As soon as we walked through the door I felt special - you could sence the atmosphere and history from the golden decor and surroundings. Check in was easy and personable and we were given all the information we needed before being shown to our room.
I had booked a junior deluxe suite but when we walked in with a personal butler/concierge, it seemed bigger. I asked if all junior suites were like this but she advised that we had been upgraded to an executive suite - impressive and not even mentioned at the front desk - nice touch! We were offered an unpacking service (declined) complimentary pressing of 2 garments each and complimentary tea/coffee - both taken up!
We had 2 bathrooms, 3 LCD TV's and a jacuzzi! Not bad at all. The main bathroom had a TV in, over the bath which also had a shower in it too. It was spacious as was the bedroom with a large comfortable bed and delicious cotton sheets! The sitting room, sofa and 2 chairs made for a decent size lounge area with the 3rd TV (after the bedroom). We didn't see much of the butler at her desk, but the one time we needed her, I could reach her by phone, so that was fine.
We had tea the 2nd afternoon, which was situated in an opulent styled dining area and orangerie type outhouse. Tea was reasonably priced and was very forthcoming - as many pots as you liked in the price, and we were advised to share a 'tea package' between us, which was a good tip and more than enough. The sandwiches were good, but the pastries and cakes were both tasty, dainty and fulfilling! Recommended.
The hotel itself is situated in a nice area and we found this lovely italian cafe bar only 2 blocks away, drenched in atmopshere and was loved by the locals. We had a lovely late lunch the first afternoon and the steak sandwich melted in our mouths, washed down by a lovely cool beer! We enjoyed it so much, we went back for a coffee another day, always busy and bustling, but you could watch the world go by.
Also near by was a 'flea market' and the grave/mausoleum of Eva Peron, just a 10 minute walk away. About 20-30 minutes walk was the main shopping area (off Florida Street, I think) which was full of many large and small ecclectic shopping experiences. We felt perfectly safe walking around. One night we found a local Italian restaurant, near our cafe, which whilst we ate at 8, the local came pouring in at 9! Clean, good food and service, a nice evening.
We also ate at the hotel in the fine dining restaurant. Embarrassingly I had not brought a long sleeved shirt or jacket with me ( I could not see it in the brouchure at time of booking our holiday, or in the local information - I was on holiday after all!), but luckily as I was staying there, I was offered a jacket to wear throughout the evening! The service was again attentive as we were welcomed by a champagne trolley offering us cocktails at the table. The staff were friendly and a bit chatty which was nice. We had a couple of amuse bouches and intermediaries with bread and sorbet (twice - they must have forgotten about the first lot!) and the food was of a high quality. I had a most gorgeous melt in the mouth steak, flambeyed at our table in a lovely red wine jus, all adding to the experience. In saying that and it seems harsh after my comments, I felt it lacked a tiny bit of atmosphere just to give it that tiny crowning glory, but that didn't at all hamper a lovely evening at all, and as we were going out, we were called back (oh no, what had I done now?!), but they offered us a small token to take away - very nice touch indeed.
Overall, this hotel has class - we have travelled around the world in many 5 star hotels and this is the only place I felt I had to dress up for breakfast! I loved the hotel, the status, the atmosphere, the room, service (umbrellas at your beck and call if raining outside, on trust). There were press outside the stairs going down to the pavement, waiting to snap at someone - I mumbled jokingly that I had no comment to make at this stage and they all looked at me bewildered! I think Charles Aznevore and Lilly Allen were in town, so not sure if they stayed there. They didn't like guests taking photos in the lobby, a couple of people were told not to, as I was, although the staff took a photo of us enjoying pre- dinner cocktails.
Had a fabulous 3 nights there, looked after by everyone who was friendly and courteous and would go back again without any hesitation, but this time, with a long sleeved shirt!
- Also Known As:
- Alvear Palace Buenos Aires
- Hotel Alvear Palace
- Alvear Palace
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alvear Palace Hotel is situated in the most elegant neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, La Recoleta. It is an area of extensive parks, wide avenues, and luxurious architecture in a classical style, where the best restaurants, cafes, antique shops and boutiques of Buenos Aires, are to be found. Some of the main museums and cultural centres are close by, and the financial area is only five minutes away.A symbol of elegance is bornOriginally built as a luxury hotel to accommodate the increasing amount of European visitors arriving in Buenos Aires at the time, the Alvear Palace was transformed in 1932 into a model of the highest expression of refinement. The majestic rooms and suites, as well as the lobby and public areas, are reminiscent of the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, which are evident in the furniture, the crystal chandeliers, walls decorated with gold leaf and works of art of famous artists.The eleven-floor luxurious building with five basement levels stands as an undisputed symbol of the city, on the corner of Alvear Avenue and Ayacucho Street.The second foundationContinuous work and dedication, guided by the maximum standards of international excellence, led to the designation of the Alvear Palace Hotel as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World in 1993, an organization that recognizes the best hotels in the world. ... more less
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