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The Library Lounge, Faena Hotel + Universe, Buenos Aires

April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

DSC_0107 DSC_0097 DSC_0091 So this place has the cool. Maybe you want to punch me in the face for writing that, or maybe not. But it does.

This hotel is a super, super funky hotel built in an old grain silo/warehouse in the super-fashionable, recently-redeveloped Puerto Madero district of BA. Designed by Philippe Starck (crazy but an amazing designer), this hotel is supposed to be the new centre of the cool universe of art galleries, condos, and hotels in the rebuilt Puerto Madero district of BA.

And yes, it’s beautiful – otherworldly with its red lighting, plush drapes, doors that look like walls, mirrors and surfaces that provide an extreme elegance that is also welcoming, and just an atmosphere of cool that is usually only found in the latest and greatest boutique hotels and nightclubs – the ones that I can’t get in to.

But – for a Tuesday night when we dropped by to see the place, to have a coffee, when we expected the staff to be apathetic at best and snobbish at worst, they gave us a very warm welcome, the coffee was great, and the petit-fours that came free with the coffee hit the spot after the protein bomb that was Cabaña Las Lilas. We sat in the lobby bar, and ogled at the opulence of the décor. Plush velvet chairs (actually comfortable), banquettes, sofas, chandeliers, a party of well-off 50-something Buenos Aires women having a birthday party. The outside of the lobby bar area has a huge swimming pool and would be an amazing place to sit in the afternoon and have a drink, although something tells me that based on the ‘beautiful’ clientele, I would also be seriously considering plastic surgery afterwards.

We didn’t stay there, so I can’t tell you anything about the hotel, and it’s certainly not within walking distance of anything in most of the city, so it’s not like it would be your neighborhood bar, but damn if you want a high-end place to go and see and be seen, to feel glamorous and admire the art that is Starck’s design – the go to Faena and revel in the opulence that is everything there.

The Library Lounge / Pool bar
Faena Hotel+Universe
Martha Salotti 445, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: 4010-9000
www.faenahotelanduniverse.com

Tags: Argentina · Buenos Aires

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