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Indagare members Angelica and David Carr recently spent time in Argentina’s capital. Here they share insight about visiting this buzzing city.
We had an incredible experience in Buenos Aires and loved the Park Hyatt hotel. The building, garden and décor are gorgeous and the service is wonderful. We were constantly surprised with small gifts that were above and beyond thoughtful. For example, in the car that picked us up from the airport we were offered dried fruit and nuts, the perfect post-flight snack. Our room was always filled with flower petal trails, Champagne and chocolates, and room service, especially breakfast, was particularly outstanding.
The hotel concierge was excellent. On our last night in Buenos Aires we accidentally fell asleep early in the evening. The front desk knew we wanted to go tango dancing so when we stumbled downstairs in the middle of the night, they got right on the phone and called all the best tango bars in the city. We ended up going us to La Veruta (1366 Armenia St.; (54) 11-4774-6357) (which luckily doesn’t close until 4:30am) and had a fantastic time dancing.
There were some petty irritations such as the wine and cheese offering was slightly disappointing, serving mediocre wine with little synchronization with the cheeses.
The spa was a bit too bright and corporate feeling for my taste, but I had an excellent massage and have never seen such attention to detail, especially in terms of toiletries and items available in the locker room. They had thought of everything: I realized I had no time for a manicure but needed to remove my nail polish, so I was immediately given a tray with cotton balls and acetone.
Indagare’s shopping and restaurant recommendations were fantastic, though we were disappointed that many places are closed on Sundays or Mondays. As a result, we missed the restaurant Sipan (Paraguay 624; (54) 11-4311-6875) and the Museo Nacional de Belles Artes, but still squeezed in lots of sightseeing and shopping. I especially liked Trosman, Jazmin Chebar, and Comme il Faut, where I bought beautiful tango shoes. San Telmo made for a gorgeous market stroll. It was sort of touristy, but was a good stop for buying presents.
We adored the cocktails at Faena + Universe. At Chila (Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160; (54) 11-4343-6067), we sat out on the water and ate incredible foie gras and enjoyed the people watching. La Brigada was filled with football (soccer) fans, which my husband, David, loved. The steaks were great, but the other food was disappointing. Sottovoce serves excellent and authentic Italian cuisine. We also discovered two wines, Angelica Zapato Malbec and a Chardonnay, which have become our favorites—we brought some home with us.
The city is much more casual than we had expected which we’ll keep in mind next time we pack. We are already looking forward to our next visit to Buenos Aires.
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