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
This very well appointed art hotel has generous size (palatial if you are from Europe) rooms and has a great location , shopping in the area is good with some great local designer ware stores. Buffet breakfast is ok , service excellent
We had 2 half days to see all we could in Buenos Aires pre-cruise so wanted a place close to highlights. Booked an executive studio through Trip Advisor since reviews were good and it seemed to be in a good area. We were not disappointed. We arrived long before check-in but were immediately offered our room - a welcome surprise. The room was a good size with a great bathroom - two sinks, a large walk-in shower with delightful rain shower and a separate toilet room. Everything was spotless. Breakfast was varied, beautifully laid out and included in our room rate. We spent our last hour or so at the bar while the young friendly bar tender made me my first (but not last) pisco sour. He explained about pisco and showed us how to mix the drink - a fun memory. Many of the best sights of the city are within walking distance of the hotel and we always felt safe. After checkout the hotel locked up our luggage until we returned to retrieve it. Everyone from the front desk to the bell hops were friendly, helpful, and spoke good English. We would definitely return!
We enjoyed our three nights at this hotel. It’s quite a distance from some of the tourist sites, but I was still able to walk to a couple of museums and the cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. The service is good, and they let us check in early after our overnight flight from the US. I booked a massage, and the massage therapist was top-notch. The food at the onsite restaurant was not great, though, and it really messed with my stomach. On the other hand, the concierge was helpful in booking a reservation at a nice nearby restaurant for another night. Comfortable rooms, and there is a small convenience store right across the street if you want to pick up snacks without paying hotel prices. I would stay here again.
This hotel has great service. The roof top pool had an amazing view of Buenos Aires. The bell captain was very helpful and made sure everything went smooth. The breakfast was included with our room and was yummy and the servers were very attentive. The only thing that at this time of the year the front desk staff is limited and I felt bad for them because they checked people in and had to do the roles of concierge. But they worked very hard.
Great location and the restaurants hey recommended were delicious. Comfortable beds. Make sure you bring extra coffee pods because they charge you every day after the first night if you use theirs. We didn’t know.
We stayed here for 4 nights. We booked a junior suite which was fairly well equipped but not very large. It was comfortable and clean. The staff were all pleasant and it was quite well situated for looking around Buenos Aires. The dinner menu was very limited but breakfast was good.