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Our Legacy

Historic Landmark Hotel in Buenos Aires

The Plaza Hotel is a landmark property with a rich history. Our legacy as the most luxurious full-service hotel in Buenos Aires began more than a century ago, in 1909.

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Historic Landmark Hotel in Buenos Aires

Luxury, prestige and early century modernity that last until our days.

The Plaza Hotel is a meeting and luxury point of the Argentine hotel industry in an ever recognizable street corner facing the fantastic Plaza San Martín. It is one of the few hotels in the city that can claim the best view, the most elegant green park of the city. The history of Argentina’s hotel industry’s is divided “before and after The Plaza.” The trendiness of its design and technological advances it provided made this building an example still up to date.

Luxury, prestige and early century modernity that last until our days.

The Plaza Hotel is a meeting and luxury point of the Argentine hotel industry in an ever recognizable street corner facing the fantastic Plaza San Martín. It is one of the few hotels in the city that can claim the best view, the most elegant green park of the city. The history of Argentina’s hotel industry’s is divided “before and after The Plaza.” The trendiness of its design and technological advances it provided made this building an example still up to date.

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Its history began on July 15th, 1909, when it was founded by the most important businessman at the time, Ernesto Tornquist. From then on it accompanied the development of the City of Buenos Aires, from the onset of the century until present day. A protagonist in our time, the Plaza became the symbol of splendor of the City, paving the way for the great hotel industry in our country, as it was the first luxury hotel in Latin America.

“The Plaza” maintains its original raison d’etre: a building planned as a hotel, constructed and inaugurated as such  and that is still one of the most prestigious in the City. Since its technical conception by German architect Alfred Zucker, with solid experience in the U.S., we can find this decision to endure, thanks to its steel skeleton which allowed it to grow in height and hold the record for one year of being Buenos Aires’ tallest building. The details of comfort, gastronomy and splendor of the epoch were accompanied by the innovative profile that continues up to our days. 

It originally had 160 rooms and 16 suites, and it was the first hotel in the country to boast lifts. It was also the first to offer an innovative air conditioning system: bars of ice were placed around the dining room and fans brought from Pakistan were put to work. Incomparable luxury and neverbefore seen comfort were available within: the rooms had cold and hot water, central heating that could be set at one’s will, electric light and telephone. The décor was comparable to that of rooms in Versailles. The Plaza Hotel immediately became the meeting point of the Porteño aristocracy, where ladies wore their dresses bought in Paris and men wore de rigueur smokers.

The most famous writers, artists, presidents and royalty chose it as their residence during their journeys because it was difficult to find, even in other places of the world, such special attention and a cuisine of greater excellence.  Among the illustrious who have visited it, one finds American President Theodore Roosevelt, General Charles de Gaulle, the first astronauts, Pelé, Mará Callas and Doctor Albert Sabin, among others.

Environmental Policies

At the Plaza Hotel, we sincerely care about our environment. We use high-efficiency water heaters, EPA compliant paper products, and high-efficiency light bulbs and make every effort to conserve energy and natural resources.