World's Best Hotels 2013
Courtesy of Alvear Palace Hotel
No. 42 Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires
Opened in 1932, this classic hotel in the upscale Recoleta neighborhood recalls Buenos Aires’s Europhile past. The 191 guestrooms are pure Louis XV in design, and the bathrooms (with custom-made amenities by Parisian designer Hermès) feature hydromassage bathtubs and LCD TVs. Service is top-notch: a bilingual butler assists guests with everything from unpacking and ironing to drawing a bath. At afternoon tea in L'Orangerie restaurant combines English tradition with Argentina’s obsession for sweets (think dulce de leche Alvear Cake).