I’ve been to the Faena plenty of times to eat and also the bar as I live here in Buenos Aires. Also, I have a few friends that own apartments in this building. Few people know that part of the hotel is private apartments owned by foreigners and locals.
I was at a wedding reception in Puerto Madero near the Faena so I decided it would be romantic to book a room there. We booked an Executive Studio. Rate is pretty expensive at u$s 545 + 21% tax.
Check in was a breeze. I had my car so we valet parked and the “experience manager” greeted us and checked us in very promptly. Our room was very spacious with a small little kitchen (although we didn’t use it at all). There was a sofa that looked really great but wasn’t comfortable. There was a TV in the living room. It also had a refrigerator and freezer below.
The bedroom was not an actual private area but was on the other end and the bed was VERY comfortable. They also use a feather bed underneath above the mattress so it was extra soft. The bedroom had a small little TV as well.
The bathroom had its plusses and minuses. One one hand they used very expensive Carrera marble. I’m a real estate developer so I know the cost of materials and the marble they use is very nice (and expensive). The bathtub was very nice as well and it had a separate shower stall area with Hans Grohe fixtures which are nice. The sink area was a bit cluttered but it was fine and they had a nice assortment of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and they even included a condom in their basket which I’ve never seen in all my hotel stays around the world. Interesting touch! The one part of the bathroom which I didn’t like was the glass door from the bedroom. At night you can’t see it and there is another glass door to the toilet area. There was also a guest toilette/bathroom off the main entrance.
The bathroom however had a problem in this particular room. There was a loud noise that kept coming on all night. It was as if a hammer was tapping against the toilet. I don’t honestly know what it was. The next morning I looked at the toilet to see and it was something within the pipes. I’m not sure if other rooms had this problem but we stayed in room 002 on the ground floor.
Really that was the only complaint/problem we had with the room. It was annoying dealing with that sound. The staff couldn’t have been nicer. I’m not a big fan of Puerto Madero as that area is really desolate at night compared to other areas like Recoleta or Palermo which I prefer but the hotel is nice.
One thing I was a bit surprised about is the valet parking here is expensive. Even more expensive than the USA. They charged us 75 pesos (u$s 24) for parking each day. I found this to be a bit much.
We ate in the restaurant at night and the food was pretty good. The rate I believe included a breakfast buffet but we were lazy and slept in and ordered breakfast in bed.
Personally, for the rates they charge I’d much rather stay in the Park Hyatt Hotel or Four Seasons Hotel in Recoleta (which I’ve stayed at before) or rent a luxury apartment for a fraction of the price. $600 per night for a studio room is a bit much for Buenos Aires standards but if they can get it all the power to them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the waterside neighborhood of Puerto Madero and a short walk to the city’s major tourist attractions, Faena Hotel Buenos Aires redefines the travel experience by combining art, recreation, nature and technology. The hotel’s 87 rooms and suites feature exquisitely designed details, sophisticated technology and exceptional services. Oversized windows invite you to enjoy the magnificent views of the skyline, parks or Rio de la Plata. Unique room layouts features custom ivory leathers, deep red accents and warm brown furnishings. Amenities include LCD televisions, complimentary wireless Internet and Egyptian cotton linens. The hotel’s amenities include five restaurants and lounges. Faena Hotel Buenos Aires is an epicurean destination with dining experiences ranging from an authentic estancia-style asado barbecue at El Mercado to contemporary Argentinean cuisine at the Phillipe Starck-desgined Bistro Sur. A staple in the Buenos Aires social scene, craft cocktails and bottles of Malbec are sipped nightly at the chic Library Lounge and outdoor on the terrace at stunning Poolbar. Sizzling with seduction and awash with red velvet, El Cabaret is home to the world's most riveting tango show—Rojo Tango. Faena Spa, an oasis of holistic therapies for the spirit, mind, and body, blends ancient healing rituals from around the world to awaken consciousness and restore wellbeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Faena Hotel Buenos Aires
- Faena Hotel Universe