Make the Recoleta Grand your base for a tango tour of Buenos Aires, the homegrown dance and music style that so defines that Argentine capital. The luxury hotel in the city’s posh Recoleta district is ready to tango when you can finally travel to Argentina again.

Newbies should know that tango isn’t just a sensual dance. It’s also beloved for music and lyrics, an Argentine national treasure born in the late 19th century that blends African, Spanish, Italian and other cultural influences.

There are several ways to experience tango in Buenos Aires.

One of the most popular with visitors is a professional tango stage show as personified by Rojo Tango in the Hotel Faena and the Teatro Astor Piazzolla dinner show inside the Galería Güemes, an exquisite Art Nouveau shopping complex.

Visitors can take lessons and then take to the tango floor themselves at milongas — the Argentine equivalents of ballroom dancing venues.

From Salón Canning in Palermo and El Beso (“The Kiss”) in San Nicolás to La Catedral Club in an old dairy factory in Almagro and La Viruta in the Armenian Cultural Center, there are plenty of places that offer tango classes followed by dance sessions open to the general public.

Ph. credit: Rojo Tango

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