This June saw the opening of a new hotel in the Rio de la Plata riverside area of Buenos Aires: the Alvear Icon. Located in front of the Faena Arts Center, the $100 million, 34-story building has 159 rooms, nine floors with 50 residences, and a convention center for 1,300 people.
The top two floors feature a bar and restaurant with 360 degree panoramic views of Buenos Aires.
"We are excited to welcome the Alvear Icon to Buenos Aires and expand the luxury offerings of this metropolitan city," says Gonzalo Robredo, executive director of the tourism office of Buenos Aires. "Not only does this hotel bring a new gorgeous structure to the Puerto Madero neighborhood, but we also anticipate receiving thousands of business travelers who will surely enjoy its state-of-the-art convention center."
The convention center has two rooms, the 11,733-square-foot Onyx and 2,120-square-foot Coral; eight meeting rooms; a 2,745-square-foot foyer; and a business center.
The hotel's The Grand View is a lounge and restaurant with a semi-covered glass deck serving contemporary cuisine, while the Wine Bar features Argentinian wines and tapas. The Crystal Bar, scheduled to open in October, is on the 32nd floor, with panoramic views of the city.
The property features two kosher establishments. Milk & Co., open now, is a kosher milk bar. Glitter, set to open in September, will be South America's first deluxe glatt kosher restaurant. Glitter has its own terrace and will accommodate up to 150 guests.
Located on floors 19 and 20 and opening in August is the spa and fitness center, which features a heated swimming pool with a retractable roof, a sauna, a steam bath, and a Scottish shower.