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Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, Central + South America
1891 Avenida Alvear
Buenos Aires
Argentina C1129AAA
Tel: 54 11 4808 2100's insider take:

At the Alvear Palace—widely considered the top hotel in South America—it's still possible to feel as rich, as they used to say, as an Argentine. The colossal neoclassical chateau, which dominates a gilded swath of Recoleta studded with Cartier, Polo, and Zegna outposts, has been the focus of Buenos Aires high society ever since its polished brass doors opened in 1932. These days, the 197-room grande dame remains in exceptional form, from the attentive bilingual butlers to the opulent suites full of Louis XV-style furniture. Guests should be sure to have a tipple in the magnificent Lobby Bar, where the local upper crust and visiting sultans gather for cocktails, gossip, and political intrigue. The Alvear's top-notch French restaurant, La Bourgogne, is the country's only Relais Gourmands establishment.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 92.7
  • Design: 90.4
  • Food: 91.5
  • Location: 96.0
  • Rooms: 92.0
  • Service: 93.5
This Belle Époque monument "is the best hotel in South America." It's "within walking distance of fantastic shops and Recoleta Cemetery." "All the staff knew fascinating things about the city." Built in 1932, rooms are designed in Louis XIV and Louis XVI style, with silk drapes and Empire-style furniture, along with personal butlers. La Bourgogne serves "out-of-this-world" French.

(197 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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