Alvear Art Hotel
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
I recently stayed at this beautiful hotel while attending a conference. My stay was about 5 days or so long, and loved being at this hotel. They have another hotel which is older and grander and a lot better known to the taxi drivers and such. This one is newer and much lesser known and a lot more contemporary in style. The rooms are great - very clean, good size, excellent pillows and mattress, super clean bed linen, beautiful bathroom, good strong rainfall shower, did I say very clean, soft and large towels (and enough of them), Nespresso machine (although they will charge you for each capsule used - fair enough, I think). I think the housekeeping staff is excellent! I ran into a couple of them over the time I was there, and they were extremely courteous and polite, despite my lack of Spanish. One evening they came back for the turn down service, I had just returned back for the day, and so the room was untouched, and they still wanted to take a couple seconds to make sure all was good. It seemed to me they actually cared about their work. I was super impressed.
The restaurant was decent enough too. I only had breakfast there at the hotel, which was included in my room tariff. It was a good selection of cheeses, meats, breads, and the usual eggs, sausages, mushrooms, and such. The wait staff was attentive and courteous. The staff, in general, seemed kind and quick and alert.
The only reason I am hesitating to give it a full 5 stars in my rating is because the check-in time seemed a tad bit longer than it needed to be, and there were two gentlemen at the front desk who seemed either a little preoccupied with something else, or not really very keen on talking much. Usually when a guest asks a question, the front desk should make them feel completely welcome and taken care of. In my case, on three different occasions, I somehow felt like I perhaps was not very welcome, or as if, perhaps, my questions (one about the art pieces in the hotel - all good and quite a few! - and one about accessing ATMs in the area, were perhaps not very intelligent! I don't know. I want to be kind in my assessment - perhaps they were each having a bad day - but it happened more than once, and this experience seemed to stand in complete contrast to the rest of my experience at this hotel.
But, bottom line, if I ever came back to beautiful Buenos Aires, I will without a doubt return to this hotel. Loved the experience!
We took a day off away of our family to pamper ourselves, so when my friend and I arrived we went to the spa, it was really relaxing: the pool, sauna and the relaxing room with fresh lemon water and the massage, that you have to book one day earlier prior arrival.
The had dinner at the restaurant. The menu was very good.
Our room had an incredible view, very nice accomodations.
Breakfast very good. The staff very polite
New modern hotel with up-to-date facilities; good restaurant, walking distance to Florida and Recoleta. Gracious helpful staff, great bar and drinks. Lots of good local restaurants nearby. Make sure you tell drivers that you're not going to the Alvear Palace
Location is great, super fast bank of elevators to get to your QUIET room, with large bathroom. The hotel restaurant / bar is roomy, but as it it located in the back of the lobby area, it is very cozy and private, the buffet breakfast as well as lunch was very good. The front desk staff were personal and helpful, including arranging changing dollars for Argentina peso's. Even though this is large hotel, the lobby and restaurant area never seemed crowded and overall I left with recollections of a very pleasant, comfortable stay.
The hotel: modern, but cozy;great art displayed in the lobby and the dining area
The location: downtown, very close to the main shopping street (Florida), Casa Rosada, and yet close to other nice neighborhoods - la Boca (15 min by taxi), San Telmo, Recoleta,Puerto Madero.
The rooms: clean, modern, high floors are better.
The breakfast: can suit any preferences
The staff: helpful, smiling, ready to help