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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
In November my wife and I traveled throughout Argentina on our honeymoon. I am a big fan of being frugal in large cities as you do not spend too much time in the hotel. We went with the basic room, which was clean and modern.
- Hotel room and amenities are newer than a lot of its peers
- Hotel is in a good location to walk around or grab taxis
- The lobby bar is located in the underwhelming restaurant and for some reason was built as a sit down bar.
- The hotel seems a little cheap, for example if you use the power converter they will charge you $10 USD.
Overall good experience in an international city.
Lovely hotel set in the heart of the commercial and shopping area of Buenos Aires. Very attentive staff, nice rooms, good restaurant. This is not the Alvers Palace which is the grand dame of Buenos Aires hotels, rather it is modern and contemporary.
Really enjoyed our 2 night stay here. Great location within easy walk of main streets and a beautiful room with lots of little extras which made our stay special. Bed was very comfortable. Breakfast was good - lots of choices, plenty of staff and very peaceful.
My husband, teen daughter, and I just spent three nights at the Alvear Art Hotel. Our room was lovely, quiet, and the bathroom was gorgeous. The location was great as well. We were an easy 15 minute walk between Recoleta and Centro. Beyond the quality of the facilities, the service we received from the staff surpassed any hotel we have ever experienced in our history of frequent international travel. I unfortunately ended up with an illness that required antibiotics. Because it was a national holiday, the regular hotel physician was unavailable. The front desk staff continued to keep me informed that they were working to find another physician to assist. They eventually were able to locate one, had him fax a prescription to them and then had Tomas, one of the bellmen, accompany us to translate and get the prescription at the local pharmacy. Amazing! Thanks, Alvear Art Hotel, for your willingness to go far beyond our expectations.
A very nice, very modern hotel situated in a very convenient location in Buenos Aires.
The rooms are huge, the bathrooms also. All personnel is excellent trained,and very friendly.There is a big variety of food in breakfast and the service there is excellent.