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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 ¥9,715
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.

    ibis Buenos Aires Congreso ¥3,734
    ibis Buenos Aires Congreso

    ibis Buenos Aires Congreso

    Hipolito Yrigoyen 1592, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Barolo Palace, Palace of the Argentine National Congress, and Cabildo. Obelisco and Plaza de Mayo are also within 1 mi (2 km). Saenz Pena Station and Congress Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Bristol ¥3,778
      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.

        Tango de Mayo Hotel ¥8,940
        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.

          Libertador Hotel ¥12,145
          Libertador Hotel

          Libertador Hotel

          Av. Cordoba 690, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 15 minutes. Lavalle Station is 5 minutes by foot and San Martin Station is 6 minutes.

            Duomi Plaza Hotel ¥3,670
            Duomi Plaza Hotel

            Duomi Plaza Hotel

            Bartolome Mitre 1480, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Buenos Aires hotel is located near the airport, 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 is only a 3-minute walk and Uruguay Station is 6 minutes.

              Claridge Hotel ¥6,155
              Claridge Hotel

              Claridge Hotel

              Tucuman 535, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this romantic hotel is steps from Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Luna Park are also within 10 minutes. Florida Station and Lavalle Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Europlaza Hotel & Suites ¥5,354
                Europlaza Hotel & Suites

                Europlaza Hotel & Suites

                Montevideo 327, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Obelisco and Teatro Colon. Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza de Mayo are also within 1 mi (2 km). Uruguay Station and Callao Station are within a 5-minute walk.