From Buenos Aires to Zurich, this month’s hottest hotels
BACKSTORY: Originally a waterfront grain warehouse, this historic red-brick building was abandoned in the early 1900s and revived nearly a century later, when fashion designer Alan Faena bought, gutted and reopened it as a luxury hotel. Today, the property is the jewel of the Faena collection, which includes a Miami outpost and an arts center in Buenos Aires.
DESIGN NOTES: The building is made from bricks shipped in from northern England, which gives the exterior a Victorian workhouse feel. The Philippe Starck–designed interior, though, tells a different story. Almost everything is decked out in vivid red, and the stuff that isn’t is matte black, marble, gilt or something else cool and expensive. The pool has a fountain shaped like a crown.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The Faena is located in the affluent and trendy waterfront district of Puerto Madero, near Buenos Aires’ bustling finance center. It’s far enough from the city center, though, to give it a tranquil feel—there’s even an ecological reserve not too far away. “Experience Managers” will arrange trips for you, if that’s your thing.
HOT DISH: The Faena’s exclusive El Bistro, one of Argentina’s pioneers of molecular gastronomy, has rapidly established itself as a place for serious foodies to challenge their taste buds. The hotel’s rustic El Mercado, meanwhile, focuses on more traditional fare, including an asado barbecue that’ll satisfy your protein requirements for a month.