A European-flavored hotel in Buenos Aires
91 Rooms / 100 Suites
Alvear Palace Hotel is the gilded grand dame of the ritzy Recoleta district in Buenos Aires. Long a favorite of Argentine high society, the neoclassical 1932 building exudes opulence inside and out, from the ornate lobby to the white-gloved bilingual butlers. A highly acclaimed French restaurant, intimate spa and fitness center, and a legendary see-and-be-seen lobby bar complete the regal Alvear experience.
Buenos Aires has been referred to as the Paris of South America, and the Alvear exemplifies the city’s past European influences. The opulent décor is pure French Louis XVI — the lobby is covered in plush carpets, crystal chandeliers, rich velvet curtains, gold-detailed furniture, and soaring marble columns and floors.
The 191 guest rooms are expectedly elegant and are in keeping with the luxury hotel’s Old-World French design aesthetic. Painted in warm yellow and ivory tones, the rooms are bathed in deep red and gold furnishings. The bedspreads and patterned carpets might seem outdated anywhere else, but at the Alvear they look just right — Marie Antoinette would look at home lazing on one of the beds dressed in 500 thread-count Egyptian linens. Luxury amenities include both the traditional (custom Hermès bath products, turndown service) and the high-tech (LCD TVs in bathrooms, hydromassage tubs).
L’Orangerie is known for its greenhouse dining area, which infuses the space in natural light during breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch buffets. Afternoon tea at L’Orangerie is an affair to remember, with specialty teas served in silver pots and hand-painted china. Small sandwiches, petit fours and delicate pastries presented on tiered silver trays. Haute French cuisine is what’s on the menu at La Bourgogne. Chef Jean Paul Bondoux (yep, he’s hails from France) is at the helm of the restaurant, which serves well-executed French classics with formal, near flawless service.
The Alvear Palace Hotel anchors Alvear Avenue, Buenos Aires’ elite shopping strip in the heart of the posh Recoleta neighborhood — luxury boutiques and high-end designer labels surround the hotel. Just down the street is the Recoleta Cemetery, one of the city’s most visited sites. It’s where Argentina’s historical power found their final resting places within elaborate chiseled sarcophaguses. Plazas and green parks ring the area, which are always lively on sunny days and host artisanal craft fairs on the weekends.