The Alvear Palace is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, set in Buenos Aires’ most elegant neighbourhood, La Recoleta, with its leafy parks and wide boulevards. The best restaurants and boutiques in the city are within easy reach, as well as museums and the financial district. The hotel resides in an imposing, 11-storey building and the French-inspired interiors are reminiscent of Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, with crystal chandeliers, velvet and gilded wood-panelling abound. There are 87 ornate and opulent rooms and suites, in varying degrees of comfort, but all luxurious and the Imperial style carries through in the rich drapes, elegant furniture and Egyptian cottons, while Hermès de Paris amenities can be found in the marbled bathrooms. Some of the suites provide butler service and VIP access to the Alvear Lounge, a tranquil haven in black, white and gold under a glass dome. There are two restaurants and two bars at the hotel. La Bourgorgne serves the best French cuisine in the city, under the watchful eye of Relais & Châteaux chef Jean Paul Bondoux, while L’Orangerie is a traditional meeting place in Buenos Aires, serving buffet breakfasts, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea in an opulent dining room. The stylish Lobby Bar has been serving cocktails to Buenos Aires’ finest clientele since its opening in 1932 or enjoy bubbles in the Art Deco-styled Champagne Bar. Impressive leisure facilities at the hotel include a heated indoor swimming pool on the rooftop, spa with vitality pool, sauna and steam baths, and a fully equipped gym.