First, it needs a notable patron, which you have in Argentine hotelier Alan Faena, who purchased the property, restored its 520 rooms and christened it Casa Faena. The Mediterranean-style hotel features contemporary rooms, a sun-drenched courtyard and a garden terrace, where guests can relax and sip cocktails. There’s also a restaurant next to the lobby that serves up a mix of American and Argentine fare. Casa Faena is on the western side of Collins Avenue, but the beach is but a mere two-minute walk away..
Time Out tip: Just next door is the Faena Forum, an event space where—every second Sunday of the month—folks roll around on the vibrantly painted floor during a free roller skating party.