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Exquisite palaces and luxurious apartment buildings combine with art galleries and exclusive boutiques to make Retiro the perfect spot for those who enjoy sophistication. However, the non-stop foot traffic to and from Retiro train and bus terminals, accompanied by the myriad of trucks leaving and arriving at the port, mean this neighbourhood is never truly at rest. One minute you are walking down a street dotted with ornate mansions and luxurious shop windows and the next you find yourself surrounded by a sea of people racing to catch their train or bus. It is this juxtaposition of never-ending comings and goings and quiet, elegant luxury that defines Retiro, as well as Buenos Aires, a city where sharp contrasts are all around.
We were extremely lucky to gain admittance to this quite breathtaking palace.
We took the Spanish speaking tour as the English one was booked out . The tour and the guide showed this extraordinary palace
We are so pleased we had the opportunity to partake
This impressive building houses the Foreign Affairs Ministry. I wish we could have seen the interior. It is near the Torre Monumental. Across from the palacio is a monument honoring General San Martin. Visiting dignitaries lay flowers here to honor the Argentinian hero. He is considered the Liberator of Argentina.
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
"The crown jewel of three adjoining parks"
reviewed 19 March 2020 by AlpinerHut
Plaza San Martin is the crown jewel in a string of parks near Estacion Retiro, Buenos Aires' main train station, the others being Plaza Fuerza Aerea Argentina (home to Torre Monumental) and Plaza Canada (which features a totem pole and lots of homeless people).
The park and its centerpiece (but not centered) monument (see my review, "Keep looking. It's there!")...
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
"STILL IMPOSING DECADES LATER"
reviewed 29 October 2019 by Terrance M
When built in 1936, it was the tallest building on the South American continent at roughly 400’/120m high. Art Deco in design, it was a residential structure. You can get good views of it from the area near the San Martin statue. On clear days, Montevideo can be seen across the Rio de la Plata. Its design looks a little...
My wife and I had a wonderful evening at this restaurant. The SERVICE was truly outstanding and my steak was delicious. The dessert was beautifully made and divine- - - Dulce de Leche pudding with a chocolate arch!
The hotel I stayed at was a few hundred feet away so went initially because of convenience. The incredible scent was alluring upon entering the restaurant. They had this large unique rounded triangular glass smoker that slow-roasted meats. It was heaven to smell the wood and meat together. The service was exceptional. Suffice it to say the 10 days we...
My friend and I had a very nice and pleasant stay at this hotel! The room was big and clean. The breakfast was good. Most of all, the hotel personell was very kind, answered many question and helped us to get around in Buenos Aires.
This is a very nice property in true 4 Seasons style. The hotel is very nicely appointed in a great location in the city. The entire facility is well maintained and very clean. The spa is on the small side, but the messages were top shelf. The concierge made all our transportation, spa, and dinner reservations prior to our arrival;...
I've never had better service than at the Casa Calma Hotel. The staff went out of their way to help me - including recommending restaurants, a place to purchase electrical converter, arranging transportation, and suggesting tours.
We stayed here 4 nights and pre arranged a hotel shuttle pickup from the airport as we were struggling to get local currency before we left and therefore couldn't rely on getting a taxi. Pick up was perfect despite our flight being about an hour late in arriving. We got to the hotel prior to the advertised check in time...
We absolutely loved our stay in February. This hotel is in an excellent location within walking distance of many attractions and restaurants. The personal service provided by the staff, specifically Oriana, was amazing. Our room was huge with one of the most comfortable and largest bed I have seen in a hotel. It was really great to be able to...