An in vogue Buenos Aires beauty
126 Rooms / 39 Suites
One of the two buildings that make up the chic Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is a Belle Époque-style palace from the 1930s, the other is a sleek, minimalistic tower. Both exude an understated regality — the kind that comes with discreet and flawless service in the most elegant of settings. The surrounding Recoleta neighborhood is upscale, too, and guests here will have a bevy of nearby boutiques and buzzy restaurants from which to choose.
Palacio Duhau is quiet and calm, but also has an intriguing hum about it. In the warmer months especially, guests and locals alike can’t stay away from the hotel’s tiered garden area, which is widely considered as one of the most beautiful places in the city to have a drink and take in fresh air. Year-round, The Oak Bar is the place where movers and shakers go to meet for tipple from the whiskey bar or to smoke cigars.
While the hotel is elegant, it is far from outdated. In fact, the design expertly melds with modernity — it all feels very in vogue, which it is. One testament to its hipness is the hotel’s onsite gallery, a space that stretches beneath the garden and connects the historic palace and newer tower. Exhibitions featuring local contemporary artists rotate regularly.
All guests are treated to butler service at the Buenos Aires hotel — even those in standard rooms — ensuring you will not want for anything. The rooms themselves are exquisite enough to call off sightseeing plans to spend the day sunk into the ultra-plush bed instead. The regal-but-modern vibe is displayed in the buffed wood floors, wood paneling, and buttery leather furniture elements including headboards and chairs accompanying an oversized desk, which comes with every room. The tones of are mostly rich tans and browns, with warm yellows and creams and crisp whites. Some rooms have subtle splashes of vibrant color — very Argentinean. Bonus: all the hotel’s suites have working fireplaces. Marble bathrooms are a true treat with separate bathtubs and a rain showers and bespoke bath products from esteemed Argentine brand Celedonio Lohidoy.
The Food and Drinks
The Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca is one of the luxury hotel’s two restaurants and serves sophisticated Argentine cuisine. The adjacent La Vinoteca, which has an impressive inventory of 7,000 Argentine wine labels, also has a cheese cellar. Many guests pop into the Vinoteca for a wine and cheese tasting with a staff sommelier.
Also within the palace is Los Salones del Piano Nobile, salon rooms that serve, among other things, a traditional tea. (In this country, tea is a widely respected tradition and this place is renowned for putting on one of the best afternoon teas in all of Argentina.) Many people choose to take their infusions and macarons at one of the tables overlooking the garden. But with high ceilings and multiple doors opening onto the balcony patio area, as well as its indoor fireplaces, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Next door sits the hotel’s famous bar, The Oak Bar. People come here to see and be seen, all while sipping craft cocktails and high-end whiskeys in a lavish clubby setting.
Gioia Restaurante & Terraces across the way on the ground floor of the hotel’s newer building serves modern Italian cuisine — opt for the scenic alfresco view from the patio.