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Ernesto Tornquist, who built this hotel back in 1909, must have had a vast workforce to have completed the building’s construction in less than a year.
What was, and still is, an architectural jewel in Buenos Aires’ crown became the Marriott Plaza Hotel in 1994. The Marriott chain are not renowned for their finesse – the upholstery and 1970s pub carpets here score nul points for style – but in this case, the attractions of this Parisian-style building, such as its U-shaped façade and Plaza bar, a stalwart in Buenos Aires’ drinking scene, justify the Marriott Plaza’s inclusion here. And the location is right on the money for charm.
The hotel sits over Plaza San Martin – San Martin is a national hero – beside the Kavanagh building, which at 120 metres high was South America’s tallest building when built in 1953. The Plaza is bathed in purple blossom during springtime when the jacaranda trees flower from October to November, so book a room that looks out onto it – they have satisfyingly vertigo-enhancing terraces.
There is also an outdoor pool and cuddle deck with views of the Plaza, plus a large modern gym and sauna for toning up before a night out.