The aptly named, Alvear Palace Hotel is a five-star hotel and Buenos Aires institution that exudes tradition and luxury.
The Alvear debuted in 1932, after ten years of construction. Today it is one of four Argentine hotels that makes it onto the list of ‘Leading Hotels of the World,’ put out by the hospitality consortium of the same name.
Suitably set in Buenos Aires’ most aristocratic neighborhood, Recoleta, on one of the city’s most famous thoroughfares, the Alvear features a grand entrance with impeccable doormen, red carpets, marble floors, opulent Louis XVI décor and fine Egyptian linens.
Jet-setters, celebrities, politicians and self-appointed VIP’s who would chose the Waldorf Astoria in New York or the Langham in London stay at the Alvear while in Buenos Aires.
A long list of notable guests include CNN’s Ted Turner, Sharon Stone, Antonio Banderas, Jacques Chirac and the original James Bond, Sean Connery.
Rooms at the Alvear
The suites here feature traditional dark wood furnishings, chandeliers and spacious beige marble bathrooms. Guests can expect fresh cut flowers and fruit every day.
A butler is assigned to every room and with old world congeniality will draw a bath for you, iron your clothes and turn down your bed every night.
Reserve the Royal Suite if you want to stay in Buenos Aires’ most decadent hotel room, but expect a bill in the quadruple digits.
Other Alvear amenities include a pool, business center, spa and a roof garden with spectacular views of the city.
The Alvear is also renowned for serving up the most luxurious brunch in Buenos Aires at their restaurant, L´Orangerie.
The Alvear is owned by David Sutton Dabbah, who is also partial owner of Barlioche’s most exclusive hotel, the Llao Llao. He is in the midst of constructing a second Alvear in Puerto Madero as well as a residential project, which will be South America’s tallest skyscraper when complete.
The Alvear is a place of decadence and was founded long before sustainability was a popular concept, but hotel manager, Chantal Holjevac says the Alvear recycles their paper, cardboard, plastic containers and even the cooking oil, which is later used as fuel.
Alvear Palace Hotel –$$$$$
Av. Alvear 1891
• Credit cards accepted
• Wheel chair accessible
• Non-smoking rooms available