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
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.
This was just a one nightery after a cruise and a one night stay in Iguazu. Beforehand we'd arrange to leave un-needed luggage at The Alvear and the drop off was very well handled. Sorting out local currency for the taxi, check-in, bag retrieval, foreign currency exchange, taxi to the airport the next day, were all handled extremely well by the very busy front desk.
With short stay tour groups as its main clientele, the hotel has geared itself to efficiently handle traveller requests round the clock.
The room (905) was excellent, the bed delivering 10 hours solid sleep.
Stayed there for 2019 New Years eve celebration for 3 nights, after visiting Iguazu Falls and to discover Buenos Aires. service was great, rooms very clean and staff very attentive starting from bellmen onwards.... all necessary amenities from good quality, breakfast and restaurant was also very good.! price are also fair, so I can just recommend this property.
Stayed before a trip to Iguazu and returned prior to a cruise. Terrific reception team and very helpful bellmen. Easy walk to local eating spots, both dining and cafes. Very upscale rooms with a unique touch....an blackout window shade operated by a bedside switch. Helps the international flight arrivee get so e much needed sleep !
Stayed here twice last month, 2 days prior to our trip to Antarctica and 4 days on our return. Perfect place to stay, food was very good both breakfast and dinner. Antonio at the front desk was especially helpful and most people spoke english which also made it easy to communicate.
I would highly recommend!