The Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt is a true palace. Built by an English Argentine railway executive, this Tudor Revival mansion dates to the late 1800s. The Duhau family, which bought the property in the 1920s, added an additional neoclassical building modeled after Le Château du Marais outside Paris. The property sat empty for a few decades at the end of the 20th century until a local developer partnered with Hyatt to turn it into a hotel. After a $74 million renovation, they helped preserve much of the original artwork and red marble flooring, invigorating the once faded Belle Epoque elegance. A larger, sleek tower with modern guest facilities was also added.
The property today is a testament to the grandeur of the most European city in the Americas. There are crystal chandeliers, intricate ironwork, and travertine marble bathrooms. There’s a bar where one can indulge in cigars and brandy, after, of course, dining at one of several high-profile restaurants with wine cellars designed to impress even the most hard-core oenophile.
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The Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt’s regal atmosphere extends beyond the walls of the hotel and into the surrounding neighborhood of La Recoleta, an affluent residential neighborhood in the city center. Nearby is Teatro Colón, an internationally rated opera house, which underwent a major refurbishment from 2006 to 2010. In Palermo is MALBA, the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, featuring one of the best collections of contemporary art from across the region. For a classic neighborhood meal near the hotel, try Oviedo, which blends traditional Spanish fare with Argentine ingredients.
Need to Know
Rooms: 165 rooms, 27 suites. From $299. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel’s sophisticated Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca specializes in typical Argentine cuts of meat and other dishes, most prepared on a wood-fired grill. The attached wine cellar is stocked with more than 7,000 bottles of Argentine wine, as well as a cheese room with regional cheeses selected by the Maître Fromager. Modern Italian fare is offered at Gioia Restaurante, which has an alfresco terrace and views of the palace and gardens; breakfast and small dishes can be found throughout the day here. The clubby Oak Bar is open for pre- and post-dinner drinks. Spa and gym details: The hotel’s 8,000-square-foot Ahín Wellness & Spa has five treatment rooms, a heated indoor pool, and a full fitness center.
Who’s it for: Business bigwigs and high-society folk. The hotel attracts all types of moneyed clientele who expect the finest of services and amenities. Our favorite rooms: At the modern end of the property, the Park Suites have oversized windows to take advantage of the garden views and the facade of the original mansion. Local secret: Make time to explore Paseo de las Artes, the hotel’s underground art gallery with works from local and international artists such as Guillermo Roux, Manolo Valdes, and Guerrero Medina.