Review: Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau
While there are lots of great places to stay, on our second visit to Buenos Aires, my husband and I decided to stay at the Park Hyatt because; we wanted to maximize our Hyatt Globalist status, it’s a Park Hyatt, it’s in Recoleta, and there are lots of positive reviews about the hotel.
We stayed in the Park Executive Suite, which was quite spacious and comfortable a kitchen table set up, a couch, a small balcony with 2 chairs and a table, a king bed, a walk-in closet, an office with desk and chair, with 2 toilets, a nice bathtub and incredible shower (loved the rain head). As we entered our room, we impressed at how clean the room was and the housekeeping continued to be outstanding during our stay.
We were also very appreciative of the bottle of Malbec and macaroons from the patisserie that were available for our arrival (we suspect this is a welcome amenity for Globalists, formerly Diamond status). The rooms décor itself was minimalist but stylish. We also appreciated the floors as we are not fans of carpet in hotels. A few smalls things made our stay even more comfortable in our room than we expected; small slippers for me and larger ones for my husband, the bars of soap, the loofah and bath salts, as well as the Nespresso machine and ginger + mate teas. These were small touches in the room that showcased how on top of service the hotel was, a true 5 star experience. It felt like we were living in an apartment in Recoleta (minus the kitchen of course!), which added to our overall enjoyment of our stay and the suite.
As for the hotel property itself, we enjoyed having breakfast in the courtyard at Gioia due to the lovely outdoor atmosphere. I ordered an egg white omelet and the kitchen made it into a soufflé which transformed my healthy breakfast into something exciting and delicious to eat. We were more than satisfied with the breakfast offerings; good quality cheese, pastries, charcuterie, as well as the fruit, cereal, etc.
The gym and pool were also well appointed and not very crowded, and the staff were very accommodating to provide access off hours. It was really interesting to walk around in the older palace building to take in the stylings and architecture, the chandeliers, the flooring tiles, spiraling staircase, all very magical. There was also an art exhibit by Juan Ranieri, an Argentinian artist which we enjoyed as well as it focused on transportation.
The hotel is located in Recoleta and is within walking distance to a number of restaurants, bars, shops, and basic services. Other sites of interest such as El Ateneo book store and the Recoleta Cemetery are nearby. The nearest Subte station is Callao, about a 20 minute walk. We found it very enjoyable and leisurely to walk around Buenos Aires so this and the Subte were our preferred methods of transportation. It is very reasonable to use the hotel as a home base to explore San Telmo, Palermo, Puerto Madero, etc.
The staff were also friendly and helpful, without being over the top, which is nice. As we checked out of the hotel, we were very sad to leave and appreciated that the front desk staff asked us how our stay was and told us they hope we would return soon (while this is a small detail, so many hotels neglect it). As guests, we truly felt welcomed and pampered while being free to enjoy our adventures at the hotel and outside of it. Thank you to the staff for helping us plan our stay prior to arrival and during our stay, it was quite memorable and we hope to see you again. We highly recommend staying at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires and the Park Executive Suite.
When we visited: April 2017
More information: https://buenosaires.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
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