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Palacio Barolo

Marvel at a tower building inspired by the poem Divine Comedy and enjoy unrivaled aerial views of Buenos Aires’ cityscape.

In a city blessed with impressive architecture, the Palacio Barolo stands out as being among the most spectacular buildings in Buenos Aires. From the exterior showcasing an eclectic mix of architectural styles, to the opulent decorations of the interior and the panoramic views from the rooftop lighthouse, the palace is one of Buenos Aires’ must-see attractions.

Palacio Barolo takes its name from Italian-born entrepreneur Luis Barolo. He commissioned Mario Palanti to design a building inspired by Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Upon completion in 1923, the 328-foot-tall (100-meter) building was both Argentina’s and South America’s tallest. Today, it is predominately an office building but the guided tours provide a great insight into its history and architecture.

To fully appreciate the exterior, start on the opposite side of the street. From here, you’ll be able to admire a fusion of art nouveau, Asian-Indian revival and neo-romantic styles, among others. There are references to Dante throughout the building. The lobby, for example, represents Hell. Look for floor patterns that depict fire and walls adorned with ornamental demons and dragons.

To see more of the interior, join a 45-minute guided tour. Narrow staircases and elevators will take you past floors representing purgatory and heaven. Peer over atriums, which provide views to the top and bottom of the building. A major highlight of the tour is the Hindu-style copola and rooftop lighthouse. Step out onto small balconies to enjoy panoramic city views, most notably of Congreso Nacional and the Casa Rosada. Tours take place on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 

From Wednesday to Saturday there are nighttime tours, when the lighthouse is spectacularly illuminated. These tours include a complimentary glass of wine. Find full tour times and prices on the building’s official website.

Situated on Avenida de Mayo, Palacio Barolo is a short walk from Buenos Aires’ city center. The metro and several public buses stop close to the building’s entrance.

There is no fee to enter the Palacio Barolo’s lobby. Purchase tour tickets from the booth located in the lobby.

Popular Activities at Barolo Palace

It's worth giving yourself plenty of time at Barolo Palace. Below are the most popular activities:

Want to experience this famed attraction in the most memorable way? Then you must try out a Skip-the-Line Colon Theater & Palace of Buenos Aires Tour.

Peruse our Buenos Aires things to do page to find even more activities in the area.


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Savoy Hotel ¥9,063
Savoy Hotel

Savoy Hotel

Av. Callao 181, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Obelisco, and Teatro Colon. Florida Street and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Congress Station and Callao Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Tango de Mayo Hotel ¥9,180
    Tango de Mayo Hotel

    Tango de Mayo Hotel

    Av. de Mayo 1396 , Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Obelisco, and Casa Rosada. Saenz Pena Station is only a 2-minute walk and Lima Station is 4 minutes.

      Exe Hotel Colón ¥4,141
      Exe Hotel Colón

      Exe Hotel Colón

      Carlos Pellegrini 507 Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Obelisco and Teatro Colon. Florida Street and Palacio de Justicia are also within 10 minutes. C. Pellegrini Station is only a 2-minute walk and July 9 Station is 3 minutes.

        Hilton Buenos Aires ¥18,015
        Hilton Buenos Aires

        Hilton Buenos Aires

        Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Women's Bridge, Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum, and Centro Cultural Kirchner. Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Buenos Aires Corrientes Station is 7 minutes by foot and Leandro N Alem Station is 11 minutes.

          Hotel Bristol ¥3,723
          Hotel Bristol

          Hotel Bristol

          Cerrito 286, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lavalle Street, Obelisco, and Teatro Colon. Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and Cabildo are also within 15 minutes. July 9 Station and C. Pellegrini Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            NH City Buenos Aires ¥6,686
            NH City Buenos Aires

            NH City Buenos Aires

            Bolivar 160, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Cabildo, Plaza de Mayo, and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. Casa Rosada and Florida Street are also within 5 minutes. Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cathedral Station is 2 minutes.

              Lennox Hotel Buenos Aires ¥6,553
              Lennox Hotel Buenos Aires

              Lennox Hotel Buenos Aires

              Talcahuano 52, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Buenos Aires hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Barolo Palace and Palace of the Argentine National Congress. Obelisco and Teatro Colon are also within 15 minutes. Saenz Pena Station and Lima Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Gran Hotel Argentino ¥3,987
                Gran Hotel Argentino

                Gran Hotel Argentino

                Carlos Pellegrini 37, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street and Obelisco. Teatro Colon and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Mayo Avenue Station is only a 2-minute walk and Piedras Station is 3 minutes.