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Four Seasons Buenos Aires Goes For A Little Nip And Tuck

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  Site Where: Posadas 1986/88, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1011ABB
January 14, 2013 at 9:29 AM | by | ()

From Fantasy Friday polo packages in Palm Beach last week, we’re going straight to the home of polo today: Argentina. Here, the Four Seasons Buenos Aires is going through a little freshening up, to the tune of $40 million no less.

A first phase has been completed, including a redesign of the lobby, an initial set of rooms, and the addition of a courtyard restaurant. Another part of the makeover? The opening of Pony Line, a bar inspired by – you guessed it – polo.

We like the look of the lobby with its blue and white glass sculptural light fixtures, but we really dig the black-and-white patterned floor and semi-rustic vibe in restaurant Elena. A two-story courtyard-like space, it’s named after Elena Peña Unzué, the bride of La Mansión, the historic building that houses the hotel’s luxury suites (all other rooms are in a modern tower). In true Argentinian style, quality meats are the focus like the Felix charcuterie, named after Elena’s groom, Félix Saturnino de Álzaga Unzu. The platter comes with fuet (Catalan sausage), prosciutto, Brie, and caciocavallo cheeses. Food is accompanied by an almost exclusively Argentinian wine list.

Pony Line aims for a clubby atmosphere “inspired by the sport of kings”, so think leather, riding motifs, and other sport references. Local beers, sparkling wines and a menu of small plates are on offer.

Renovations will continue this year, with only four floors of guest rooms done so far, so be sure to ask for one of these when you make a reservation (and pass us your photos and thoughts when you can). Aside from the rooms, meeting and function spaces will be spruced up as well. Meanwhile, a Superior room in early February goes for a not insubstantial $525 a night.

[Photos: Four Seasons Hotels]

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