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
- 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 hotel. Found on TripAdvisor, decided to try it and am glad we did. Great service, great restaurants and bars, immaculately clean and up to date, and all the original look and feel of a world class old-style hotel has been preserved. A place not to miss.
Any favorite hotel in Buenos Aires! Each stay was perfect! The hotel staff is extremely helpful and goes beyond their obligation to make your stay amazing. Beautiful room. Delicious breakfast! By far the best hotel!
The location is perfect whether for business or for pleasure. In the center of Recoleta you can walk to various tourist or business destinations.
The rooms are comfortable and the style is very opulent, you would think yourself in Paris.
We just spent the last four nights at the Alvear Palace for our first visit to Buenos Aires. The feel is pure elegance with the right touch. The staff are polite, attentive and very customer service oriented. All this, without being too much in your face, they know how to be appropriate and discreet. They are kind, helpful, pleasant, and attempt to anticipate your needs in advance.
The hotel is in an excellent upscale neighborhood, and one can feel quite comfortable walking around to the various stores and restaurants.
You can exchange money downstairs in the shopping center that is attached to the hotel
at a decent rate, just bring your passport with you.
Breakfast is served in a gorgeous courtyard with plenty of daylight with an array of fresh fruit, croissants, cereal, French toast, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, fresh orange juice and great coffee.
Their lobby bar is quite special as well for a drink, snack, or lunch. It is very inviting and a lovely place to relax, located across the lobby from the elevators.
We stayed in a Junior Suite which was more than ample, very comfortable with luxury linens, marble bathroom with double sinks, shower and bath and of course an enlarged make-up mirror with lighting. The suite also has a desk, a sofa and a couple of fancy chairs and a mini bar. They even provide an adaptor for our US plugs and an outlet for in the bathroom where you don’t need one at all.
The Alvear Palace has the ambiance that takes you back to a different era when all the special details mattered. The experience was pure please and kudos to the management for a well trained staff!
I always preferred Alvear Palace as it used to come here with my grandparents and parents and the service was always outstanding. If one stays for a week in this hotel one expects an outstanding service always, otherwise I would stay anywhere else in Buenos Aires.
What a disappointment with the concierge when I go to him and ask for an electric socket adapter to use at the bar and he tells me he had none there and that I had to go up to my room to fetch one myself. I explain I'm at the bar and he seems immutable and it is clear he couldn't care less. Unbelievable! In the old times they would have sorted that out themselves and brought the adapter to me and not expect me to do their work.
Luckily the waiter at the bar was excellent and he sorted this out himself for me so I could continue to use my laptop and stay at the bar. This is what is expected!
The waiter should be rewarded (true service). The concierge should perhaps consider other career alternatives not in the hospitality business.
Although the waiter saved the situation, I'm extremely disappointed with the concierges (there were two men there and it was the same as having none) and I still have two more nights to stay here. I might amend this review and contact the manager but for now I feel totally disappointed.