LUGARES MAGAZINE Nro. 66
Page. 94 - 97
By: Rossana Acquasanta
Pictures: Archivo Lugares
THE ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL
The fresh, red rose, the Hermés accessories in the bathrooms, the pure Egyptian cotton sheets by Frette,
the prestigious Italian brand, the voluptuous French fabrics by Pierre Frei, the dressing gowns with little woven details-hers with flowers, his with the hotel's logo embroidered in gold. All this marks the difference between simple functionality and supreme refinement. Fifteen years ago the Alvear Palace Hotel, on the most elegant corner in Buenos Aires, emerged from a long period of melancholy oblivion. Since then the art, the architecture, the decoration, the quality of service and the cuisine of Jean Paul Bondoux in La Bourgogne, the hotel's renowned restaurant, have rightly earned acclaimed distinctions. The Alvear now is undoubtedly a recovered treasure.
This sturdy palace covers 30,000 sq. metres and provides elegance in every nook and cranny. There are 210 rooms of which 130 are suites; the difference in category is nothing more than the size of the accommodations they offer, all the details and fittings are common throughout.
This standard of luxury is upheld through the committed dedication and good taste of Berta and Tuni Sutton. It is thanks to them that there are always fresh orchids in the lobby, and beautiful arrangements here and there, the Bernardaud china used for serving their high profile banquets or a even simple coffee. Ever since the aesthetic sensibility of Lily Gaubin stamped its seal on the décor of this palace reborn, Berta and Tuni have toiled to dignify the spirit of this great European-style hotel. Tireless travellers, they travel around the world taking careful note of objects that will shimmer and shine in the elegant salons of the Alvear.