Bébé Voyage Rating: 9/10
From the second we walked into the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, we were treated with the utmost care and attention to detail. From our interactions with the staff to the way the room was set up and to the kids’ menu at the 5-star restaurant, it was clear that our 5-year-old son was just as welcome in the hotel as his parents. The only reason we didn’t give it a 10 is because this particular hotel does not have a kid-specific infrastructure, e.g., a playroom or kids’ club. We hear though that they do organize something for the-end-of- year holidays.
The check-in agent gave our son a passport with some activities and a bit of a treasure hunt. When we got to our room, we found it organized with our son in mind: a tepee, building blocks, stuffed animals, coloring books, kids’ toiletries, bathrobe, and a DIY alfajor snack spread. When we returned from dinner, the turn-down service included an Argentine soccer jersey with his name printed on it! The heated pool (with pool noodles) was the perfect way to burn off some of the sugar from the alfajores (Argentine dulce de leche sandwich cookies). Throughout our stay, the staff greeted our son by name and were always ready to fulfill special requests.
The Four Seasons Hotel is located in the upscale Buenos Aires neighborhood of Recoleta. This is a very urban setting, only a block away from one of the city’s main arteries. Argentina is generally very kid friendly and families are always made to feel welcome. As Buenos Aires has lots of public green spaces, it’s easy to find a park to run around in. Additionally, the cultural offerings, from the Teatro Colon to the museums all offer children’s programming.
As one would expect from a Four Seasons hotel, the rooms are well appointed. Since we stayed in a suite with our son’s cot set up in the living room, we weren’t condemned to the same bedtime as our son. An added bonus was that the living room had its own washroom–we had 1.5 baths for the three of us! The deep bathtub (and bubbles they left for us) made bathtime a pleasure. Despite the fact that we were in the center of a bustling city, we all slept soundly thanks to great sound insulation and super comfy beds.
Style & Character
The Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires exudes modern luxury. The decor is quite modern with some nods to classic pieces. The main hotel is a high-rise building, but behind it is one of Buenos Aires’ hidden gems, La Mansión, an early 20th-century mansion which looks and feels like it was directly transplanted from 18th-century Paris.
Service & Facilities
The following services and amenities are available to Four Seasons Hotel guests:
- Kids for All Seasons Program
- Outdoor heated swimming pool with food and drinks service
- On-site full-service restaurant
- On-site hotel bar
- Free wifi
- Televisions in every room with a range of child and adult TV and audio programming
- Gym and work out space
- Spa and Beauty Bar
- Business Center
- E-lounge with complimentary snacks and drinks
- Car service
The Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires only offers onsite activities for families over the Christmas holidays including a Christmas tree and a games room. Throughout the year, their concierge service can arrange tours and activities in Buenos Aires. Some family-friendly options you might consider:
- A matinee show at the Teatro Colon
- A picnic in the Rosedal
- A walking tour of the Recoleta Cemetery
- A children’s workshop at the Museo de Bellas Artes
- A stroll through the San Telmo crafts market
And if your Buenos Aires stay is part of a larger trip, learn about the surprising reason Argentina is a great family destination and get the scoop on wine tasting with little ones.
Food & Drink
The Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires houses the Elena Restaurant and the Pony Line Bar both worth visiting in their own right.
Elena hosts a buffet breakfast for hotel guests which ranges from fresh fruit and yogurt to breads and pastries, eggs made to order, sausage, smoked fish, and more. Not to mention the barista-prepared coffee drinks. For lunch and dinner, Elena offers a sophisticated dining experience. Consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires and Latin America, they propose a range of Argentine and international dishes that look as beautiful as they taste. For kids with a more demure palette, they have a kids’ menu which includes pizza, pasta, breaded cutlets, hamburgers, and even kids-sized steak. And they are always able to accommodate special requests.
The Pony Line is a full-service coffee and cocktail bar with a lighter food menu. Sip on a signature cocktail from the mixologist while your kid has a fruit smoothie and something off the kids’ menu.
Value for Money
You get what you pay for. The luxury service is reflected in the pricing but it’s worth every penny of it.
Four Seasons charges no additional fee for children under 13 years of age occupying the same guest room as their parents or guardians (space permitting). A fee for extra beds for anyone ages 13 and over will apply. Age limits for children occupying parents’ or guardians’ guest rooms at no additional charge may vary at some properties. For reservations and information, please contact the hotel directly.
Rates range from approximately $400 to $800 USD per night depending on the type of room and season.
The Royal Suite goes up to $4,000 USD per night and the Presidential one $8,000 USD per night.
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