< ARGENTINA | BUENOS AIRES: Alvear Palace Hotel
Envisioned as a luxury hotel for European visitors, the Alvear Palace Hotel opened its doors in 1932 and soon became the epitome of class and refinement. The most elegant hotel in Latin America had to have its home in the most stylish neighborhood in Buenos Aires - Recoleta, home to parks, wide avenues, traditional cafes, restaurants, museums, opulent mansions and stores of the leading international luxury brands. The streets and avenues of Recoleta are lined with French architecture, which when combined with the elegance of the “porteños” who live in the neighborhood, leads many visitors to identify this area as "the Paris of South America."
The Hotel was conceived by Dr Rafael de Miero, a Buenos Aires businessman and socialite who brought the first
blueprints from Paris. He was helped by the designer Verschere and the architects Pirovano and Brodsky, who would
create the hotel's iconic 16 floors façade. The engineers Escudero and Ortúzar, and the architect Medhurst Thomas
and his associate, G.E. Harris, constructed and decorated the hotel.
The majestic rooms and suites, as well as the lobby and other public areas, reflect the style of Louis XIV and Louis XVI. The historical furnishings, the crystal chandeliers, the golden walls and works of art transport visitors to another era and realm of elegance. Throughout its long history, the Alvear Palace Hotel has always played a central role in Argentina's social, cultural, political and business life.
Today, more than 550 highly trained professionals dedicate themselves entirely to satisfying the needs and demands of guests in the 191 rooms. This ratio, which implies more than two staff members for every room, surpasses the international standards of even the most famous hotels.
Some of the people who have visited the Alvear in recent years:
- Royalty, Emperors and Emirs: Her Majesty the Queen of Netherlands, His and Her Royal Highness the Prince and Princess of Netherlands, His and Her Excellency the Emperor and Empress of Japan, His and Her Majesty the King and Queen of Spain, His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Wales, His Royal Highness Prince Philip of Asturias and Infanta Cristina
- Presidents and Heads of State: Italy, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, Czech Republic, Israel, among others.
- Personalities from the world of art, cinema, sports and music: Gustavo Santaolalla, Mario Testino, Walt Disney, Henry Kissinger, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Lalo Shifrin, Arthur Miller, Isabel Allende, Oliver Stone, Francis Ford, Coppola, Alan Parker, Antonio Banderas, Geraldine Chaplin, Catherine Deneuve, Salma, Hayek, Sharon Stone, Sofía Loren, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Donatella Versace, Kenzo, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Inés de la Fressange, Pamela Anderson, Jean Alesi, Magic Johnson, Michael Schumacher, Shaquille O'Neal, Tommy Lee Jones, R.E.M, Paul Anka, Matt Damon, Vittorio Mastroiani, Joan Collins, Xuxa, Paloma Picasso.
- Personalities from the world of business: George Soros, Ted Turner, James Wolfensohn, Luca di Montezzemolo, Lee Iacocca, Ivanna Trump, Patrick Heiniger, Soichiro Toyota, Luciano Benetton, Alfonso Cortina, Liliane Betancourt, Edgard Bronfman.
In 2003, the Alvear Palace was named a Historical Monument by the City of Buenos Aires.
In 2009, the Hotel was featured in the movie "Walt & El Grupo", when Walt Disney came to South America.
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