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Algodon Mansion, Buenos Aires 

1647 Montevideo
Buenos Aires
Argentina C1007AAA
Tel: 54 11 3530 7777
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Housed in a 1912 French classical villa in the capital's embassy-studded Recoleta district, this ten-room property underwent a three-year renovation. The result is visually impressive mise-en-scènes that exude a quiet sense of wealth, favoring discreet technology and imported woods over glitz and gold. Throughout the restored interior of Slovenian oak parquet and Belle Époque plasterwork are sumptuous yet understated modern fittings. The ample rooms are artfully decorated with ebony-and-leather furniture, silk curtains, and suede wall fabrics, and the bathrooms are fitted with 80-jet showers—in the larger suites, bathtubs feature underwater speakers. The staff's formal attitude is tailored to please visiting power brokers and local Recoleta gentry, who are appointed a personal butler and soothed by a free massage on arrival. And traveling chief executives looking to impress clients will find little to disappoint in the walk-in humidor lined with Spanish cedar, the rooftop plunge pool edged in teak, or the French-inspired restaurant with its oxblood acrylic walls and scarlet leather banquettes.—2011 Hot List

Which room to book: The Royal Suite's 1,300-square-foot floor space is lavish; smokers should book the second-floor Ambassadeur Suite for its outside terrace.

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