With an art gallery, olympic swimming pool, flower shop, and vinoteca, this Argentine hotel immediately stood out. It takes up almost an entire block in the well-to-do area of Recoleta, so it’s not hard to catch passerby’s eye. The experience as a whole was grand and fairytale-like because, well, I spent most of my time in an 82-year-old palace. If this is as close as I’ll get to feeling like a Disney princess, I’ll take it, especially since I don’t even have to step foot in tourist-ridden Orlando. Score!
Contemporary. Crisp. Comfortable. The three C’s. This is how I take my hotel rooms, and Palacio Duhau definitely delivered. Here, tech-savvy modernity meets the belle-époque elegant view from room 802. It had everything I needed from a king-sized bed to work station that doubled as a workout area.
Activities + Amenities
Spa. Pool. Mini bar. Butler. Wine tastings. Cheese shop. Tango dancing. Baths. Bath salts. Not the weird kind. Cozy couches I want to purchase. Fast wifi. Gardens. Flowers. Real life flowers. Art. Four fine dining establishments. Mmmmm.
After that brainstorm sesh, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to stay here.
If you’re the least bit interested in trying out tango while in Buenos Aires, call Natalia and Juan at Tango & Tango for some moves. Don’t be surprised when it’s harder than it looks! I particularly loved the class not just because Natalia and Juan were so patient with Wade and me (we were seriously horrible dancers), but because they took the time to explain the important history behind the culture.
It all started 150 years ago in Buenos Aires when European immigrants came to the southern neighborhoods of the city. With the combination of various cultures, tango was born as a way of communication and means to express oneself. It’s a culture, not a dance. It’s a movie, not a photo. But we took some anyway…
A Local Touch
Find out what’s in the neighborhood below.
Fuegia – Beautiful perfume and candle shop that I make a point to stop in every time I’m on Avenida Alvear.
Recoleta Cemetery – If you haven’t heard of this, there’s a good chance you’re living under a rock. Go see for yourself and check out the lifestyles of the rich and the famous after death.
Arandú – Favorite store in BA that sells Argie-inspired products such as leather, maté cups, wallets, gloves and clothing.
Juana M – Best salad I’ve eaten in BA.
Le Pain Quotidien – Because it’s always good, all around the world.
Fervor – Mmmm fish.
El Sanjuanino – Mmmmm MMMM Mmmmm empanadas!