Park Hyatt is converting a 1930s Argentinian palace into a striking hotel in the heart of the country's capital.
Called Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, the 165-room hotel is set to open early next year, and is expected to wow both the business and leisure markets.
The hotel is located in the Recoleta district, which is home to other upmarket hotels such as Four Seasons and Kempinski properties, as well as a popular shopping district.
The restored palace, a remnant of the district's aristocratic past, is surrounded by landscaped gardens designed by Carlos Thais, who also designed the botanical gardens of Buenos Aires. There are 23 rooms and suites in the main palace, while the remaining 142 are in a separate Posada-style building, linked by an underground walkway, and constructed to complement the architectural style of the palace.
The top suite, The Duhau Suite is on the top floor of the palace and has a private terrace overlooking the gardens.
The hotel's lavish interior, with its bespoke furniture, will also feature an extensive art collection by local and international artists. The hotel will have wireless internet access in public areas and high-speed wired access in all guest rooms.
The restaurant serves international cuisine and is supplemented by a wine bar and cheese room, while the main bar has a 300-year old Normandy oak bar, a wood-burning fireplace, and its own terrace, or there's a more genteel affair next door serving breakfast, afternoon tea and snacks.
Guests will also have access to a gym, indoor swimming pool and five treatment rooms, and there is underground parking for 150 cars. There is a business centre with four computers offering wired and wireless internet access, plus five meeting rooms, two boardrooms, and an event space large enough to hold 300 guests, or the gardens can be hired for receptions.
The Buenos Aires property is one of 28 Hyatt hotels and resorts currently under development, which includes ten hotels in China. For more information go to www.hyatt.com.
Report by Ginny McGrath