Built in 1932, Alvear Palace is an old-world Belle Époque (era of European peace and prosperity) landmark. Buenos Aires is often referred to as the ‘Paris of South America’ due to Europe’s influence, but it’s very much its own beautiful mess of a city. We’ll let Paris be Paris and Buenos Aires be Buenos Aires.
Walking up to the revolving doors, I felt as though my dress and new boots still weren’t enough to compete with the well-heeled crowd that frequented the Alvear.
Nevertheless, I went on my merry way. Lavish details stood out such as soaring ceilings, crystal chandeliers and fine fabrics in the common spaces of the hotel. In my mind, this room looks like a lindt chocolate tastes – silky smooth and oh so decadent.
The 191 rooms at the Alvear are designed in Louis XIV and Louis XVI style, with silk drapes, Empire-style furniture, and paintings by Argentine artists. Swooooooon!
This bedroom though! Is that a gold bed? Why yes, I think it is…sure to give any traveler interior envy…
…and *suite* dreams!
The view from the suite didn’t disappoint, especially since I’ve grown to love the Buenos Aires skyline over the past couple of years.
Hello from the other side!
Translate this: Te pido una copa de Malbec, por favor?
English translation: Can I order a cup of Malbec, please? Actually, hold the cup. I’ll take a bottle…
Mil gracias, señor!
Breakfast was a highlight at the Alvear Palace, as it often is a highlight of my every day life. Afternoon tea is also served in the L’Orangerie restaurant, combining English tradition with Argentina’s obsession for sweets. NOM.
Argentines love their carbs, especially crescent shaped croissants called medialunas. I could live off of them, but then I’d be 400 lbs.
Of course they also have the traditional Americano breakfast with all the fixins. Do you take yours salty or sweet?
For me, I’m always on the sweet side. If I were a food, I’d be granola.
Scratch that. I’d be an alfajor – a traditional Argentina snack made with dulce de leche between two cookies.
Moving right along with the food theme, the French cuisine at La Bourgogne is something to write home about. Bon appétit!
And here we have the famous Alvear Palace staircase. I climbed (okay, took the elevator) to the 11th floor to get this shot. All in a hard day’s work!
View from the bottom floor. Don’t forget to look up!
Buenos Aires can feel like a concrete jungles sometimes despite its many parks, but the Alvear Palace has made sure to incorporate green spaces inside its walls. Ahhh. Breath, relax, zen, repeat.
Although the hotel is currently undergoing a pool reno on the 10th floor, this indoor pool on the 2nd floor served its purpose just fine during my stay. There’s an old school charm I quite admire about it…
So, naturally, I had to get in. There were clouds on the ceiling. Do you blame me?
The Road Les Traveled was welcomed to the Alvear Palace as a guest. Our opinions are our own, and we’ll do as we please…such as arrive to the lobby via banister. Chau for now!
How To Get There
LAN Airlines offers direct flights to Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) from Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Tip: Premium Business Class is where you want to be. It’s so good you’ll probably want to do the round-trip again. And again. And again.