Palacio Barolo

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

Palacio Barolo
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
The PALACIO illustrates and pays tribute to THE DIVINE COMEDY written by DANTE ALIGHIERI. This building shows a unique architectural style, mingling the neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic appearance followed by the dome, with its original hindu design, which belongs to the region of Bhubaneshwar. It represents the tantric union between Dante and Beatrice, both protagonists of The Divine Comedy.
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Fond du Lac, WI2,338 contributions
Great tour!
Jan 2020
It was interesting to see this as we saw its sister Palacio Salvo in Montevideo. We made online reservations in advance via What's Ap. You will have to give your passport information once they confirm that there is availability for your tour. They were flexible to change the time of my tour when I realized that another tour in Buenos Aires had changed their time. Answered promptly in good English on What's Ap. It said on their website that tours were limited to 25 people in the afternoon but there were actually 32 on our tour. The tours last 90 minutes long. There is a good amount of stair climbing and it is not air-conditioned. You can only go on the first floor if you don't take a tour. Our guide spoke in two languages-Spanish and English. She was very understandable and informative. There is a great city view and skyline where you can take photos on one of the floors. Near the end of the tour is a small glass dome that you can enter to take more skyline photos. However, that is not recommended for the claustrophobic, especially when it is hot outside as it is not air conditioned. The included lemonade at the end of the tour was watered down and not good.
Written April 25, 2020
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Glasgow, UK1,402 contributions
Beautiful exterior
Mar 2020 • Friends
If you are walking or doing a city tour and end up in the downtown area this is a building worth studying. I had no idea of the connection with Dante’s Divine Comedy but do now. Really worth going inside but you would benefit if you had a guide to explain everything in detail and your language. We didn’t have enough time so had to settle for the external experience then read about the building separately, which was a pity.
Written March 18, 2020
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Epping, UK745 contributions
Spectacular exterior, but not very accessible
Mar 2020
Designed to retell Dantes story. Admire the almost Harry Potterish style. Inside only the ground floor foyer was open, the lifts and terrace were closed (March 2020). The staff were not helpful - I can read the sign! Maybe pop in when calling on Tortini's / teatro Avida?
Written March 12, 2020
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Flavia L
Buenos Aires, Argentina33 contributions
Original building
May 2019
It has a twin building Palacio Salvo in Montevideo, Uruguay. I love to see the surprise in the top lighhouse and also the Divine comedy respresented in different levels
Written March 5, 2020
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West Lafayette, IN4,625 contributions
Historic Building, Wonderful View, So-So Evening Cello Tour
Jan 2020
This is one of many beautiful buildings in Buenos Aires. It is ornate inside with 22 floors topped by a tiny lighthouse that provides unobstructed 360 views of Buenos Aires. Our tour in January began at 7:00 pm which allowed us to be in the lighthouse at sunset. Around the perimeter of the rotating light is a narrow walkway with balconies to the outside that offer wonderful views of the city as the sun goes down.

Although this is a 2-hour Evening with Cello tour, you are really paying for guided access to the building and the tour is a creative attempt to add ambiance to the visit. At about $75 for a couple, this was one of the more expensive tour activities we encountered during our three weeks in Argentina; however, after seeing similar tours advertised for much more, I guess I got a good deal going directly to the Palacio Barolo website, clicking on Tours and then Extraordinary Nights. Their ticket sales certainly indicate there are plenty of people willing to pay for the experience.

The tour kiosk is toward the back of the main lobby as you enter. I’m not sure why they require you to arrive 60 minutes early, but we were there on a nice summer evening so we spent the time touring Constitution Plaza just a short walk away. Be sure to take a moment to cross the street and admire the buildings impressive edifice. The attendants at the kiosk were young women, as was the guide and the cellist. They did their best to provide a pleasant experience, but the tour was clearly scripted and the guide did not deviate from her memorized text.

The tour began in the lobby and then used a combination of original elevators and very narrow stairs to reach the higher floors. The interior architecture was interesting, but this is clearly an older building that has seen its better day. The bathroom one floor down from the lobby was frighteningly dirty.

The capstone of the tour is clearly the walk up the tight spiral staircase to the lighthouse where we watched the sun set. This is the experience you come for. Our tour probably had 20 people, so we had to go up to the lighthouse in two separate groups. As advertised a cello is played during the visit to the lighthouse, but the young lady sounded more like an advanced student rather than an accomplished professional.

At the end of the tour, we were taken to a small office where an array of hats from the building’s period were available, supposedly for guests to wear for pictures. Not a big fan of sharing hats with strangers. A glass of champagne was also offered, although many in our group opted for water given the number of steps that had been required for the climb.

Given that it was dark outside, we needed to return to our hotel 1.5 miles away. We could have taken a taxi for about $5, but chose to walk and are glad we did. Heading east, you arrive in a mile or so at the beautiful Plaza de Mayo and then the upscale Puerto Madero with its restaurants, cafes and street performers. BA is a big city, so walking at night concerned us, but we knew where we were going and the streets were well lit with plenty of foot traffic, so the walk back turned out to be a pleasant

Very glad we reserved our tickets on line and took the tour. Given that so much was made of the building’s relationship with Dante’s Inferno, I was expecting a more academic discussion of the building and the literature rather than a script recited by a guide barely out of her teens, if that. However, she did her best, the building is interesting and the view from the top is one-of-a-kind.
Written March 3, 2020
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London, UK26 contributions
Overpriced, terrible guided tour
Sep 2019
Our guide was terrible and tour was highly overpriced.
I genuinely do not understand why this place has such high rating. You can check the outside, the ground floor (for free) and read up on history and you will get everything anyway.

Do NOT bother booking the tours with concerts. The Cello concert we booked was in a tiny room at the tour company's office and the music was..amateruish at best.

I hear the bar is nice (though not been) so maybe go there to enjoy the view from this historic building - at least you get drinks with the price you pay for entrance. Tour doesn't get you access to bar.
Written March 2, 2020
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Laura J
Laguna Hills, CA19 contributions
Fascinating building history
Feb 2020
Probably wouldn't have done this tour except that my husband had a meeting in the building - so glad I did! The tour guide was delightful and informative about the history of this beautiful building!
Written February 27, 2020
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Sandy P
Smyrna, TN25 contributions
Quite an amazing experience!
Feb 2020 • Couples
We traveled from Hell, through Purgatory, and up to Heaven under the direction of our very knowledgeable guide. If you are interested in architecture, this amazing building shouldn’t be missed!
Written February 25, 2020
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Tina S
Buena Vista, CO5 contributions
You’ll Never Get This 2 Hours Back
Feb 2020 • Friends
Colossal waste of time and money. Our combined Spanish/English tour was awful. Our ‘guide’ could hardly bother to provide information about the building in English (she said “it just takes longer to explain things in Spanish”), whatever reference to Dante and his monumental work is found in the building was never explained, and the supposed reference to Masonic symbolism in the brochures is either non-existent or invisible. The view from the top was excellent-too bad there was no one to point out interesting features or buildings. But the lemonade at the end of the tour was delicious. Skip this.
Written February 22, 2020
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Lynn M
Houston, TX2,497 contributions
Great views of the city from way up high.
Feb 2020 • Solo
Very nice tour with Isabella who spoke first in Spanish and then in English. We took the tour on a Friday night, so we got to see the sun set on the city. Worth it to go up, up and up, all the way to the lighthouse, to see the magnificent views of the city. Lots of stairs, but you can hug the walls, so if you are fairly fit, it will not be a problem. Narrow staircases, so single file all the way. Early on you take an elevator. Coming down is even easier than going up, just watch your head when you are way up
Written February 21, 2020
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