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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.


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Hostel Estoril

Hostel Estoril

Av de Mayo 1385, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in El Centro, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Barolo Palace and Palace of the Argentine National Congress. Obelisco and Florida Street are also within 15 minutes. Saenz Pena Station is only a 2-minute walk and Lima Station is 4 minutes.

    Tango de Mayo Hotel
    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 El Centro, 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.

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      Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

      Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

      Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Patio Bullrich, Recoleta Cultural Center, and Exhibition Center of the City of Buenos Aires. El Ateneo Grand Splendid and Teatro Colon are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station is 15 minutes by foot and Court Station is 18 minutes.

        Avenida Tango
        Avenida Tango

        Avenida Tango

        1360 Av. de Mayo, Buenos Aires, CABA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in El Centro, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Barolo Palace and Palace of the Argentine National Congress. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 15 minutes. Saenz Pena Station is only a 2-minute walk and Lima Station is 4 minutes.

          Gran Hotel Vedra ¥3,648
          Gran Hotel Vedra

          Gran Hotel Vedra

          Av. De Mayo 1350, Buenos Aires
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in El Centro, this hotel is 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 2-minute walk and Lima Station is 4 minutes.

            Hostel Estoril 3 ¥3,119
            Hostel Estoril 3

            Hostel Estoril 3

            1385 Av. de Mayo, piso 3, Buenos Aires, CABA
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in El Centro, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Barolo Palace and Palace of the Argentine National Congress. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 15 minutes. Saenz Pena Station is only a 2-minute walk and Lima Station is 5 minutes.

              Franca City Hostel ¥6,973
              Franca City Hostel

              Franca City Hostel

              Avenida de Mayo 1410, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in El Centro, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Obelisco, and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. Teatro Colon and Plaza de Mayo are also within 1 mi (2 km). Saenz Pena Station is only a 2-minute walk and Lima Station is 5 minutes.

                Hotel Napoleon ¥3,098
                Hotel Napoleon

                Hotel Napoleon

                Rivadavia 1364, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in El Centro, this hotel is 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.