Smack dab in the middle of Recoleta, Buenos Aires’s spendy shopping neighborhood, sits the posh Alvear Palace Hotel.
In some cases, the word ‘palace’ evokes a feeling of pretentious hyperbole, but not here.
The hotel, which covers half a block of Avenida Alvear, Buenos Aires’s most exclusive street, truly deserves the name. Opened in 1932, the hotel includes Sean Connery, Shaquille O’Neal, Nelson Mandela and Karl Lagerfeld among its past guests.
Rooms here are designed in Louis XIV and Louis XVI style with silk drapes, paintings from native Argentine artists and antique French furniture. Architectural details include soaring ceilings, crystal chandeliers and Corinthian columns. Bathrooms are marble and feature Jacuzzi tubs and toiletries from Hermès.
In keeping with its status as the standard-bearer for upscale stays, each room includes the services of a personal butler (who will unpack your bags, press your wrinkled clothes and essentially tend to your every need), fresh flowers and fruit baskets. The hotel is also home to one of the continent’s most highly lauded French restaurants, La Bourgogne.
Rooms start around $400/night and can be booked online.
photo credit: Alvear Palace Hotel