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World's Best Hotels 2013

World's Best Hotels: Alvear Palace Hotel

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No. 42 Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires

Score: 93.77

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).

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