Alvear Palace Hotel
What We Love
- Palatial location in the heart of the swank Recoleta district
- Afternoon tea or Sunday brunch in L’Orangerie and its luminous winter garden
- Sensations Path and hydro circuit in the Wellness Area
- Bespoke butler service
What To Know
- Not the best choice for families with young children
- Service can feel overly formal at times
- Though there's no dress code, your fellow guests won't be in shorts and T-shirts
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Rococo wrapped inside an Art Deco exterior, the Alvear Palace is a mixed metaphor of 18th-century French decor, early 20th century Argentine class and high-tech features added during a 2012 makeover that finally brought the hotel into the 21st century. While other grand dames faded over the years, the Alvear has retained the style and elegance of 1930s Buenos Aires – a palatial vibe in both the public areas and the guestrooms, exceptional food and drink experiences, flawless service and a dedication to treat every guest like visiting royalty.
Bed and Bath
The scent of fresh flowers sets the tone for 197 guestrooms and suites that are formal and surprisingly comfy. The decor is an eclectic blend of Louis XVI and Empire period furnishings, Oriental lamps and vases, paintings by Argentine artists, and modern conveniences like flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet and remote lighting, drapery and climate control. Even in the most modest rooms, the beds are enormous, outfitted with Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters and a variety of pillows to suit your sleep mode. Marble and mirrors dominate the spacious bathrooms, outfitted with double sinks, bidets, rain showers and sizable tubs. Hermès bath and beauty products complement the upscale vibe. In the Deluxe Suites and up, a personal butler can help you pack and unpack, draw a bath, place room service orders, facilitate laundry and shoe shine service, establish your internet connection and more.
Filled with hanging ferns and potted palms, the glass-domed L’Orangerie is the place in Buenos Aires for breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea. In keeping with the Alvear’s French theme, La Bourgogne restaurant creates the city’s best French cuisine in an Art Deco ambience of linen tablecloths, sterling silver cutlery and crystal glassware reminiscent of a 1930s luxury ocean liner. After dinner, retire to the Cigar Bar (with its over-the-top faux jaguar armchairs) for a fine Havana complemented by gourmet chocolates and cognac. Created in 2008, the hotel’s modern spa offers massage, facials and other treatments from around the world, and there’s a Wellness Center with a circuit steam baths, saunas and relaxation rooms. Venturing beyond the hotel? The concierge can make arrangements for theater, concert or soccer match tickets, as well as playing times local golf courses and polo fields.
In the Area
With the likes of Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Hermès strung out along its sidewalks, Avenida Alvear is one of South America’s poshest shopping streets. Pay homage to BA’s most famous lady at La Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Perón was laid to rest in 1952. Many other Argentine luminaries are buried there in incredibly elaborate tombs. Housed in an old Franciscan monastery, the nearby Centro Cultural Recoleta presents a wide variety of art shows, film screenings, concerts and other live performances. On the north side of Avenida del Libertador, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) is the city’s leading art museum, a treasure trove of 20th century Argentine painting and sculpture, as well as European art from the Middle Ages through modern times. A block farther west along Libertador is Plaza Evita with a monument to the former first lady and Biblioteca Nacional, worth a visit for its live performances, priceless tomes (like an original copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy) and shocking modern architecture. Recoleta’s celebrated café society unfolds at La Biela and other legendary watering holes.
How to Get There
Great historical hotel was opened in 1909. And it keeps classic design rooms, lobby, high level of service. It situated near the Ricolleta, near a lot of shops, restaurants, cafes. You can found shampoo and lotion Hermes in you bathroom, bathrobe And slippers good quality too.
I honestly found the Alvear Palace quite underwhelming. Sure...it is a very grand hotel and if you like old world charm (which I usually do) you might find it impressive but I found it to be stuffy and honestly a bit arrogant (and the rooms quite tired). The room service was decidedly average for a five star hotel and when we mentioned at the front desk that the room service breakfast was almost inedible (over cooked, dry and cold) they simply shrugged and went about their business. The breakfast buffet was honestly not much better - the choice was limited and I was surprised to find that you had to pay additional for eggs cooked to order when this has been included in almost every hotel we have stayed at in South America (and let’s be honest - the Alvear is not cheap and promotes itself as 5 star). I went out for a tour early one morning and when I got back at 1.30pm my room still hadn’t been serviced - and just a side note, the products in the bathroom are limited so make sure you bring your own. There is also no complimentary water in the room - surprising and the only hotel of the 7 we have stayed at across South America not to provide at least one bottle of complimentary water per person. The staff (with the exception of the delightful blonde lady at Concierge) were not friendly at all and quite aloof - it honestly felt like they were doing you a favour just by being there. Positives (to be fair) - the location - right near Recoleta Cemetary and a lovely area to walk around. It was fairly quiet and the rooms dark so had a decent nights’ sleep. So all in all I have to (sadly) say I was not impressed, especially for the price, and I wouldn’t stay here again. I’m told that next time I should stay at a boutique hotel in Palermo and I’m already looking forward to that!!
A beautiful hotel, elegant and refined interior, attentive and very helpful staff. We especially thank Mr. Juan, the head of the concierge, who organized us a wonderful trip to Mendoza, taking care of every detail. We also recommend Alvear Grill restaurants. excellent cuisine, fantastic wines and extremely friendly staff. Greetings to Balazej !
4 nights at the Alvear Palace and only compliments to offer. small issue on check-in when the water in my suite was not turned on but it was dealt with quickly. The hotel itself is well maintained and unlike some of the more modern hotels I have stayed in the shower, lighting, aircon and TV were quite easy to use and did not need an advanced engineering degree. Breakfast and the bar - big tick and a recent addition seems to be the roof top bar which was a great place to have drinks and watch the sunset. The neighbour of Ricoleta is an area that seems to slowly reveal it's charms and needs exploring. Excellent front of house staff who helped me with a variety of issues including securing theatre tickets, restaurant reservations and finding a mac store. My spanish is adequate and they were happy to speak english with me. 5 stars for the Alvear!
A beautiful hotel in a good area . Rooftop bar and a grand traditional bar on the ground floor . Lobby area was also grand as was the beautiful breakfast room , almost like a huge conservatory, excellent staff and a fine buffet . Everything you’d expect from a 5 star hotel in a fine old building of this type .