Faena Hotel and Universe: Swept away in Buenos Aires

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Philippe Starck’s  passionate and unique masterpiece , with signature gilding and masses of red velvet, got plenty of attention when this 1902 grain warehouse turned 83-room hotel following the vision of its owner Alan Faena. However, it’s the service that really shines. Each guest is assigned a team of three “experience managers,” whose primary purpose is to suss out the chic shops, authentic tango outposts, and unlisted addresses of where to see and be seen in this ultrahip capital. Dance shows are organised at the hotel on a daily basis and the Rojo Tango at El Cabaret is a one of a kind experience. El Cabaret may well be one of the most atmospheric spaces you ‘ll ever visit in a hotel : small, friendly, warm, fiery red and sexy it is overflowing with tango music and the show carries you , and the rest of Faena’s spellbound visitors, away. In Argentina, Tango symbolizes the process undergone by a man who is laying siege to win a woman’s heart , and where better to see and live this experience than at the El Cabaret. At the restaurant El Mercado, medialunas are baked every half hour until lunch, when spicy meat empanadas emerge from a mud-brick oven. Beneath the all-white bistro sits the country’s best-stocked wine cellar, with more than 300 labels.

Which room to book: Those ending in 02—corner suites with waterfront and city views

With Gratitude T.

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