A November 2003 trip
to Buenos Aires by Matt Keedy
Quote: An unexpected long weekend in Buenos Aires leaves me wanting more! Take 5 friends and an e-fare sale and you've got a nice twist to "Flying Down to Rio!"
Hotel | "Sheraton Park Tower"
There is no traditional check-in desk, rather four or five antique desks that line the marble entry with comfortable chairs. We were invited to sit down, have a drink and check-in. It was very efficient, yet at the same time we were able to make special requests and get to know the indespensable concierge.
We had three rooms on the 17th floor, overlooking the Plaza St Martin. Our wet bar was furnished with fine crystal. TVs had been pre-programmed with English language stations and CD players were included in each room. A comfortable sofa and lounge chair were perfect for relaxing. The bathroom was equally well appointed -- all marble, a separate tub and shower ROOM (maginificent!), and another room with toilet and bidet (check the water pressure before using!).
The hotel is attached to the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center and gym and pool facilities are shared. Except for using these facilities, we did not venture into the rest of the hotel. The rooftop pool is very big and there is a snack bar with cabana service. The sundeck was quite popular when we were there. In inclimate weather there is also an indoor pool. The gym is very well-equipped and overlooks the pool. There are separate mens and womens spas with steam rooms, solariums and saunas. Quite nice indeed.
The hotel was a Conde Naste Traveller Gold List hotel in 2002 and a Reader's Choice Hotel in 2001. When we were there, Luis Miguel - the Mexican Ricky Martin - was our neighbor. His entire entourage was staying at the hotel while he played two concerts in BA.
Definitely utilize the concierge. They were full of wonderful ideas and were able to accommodate our requests without any problems. One day they arranged our ferry tickets to Uruguay. Each night they made our dinner reservations and recommendations. We tended to gather our group each evening in the lobby bar to enjoy cocktails and wonderful hor d'oeuvres. They could have been a meal unto themselves.
I am already planning a return trip to Buenos Aires and will definitely stay at the Park Towers again. It is centrally located -- 10 blocks to Plaza de Mayo -- and shops are nearby.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 4, 2003
Park Tower Buenos Aires
Avenida Leandro N. Alem 1193
Buenos Aires, Argentina 1001
(54)(11) 4318 9100
We arrived at 10:30PM ... and we were early. Not sure whether I had been led astray by my roommate, we decided to stay - and by 11:00 the restaurant started filling up. By midnight it was rocking! There are bars at either end of the space, and cavernous Balinese hand-carved wooden beds littered around traditional dining tables and chairs. The theme works great, with a fusion of both food and music. As the restaurant is all one seating, tables and chairs on the dancefloor were removed as customers finished their meal. By 1:00 the place had completely transformed into a club. During the transformation process, belly dancers (not quite Asian or Cuban - but never questioned) came around to each table and danced. It was definitely an exotic evening.
We had a great time and would highly recommend Asia de Cuba. With a strong US dollar, it was VERY inexpensive ($150 for five people: three course meal, tips, and about five hours of heavy drinking).
Asia de Cuba
Puerto Maderno, Olga Cossenttini 751
Buenos Aires, Argentina