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
After checking into another hotel that was TERRIBLE, this hotel was heaven on earth.
We checked into the best suite in the entire hotel and It. Was. Incredible.
Location is good, dining in the restaurant was excellent. The complimentary breakfast was okay, but the dinners... of wow.
Here on a business trip in Jan 2019 for just over a week. Really felt at home because of the welcoming and helpful staff. An issue with the TV was sorted within a few minutes rather than having to wait for a maintenance person for a day or two as in some hotels or to be told that it could be fixed and would have to be replaced, probably after I had left! One evening I came back from meetings to find the bar/brasserie area had been taken over by a large group of tourists - the staff made a big effort to set up a quiet corner for me to have a quiet drink and deal with eMails etc before coming back down for dinner later. It is no distance to the central pedestrianised shopping area and a decent but not unreasonable walk to the nature reserve. Good advice from the concierge/reception on where to go/not go and safety when getting around. Would definitely come here if in Buenos Aires again. A little disappointed that I sent an eMail commending some of the staff but didn't receive a response from management.
I have stayed at this hotel several times and have always been very impressed with every aspect of the hotel: staff friendliness, cleanliness, room and food quality, and value.
I particularly enjoy the wonderful, peaceful buffet breakfast and attentive waitstaff every morning!
The rooms are lovely and have excellent finishes. Housekeeping is superb! The rooms are spotless and the laundry is washed and folded with great care. Much more care than my clothes are used to!
I enjoy the location because I can easily walk to many great spots. The Alvear is located very close to Teatro Colon.
Fantastic workout room and pool; good to offset the amazing pastries and desserts that are made in-house.