Where to Stay in Buenos Aires
Hotel Club Francés
Originally a private club for prominent French influencers, Hotel Club Francés is a boutique townhouse hotel located in the very upscale neighborhood of Recoleta in Buenos Aires. As its name suggests, Hotel Club Francés boasts a French-style architecture. This pairs nicely with its French decor and together, they invoke the sense of a small, Parisian paradise.
The lobby sets both an elegant and dramatic tone.
The combination of the floor’s recessed lighting with the mahogany paneling and color-block features on the furniture and the walls keeps the eye dancing yet soothes the mind.
Right off the lobby, you will find the hotel’s bar where one can have a drink to decompress from the day or spend time catching up with friends.
There’s a grand marble staircase and if you look up, you will be treated to a gorgeous stained glass ceiling. While we were there, we heard the sound of beautiful, live music coming from up above. Curious, we followed that sound which led us up the stairs to find musicians rehearsing for an upcoming performance for the Queen of Denmark!
I love that there are only 28 guestrooms-it made me feel like we were the only ones in residence. With a variety of options from spacious double rooms to suites with jacuzzis, there is something for everyone.
The suites are enormous with hardwood floors and beautiful French toile decor. The interior design also includes historic charm, antique furnishings, and beautiful mahogany features.
Just look at that mahogany and gold detailing above the bed…
It compliments the gold pulls on the mahogany nightstands perfectly! Oh, and before I get way off track in dreamland, the beds with their Egyptian cotton sheets are super comfortable. They do the job of inducing sleep quite well. 😴
Additionally, you can relax on the fluffy couch of the quaint sitting area while you have a cup of tea…
Or, enjoy a nice glass of wine as you step out onto your balcony.
In the bathrooms, there’s nothing but the best with silver and gold faucets
and plush robes with a luxurious amount of space. If you like a large bathroom, Hotel Club Francés is definitely the place for you!
Here are the high-end toiletries and amenities kits they provide!
Soak up the Argentine sun in lounge chairs on the rooftop terrace. There’s also a gym, sauna rooms, and a Finnish shower!
Food, glorious, food. Dining is an important part of any experience and I’m happy to report that you will want to work reservations at the Hotel Club Francés Restaurant into your culinary plans. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that the menu has both French and European influence.
You can dine in the interior which exudes sophistication…
or out in the bright, cheery solarium which is where we had both breakfast and lunch.
Definitely an inspiration of French elegance, right?
Breakfast was included with our stay and offered a variety of options. Along with an array of pastries, cereals, yogurt and fruit, there is also an a la carte menu to order from.
You can get pancakes, eggs your way and so much more.
My favorite was probably all the choices of condiments to put on the breads and pastries. Yes, easy to please, I might be. However, ANY opportunity for more dulce de leche is ALWAYS a good thing. No really…sorry Nutella, but you don’t come close to dulce de leche in Buenos Aires!
For lunch, we had the choice of a three-course menu or a two-course menu, both of which included a nonalcoholic beverage. Naturally, we chose three courses, of course! 😜
We started off with the Ensalada de Verdes for our appetizers.
For my main course, I went with the Mushroom Risotto and my friend Cindy chose the Ratatouille.
Both were extremely good and very filling.
Despite being full, there’s always room for dessert, right? I got the Pineapple Carpaccio with citrus gel, passion fruit, and lemon sorbet. Cindy went with the Crème Brûlée.
We thoroughly enjoyed them, although I couldn’t finish mine. My tank was full. Full and happy!
And you thought we were done didn’t you? Ha, nope!
After dessert, they brought out tea and little after-lunch treats. I had to pass on tea (again with the full tank) but I did eat one of the gummy treats…well, after a break that lasted several minutes, that is.
Location, Location, Location
Convenience as I mentioned, is one of the things I looked for when researching where to stay in Buenos Aires. Not only was Hotel Club Francés located in the quiet, nice neighborhood of Recoleta, but it was also close to the following:
Only a 9-minute walk from the Hotel, Recoleta Cemetery is not something you want to miss. I have never seen another cemetery like it. Plus, it is the final resting place of Evita.
El Ateneo Grand Splendid is less than a 15-minute walk away and is the coolest bookstore I have ever seen. It’s an old theater, can’t you tell?
Then, there’s the Floralis Genérica which is a 20-minute walk from the Hotel. You have to see the 105-foot-wide aluminum steel flower that “blooms” each morning!
So, who’s ready to head to Buenos Aires now that you have the perfect hotel recommendation? 😁Really though…quiet, upscale neighborhood, spacious rooms, wonderful food and convenient location does make Hotel Club Francés an ideal choice, don’t you think?
Have you been to Buenos Aires? If so, what was your favorite thing to do there? I’m just getting started so look for more on Buenos Aires coming soon!
‘Til next time…