Trip Report: Alvear Palace Hotel

Alvear Palace

Alvear Palace

Every major world city has at least one iconic hotel, and in Buenos Aires that hotel is the Alvear Palace, located in the upscale Recoleta neighborhood.

I arrived for my two night stay via a taxi in the early afternoon and was warmly greeted by the bellman and escorted into the hotel for check in. There was a slight mix up with my arrival date, but it was quickly remedied and I was offered access to my room, a Deluxe Suite.

Bedroom

My suite was very large with a formal living room, a small office, a bedroom, a full bath with Hermes amenities, and two closets (a large walk in off of the bedroom, and a smaller closet in the living room). The decor is very traditional and done in keeping with the spirit of a true palace hotel. Although it is not my personal preference for decor, the layout worked well and the furnishing were clean and comfortable.

Alvear Palace Breakfast Buffet

The breakfast buffet was the best of the four properties that I stayed at during my week in Buenos Aires. Lots of fresh fruit, gorgeous homemade pastries, hot items, and plenty of silver service. However, my favorite item on the buffet was the honeycomb.

Honeycomb

The complimentary Virtuoso amenities for 2015 are as follows:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
    • served in L´Orangerie Restaurant
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • HighTea for 2 persons served in L´Orangerie Restaurant
    • once during stay

My three takeaways about the Alvear Palace Hotel:

Fabulous:

If excellent service is the most important priority for your hotel stay in Buenos Aires, then you will absolutely love the Alvear Palace.

Faux Pas:

No coffee or tea making facilities in the room.

FYI:

The hotel is an easy walk to Recoleta Cemetery.

 

Please get in touch via phone at 508-485-3061 or email with any questions about the Alvear Palace Hotel, or if you are ready to book.

Trip Report: Yankee, Tango, Polo – A Week in Buenos Aires

Caminito

Caminito

I could not have been more thrilled when I received the invitation from Janine Cifelli Representation to spend four nights in Buenos Aires with Alvear Hotels, plus touring provided by Abercrombie & Kent.

Clients have been increasingly interested in the destination as an easy to get to location with virtually zero jet lag and a great currency conversion. Additionally, my love for Mexico has recently had me pining to explore even further south into Central and South America. I have an amazing two week trip to Peru on the books for this fall, so this opportunity was the perfect compliment to expand my Latin America expertise.

Floralis Generica

Of course, my first question was what should I do about the flights? In looking at pricing, routes, and premium cabin costs I decided to go with American. I don’t like to fly through New York (JFK) if I can avoid it, and although the Dreamliner was extremely enticing, Dallas (DFW) just seemed a little too far out of the way for a connection. My final choice was the new 777-200 Retrofit Business Class cabin roundtrip from Miami (MIA) to Buenos Aires (EZE).

AA 909

The flight was enjoyable and went quickly despite the nine hour flying time. For dinner I pre-reserved the Spinach Ravioli and selected ice cream as my desert.  I though the cabin was way too hot, especially for the thick duvets, but I managed to sleep for four or five hours.

Spinach Ravioli

During my seven night stay in Buenos Aires I stayed in four hotels which I will review in separate trip reports. The hotel names will link to the trip reports when complete.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Alvear Palace Hotel

Alvear Art Hotel

Faena Hotel

I also visited the Park Hyatt and La Aguada.

Stay tuned for more insight into the fabulous city known as the Paris of South America!