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
The Alvear Palace Hotel is a very fine establishment in the tradition of early 20th century hotels. It is superb built with magnificent public rooms and excellent bedrooms. The staff are all very helpful and polite. The whole place has a sophisticated charm. Being Argentina the prices are very reasonable for such a fine hotel. Breakfast is outstanding.
Great hotel, great location and great service. The decor is so elegant, it’s like being in a palace. It has the best tea hour in Argentina. The roof top bar is full of young people and great for some drinks. The lobby bar had great sandwiches and it’s very elegant.
Well located and reminds you of the glory days of Buenos Aires. Room was grand and the breakfast bufet was very good. The most outstanding part of our stay here in the hotel was the grille/restaurant downstairs. It might have been the best meal I had in my 2 weeks in South America. Service, common areas, rooftop bar were all outstanding.