Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of the South, not only due to its French-style architecture, but also because there’s romance in the air here. Passion runs fast through the veins of Porteños, so it is a perfect place to share a night with your significant other in one of the many luxurious hotels the city has to offer – bookable on Culture Trip.
Buenos Aires stands out among the cities of Latin America as a worldlier, more sophisticated port, with late-night tango bars, dramatic history and a sultry al fresco dining scene. Here, you can get a hulking, parrilla-sizzled steak and a great bottle of red for a steal, then wander the leafy streets watching stylish locals promenade, grabbing a world-class gelato or stepping into a palatial art gallery. Put yourself in the thick of it with these seductive stays.
Also in well-heeled Recoleta, the Buenos Aires Four Seasons is as palatial as the price tag suggests, with the grandest outdoor swimming pool in the district. Laze out in the South American sun or swim a few laps before sightseeing. Later, settle into rooms fit for royals with heavy embroidered rugs, chandeliers and sculptural free-standing bathtubs. Stay on a Sunday to catch the firepit asado – a long, boozy barbecue in lieu of brunch.
Another Recoleta pad that’s well placed for elegant fashion boutiques and courtyard cafes, Algodon is a favorite with Instagrammers for its swish rooftop bar and plunge pool. Spacious suites decorated in coffee and cream are a lovely spot to kick off your shoes after a day of sightseeing, with generous living areas and sofas you’ll sink into. Meanwhile, the dark-lacquered wine bar downstairs is well worth a visit to taste the best Argentinian wines from Mendoza and La Rioja.
In case the glittering marquee, suited doormen and fluttering international flags don’t tip you off, this is one of the most lauded stays in Buenos Aires. Inside, you’ll find palatial styling to suit contemporary tastes. Think Louis-XV-inspired furniture and burnished gold bathroom fittings with fresh-cut flowers and tasteful lamps. A jet set crowd of moneyed regulars keeps coming back for the members’ club vibes, world-class spa and cool sushi bar.
This relaxed Recoleta base has a rooftop pool for those sweltering summer days, and a switched-on front-desk team ready to help you 24/7 with tours, taxis and tips. Rooms are fairly pared back in style and decorated in shades of mushroom, biscuit and taupe, but the location is spot-on for jaunts into nightlife-packed Palermo or hipster San Telmo. The morning spread is generous and filling, with à la carte options as well as a buffet.
Alvear Icon is located in the underrated neighborhood of Puerto Madero, a revamped set of docks where many large Buenos Aires businesses keep their headquarters. This smart boutique hotel has traditional-luxe rooms with glossy bathrooms in monochromatic marble. Front and center is its high-rise, glassy restaurant and bar with twinkling views of the skyline, but there’s also a fresh silver-and-white spa with sauna, steam bath and whirlpool that couples will love.
In youthful, leafy Palermo Soho – home to buzzy pavement cafes and sought-after steakhouses – 1828 is a design hotel with a gorgeous sun-drenched courtyard terrace. Take a dip in its plunge pool or sip cocktails on your cushioned sunlounger, then retreat to fabulously plush rooms with cloudlike beds, large balconies and plenty of natural light. Book a massage in the mini spa for a post-sightseeing treat.
This slick five-star hotel runs like clockwork in central, well-connected Montserrat. The surprisingly homey rooms have polished parquet flooring, sprawling rugs and soft sofa nooks, plus views out over the rooftops of this business capital. Downstairs, the house pianist fills the high-ceilinged lobby with jazz standards. Fitness-minded folk will head straight for the indoor pool and top-spec gym, and luxury lovers will appreciate the clued-up concierge service. If you’re looking to step straight out into a charismatic Buenos Aires neighborhood, however, this location is rather in between things.
This swish collection of glossy serviced apartments in Recoleta give you a sense of how the most affluent Porteños live. Polished woods, glass partitions and contemporary furniture come in moody shades of slate and aubergine, the breakfast buffet has delicious hot options and there’s a cavernous urban spa for long soaks in a bubbling whirlpool. If you’d rather soak in privacy, opt for your fabulous in-room bathtub, sculpted from a hunk of varnished wood.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Sorcha O’Higgins.