Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Park Hyatt Buenos Aires - historic side
Park Hyatt Buenos Aires – historic side

Read more from this trip – Christmas in Argentina:

Introduction

  • Dates of hotel stay: 1 night – December 26, 2019
  • Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Paid stay / points: Paid

After reading horror stories of taxi scams in Buenos Aires I decided to book a pre-arranged car service through David Transfer Taxi. My driver was waiting after immigration holding a sign with my name. He had to wait over 3.5 hours past my scheduled arrival time due to the insanely long immigration queues. Now that’s service!

Before I knew it I arrived at the Park Hyatt’s entrance. The hotel has 165 Guestrooms including 38 Suites, and 23 Guestrooms located at the Palace Building

Location

The Park Hyatt is located in the traditional neighborhood of Recoleta. The hotel is about 20-miles from Ezeiza International Airport and it will take you about 45-minutes to reach depending on traffic.

The hotel is walking distance to popular tourist destinations such as Floralis Genérica, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Recoleta’s Cemetery and a plethora of fantastic restaurants.

Lobby / Check-in

The lobby is beautiful and resembles a contemporary art museum. I arrived at the historical aristocratic palace side of the hotel. There were some tasteful Christmas decorations up to celebrate the season.

Check-in was easy with no-one in front of me and two check-in associates waiting for my arrival. I was informed that I’d be staying at the contemporary side of the hotel, which required walking through an underground tunnel. My check-in associate thanked me for being a Hyatt Explorist elite member and insisted on guiding me to my room. I normally decline porter service, but it was appreciated after a long flight.

Historic side - Christmas decorations
Historic side lobby Christmas decorations

The lobby area on the contemporary side of the hotel features high ceilings, lovely sculptures and paintings.

Contemporary side - lobby artwork
Contemporary side – lobby artwork

You might think you’re in the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA) instead of the Park Hyatt by the ascetic of the lobby. I absolutely loved it.

Contemporary side - seating area
Contemporary side – seating area

It’s a little known fact that giraffes love flowers so I was ecstatic when I happened upon a flower shop in the lobby.

Contemporary side - flower shop
Contemporary side – flower shop

Room Details

I booked a King Standard Room, but was upgraded to a King Deluxe Room at check-in thanks to my Hyatt Explorist status. The room is an excellent size coming in at 452 square feet. The king sized bed was on the softer side, but still very comfortable.

King Deluxe Room
King Deluxe Room

Opposite the bed is rather small 30″ flat panel television. It served its purpose keeping me up-to-date on world affairs with BBC World News, but given the size of the room I would have liked a larger screen.

Television
Television

Next to the bed is a reading chair and magazine holder. I guess you’re expected to bring your own magazines? Hyatt if you’re listening I like National Wildlife Magazine and National Geographic. Please take note!

Reading chair and magazine holder
Reading chair and magazine holder

In the corner of the room there is a writing desk with phone and desk lamp.

Writing desk
Writing desk

The desk has a variety of power ports available. Argentina generally uses Type I plug types, which have three flat pins in a triangular pattern (see left). They also have European Type C (see middle) and USA Type B (see right) available so if you left your power adapter at home there’s no need to worry.

Power ports
Power ports

The do not disturb sign, lighting and shades in the room are controlled by a panel next to the bed.

Room controls
Room controls

If the room controls look confusing don’t fret. There’s a laminated instruction guide that explains their use.

Room control instructions
Room control instructions

Tucked away in one of the closets you’ll find the Nespresso station and minibar. Here you’ll also find two bottles of complementary mineral water. There’s a nice assortment of glassware including wine glasses, high balls and old-fashioned glasses.

Nespresso station
Nespresso station

The refrigerated minibar is stocked with Badoit sparking water, Evian still water, Red Bull, Patagonia beer, Coke, Coke Light, Sprite and Zuccaro wine.

Minibar
Minibar

One of my favorite features of this room is the gigantic walk-in closet. Don’t worry about packing light if you’re staying at the Park Hyatt. There’s room for all of your cruelty-free fashion.

Walk-in closet
Walk-in closet

In the closet you’ll find a large room safe with 3-types of power outlets so you can charge your devices while they’re safely in storage.

Inside of room safe
Inside of room safe

The closet also has laundry bags, a shoe horn and a shoe shine kit.

Shoe shine kit
Shoe shine kit

Bathroom

The en suite bathroom is quite large and has a separate shower and tub. I would have liked to see a double vanity, but I guess that’s too much to ask for in a standard room.

Bathroom - single sink vanity
Bathroom – single sink vanity

Under the sink you’ll find a bath scale, extra toilet paper and a hair dryer. After gorging yourself on Argentine steak and Malbec I’d avoid the bathroom scale.

Accessories under the sink
Accessories under the sink

The shower has a standard overhead shower-head as well as a handheld shower. Water pressure is excellent.

Walk-in shower
Walk-in shower

The best part of the bathroom is the large soaking tub. Can’t you just imagine having a relaxing soak in this tub sipping a glass of Malbec?

Soaking tub
Soaking tub

Fitness Center / Pool

The Park Hyatt has a very nice fitness center. It’s not the largest fitness center I’ve seen at comparable luxury hotels coming in at just over 1,345 square feet, but it was never crowded during my visit.

The fitness center has a variety of Technogym weight machines. Technogym is a manufacturer of fitness equipment based in Cesena, Italy. It has become the standard of high end fitness equipment. When I see Technogym equipment in a hotel gym I know I’ll have a good workout.

Technogym weight machines
Technogym weight machines

The treadmills face window’s overlooking a section of the garden, but your view will be limited to a concrete wall.

Technogym treadmills
Technogym treadmills

The free weights do leave a bit to be desired if you’re looking to pump some serious iron. However, if you’re looking for a casual weight training session you wont be disappointed.

Free weights

If swimming is more your style head over to the indoor pool area. On the way you’ll find the entrance to the spa, which has lemon and grapefruit water as well as fresh flowers.

Spa entrance
Spa entrance

The hotel has an indoor short-course swimming pool with light fixture that follows the basis of chromotherapy. Fancy! One downside of the Park Hyatt is the lack of outdoor pool. The Four Seasons Buenos Aires beats out the Hyatt in the pool category since they have a fantastic outdoor pool.

Indoor pool
Indoor pool

Dining

After arriving at the hotel I felt a bit peckish so I went to the outdoor terrace of Piano Nobile. Here you can order breakfast à la carte, small dishes, elegant snacks and international cuisine throughout the day.

Balcony of Piano Nobile 

I ordered the hummus, babaganush, guacamole and pate de lentejas plate, a pitcher of sangria and some sparkling water. The view was spectacular overlooking the Duhau Gardens and ivy covered contemporary wing.

Al fresco afternoon snack
Al fresco afternoon snack

I came back to Piano Nobile the next morning for breakfast. Channeling my inner basic American giraffe I ordered the tostón de masa madre (avocado toast on sourdough). It was excellent.

Overall Verdict

First Class Giraffe Approved

The Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is a world class hotel. The rooms are modern and spacious, the lobby is literally like a museum, the fitness center will check the box for most people and the dining options are excellent. I officially have a new favorite hotel in Buenos Aires and it’s the Park Hyatt.

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