If you like polo, this place is ideal for a snack before heading up town to watch the Argentine Open in December – you might well cross paths with Patrick Hermès, as in ‘Hermès of Paris’ fame, who stays here before he takes his official seat at Palermo (see PLAY).
rnLunch at Gioia is rather like dining with royalty. The surroundings – the Palacio Duhau, a 20th-century mansion – are indeed palatial, you’ll get the best Italian buffet in the city, and it all seems to go rather well with a bottle of chilled chardonnay.
rnThe Park Hyatt clientele are a wealthy (albeit not necessarily sophisticated) crowd. Booking a table at one of the raised decks beside the ornamental lap pool is imperative if you are to max the experience, and as far as the food goes, the steamed salmon with beetroot and the ravioli take some beating.
rnSunday brunch is arguably superior to the Alvear Palace Hotel or the Four Seasons, but if you’re staying here you may feel obliged to try another luncheon spot.