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Buenos Aires' Faena Hotel + Universe

Fashionable and fun, Faena Hotel + Universe is a bright spot in Buenos Aires.

A River Suite at the Faena Hotel + Universe
Photo: Courtesy Faena Hotel + Universe/Nikolas Koenig
By John Cantrell

If you're young, fashionable and fun—or just want to soak up a scene that is—the Faena Hotel + Universe offers a high-style winter break in a locale that is itself well worth a visit right now: Buenos Aires. From December through March, the peak summer months, Argentina's capital is warm, lively and alluring, a seductive cocktail of a city, and lately it's become even more intoxicating, because the peso's devaluation since 2001 means low prices for the country's excellent food, wine and other local goods. In this welcoming environment, enter the Faena, a 105-room lodging that recently opened in a century-old warehouse in the Puerto Madero district. The neighborhood remains under development, but the hotel, designed by Philippe Starck, is an island unto itself—and a busy one. On weekends the ground floor's two restaurants, lounge and nightclub throb with beautiful patrons. Upstairs, hotel guests can repair to an excellent gym and spa—including an enormous hammam—and guest rooms that bear Starck's signature: predominately white interiors dramatically spiced with deep colors and sly details (gilt claw-feet on the beds). Bring your sense of adventure—and sense of humor. Rooms from $350. 011-54-11-4010-9000.

Published on 10/1/2005
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