Located in the affluent Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, The Alvear Palace Hotel is a grand hotel in the European tradition. Dating back to 1932, it offers timeless luxury and superlative service – perhaps not the trendiest spot in town, but this kind of class never really goes out of fashion.
Just walking into the marbled lobby makes you stand a bit straighter. Our room was large and luxurious with fresh flowers and fruit delivered each day. On our day of arrival I popped my head into the gym for five minutes, but soon came to my senses and wandered down for cocktails in the cigar bar, which is the perfect little hideout for an old-school sharpener before heading out for the evening.
In the morning we slinked down to the beautiful Orangerie for breakfast, not a little worse for wear after a night on the tiles in Palermo Hollywood, but the light, airy room had us feeling better almost instantly. It’s often true that even the best hotels can come up a bit short at breakfast, perhaps punishing those who prefer not to eat in their room. Not so here – the spread was superb and the service exemplary. We over-indulged but walked it off in the historic Recoleta Cemetery, just up the road, before heading back to the room for more snoozing.
Clearly this kind of luxe doesn’t come cheap, but when the experience is so much more than just getting your head down for the night, it’s got to be done.
Cost of room:
£320 per night (non-refundable)
9 out of 10 – spacious, spotless, beautiful bathroom
8 out of 10 – classic charm
10 out of 10 – perfect
9 out of 10
Summary in seven:
Think the South American cousin of Claridge’s
The Alvear Palace Hotel
Avda. Alvear 1891, Buenos Aires
Tel: 54 11 4808 2100