Looking to get out of Brazil for a weekend? Buenos Aires, Argentina is only a 3 hour flight and believe me it is worth the trip! Note: When you enter Buenos Aires as a foreigner for the first time you must pay $140 entrance tax. You pay this every 10 years. If you enjoy being able to walk from your hotel to see the sites or grab a bite I highly recommend staying at the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt. Not only is the hotel beautiful with lots of fabulous amenities it is located in Recoleta, an area that is rich in culture and shopping (there is a Fendi and Cartier across the street for you high-end shoppers).
The hotel is made up of two buildings, an older grand house with a lovely garden (pictured above) and a new tower with a garden restaurant (shown below). On a warm summer night the garden area provides the perfect place to enjoy dinner or drinks. If it’s raining… don’t worry you won’t have to ruin your hair scurrying across the garden, there is a passage way turned art gallery below to get you across!
The rooms, closets, bathrooms and windows are quite large compared to most city hotels and I must say, some of the best service I’ve experienced at a hotel in South America. NOTE: If you will be traveling over Christmas, keep in mind many places will be closed and it will be difficult to get a taxi anywhere so if you are looking to venture outside the hotel for dinner book a car in advance! Since we hadn’t planned ahead it was great that the hotel had organized a variety of prix fixe dinner options at their 3 dining rooms and was throwing a big Christmas party. The party was a lot of fun, they had a live band and of course Santa made an appearance (the kids were thrilled).
My favorite part of this Christmas party as you may have guessed was the wildly creative dessert presentation (below). Delicious!!!!! Unfortunately we were unable to see the fireworks but it is tradition to have a fire work show on Christmas in Buenos Aires, so if you plan ahead you might be in a better position to enjoy them.
Overall the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt has a laid-back luxury feel to it and I thought it was a great place to stay. Keep checking back for more on Buenos Aires!