Palacio Paz

Palacio Paz, Buenos Aires: Hours, Address, Palacio Paz Reviews: 4.5/5

Palacio Paz
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Microcentro
How to get there
  • General San Martín • 1 min walk
  • Retiro • 6 min walk
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Conoone
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
Feb 2020
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
Written 29 February 2020
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Queen J
California2,093 contributions
Jan 2020
This was the private residence of one of the most prominent families in Buenos Aires. It is a fantastic tour on which you are led through an impressive foyer and into opulent French-styled rooms with gold gilding, chandeliers, sculptures, dark imported Italian wood, tall stained glass windows, marble floors and staircases, etc, etc, etc. This was definitely my favorite tour, with the Museo de Arte Decorativo trailing behind by a hair.

Palacio Paz is located across the street from the Plaza San Martin and is about an 8 minute walk from the Galerias Pacifico mall in the Florida shopping area. The Teatro Colon is about a 15 minute walk away.

Though the tour was in Spanish, the guide did her best to speak slowly and gesture to help visitors understand. I'm not fluent in Spanish, but I caught about 2/3 of the presentation and helped explain to a few non-Spanish speakers on the tour. The enthusiasm and passion of the tour guide was one of the strengths of this tour. She really enjoys meeting new people and sharing this gem - a window to the style and opulence enjoyed by the aristocracy of 1909. The tour lasts about 1.5 hours.

The palace can ONLY be visited on a guided tour and is closed the rest of the day. The outside gate is locked and doesn't open until around 10am. At this time, visitors may inquire about tour times by speaking to the guard in the palace doorway, but visitors are not allowed entry until about 15 minutes before the tour.

The tour costs about 850 pesos ($15 or so) and in my opinion, is worth it. Just show up a little before 11am and wait to be allowed into the lobby and hall where you pay cash (Argentine pesos) at the cashier window. People start to gather outside around 10:45am, so it's a good idea to come a little early. The tour group is maxed out around 15 people, so don't snooze and lose.

*The sign outside indicates two tours a day, but when we inquired, we were told there was only ONE TOUR at 11am (in Spanish). I don't know if that is because we visited on Friday, January 3rd, right after the New Year holiday - it was closed Dec 31st, Jan 1st, and Jan 2nd - or if they've permanently cut their tours back to only one tour a day. Supposedly, there is an English tour once a week at 3:30pm on Thursdays, but we didn't confirm that since Thursday wasn't an option for us.

Hope that helps! Enjoy Buenos Aires!

*Note:
Finding information on opening hours or tour times was near impossible to do by internet. Google opening hours are completely inaccurate, the Argentine government website simply explains the building, and does not post hours or tour information. Therefore, it is not possible to book a tour in advance, which drove me bonkers.

Be aware that the "tours" offered through various tour companies online are mostly walking tours that breeze by the outside, stop briefly to explain its significance, and then briskly whisk tourists away to the next stop. These tours do NOT go inside. There is one VERY pricey palace tour which may actually include a tour inside, but why pay a few hundred dollars when you can show up and pay $15? You just need to know when. I think that may be why there is so little information about tours and opening hours. It's mad annoying!
Written 5 February 2020
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LaOsa_life
Munich, Germany418 contributions
Dec 2019
I enjoyed my time is this amazing palace. You see how rich people lived in the old times, all the glamour. Also it is interesting to learn something about their interieur.
Written 7 January 2020
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Elena P
Romania4,730 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
The palace is a beautiful one, with so many rooms and things inside. The price is high and you can vidit it only with guided tours.
Written 29 December 2019
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Anon A
Denver25 contributions
Nov 2019
The tours in English are only once a week and cost 450 pesos each, but the building is magnificent. Easy to get to from the San Martin stop of the C line of the subway (subte).
Written 2 December 2019
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wwpalmer
Rio de Janeiro, RJ86 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
I have seen the Palacio Paz from Plaza San Martin for years and always wanted to visit, so this trip, my wife and I took the English language tour (Thursdays at 3:30 pm) and thoroughly enjoyed it. The house (yes, it was a private residence) is astoundingly large, over 12,000 square meters in all, although the tour only covers the entertaining areas on the first floor. The marble foyer, the ballroom, the dining room, and middle hall were all well maintained and impressive. Some of the smaller rooms are less maintained, but the salao nobre, the crown jewel of the house, is absolutely gorgeous and itself worth the visit. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining and answered everyone's questions. Very glad we took this tour.
Written 2 August 2019
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M Spilsbury
11 contributions
Jul 2019
This is a private club for the military. Some travel guides say there are guided tours but if you don't have some inside connection you won't be able to go in this gorgeous palace.
Written 17 July 2019
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saraburdick
Los Angeles, CA15 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
If you love books, bookstores and history this is a great place to check out while you are in Recoleta. Its a cool old building, make sure to walk up to the top so you can see the old opera hall and just imagine what it was like back in the day!
Written 11 July 2019
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David N
Hawthorne, CA394 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This residence reminded me very much of visiting Hearst Castle in California. It was constructed between 1902 and 1914 by newspaper magnate José C. Paz. The construction and furnishings are quite opulent for the era. Although at one time it was a private residence, it is now managed by the Military Officer's Association.

They only offer English tours one day a week, but offer Spanish tours most days. Since my wife speaks Spanish, we took a Spanish tour and she occasionally summarized in my ear. For me, it was worth it just to walk through the residence and see all of the amazing rooms.

It is not a high volume tour. There is a guard at the front desk and he will direct you downstairs to purchase tickets from a ticket window down the hall. There were only two other people on our tour. The young tour guide was quite knowledgeable and did an excellent job. He also spoke English, so I was able to ask him questions as well.

The home is majestic and beautiful and well worth the 90 minutes to see how the other half lived a century ago.
Written 25 June 2019
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Esther Alejandr... S
12 contributions
May 2019 • Business
This Palace in the middle of the city is not only unique for Gala dinners, but is also one of the golden palaces of the 30ties its history is worth tho discover to understand the society of that time.
Written 5 June 2019
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  • Wed - Fri 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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