I think tonight, I might have found the best kept secret of Buenos Aires. Speakeasy, honoring the concept behind the door of this quaint New York style Sushi restaurant over Malabia Street in Palermo SOHO.
Speakeasy is a word, foreign to Argentina in many ways. But, it has been very well interpreted by Andres, the young owner, of this try to be, quasi exclusive membership club.
Once again in Buenos Aires, city where I was born and left, many years ago, searching for new challenges and adventures. My family still lives in this beautiful city, reason why I visit at least three times a year. Every visit to me is a new discovery, always looking to learn more about it and to find new interesting things to share with all my followers and passengers. This time, expert guide Victoria Lustig, came my way and willing to work with me, she offer to take me around, to see a different side of it. My first reaction was, well what can she show me that I have not seen yet. I was right, she didn’t show me much I haven’t seen before, BUT she made me understand things and see others I have never noticed for luck of attention or knowledge. Travel should always be and “Experience” and a “Life Changing Moment”, and this tour gave me that.
The brand new sister property of the iconic Alvear Palace Hotel, has opened its doors in Buenos Aires, only a few month ago. A brand new building in the financial, commercial and cultural heart of city. This urban-style building counts with 137 guestrooms and 2 suites decorated in a personalized, elegant and contemporary style. Bathrooms with hydro-massage and shower box, Egyptian-cotton bed linen, 24-hour Room Service, broad band Internet access and Wi Fi and an exquisite buffet breakfast.
One of the many perks and extra amenities of staying at HUB Porteño Buenos Aires, are to have access to their exclusively curated Buenos Aires Experiences, conducted by expert Buenos Aires Connoisseur , Declan. And I emphasize EXPERIENCES, because this is not a traditional private tour, but an experience itself, that will take you along the steps of history and heritage of the city of Buenos Aires and its main attractions. We spent 3 hours walking around the city with Declan, visiting among others: Cemetery of Recoleta, Colon Theater, Casa Rosada, Avenida 9 de Julio, Avenida de Mayo, Palacio Barolo, Congress… among others. Worth the stay, worth the experience, to me a perfect combination and match.
Because you should ALWAYS return and shared with loved ones, the best things in life, I chose to take Rubin to Estancia La Bamba de Areco, during our last visit to Buenos Aires. This is my second time at this Estancia, and believe me I have seen and experienced many, during my childhood and adult life as a native Argentinean, and this one is the one I choose to visit over and over. San Antonio de Areco, is one of my favorite retreats when visiting Buenos Aires, back to the Cradle of Gauchos culture and roots. Below see our photo-album of our last visit, and follow this link to see my full report on the Estancia , facilities and overall experience – Estancia La Bamba de Areco.
Four Seasons Buenos Aires has recently undergone a 30 million dollars renovation, and for that I came to spend two nights to experience first hand the before and after. Situated in the heart of Buenos Aires’ exclusive La Recoleta district, Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, is within my TOP five Must-Stay-Experiences of Buenos Aires, and after their recent face lift, they are ranking even higher, with a fresh modern look, new dinning options, and more to come soon setting themselves away from former semi-Hyatt look, owning the contemporary signature Four Seasons identity.
On most corners of Buenos Aires you will find a few hidden gems in terms of local cuisine, maybe not the most attractive to the eye, but trust me on this… very appealing to your palate. From my last visit to Buenos Aires, I have some interesting updates on restaurant options to try on your next time there. I went from the hip and trendy Elena Restaurant at the Four Seasons Buenos Aires, to some more local and traditional options, which I think far from an exclusive gourmet experience, still reflect the soul and root of Argentinean cuisine. So my friends get ready for a mix or Porteño delights, Milanesas con Papas Fritas, Provoletas, Ensalada Rusa, Matambre, and Panqueques con Dulce de Leche, because not everything is about “Parilla” when in Buenos Aires, trust me you will love them.
Named for Elena Peña Unzué, the bride of La Mansión, a historic building that houses the Hotel’s most opulent suites and hosts the city’s most glittering social events. On the menu guests will find a broad selection of the meats 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.Named for Elena Peña Unzué, the bride of La Mansión, a historic building that houses the Hotel’s most opulent suites and hosts the city’s most glittering social events. On the menu guests will find a broad selection of the meats 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.
Without a doubt the Grande Dame of Buenos Aires, an icon of sophistication, luxury and exclusiveness, which will transport you to the old times of this thriving destination, full of European influences and heritage. The Alvear Palace Hotel is situated in the most elegant neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, La Recoleta. Originally built as a luxury hotel to accommodate the increasing amount of European visitors arriving in Buenos Aires at the time, the Alvear Palace was transformed in 1932 into a model of the highest expression of refinement.
Slowly I am catching up on my report on my last trip to Buenos Aires. One of the things I did was to visit the Museo EVITA. This was not the first time I came to visit this house, but it was indeed the first time I really made the effort to spend time and learn more about this woman who defied the times she lived. I am not one of her fans AT ALL, but I must admit she became a global icon, and for that my respect and interest, personal opinions and believes aside. To me ignorance is the worst enemy of point of view, so off I went to learn more about this polemic and controversial lady.