Alvear Palace Hotel Photo Shoot, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“When commissioning a photographic shoot, the hotel management needs to consider the question, “Why is this hotel special?“ and ensure that uniqueness is captured.”
The Historic Hotel
In the world of luxury historic hotels, the Alvear Palace is one of the Grande Hotel Dames of Latin America. It’s a point of reference and marks the standard for luxury historic hotels in the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires.
This hotel is a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide TM. The Alvear Palace photo shoot captures a landmark hotel with impeccable service.
The Alvear Palace Photo Shoot Preparations
The two florists, Nora and Elisa, have worked at this hotel for 30 years. You wouldn’t believe how helpful that is when you are on a shoot. They know every corner of the hotel and every available vase, from the antique cut-glass to beautiful ornate Chinese pieces.
The Alvear Palace photo shoot took place in November, which is the Argentinian spring. During this month the streets of Buenos Aires are ablaze with purple jacaranda trees and lilac agapanthus. We used national flowers in this shoot that were carefully procured under the expert guidance of Nora and Elisa. It was a joy for photographer Michelle Chaplow and stylist Andreea Gherasim to contribute to this special selection process.
The flower market, situated on the outskirts of the town, opens at 5 AM and at this early hour queues have already formed. The colours and perfumes of the vibrant blooms brought the lofty warehouse to life. The flowers that we collected for the shoot would have an excellent further use, adorning the rooms, halls and public spaces of the Alvear Palace. They were on display for days, to be admired and flattered by passing guests.
The Alvear Palace photo shoot styling involved selecting top-quality leather luggage and accessories from the finest leather stores in Buenos Aires.
It was a delight to work at this hotel. The staff were proud to be part of the Hotel Alvear and their pride showed. This is one of those hotels where you can have two or three generations of the same family working side by side.
The Alvear Palace Photo Shoot
The butlers unpack, repack, mend things and fill the bathtub. The chambermaids walk up and down their iconic spiral staircase which is over 100 years old, reminiscent of a bygone age of travel. These are the essential Hotel Essence details. When commissioning a photographic shoot, the hotel management needs to consider the question, “Why is this hotel special?“. They need to ensure that uniqueness is captured.
Therefore, in this photo shoot you will see: the maid walking up the stairs, the butler service, the bathtubs, the palatial rooms, the gourmet food. In addition, the shortlist also included: Sunday brunch, an iconic afternoon tea, bellboys, the doorman, the bartender in their scarlet suits and jet-black bowties, as well as an abundance of flowers.
As a result, this is one unforgettable hotel not just because of its lavish history. What really stands out is the pride taken by the staff in their work, the present-day impeccable service and presentation.
In the world of luxury historic hotels, the Alvear Palace is one of the Grande Hotel Dames of Latin America. As a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide, it sets the standard for luxury historic hotels in the Argentinian capital. It is located in La Recoleta, a neighbourhood seen by many visitors as the “Paris of South America” due to the prevalence of French architecture on its streets.
The hotel was originally built by Buenos Aires businessman and socialite Dr Rafael de Miero to accommodate the many European tourists visiting the city. Miero’s trips to Paris in the early 1920s inspired the hotel’s French-style interiors. It opened in 1932 and, in its own words, became ‘a model of the highest expression of refinement’. It has been part of the Alvear Luxury Hotels group since 1984, and in 1993 was added as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
The hotel has accommodated many notable guests, including actor Tony Curtis and his family while he filmed Taras Bulba in 1962, as well as of Tom Cruise, Muhammad Ali, Vladimir Putin, and Prince Charles. The Alvear Palace has also featured in films, including II Gaucho (1964), The Things of Love, Part II (1995), and Walt & El Grupo (2009).