The soft strains of a violin ease you into a rarified mood when you check in at the InterContinental Buenos Aires during evening hours. No surprise. BA’s Montserrat area’s only five-star hotel is a classic, with its staff always thinking of ways to make your stay shine with Argentine spirit — whether that be finding you a room overlooking the magnificent, early 18th-century San Juan Bautista Church or by detailing shops that carry the best bargains on nearby Florida Street. Other on-premises specialties of this recently refurbished 1930s modernist hideaway: a stylish lobby done in rich materials like leather and marble, the much-beloved Mediterraneo restaurant for fine Continental fare, and a full-service spa, complete with everything from rejuvenating treatments (try The Californian if you’re stressed) to a salon-style lap pool to a healthy spread of fruits, cereals, and soothing herbal teas. Don’t cry for us, Argentina!

Moreno 809
+54 11 4340 7100
www.buenos-aires.intercontinental.com