FAENA HO­TEL

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ROOMS: 89 RATES: FROM $517

Ar­gen­tine fash­ion de­signer Alan Faena and leg­endary French ar­chi­tect Philippe Starck have trans­formed this for­mer grain ware­house into an op­u­lent haven of whimsy and fancy. Starck’s fin­ger­prints are all over it – from the free­stand­ing claw-footed baths in the Porteno suites to the uni­corn heads lin­ing the walls of the all-white fine-din­ing Bistro Sur. Rooms are fur­nished with white leather couches and ruby-red car­pets and cur­tains; bath­rooms awash with arabes cato mar­ble. For more ca­sual fare, eat at El Mer­cado, a bustling cantina-style Ar­gen­tine bar­be­cue. There’s also an el­e­gant out­door pool, a spa with a mar­ble ham­mam and a book-lined li­brary bar – per­fect for a late-night li­ba­tion. Oh, did we men­tion El Cabaret, the in­ti­mate 1920s-style theatre that hosts sen­sual tango per­for­mances? Olé.

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