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Alvear Palace

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Why Stay At Alvear Palace

Embodying the city's genteel European past, this Louis XIV-style mansion in the upscale Recoleta neighborhood is a Buenos Aires classic, and now boasts swank, updated amenities.

The Scoop

The posh Alvear Palace, which will celebrate its 80th birthday in 2012, recalls Buenos Aires's European roots: the design is pure Louis XIV; afternoon tea in the L'Orangerie restaurant mixes English traditions with Argentinean sweets (try the Alvear Cake, smothered in dulce de leche), Chef Darío Giorgieff's La Bourgogne serves the city's best French cuisine (using Argentine ingredients, of course); and even the bathroom amenities are French (custom-made for the hotel by Parisian designer Hermès). New this year? A top-to-bottom renovation decreased the room count from 210 to 197, added a new Grand Suite, and installed Jacuzzis and LCD TVs in the bathrooms. Thankfully, the stellar service remains top-notch: a bilingual butler assists guests with everything from unpacking and ironing to drawing a bath.

Insider Tips

Upon your arrival, visit the Alvear's new in-house spa and request the Pressure Relief Treatment, a 90-minute facial developed by La Prairie to counteract the effects of jet lag.

Guests with no time to explore the city's incredible wealth of shops can enlist the services of one of the hotel's personal shoppers, who will bring an edited selection of goods directly to them.

Reserve the Taste Vins room at La Bourgogne restaurant. Here, up to 14 guests can sample an array of wines and cheeses selected by French chef Jean-Paul Bondoux and his master sommelier.

Awards and Recognitions

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- Leading Hotels of the World

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Ministro Pastarini International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires, which is approximately 21 miles (40-45 minutes depending on traffic) from the hotel.

Avda. Alvear 1891, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Indoor Heated Pool
  • Kinesis Equipment
  • Fitness Center
  • Wellness Area
  • Spa Services
  • Babysitting Service
  • Special Kids' Amenities
In-Room Amenities
  • Butler Service
  • LCD TVs
  • DVD Players
  • Bottled Water at Turndowns
  • Egyptian Cotton Sheets
  • Custom Bath Products
  • Daily Newspapers
  • Direct line fax on request
  • Free Internet Access
  • Personal e-mail addresses
  • Work Desks
  • In-Room Safes
  • Flower arrangements daily
  • Fresh Fruit Baskets daily
  • Complimentary pressing of garment on arrival
Dining & Nightlife
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Bar + Lounge
  • Cigar Bar
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Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Buenos Aires

A place where European roots mingle with Latin American essence. Discover art museums and shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Meet the birthplace of tango and be enchanted.

Don't Miss

Must-See Museum: Argentina is an immigrant nation—in fact, it's second only to the U.S. in terms of incoming immigrants during the late 19th century. The Museo Nacional de la Inmigracion, housed in the hotel where new arrivals first landed, explores the country's Italian, German, French, Spanish, and Jewish roots through photos, household items, and film.
Antiguo Hotel de Inmigrantes, 1355 Avda. Antárdida Argentina 1355. 011-54-11-4317-0285 Read More
Free admission.

Best Day Trip: Catch the 1.5-hour ferry across the Río de la Plata to quiet Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, a UNESCO-protected Portuguese outpost of cobbled streets, plaza cafés, and low-slung, 400-year-old buildings. Puerto Madero Terminal.
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Round-trip tickets for two from $120.

Where to Eat: Puerta cerrada (closed door) restaurants—private, chef-run supper clubs, often in residential neighborhoods—are the latest trend in B.A. One of the best is Almacén Secreto, a seven-table restaurant hidden behind an unmarked doorway in Villa Crespo. Don't miss chef Abigail Machicado's hearty renditions of regional dishes, such as venison ravioli, cured-meat stew, and oven-baked river fish.
1242 Aguirre. 011-54-11-4854-9131 or 011-54-15-5315-1086.
Dinner for two $30.

Outdoor Excursion: Just beyond Puerto Madero is the 865-acre Reserva Ecologica de Buenos Aires, a riverside park of marshes and meadows that's ideal for bird-watching, jogging, and biking. It's not easy to reach—you'll have to grab a city bus to Puerto Madero, then cross one of the bridges traversing the docks, and keep walking until you hit the park—but well worth the 20-minute trek. Avda. Rosario Vera Penaloza at Avda. Calabria.
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Frigate moored at the newly hip docklands.

Frigate moored at the newly hip docklands.

Why Go Now

Through October 10, 2011
Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires
This eclectic celebration of "artistic diversity" takes place every other September. Among this year's top exhibitions is the Molière Award-winning French avant-garde rendition of Mozart's Magic Flute, September 28-October 3.

Bosques de Palermo in the Spring
October is springtime in Argentina, with its budding flowers, singing birds, and renewed outdoor activity. Bosques de Palermo, Buenos Aires's answer to New York's Central Park, is the best local place for biking, rollerblading, and paddleboating.

October 18-30, 2011
World Premiere at the Teatro Colón
See composer-in-residence Mario Perusso's new opera, Fedra, in its debut at the century-old Teatro Colón. 628 Calle Cerrito. 011-54-11-4378-7100
Tickets for two $30-$500.

November 1-6, 2011
Buenos Aires Jazz
Live shows, impromptu jam sessions, music films, master classes, and workshops by luminaries both local and international in venues around town.

Alvear Palace

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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