BUENOS AIRES—Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires is unveiling the first phase of a $40 million renovation with the debut of redecorated rooms, suites and lobby, freshly landscaped grounds, and three new dining and drinking concepts. The final phase of the renovation, a refurbishment of the hotel’s meetings spaces, is set to be complete later this year.
“Every aspect of our guests’ stay has been considered as part of the planning for this ambitious renovations project,” says Rebeca Selley, general manager of the hotel. “From stunning new works by local artists to beautifully decorated guest rooms, delicious new menus and a unique new outdoor event and dining venue, porteños and visitors alike will be inspired by the passion of the city and the corazón of Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires.”
Operating as a hotel since 1992 with the addition of a modern, 12-story tower to the historic 1920 La Mansión, Four Seasons has managed the hotel since 2001. The current renovation is being led by WA International (lobby and rooms), EDG (food and beverage venues) and 40NORTH (landscaping and garden design).
The re-imagined lobby features vertical design elements extending from the main entrance area up past the balcony level. The lobby also features olished Makassar ebony large silver screens accented with patterns. Several columns were removed to open up the space, welcoming guests to new reception desks decorated with South American semi-precious stones in shades of blue. The area also offers a hand-tufted custom carpet, sculptural lighting fixtures of blown glass, and a Bayo scent created by Fueguia 1833 exclusively for the hotel.
In the guestrooms and suites, the space between bed and bath has been opened up with new sliding doors. Leather-wrapped drawer handles, nail head-studded trims and carved horse lamps evoke the hotel’s polo theme. In the bath area, finishes include polished walnut, Italian crema marfil marble, blue and turquoise glass mosaics, and technological upgrades including an LCD television built into the mirror.
All meeting spaces on the hotel’s mezzanine floor will sport a new look in early 2013, when Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires will also introduce a new catering concept for weddings, social functions, and corporate events. In addition, the hotel will continue to offer the exclusive private rooms of La Mansión, which were fully restored in 2007.