We had just spent 4 days in Mendoza, Argentina, relaxing and sipping wine and were excited to head to the city for a couple days to see what Buenos Aires was all about. We had done zero planning or research on Buenos Aires as it was really just a stopover for us, but we quickly learned there was quite a bit to do and see in this bustling city.
Little did we know we would be arriving on the day President Obama was in town. Luckily we arrived into the domestic airport so we were pretty close to our hotel, the Algodon Mansion. It was a 10-15 minute cab ride but took us about 30 with the Obama traffic. Still not too bad considering most of the roads were closed.
We arrived into Recoleta, which is a very high-end part of town full of shops and restaurants and 5-star hotels. We pulled up to the Algodon Mansion, which is just off the main road and resembled a luxury apartment building in New York City. We spotted a tea shop and couple cafes on both sides of the entrance and could already tell we were going to feel right at home. We were greeted at the front desk and were offered a welcome beverage and told to take a seat while they checked us in. I wasn’t ready for wine just yet, and still had not tried any tea in Argentina, so I decided to choose one of their house made tea fusions. I chose one with tangerine and chamomile and a few other spices. It was one of the best teas I have ever had and definitely the best tea we had while we were in South America. I ordered it a handful more times in the 36 hours we spent at the Algodon.
We were greeted at the front desk and were offered a welcome beverage and told to take a seat while they checked us in. I wasn’t ready for wine just yet, and still had not tried any tea in Argentina, so I decided to choose one of their house made tea fusions. I chose one with tangerine and chamomile and a few other spices. It was one of the best teas I have ever had and definitely the best tea we had while we were in South America. I ordered it a handful more times in the 36 hours we spent at the Algodon.
The Algodon Mansion is the only Relais Chateaux property in Buenos Aires. This 1912 6-story mansion is an all-suite hotel with just 10 luxury suites, each ranging from 510-1,200 square feet. The main areas include a lobby bar and restaurant, rooftop pool and full-service spa.
We checked into our room and had a quick tour of how everything works. Our room was complete with a lounge area with a couch and flat screen TV, bedroom with a plush king size bed, electronic blackout curtains, a desk overlooking the city, and a limestone and marble bathroom complete with a shower, tub, and luxury amenities. While we were only staying a couple days, the Algodon would not only be wonderful for a romantic getaway but ideal for anyone visiting Buenos Aires for an extended period of time. The rooms are so comfortable and spacious that if felt like we had our own apartment in Buenos Aires.
The rooms come equipped with a fully stocked mini bar complete with Algodon Estate Wines from their winery located in Mendoza, along with other non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, and a Nespresso machine.
We unpacked and spent some time in our room catching up on emails and getting settled in before heading out for dinner. It was nice to completely unpack even though we were only in Buenos Aires for a couple days. I even had a chance to soak in the tub, which really made me feel at home.
Algodon Mansion is walking distance to tons of restaurants and concierge recommended quite a few options nearby, which was great. This may sound crazy, but we were craving Indian food so we found a place just about a half a mile from the hotel which ended up being wonderful. We had plenty of Argentinean food in Mendoza and were headed to Patagonia a few days later so we thought it was a good idea to take advantage of the wide variety of options that were available to us in Buenos Aires.
After dinner, we headed back to our cozy suite and called it an early night since we had a very busy day the next day.
The next morning we woke up and enjoyed a Nespresso or 2 in our room while taking advantage of the excellent wifi before heading downstairs for breakfast.
Breakfast is included in your stay at the Algodon Mansion, which you order from an a-la-carte menu. We both had the yogurt, fruit, and granola with a side of scrambled eggs. Everything was delicious.
After breakfast, we made a stop at the rooftop pool deck and spa to check it out. After stepping foot on the rooftop deck we were bummed that we did not have the afternoon free to come and just spend the day soaking up the sun. The rooftop deck overlooks the city streets of the neighborhood for a true Buenos Aires feel.
The spa is fully equipped with a sauna and steam room and the pool deck overlooks the neighborhood. There is no gym on site but there are so many nearby parks that it's quite convenient to head out for a quick jog around town.
It was March 24th which happens to be Argentina’s memorial day so this was a big holiday for people in Buenos Aires. While many of the shops were closed, restaurants, parks, and the streets were very busy. Since we only had one full day in Buenos Aires we decided to pack in as much as possible.
We started off at the Recoleta Cemetery which was just a few blocks from the Algodon Mansion. Due to the holiday, there were lots of street stands set up just in front of the ceremony with local people selling artisan goods like clothing, textiles, gourds, and other handmade goods so we could do a little shopping before heading into the cemetery. The Recoleta cemetery is pretty fascinating. We absolutely recommend a visit when in Buenos Aires. We spent about 45 minutes walking through the remarkable tombs in awe of these amazing resting places.
After the cemetery, we decided to head to Palermo Soho to grab lunch. We had been told this was the lively area of Buenos Aires packed with streetside café, bars, and trendy shops and it was exactly that. The cafes were all packed, the streets were bustling, and everyone just seemed to be enjoying their holiday. We walked around for a while before choosing one of the many streetside cafes. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch just people watching and getting the local vibe of this hip little neighborhood.
After lunch, we headed back to the hotel briefly to change before heading to San Telmo. We had made plans with Flytographer, a company that specializes in travel and honeymoon photography to do a quick hour photo shoot of our time in San Telmo which we highly recommend.
After San Telmo, it was time to head back to Algodon to get ready to for our tango show we scheduled for that evening. We decided to head down to the bar at Algodon to have a cocktail before heading out. The bar has a very romantic and intimate feel and since it was completely empty we had the entire bar to ourselves. They have a wonderful selection of craft cocktails as well as wine cocktails to choose from. A martini and a glass of wine seemed only fitting for the occasion and it was perfect.
We had reservations at a small tango bar called Bar Sur. Being a huge Anthony Bourdain fan, I made a note of his visit there on a recent episode of "No Reservations" to give it a try. Bar Sur was a very small private tango show. Not like the large shows where the dancers put a show on for you on a huge stage. Bar Sur has about a dozen or so seats and the show takes place right in front of you. Bar Sur was a very unique experience and we really enjoyed it.
We had an early morning flight the next day so we headed back after the show for our final night at the Algodon Mansion.
We enjoyed our last breakfast in the morning before heading out to the airport. The hotel arranged a taxi for us which arrived within minutes.
It was a quick, yet wonderful stay, our only regret was not having an extra day to take advantage of the spa or visit the wine cellar. Till next time....