Palacio Paz

Palacio Paz, Buenos Aires: Hours, Address, Palacio Paz Reviews: 4.5/5

Palacio Paz
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
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11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Microcentro
How to get there
  • General San Martín • 1 min walk
  • Retiro • 6 min walk
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History Professor and Fulbright Scholar
Chicago, IL106 contributions
Couples
This restaurant just opened up 6 months ago. Definitely one of the best in Buenos Aires. It is housed in a series of buildings, originally completed just before WWI for one of the wealthiedt men in Argentina and owner of the paper La Prensa. The restaurant is fantastic. Wnderful atmosphere, wide selection of appetizers, main courses, desserts and wines. Definitely will be going back.
Written June 29, 2022
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Conoone
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
We were extremely lucky to gain admittance to this quite breathtaking palace.
We took the Spanish speaking tour as the English one was booked out . The tour and the guide showed this extraordinary palace
We are so pleased we had the opportunity to partake
Written February 29, 2020
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Queen J
California2,093 contributions
This was the private residence of one of the most prominent families in Buenos Aires. It is a fantastic tour on which you are led through an impressive foyer and into opulent French-styled rooms with gold gilding, chandeliers, sculptures, dark imported Italian wood, tall stained glass windows, marble floors and staircases, etc, etc, etc. This was definitely my favorite tour, with the Museo de Arte Decorativo trailing behind by a hair.

Palacio Paz is located across the street from the Plaza San Martin and is about an 8 minute walk from the Galerias Pacifico mall in the Florida shopping area. The Teatro Colon is about a 15 minute walk away.

Though the tour was in Spanish, the guide did her best to speak slowly and gesture to help visitors understand. I'm not fluent in Spanish, but I caught about 2/3 of the presentation and helped explain to a few non-Spanish speakers on the tour. The enthusiasm and passion of the tour guide was one of the strengths of this tour. She really enjoys meeting new people and sharing this gem - a window to the style and opulence enjoyed by the aristocracy of 1909. The tour lasts about 1.5 hours.

The palace can ONLY be visited on a guided tour and is closed the rest of the day. The outside gate is locked and doesn't open until around 10am. At this time, visitors may inquire about tour times by speaking to the guard in the palace doorway, but visitors are not allowed entry until about 15 minutes before the tour.

The tour costs about 850 pesos ($15 or so) and in my opinion, is worth it. Just show up a little before 11am and wait to be allowed into the lobby and hall where you pay cash (Argentine pesos) at the cashier window. People start to gather outside around 10:45am, so it's a good idea to come a little early. The tour group is maxed out around 15 people, so don't snooze and lose.

*The sign outside indicates two tours a day, but when we inquired, we were told there was only ONE TOUR at 11am (in Spanish). I don't know if that is because we visited on Friday, January 3rd, right after the New Year holiday - it was closed Dec 31st, Jan 1st, and Jan 2nd - or if they've permanently cut their tours back to only one tour a day. Supposedly, there is an English tour once a week at 3:30pm on Thursdays, but we didn't confirm that since Thursday wasn't an option for us.

Hope that helps! Enjoy Buenos Aires!

*Note:
Finding information on opening hours or tour times was near impossible to do by internet. Google opening hours are completely inaccurate, the Argentine government website simply explains the building, and does not post hours or tour information. Therefore, it is not possible to book a tour in advance, which drove me bonkers.

Be aware that the "tours" offered through various tour companies online are mostly walking tours that breeze by the outside, stop briefly to explain its significance, and then briskly whisk tourists away to the next stop. These tours do NOT go inside. There is one VERY pricey palace tour which may actually include a tour inside, but why pay a few hundred dollars when you can show up and pay $15? You just need to know when. I think that may be why there is so little information about tours and opening hours. It's mad annoying!
Written February 5, 2020
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xpayalx
Perth, Western Australia, Australia46 contributions
We went to Palacio Paz after reading several interesting reviews and blogs only to find they only let you in as part of a tour. The guard at the front desk showed us a leaflet that told us there was only one tour in English per week and two in Spanish. We would not be in BA for the english one so decided to return the following day for the Spanish one.
...Or not. The guard said only one tour a week on a different day! Very frustrating as there was no information online either. Wasted our time!
Written March 7, 2015
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David N
Hawthorne, CA420 contributions
Couples
This residence reminded me very much of visiting Hearst Castle in California. It was constructed between 1902 and 1914 by newspaper magnate José C. Paz. The construction and furnishings are quite opulent for the era. Although at one time it was a private residence, it is now managed by the Military Officer's Association.

They only offer English tours one day a week, but offer Spanish tours most days. Since my wife speaks Spanish, we took a Spanish tour and she occasionally summarized in my ear. For me, it was worth it just to walk through the residence and see all of the amazing rooms.

It is not a high volume tour. There is a guard at the front desk and he will direct you downstairs to purchase tickets from a ticket window down the hall. There were only two other people on our tour. The young tour guide was quite knowledgeable and did an excellent job. He also spoke English, so I was able to ask him questions as well.

The home is majestic and beautiful and well worth the 90 minutes to see how the other half lived a century ago.
Written June 25, 2019
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suehallam
Barcelona, Spain63 contributions
Solo
Since this tour is the only way to see the palace, I ended up joining a spanish tour even though my spanish is very limited. The tour was extremely detailed and rather long,almost 2 hours. The 6 spanish speakers seemed to love it. The palace feels very authentic since it has been carefully preserved, and is now home to an old well established military club. There were several ghost stories told and it did feel plausible that the place could be haunted. It is huge, and extremely atmospheric, and the craftsmanship is superb.

English tours Thursdays 3:30 pm 200 pesos
Spanish tours Wednesday and Friday 11:00 am
Tuesday and Friday 3:00 pm
Written May 30, 2017
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VinceBToronto_Canada
Brossard, Canada284 contributions
Solo
Betilu's review of this sight is so wonderfully comprehensive that I will only fill in the specifics that applied to my particular tour.

I went on a Saturday at 11am and took the tour in Spanish. I believe the cost was 40 pesos, cash only. We were about 30 people, mostly older travellers including 1 lady in a wheelchair. The entire tour was wheelchair-accessible. Photos are permitted.

Our guide was excellent: loud, clear voice; perfect diction; patience; great insights and a sense of humour. I don't speak Spanish that well, but I am fluent in French; our guide was so clear that I was able to understand at least 2/3 of what she said. The tour took just over an hour because of the size of the group.

The best description of the style would be Versailles-inspired. Bear in mind that this is not a true palace, but an actual working and functional home; so there are vents, stucco, linoleum floors in places - it's not all glamour. But it is a beautiful building and well worth your time.

BTW, touring the San Martin on a Saturday is a joy as the crowds and traffic are minimal and photo-taking is so easy, as compared to the busy weekdays.
Written April 27, 2013
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Silvina K
Colorado Springs, CO113 contributions
Family
You can visit the palace with a guided tour, which is totally recommendable since in that way you can know better about everything the building has, and everything that happened in there. It is not expensive at all and is money well spent. THe tours are at 11:00 am and at 3:00pm.
Written March 5, 2019
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Alicia L
Buenos Aires, Argentina109 contributions
Friends
I highly recommend this visit plus the "bonus track" of the tea served in one of the original dining rooms of the family. I could feel the thrill of memories coming from the happy years as guest to a party held there. Beautiful girls dressed in sheer organza, layers of tulle and lace or velvet, The sound of music filling the space, lighted crystal pendant chandeliers, mirrors everywhere, Versailles inspired decoration, impeccable boisserie on the walls of every room. Marble stairs, colorful vitraux in the windows, incredible oak wood flooring and marble floors with a crafted combination of different types of marbles. Surely you won´t want to leave!
Written June 25, 2018
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Borboroglu
Puerto Madryn, Argentina246 contributions
This palace was built and owned by the Paz family during the beginning of the XX century. Location is very convenient for tourists as it is located in front of San Martin Park and close to Peatonal La Florida. There are 2 guided tours, at 11 and 15, which are th eonly way to visit the attraction. The architectural style, material and design are superlative. There is eve a restaurant located on the top floor. It has 12,000 square meters, 140 rooms and 40 bathrooms. It used to have 70 employees to maintain the building. Definitile a must if you visit Buenos Aires.
Written June 29, 2017
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