As Grand Dame, opulent hotels go – it is virtually impossible to beat the Alvear Palace. Located on the prestigious Alvear Avenue, it is an impeccable piece of Belle Epoque architecture; a millionaire’s playground, designed to satisfy the whims of the most discerning and affluent of guests. From a silverservice buffet breakfast in the glasscovered conservatory (Winter Garden, of course), to unending Louis XVI marble floors, to the lush carpets and gilt gold interior decor in-room, to its coats-andtails dressed staff; the Alvear Palace screams high-maintanence. Service leans towards the old-world, with two members of staff on duty to each guest at any time, executed with military precision, albeit a little on the cold, “Very good, sir,” side of things. We loved it, few wouldn’t to be honest – but just when you think they can’t possibly get any better, they do. A refurbishment of the property’s top-most floors reveals the addition of a number of large suites with amazing views – some contemporary, in an interesting turn from the usual style – plus a pool, solarium and executive club lounge.