Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires Argentina
Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Date of Creation
12th July 2006
Hotel General Manager
Philippe Frey was selected and groomed by Hyatt since June 2001 under the Hyatt Corporate Trainee Program at the Park Hyatt Mendoza as part of the Opening Team. Upon completion of the program and after showing great potential and a strong passion in achieving excellence during the Corporate Trainee Program he was assigned as an Outlet Manager for the opening of Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo. He gained extensive experience in managing the Food and Beverage Division during his time in Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, three hotels with very strong reputation in Hyatt. After being a senior Leadership Committee member in both Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and Grand Hyatt Beijing, he was appointed General Manager of Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and awarded Hyatt property in Argentina.
5 stard luxury hotel
Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
History & Story
Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is a complex of two buildings, a restored Palace from 1934 and a modern building overlooking the city. Our guests say is the perfect combination between traditional architecture and contemporary design. They appreciate the historic atmosphere of the hotel and are attracted by the story of the Palace, a unique and glamorous property of the Belle Époque of Buenos Aires.
This story begins in 1934, when Mr. Luis Duhau, Minister of Agriculture and one of the most powerful men in Argentina, built his own Palace in Alvear Avenue, the most elegant road of the aristocratic neighbourhood of Recoleta . Mr. Duhau got inspired in Le Chateau Des Marais, a country castle in the commune of Le Val Saint Germain. Back in Buenos Aires, he bought the lot next to his childhood house, commissioned the construction to the French architect León Dourge, and started building a Louis XVI style palace which he named after himself: Palacio Duhau (Duhau Palace). After more than 50 years in the family, the Duhau descendants decided to sell this emblematic building. On August 2002, the Palace was declared a National Historic Monument. That same year, the Rosario Group together with Hyatt, started the restoration with the idea to recover the traditional stories of this iconic Palace and integrate it to the daily life of Recoleta, as it used to be in its golden age.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
The handsomely restored Palace, built in 1934 by French architect León Dourge, is one of the few remaining palaces representing the city’s traditional and exclusive “Porteña” aristocracy.
All guestrooms in the Palace are richly decorated with antique Persian and contemporary carpets over wood floors, silk curtains and crystal chandeliers. In the Posadas building, guestrooms are decorated with the neutral colors of cream, beige and warm grey fabrics, contemporary furniture, and black-and-white photographs of Buenos Aires.
The garden, which covers more than half of the 4,400 square metres (47,300 square feet) of the land occupied by the hotel, stretches from the Palace and descends down to the Posadas building.
Wide terraces are available to serve guests seated outdoors. Ancient trees, Ginkobilova, a variety of bushes, buxus, topiaries, white roses, camellias and hemmerocallys, are some of the species. A unique experience is the collection of wines of “Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca”, with its formidable collection of 500 different labels, 95% of Argentinian wines featuring the best Argentine Malbecs.
A high “Patagonian Giallo” marble table encourages guests to drink a glass of wine or enjoy a cocktail prepared by the sommelier. The Vinoteca also features a unique Cheese Room offering the best artisanal Argentinian cheeses selected by our Maître Fromager.
An underground walkway and gallery showcasing international and local artists, and the expansive private gardens connect the two buildings.
The hotel is located in Recoleta, a downtown residential and touristic destination, boasting museums, cultural centers and historical places. The standout highlight is the Recoleta Cemetery attached to the Pilar church, which symbolizes the heart of this aristocratic “barrio porteño”.
Key sites/activities in the area
Buenos Aires offers multiple landmarks, architecture and history in its neighbourhoods.
Puerto Madero Situated next to the Río de la Plata river, it represents the latest architectural trends in the city of Buenos Aires and is the newest neighborhood in the city. High-tech skycrapers, bars and restaurants overviewing the river, are the main attractions.
Palermo is considered to be the trendiest zone of Buenos Aires, full of new young designers, deco stores and a multicultural nightlife. It is also home to several parks designed by the French designer Carlos Thays, inspired on London’s Hyde Park and Paris’s Bois de Boulogne.
La Boca Situated on the banks of the Riachuelo River, La Boca was originally developed as a trading center and shipyard. It was the city’s first Little Italy, the main point of entry for Italians at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. La Boca is most famous for giving birth to tango. The most visited place are “The Caminito”, a colorful pedestrian walkway, together with the famous soccer Stadium of Boca Juniors San Telmo One of Buenos Aires’s oldest neighborhoods, originally home to the city’s elite. But when yellow fever struck in the 1870s, the aristocrats moved and poor immigrants soon filled this neighborhood, and the houses became tenements, called “conventillos”. It is a well-preserved area characterized by its colonial buildings, where tango and antique stores can be found at every corner.
By the time it was built, this kind of Palace was not even built in France. It was a big challenge for the architect, who had to adapt the rural dimensions of the Marais Castle to acclimatise it to a city scale. Oak panels where brought from Normandy, marble from Italy and chandeliers from all around Europe. Its neoclassical style and its simple lines gave the Palace an enduring elegance.
We have specially designed a program called VIK (Very Important Kid), for kids between 3 and 13 years old. We receive them at the room with cookies created by our Pastry Chef, a welcome letter and a coloring book, for kids under 7.
Accommodation includes 165 guestrooms. The Palace building features 23 guestrooms, including 12 suites. The hotel offers two categories of guestrooms: suites and rooms. Among the suites, there are three “speciality suites” (Diplomatic and Presidential) and four different types of suites.
Park Deluxe Room
This guestroom is one the most booked because of its large windows overlooking the city, our gardens and the Palace. Enjoy a work desk, bathed in natural light, in a contemporary ambience.
Park Deluxe Balcony
Enjoy a private breakfast on the balcony of this modern guestroom, located in the Posadas building and offering wonderful green views of the Vatican Embassy (Anchorena Palace) and our magnificent Palace dating from 1934.
Park One Bedroom Suite
Two different ambiences for you to enjoy: a spacious work desk integrated into a comfortable living room and a separate bedroom with great city views.
These are our clients’ favourites and are specially designed to delight with the most beautiful views of our gardens and the belle époque Palace. A large bedroom is integrated into the living area.
Park Deluxe Suite
This suite is ideal for a business executive, with a comfortable bedroom separate from the living room, and providing as well a spacious office and a toilet for guests. The bathroom, wide and luminous, is ideal for those who love taking long and relaxing baths.
Park Executive Suite
This is an ideal guestroom for an extended stay. A comfortable one-bedroom suite with a spacious living room and a private dining area with its own toilet, for entertaining up to four people.
Try residing at our historic Palace from 1934. The high ceilings decorated with crystal chandeliers and the working fireplace creates an inviting, warm and glamorous atmosphere. This suite features views of the posh Alvear Avenue, one of the most traditional streets in Recoleta.
Pamper yourself with a luminous interior “patio” in one the most important suites of the hotel. Richly decorated with antique Persian and contemporary carpets over wooden floors, silk curtains and crystal chandeliers, this luxurious suite offers the possibility to enjoy the experience of a Palace, completed by a personal butler.
Enjoy a romantic dinner on the private wrap-around balcony of the most luxurious suite in the hotel. Located on the top floor of the Palace, this suite boasts stunning views of the Buenos Aires skyline and wide gardens. This is the ideal abode for a longer stay and includes a well-appointed marble bathroom with double sinks and whirlpool bath.
Restaurants & Bars
The hotel features three restaurants and one bar:
• Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca
The main restaurant of the Palace offers sophisticated Argentinean cuisine with contemporary style and flawless service
• Gioia Restaurante & Terrazas
Modern italian cuisine, with spectacular views of the Palace and the garden
• Los Salones del Piano Nobile
The core center of the Palace. Breakfast, small dishes and elegant snacks throughout the day with special emphasis on afternoon tea
• Oak Bar
Ideal to unwind and relax for pre- and after-dinner drinks
Ahín Wellnes & Spa
It features a “Short course” (25 meter/82 feet) indoor heated swimming pool, five spa rooms and a Fitness studio equipped with the latest technology in cardio and workout machinery. Spa services that range from different massage techniques to beauty face and body treatments designed for both men and women.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Our meeting rooms offer the perfect scenario for presentations, training workshop and work meetings. They are fully equipped to receive up to eighty attendants in several assemblies: auditorium, school like, round tables and conference tables. They are located in front of a reception foyer which connects several rooms usually used for satellite meetings.
Each room has its screens, film projector and sound system and every element required to carry out your meeting, such as note books, pencils, platforms, podiums, whiteboards, flipcharts, etc. All these with no additional cost, besides the 2MB WI Fi exclusively destined for your event. Our Event Specialists have a wide experience in any kind of event and will help you in choosing every detail of your meeting.
Design your celebration with our highly skilled event team. From choosing the first course to the flower arrangements, our Event Specialists will assist guests in planning every detail of your special occasion. Delicious and creatively presented food and passionate service will delight your guests. Guests can rely on our passionate team to take care of every detail of this unforgettable event, while enjoying our belle époque luxury residence and our elegant and sophisticated rooms.
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
• Best Hotel in Argentina and N°4 Top Hotel in Central and South America (Score 89.1) | Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards
• Number one urban resort worldwide | CNN Travel • Best City Hotel in Central & South America | Travel + Leisure 2014 World´s Best Awards
• Best Hotel in America and Second Best Hotel in the World | Institutional Investor – World’s Best Hotels
• Best Hotel in Argentina – Featured on the Gold List 2014 (Score 94.4) | Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List
• Number one city hotel for service in Central and South America | Travel + Leisure 2013 World´s Best Service
• Top South America Hotel – Featured on the Gold List 2013 (Score 95.1) | Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List
• Top 25 Hotels in South America (N°4) (Score 94.4) | Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
• Top 100 Best City Hotel of the World (N°55) | Luxus Hotel Rating 2013
• Top 15 City Hotels in Central and South America (N° 5) (Score 90.88) | Travel + Leisure 2013 World´s Best Awards
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