Marriott Plaza Hotel, Buenos Aires
|Marriott Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Hotel chain||Marriott International|
|Location||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
Buenos Aires, C1005AAU Argentina
|Opening||July 15, 1909|
|Design and construction|
The Marriott Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires is a five-star hotel located in the Retiro district, just steps from Calle Florida shopping area and overlooking the Plaza San Martín.
The Marriott Plaza was originally developed by local landowner and banker Ernesto Tornquist. Facing San Martín Square, the nine-story hotel was designed by German born architect Alfred Zucker and built at the northern end of Florida Street. The establishment was inaugurated as the Plaza Hotel on July 15, 1909, with the presence of President José Figueroa Alcorta. The hotel's developer, Ernesto Tornquist, had died in 1908, however.
Touted at the time as the finest hotel in South America, it was also its most modern. The original 160 rooms and 16 suites each had central heating and telephone access, and all were accessible via elevators. The hotel was wholly furnished at its outset by the prestigious London houses of Thompson & Company and Waring & Gillow. Marble sculptures by Gustav Eberlein of Germany and ceiling frescoes by Julio Vila y Prades of Spain added to the hotel's decor. Two new wings were added between 1942 and 1948, and additional work completed in 1977 brought the total number of rooms to nearly 400.
The administration was transferred to the Washington, DC-based Marriott Hotels Group in 1994 for a period of 30 years while the property are still in Tornquinst's descendants. Following a US$10 million refurbishment, the establishment was awarded a five star rating.
The hotel today maintains 270 rooms and 48 suites. It received a facelift on the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 2009, celebrated with tours for the local people and a book retelling its fabulous and centennial history.
- Andre Agassi
- Louis Armstrong
- Neil Armstrong
- Björn Borg
- Charles Bronson
- Enrico Caruso
- Michael Collins[disambiguation needed]
- Charles De Gaulle
- Indira Gandhi
- Rock Hudson
- Juan Carlos I of Spain
- Julián Marías
- José Ortega y Gasset
- Luciano Pavarotti
- Edith Piaf
- Nelson Piquet
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Albert Sabin
- Queen Sofía of Spain
- Rabindranath Tagore
- Arturo Toscanini