Four Seasons Buenos Aires unveils first phase of 40 million dollar renovation
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires has unveiled the results of the first phase of its 40 million dollar refurbishment, which includes the rooms and public spaces, as well as introducing new Food & Beverage – Argentinian restaurant Elena, modeled after a courtyard and the Pony Line bar draws inspiration from the polo lifestyle, with elements such as leathers, riding motifs, art by Alejandro Moy, and pergamino-clad trunks that act as cocktail tables.
The menu of the new Elena Restaurant at the Four Seasons Buenos Aires includes a broad selection of the meats so beloved by locals, from precision-cut dry aged steaks and Argentinian kobe beef to the highest quality pork, chicken and other meats, and abundant fresh seafood. Expertly prepared on the rotisserie, mains are accompanied by lushly presented seasonal vegetables.
A group of five sculptural cantering horses by local artist Vivienne Duchini welcomes guests outside the hotel. The newly redesigned lobby features vertical design elements which extend from the main entrance area up past the balcony level, giving the impression of a soaring space. South American semi-precious stones in shades of vivid blue adorn new reception desks. Caballos Libres, or “free horses,” a painting by renowned Argentine artist Alejandro Moy, portrays horses in full gallop, a reference to the country’s favorite sport of polo (the owner of the hotel, Sheikh Ali Saeed Juma Albwardy is a big polo fan and owner of La Dofina team, one of the world’s top polo teams).
Emphasizing that the refurbishment has been a complete transformation with a new look, the guestrooms have also undergone a major redesign, with locally inspired motifs and materials. Leather-wrapped drawer handles, nail head-studded trims, and carved horse lamps evoke the hotel’s polo theme, while an impressive alpaca-embossed headboard made by local artisans graces the bed. New leather-clad sliding doors open the space between bed and bath. In the bath area, finishes include polished walnut, Italian crema marfil marble, and blue and turquoise glass mosaics, plus technological upgrades including an LCD television built into the mirror.