Park Hyatt Mendoza
Easily the city’s finest hotel, this whitewashed, seven-floor building has a restored Spanish neoclassical exterior, a colonial-era inner courtyard with gurgling fountain, a recently expanded gym and spa space, and a privileged position on downtown's Plaza Independencia. The traditional façade is just that. Inside its revolving glass doors, however, the modernity and efficiency that defines the Hyatt brand reveal themselves, most immediately in the huge digital-art piece by Fernando Hocevar that greets visitors in the lobby. The 186 unfussy, sleekly appointed rooms and suites—which look onto either the Andes foothills or the hotel's expansive gardens—are also decorated with photographs and sculptures by local artists. King-size beds are afluff with plush feather pillows and lavish duvet (a pleasure on those cold Andean nights), and the 100-square-foot bathrooms make generous use of marble and glass.