Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
What’s great about the Alvear is that the elegance is
never overwhelming. Rooms are large (and most definitely grand if
you have a suite), with impressive Louis XVI details like crystal
chandeliers, antique porcelain pieces and fine paintings. However,
they're made welcoming with tasteful floral prints and thoughtful
details: a daily bowl of fresh fruit (with napkins and cutlery),
fresh flowers, slippers by your bed at turndown, and the
weather forecast on a card with your morning paper (state if you
prefer it in English or Spanish).
Beds are incredibly comfortable: expect 500-thread Egyptian cotton sheets (that means extremely smooth and soft), a choice of feather pillows, and light duvets as well as heavier quilts.
The bathrooms deserve an award in themselves. You may gasp as you open the door to find gold fittings glinting against warm cream Boticcino marble and a cornucopia of towels and bathrobes. Toiletries are the finest you’ll encounter anywhere, made by Hermès: luscious soap, deliciously fragranced bath salts and body lotion you’ll be carrying around for weeks, plus everything else you might need. All bathrooms have hydromassage showers and separate baths (apart from Palace Rooms, which have showers only), as well as a hairdryer and a plasma TV.
The room categories range from Palace Rooms, with Louis XVI furniture and work desks, to Junior Suites with spacious lounges, to the 2-room Deluxe Suites. Large Diplomatic Suites have an elegant living room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, while sumptuous Governor Suites and the wonderful Alvear Suite occupy the corners of the building and have a reception hall, an oval French-style living room and a large bedroom.
The Presidential Suite and Royal Suite have dining rooms, 2 bathrooms with hot tubs, and dressing rooms; some also have a sauna, home theatre and kitchen. Suites come with Jacuzzis and personalised stationery; if you're staying in the Governor, Presidential and Royal Suites, you get a range of additional goodies, perhaps complimentary drinks or breakfast served in bed.
Your butler will welcome you to your room, help set up the WiFi (or bring you a computer if you need to borrow one), and take away 2 garments for complimentary pressing. All the mod cons are in place, too: direct dial fax by your bed, plasma TVs, DVD players and a free shoeshine service.
- DVD player
- WiFi Internet
- Safe box
- Central Heating
- Baby Cots
- Fruit basket