansion. This classic French-styled landmark property dates to 1912 and is situated in the heart of the peaceful and historic Recoleta neighborhood. While the common spaces of the mansion are cozy, the contrasting spaciousness of all of the individual suites is what really distinguishes this boutique property.
Each room in the Algodon is notably large, stylish, and modern. The distinct living area with its large wrap-around couch really made for a pleasant casual setting for hosting guests in the evenings for a few glasses of wine before dinner. The Algodon has its own winery and its own collection of delicious Argentinian wines, which helps to explain why every setting seemed like the perfect opportunity to enjoy another glass.
Oversized and plush were the dominant themes of these suites, with a plush California King in the bedroom, large flat-panel TVs throughout, and an enormous bright bathroom that features a glass-enclosed shower and a stand-alone tub. Needless to stay, it was easy to feel spoiled in here while taking long morning showers and warm, candle-lit evening baths.
A stroll up to the Algodon Mansion’s roof reveals a great view across Recoleta that can be enjoyed from the lounge deck or from the hotel’s elegant, elongated pool. There’s also a full-service spa on the top floor too in case lounging by the pool and wading in the water while enjoying another glass of wine isn’t relaxing enough.
Back downstairs, the bar just off the lobby I found to be quite the quaint little gem. It’s small enough to feel like you’re relaxing or reading in a manor’s private library, albeit with a full service bar and black-tie personal bartender at your beck and call. There’s also a stylish restaurant just off the bar which proudly serves up a large variety of the wines produced at the Algodon’s sister property and winery in Argentina’s wine country.
The Algodon Mansion tastefully combines modern luxury with an attentive boutique atmosphere in a central location within the heart of Buenos Aires. No one would have to twist my arm to stay here again on another trip to Buenos Aires or to recommend it to others, but what I’m really looking forward to next time is trying out their sister wine resort in Mendoza.
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