The stylish rooftop pool with a retractable ceiling that opens on sunny days
Spectacular panoramic views of the Rio de la Plata on a clear day
Perfectly professional service and multilingual staff, from the front desk to the fitness center
What To Know
This is a business hotel — not especially suited to honeymooners or families traveling with children
Despite the hotel’s name, the understated art collection — more conservative than cutting-edge — isn’t much of a selling point
The city’s downtown is quiet at night, so use usual street smarts when exploring after dark
Parking on site
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Elegant downtown business hotel with views of the city and a cool rooftop pool
Practical luxury. The Alvear Art Hotel offers all the upscale comforts of the Alvear Palace, but none of its over-the-top grandeur. This is a place to get work done, eat well and rest easy. The contemporary lobby, flanked at the near end by the reception area and at the far end by the Contraluz restaurant and Artesano cocktail bar, is the hotel’s most visually striking space. In the studios and suites the look is simple and refined; think natural wood, smooth marble and fine fabrics in a warm palette of ivory, bronze, peach and chocolate-brown.
Bed and Bath
Studio rooms, though not overly spacious, are stocked with a range of comforts and conveniences: large flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines, cozy armchairs, kingsize beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, double-glazed windows to keep out street noise. Rich white marble walls and deep Jacuzzi tubs add an air of extravagance to the contemporary bathrooms. The Art Executive Suite, which has a living room separate from the sleeping area, is easily twice the size of the standard studio.
An elegant continental breakfast, complete with a French-style cheese cart and silver platters of pain au chocolat, is served at Contraluz, the hotel’s ground-level restaurant. During lunch and dinner the tables are usually occupied by the business set; the adjacent Artesano cocktail bar provides a more festive setting. High above the street, on the 15th floor, the heated swimming pool is a retreat for all seasons – a retractable roof opens and closes according to the weather. On the same level there’s a small spa and a sun-drenched fitness room with superb views of the city.
In the Area
The city’s downtown, traditionally deserted after the bankers and lawyers head home for the evening, is undergoing a small renaissance. Arguably the hippest spot in the city for a cocktail at the moment, subterranean Florería Atlántico is located beneath a flower shop: walk past the rose bouquets to find the staircase. Nearby, feast on fresh ceviche at sophisticated Peruvian eatery Mullu, or dine alongside porteño foodies at a barrio classic like the petite Dadá bistro. For a special evening out, get tickets to the ballet or opera at the gorgeously restored Teatro Colón.
Alvear Art Hotel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
How to Get There
Flights are available to Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from EZE, about 19 miles away, are approximately $80 per vehicle (maximum two passengers), each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from EZE are approximately $50, each way.