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Source: Hotel Chatter
By: Eric Rosen


The neighborhood of Recoleta is filled with some of the fanciest houses in Buenos Aires, and now, a New York venture capital and real estate firm called the InvestProperty Group is turning one of them into the city's newest five-star hotel, the Algodon Mansion.

Set to open in August 2009, the unfinished Algodon - we're talking a real hard-hat zone of exposed brick and cement, some cracked plaster and excavation lighting - recently played host to the Argentine press, hoping to garner some buzz over the coming months.

We peeped the pics and read up on the property, and so far, this is what we've found out. The mansard-roofed townhouse was built in 1912 and will contain ten "opulent" guest suites. The interior design (when it's completed) is supposed to evoke "the distinctive style and fervor of New York City's Cotton Club from the roaring 20s, and the glamorous Hollywood and Las Vegas Rat Pack scene of the 50s." We can't wait to see how that combo turns out.

Rooms will have perks like Bang & Olufsen electronics, Frette linens, wine-tasting sets, iPod docking stations, oversized Aquamass Senseaurielle bathtubs, and everyone's favorite new amenity, the pillow menu.

In addition to the accommodations and a small spa, there will also be an extensive wine cellar featuring Argentine wines, and a 50-seat restaurant called L'Argentine serving seasonal Argentine specialties on the glass-ceilinged outdoor patio. Oh, and let's not forget the planned four-story interior waterfall in the lobby.

Suddenly "enjoying your own Mansion" in Buenos Aires doesn't sound too bad.

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