Characteristically over-the-top, Alan Faena’s flagship, signature property in Buenos Aires is wall-to-wall dramatic touches, from luxurious red velvet curtains to tufted red-leather sofas and mirrored armoires—all in stark contrast to the renovated, industrial-looking grain mill that the building occupies. Faena has installed a series of lively restaurants on-site, too: Bistro Sur, the chandelier-clad fine dining destination; El Mercado, Faena’s take on an old-school Argentinian cantina (and where dishes are prepared in a huge brick oven); The Library Bar, which becomes a nightlife destination after dark; and a major cocktail operation that’s fitting of the spectacular, crown-shaped fountain installed in the hotel pool’s deep end. Be sure to leave time for nightly cabaret performances and a few hours in the marble-walled hammam.

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