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“Impressive 360 views from top!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Palacio Barolo

Palacio Barolo
Av. de Mayo 1370 9 | Esc. 249/52, Buenos Aires C1085ABQ, Argentina (Montserrat)
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Buenos Aires Must-See Landmarks: Obelisco to La Boca Walking Tour
Ranked #47 of 497 things to do in Buenos Aires
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
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“Impressive 360 views from top!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

Superbly detailed ornate architecture on the outside and in lobby. The view of the city and the congress building are incredible from the top! Two minutes walk from congress building.

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“Pretty Building with Great Views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We were able to get tickets for this tour within 15 minutes of the tour. The tour lasts about an hour, and is in Spanish and English. The outside of the building, the lobby, and the views are gorgeous. The tour of the other floors of the building is pretty lackluster (unless you're big into architecture, but even then- not anything special on the inside to the average tourist), but it's worth sitting through it for the 360 views at the top. There are tiny balconies at the top that you can step outside to take pictures, and they take you to the very top and turn on the light house. Definitely worth an hour of your time for the views. There are quite a few very narrow stairs to get to the top, so note that if you can't walk up a lot of stairs it may be difficult. They do have an elevator at the top, but it only takes one person at a time.

Visited August 2012
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“The story around it is better than the reality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

If you are afraid of heights - DO NOT GO! The ARG50 was pretty steep considering that the tour started late, was less than an hour and the English explanation was only just understandable. You don't have to know Dante's Divine Comedy but a basic understanding does make you in awe of the maths relating to the structure of the building in relation to the breakdown of the poem. Also amazing that the entire building was financed and erected on the premise that Italy was doomed and that Dantes ashes would be brought to Argentina for safe keeping. Once inside, the interior is sadly disappointing - even the eagle, under which Dantes ashes were supposed to rest, is a replica & unimposing. The first part was by lift but then it was really difficult when our party of 16 started to make the climb up the torre - tower. Narrow, tiny, winding staircase up from "Purgatory" into Heaven where we could step out onto small balconies for a view of the city. Then up again into the actual lighthouse. For those with a fear of heights this is where it really broke down as our guide maneuvered us to sit on the metal struts (Not The Glass!) surrounding of the light mechanism. Risk a peek down for that sheer 100m drop!! Back down to the 5th floor for a look at a replica of an office as per the 1920's. Absolutely loved the story of the building - the inside reality was disappointing. Today not so prestigious to have an office there - no one likes having to share the toilets!

Visited September 2012
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Reston VA
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“Lovely guided visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

one of the nice palaces built at the time of the "vacas gordas" fat cows in the 1910 to 1930 epoch, BEWARE English tours only 3 times a week, check schedules and if there is an event they cancel at a moment's notice.

Visited September 2012
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“Better ways to spend my $95 on a friday night.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Went on this tour last night and i do regret it. Not worth the money at all. Firstly, the tour started late. The tour was presented in spanish and english (or spanglish). We couldnt understand a word the guide was saying due to his thick accent. As the tour went on they seemed less interested in explaining things in english and by the end of the night there was no english. The view was good but not worth the money. Just a long and boring tour, a waste of 2h.

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