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By: Karen Loftus
If you want to step back in time and experience a sophisticated slice of the Argentinean life, a part of Buenos Aires bygone era, simply slip in to the regal neighborhood of Recoleta. The largely residential neighborhood hit its stride at the end of the 19th century and in to the roar of the 1920’s when the architectural boom caused the construction of a number of chateau-like residences built that were reminiscent of those in the Loire valley in France. Everything from fixtures to chandeliers, lamps and mirrors were brought over from Europe to meticulously authenticate the look of that European lifestyle.
Today the largely residential neighborhood is peppered with classic old school coffee shops that provide windows in to today’s local lure. People vie for just the right table, then gather for hours over very expensive cups of coffee and animated conversation. Tourists tend to soak in the local ambiance en route to one of Buenos Aires most visited spots, the iconic Recoleta cemetery where their own Eve Peron was buried.
The French classically designed Algodon Mansion building is a well noted landmark building in Recoleta dating back to 1912. It was recently re-imagined and redesigned to be in step with this chic and contemporary time. Each of the unique suites comes with its own private butler on call for 24/7 attentive service. Some come with a fireplace and all are equipped with Italian Calcatta marble and French limestone in the lavishly designed bathrooms. Be prepared to be properly spoiled.
If you like more than a room of one’s, perhaps a suite of one's own or even a mansion to yourself, you are in luck. Algodon can be rented in its entirety. You can have the mansion and the exquisite staff all to yourself, which many a famous face has done. No names are mentioned, but big hint, many of them sing…in front of very large crowds.
The Algodon’s Cognac Bar is frequented by jet-set guests and luxe locals alike who go to see, be seen and served by celebrity mixologist Ines delos Santos. All the tip-top cognacs are available as is a unique wine list that exemplifies the Argentinean wine portfolio, including award-wining vintages from their very own Algodon Wine Estates in the nearby region of Mendoza.
If looking to experience Santo’s famous sips, go for the signature tipple, the Algodon Manhattan made with Dewar’s, Johnnie Walker Double Black, Pacharan and Algodon’s own house bitters. For a bit of bubbles opt for their Exotic Free Bellini made with sparkling wine and exotic fruits, locally sourced from their farmers market. For an American nod, the Royal Kentucky made with Jim Beam Bourbon, ginger and lime and sparkling Alma 4 Chardonnay is just the winter ticket.
Chez Nous’s restaurant is overseen by Chef de Cuisine is Hernan Griccini who reinterprets traditional Argentinean dishes with a French twist. He utilizes the freshest ingredients acquired locally, including estate-cultivated fruit, vegetables, olive oil, and other essentials from their plantation at Algodon Wine Estates, in San Rafael, Mendoza.
If you find that you are still dragging your jetlag through Algodon’s doors, slip in to their Spa on the rooftop for a quick fix. You will feel you have it and the staff all to yourself. You just might.
Be sure to indulge in their signature services and their signature skin line CL45, which is simply divine. Your skin will look so youthful and dewy and the nap taken throughout the relaxing facial will you have ready to face the sleek and chic soaking up the rsun and ambiance at the rooftop's Davidoff lounge.
In true cinematic style, the Hollywood penthouse like pool party will be filled with all the beautiful people of Buenos Aires. Now that you have had that fresh facial you are ready for your close up. So, strike that pose.
Algodon Mansion – 1647 Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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