Located on a tree-lined street near Plaza San Martin, the Sofitel Buenos Aires is an exquisite five-star hotel within the French Sofitel chain.
From the stately marble lobby crowned by a 13-foot bronze chandelier to the intimate La Bibliotheque lounge around the fireplace, the Sofitel Buenos Aires successfully channels the right amount of French Art Deco sophistication in Buenos Aires.
Sparkling wine in Sofitel Buenos Aires's La Bibliotheque bar — Photo courtesy of Sarah Rogers
The hotel has 140 rooms and suites decorated in pale tones and Argentine leather, with flatscreen TVs, thick curtains, marble bathrooms, and free Wifi. Guests are greeted by flowers, fruit, and water.
The rooms have city or atrium views, while the suites – located on higher floors – generally offer better city views. Suites also come with exercise kits and wireless printers.
The Sofitel’s signature restaurant is the Provencal-inspired Le Sud, serving French cuisine with an Argentine touch. Try the three-course or six-course tasting menu from Chef Olivier Falchi for a well-regarded gourmet experience, or if you have a sweet tooth, opt for the Saturday afternoon chocolate buffet.
The hotel’s Cafe Arroyo and La Bibliotheque have fresh pastries in the morning and a good selection of wines at night. Otherwise, go for the full afternoon tea – a scrumptious spread of sandwiches, scones, and tarts, accompanied by loose-leaf tea and an encore of truffles and sparkling wine.
Another good option, though offsite, is Floreria Atlantico (an upscale basement bar disguised as a florist shop), located across the street.
When you want to stay in, though, the hotel’s room service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
After all the culinary temptations (not to mention the many things to see and do in Buenos Aires), consider a dip in the hotel’s indoor heated pool, a session at the onsite gym, some time in the steam room, or an appointment with a masseuse.
The hotel attracts a mix of tourists, visitors and business travelers. There are four event rooms onsite for meetings, conferences, and weddings. And the mostly helpful staff include Les Clefs d’Or concierges. Babysitting services and connecting rooms are available; however, the hotel is a much better choice for adults than for families.
The hotel is an easy taxi ride from many of Buenos Aires’ top sights, as well as the cruise port and the city’s financial district. While it's not a cheap option for accommodation, the Sofitel Buenos Aires makes for a thoroughly pleasant base in Buenos Aires.