Fabulous old world elegance and luxury at the very highest level are effortlessly delivered in this beautiful, historic hotel in the Recoleta area of Buenos Aries. The ambience and atmosphere are superb, everything one sees, touches, feels, eats and drinks are absolutely top notch.
The staff are a delight - world class in the level of service they consistently offer. Nothing is too much trouble and everyone speaks good English. Personal butlers are always around to satisfy every whim and the concierge service is outstanding. We had a wonderful driver for two days who showed us the city with intelligence and perception of our interests and needs.
There were two areas however that annoyed us and which would receive a less than excellent rating. Firstly the business centre is on the second floor and at the end of a long corridor of the hotel's admin offices. Only 20 minutes of Internet time are free, after which one is required to pay. There is no hospitality of any kind available at the business centre, not even water! A tiny nespresso coffee machine sits in a corner, but one has to pay for coffee. Here the staff, although helpful are not fully conversant with the systems and no conversions of are available into English on the computers.
Secondly, at the spa, no hospitality is available again. After a massage, one is expected to pay for a tea or drink, including water, and again the offering is meagre.
This is a great hotel, truly a leading hotel of the world. And I would also add that it was one of the cleanest hotels I have ever stayed in - absolutely pristine in all the public areas. A real joy to experience it's perfection. Perhaps just a little updating in the attitude to the expected extras found in the international world class hotels today would secure my vote as a favourite hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alvear Palace Buenos Aires
- Hotel Alvear Palace