SERENA Hotel Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina | SERENA Hotel Punta del Este, has been for long time my favorite option at that destination, and over a year ago, they expanded with their second property to Buenos Aires nesting the Argentinean branch in the exclusive area of Recoleta over Libertad Street. I spent there the last 2 nights and here are a few comments based on my own experience. But one thing I would like to highlight right from the beginning is the excellent job they have done with the Spa/Sauna area on the ground floor, where space was planed, executed and used brilliantly, see photo below.
Video above was my Senior Suite on the top 7th. floor. Very comfortable and spacious, repeating some of the trademark style and design of sister property in Punta del Este, giving you that cozy like home feeling. Working area with desk, which I found a bit annoying to be honest, due to the design of the drawers that kept opening on me while I was typing on my MAC. High quality sommiers, I would have to say 3rd to best bed I have tried in Buenos Aires during this trip. 600 thread count Egyptian cotton linens, pillow menu 32″ and 42″ LCD flat-panel televisions, Laptop security box, Wifi and Whirlpool tubs (in suites only). I did not like the bathrooms at all, which indeed were comfortable and clean, but they lacked style and quality, specially being a Senior Suite. Total rooms 34.
The lobby, library, lounge/restaurant and outdoor patio, which took me on a flash back to the gardens of the Siam Kempinsky in Thailand, are all very well conceived and design, were dark wooden floors and low lights set the ambiance, complimented by the sound of water from the indoor fountain located in the lobby. The only problem I had with the whole concept of the hotel, and do not get me wrong I love kids, but Serena is well known from being an Adults Only hotel, and during my stay there were families with kids (approx. 11 years old). I do not mind myself, but most client choosing the hotel based on this premise, might.
I think that the Spa is brilliant, due to the space they had. A small urban spa version, but quite cute. Nice indoor pool, with a wooden deck to relax and have a drink, a small dry and steam sauna section and treatment rooms. Also thy have a small cardio room, which it is not a gym as they advertise in their website, but it does have one elliptical, one bicycle and a treadmill.
Service was very friendly, although on the formal side, where you can fill that your privacy is very well kept and respected. Except from the morning host at the restaurant, who was more than happy to welcome you for breakfast every morning with a big smile, sassy comments and loud voice, which I quite enjoyed watching and listening. I would rate SERENA Hotel Buenos Aires as a high 4-stars boutique hotel, with an excellent location, close to Patio Bullrich Shopping Center, 9 de Julio Avenue, Recoleta Cemetery among many other attractions. But in all fairness, my heart still goes to the older sister in Punta del Este. For further Information or Bookings do not hesitate to contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org , Cel. +1.317.944,0026, Skype carlosmelia, Facebook or Twitter. CM