Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Address: Avenida Alvear 1661
City: Buenos Aires
Opened in 2006, the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires combines a Belle Epoque palace on Recoleta’s Avenida Alvear, a 17-story purpose-built tower on Posadas, and a 25,000-square-foot garden between them. The Alvear entrance is impressive (particularly because it’s nestled between the Addams Family-esque Residencia Maguire and the also-always-shuttered Vatican Embassy). Walk inside the 1934 neoclassical French palace, and you’ll be greeted by shimmering marble, glimmering chandeliers, and soaring columns and curtains. The 165 guestrooms and suites start at 355 square feet, and go up in size from there. All have 32-inch LCD TVs, CD/DVD players, safes with built-in laptop chargers, and marble bathrooms with separate tubs and rain showers. In the Posadas tower, rooms are in neutral colors (creams, beiges, and greys), and are decorated with black and white photos of Buenos Aires. In the palace, expect Persian carpets over wood floors, silk curtains, and chandeliers. Upgrade to a palace suite, and you’ll get a working fireplace and butler service, too. The main Argentinean restaurant, Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca (think Patagonian trout and grilled steak), features a 7,000-bottle wine cellar and cheese room, while an Italian restaurant, Gioia, has 120 seats evenly split between the palace and a terrace overlooking the splendid garden. No matter where you eat, finish up with a Scotch in the Oak Bar, adorned with 17th-century wood paneling. An underground walkway and gallery connects the old and modern buildings, and also leads to an 8,100-square-foot spa, with five treatment rooms, fitness studio, saunas, and an 82-foot indoor heated pool.
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