“Have you tried my bed?” asked the friendliest of Marketing Directors as we were guided around the hotel. We both blushed as she proudly insisted, “You must try my bed. All the guests love it”. As we continued to stroll around the Bibliothéque bar, our cheeks reddening, she explained in perfect English that ‘My Bed’ was a type of moving flexible mattress with softening duck feathers. We smiled endearingly just as we were ushered out into the hotel’s most defining feature, the lobby.
Formally Arroyo Avenue, in 2002 the side street connecting the hotel’s three buildings, was magically transformed into the lobby by visionary Argentinean architect Daniel Fernandez. Today it serves as a magnificent and impressive entrance to one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. The tall glass ceiling, epic chandelier, puenta (overhead bridge that joins the two meeting rooms), grand marble staircases and long tree-lined floor were inspired by Versailles and certainly provide the space a palatial feel.
Built in 1929 as the highest building in Buenos Aires and with views overlooking the river and port, the Sofitel Hotel, Buenos Aires, Arroyo is situated on one of the most elegant streets in Argentina’s capital city. Flanked by high-end art galleries and antique stores, the hotel sets the standard for the haute culture French influence that is so prevalent in the city’s district Recoleta. It also boasts the Delgé boutique shop under its roof of luxury, which further reflects the stylish neighbourhood and surroundings.
Either side of the lobby are the restaurant, café, bar and library. Citrus from the verbena flower fills up the air and our nostrils as we continued our tour. A scrumptious international breakfast was served in the exquisite gourmet restaurant Le Sur. With so much palette teasers on show, your eyes will most definitely lead you to seconds and thirds. Opposite, café Arroyo offers everything from Argentinean sweets with tea or coffee, to evening vintage cocktails from an impressive range of liquor. A French Pastisse was the perfect prelude to an evening of gouging on local steaks and wine. And there’s a state-of-the-art gym and man-sized pool to negate any guilt from overindulging on calories.
The hotel building contains 140 rooms, including 68 superior, 43 luxury, 16 junior suites, 10 prestige suites, two penthouses and one apartment, which at the time of typing was still home to an ambassador four months after check in. It is not difficult to see why. Rooms are adorned with sumptuous furnishings in lavish Parisian style, indulgent Lanvin soaps and fresh flowers. Complimentary cake on arrival was the sweetest of touches.
Nothing is too much to ask for the staff, who were always present, friendly and helpful. Occasionally when surrounded by such efficiency and grandeur, there can be an air of distant authority from hotel staff. Not at the Sofitel. The Concierge was charming and invaluable when recommendations for day and night-time activities were requested. They somehow even managed to acquire us a last-minute reservation in one of the most desirable steak eateries in Buenos Aries.
Stay in the heart of BA and let Sofitel help you fall in love with your new favourite city. You will also get a great night sleep in ‘My Bed’ too.
How to get in touch with Sofitel Buenos Aires
Website: Sofitel Buenos Aires
Telephone: +54 11 4131-0000
Address: Arroyo 841, CABA, Cdad. Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina