For the Alvear is more than a mere hotel – it’s also a source of civic pride, a symbol of grandeur and an enduring reminder of BA’s golden, affluent era.
Filling half a block of the lavish Avenida Alvear, the 210 rooms offer extreme opulence: rich burgundies, antique French furniture and Hermès bathroom goodies scattered around the hot tubs.
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Designed by French master Philippe Starck, this magnificent, lavish and camp lodging is built in the shell of an eye-catching English-style red-brick silo.
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This is not surprising when you consider that its Valley Wing alone offers a high level of luxury, personalised service, a minimum of 50sq meters of space and floor-to-ceiling windows (some with stunning panoramic views of the city).
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Meeting rooms and lobbies are still adorned with Oriental rugs and chandeliers, high tea is served daily in the Palm Court and lavish weddings for the rich and famous are held in stadium-sized banquet rooms.
But all is not frozen in time: rooms have been updated with high-speed internet access and non-allergenic pillows to ensure twenty-first-century amenities and comfort.
Grub is courtesy of Chor Bizarre, an Indian restaurant with an accent on authentic Kashmiri food.
Ask for a guided tour through the old city, or catch a movie at the beautifully restored art deco Delite cinema next door.