Every year, curious tourists from around the world flock to the vibrant city of Buenos Aires for a mixed bag of reasons. Some venture to Argentina’s capital to learn the sensual steps of the tango or see their favorite fútbol team in action. Others visit to sample the destination’s dynamic culinary scene, ranging from no-frills parrillas (steakhouses) to bars and restaurants ranked amongst the best in the world. And many come simply to experience the colorful Porteño culture, which combines the best of Latin American passion with European glamour.
But no matter what draws you to the city, you’ll need to know where to stay! Buenos Aires is formally divided into 48 different barrios (neighborhoods), each with its own distinct personality and flair. And as one of the largest cosmopolitan cities in Latin America, there are countless options when it comes to finding the perfect accommodations to fit your preferred style.
Take a peek below to see our top recommendations. From laid-back hostels to over-the-top luxury hotels, we have compiled the top places to call your home-away-from-home that are best suited to accommodate every type of traveler.
For the Old-Fashioned World Traveler
Alvear Palace Hotel
For discerning vacationers looking to experience nothing short of the very best, the lavish Alvear Palace will be right up your alley. Consistently ranked as one of the top properties in the city, it’s an Argentine staple in its own right. Guests love its ornate, old-world aesthetic, top-notch service, and posh perks including a world-class spa, award-winning restaurant and even a rooftop swimming pool. Located in the prestigious Recoleta neighborhood, it’s also perfectly situated for exploring nearby attractions such as museums, sprawling parks, and La Recoleta Cemetery (where Eva Perón is buried).
For the Flashiest Families
Faena Hotel Buenos Aires
If you still want a five-star experience for the whole family, but prefer a trendier design and modernized approach to hospitality, we recommend looking into the eclectic (but still upscale) Faena Hotel. The space was formally a storage warehouse before being refurbished and decorated by French designer Philippe Starck. The property overlooks Puerto Madero, one of the city’s safest and newest neighborhoods, which is home to politicians, pro athletes, and other Argentine A-listers. Attention to detail is unparalleled and favorite features include their stellar restaurants, massive pool, state-of-the-art gym, and signature show, Rojo Tango, a must-see for any fan of live performances (just don’t bring the kiddies along for the last one – trust us).
For a Curated Experience
Located just a couple of blocks from the Alvear Palace Hotel, travelers will be pleased to find Hub Porteño, a chic boutique property offering just 11 rooms. With its art nouveau style and well-connected staff of local experts, this hotel takes pride in arranging tailored experiences for its guests. Feel like a Buenos Aires insider by taking private polo lessons, escaping to a local estancia (ranch), or tour through the city’s top art galleries. Be sure not to leave without enjoying a crafted cocktail at their lush rooftop bar. Your Instagram followers are sure to be all sorts of jealous, and you’ll be in for an unforgettable adventure that won’t break the bank.
For the Night Owl
The Nuss Hotel
The Nuss Hotel is a fantastic option to consider located in the heart of Palermo Soho. This small area within the greater Palermo district (the city’s largest barrio) is a fan favorite thanks to its never-ending nightlife options, fashionable shops, and exciting gastronomic scene. With 16 rooms and six suites, the vibe is bright, cozy, and simple, but sophisticated. A light menu is served in their lobby lounge, but the real stunner is their rooftop pool – a rarity in this part of town. It has everything you need to enjoy one of the liveliest areas the city has to offer, but it’s not ideal for those seeking peace and quiet once the sun goes down.
For the Eco-Warrior
The Mine Hotel
Positioned in Palermo Viejo (yet another sub-section of the Palermo neighborhood), the Mine Hotel instantly makes guests feel warm and welcome. With a focus on sustainability, natural touches can be found woven throughout the property, from the earth-inspired color schemes to thoughtful design details, like floor-to-ceiling windows that let natural light flood the rooms and common spaces. While the rooms may skew on the smaller side, you can always step into their private outdoor spaces to get a little fresh air. After all, it’s a small trade-off when you consider its prime location, friendly staff, and overall value.
For the Penny-Pinching Backpacker
The playful POP Hotel is located in the quiet Villa Crespo area, on the outskirts of Palermo. It bills itself as the first true “budget boutique” option in Buenos Aires – and it’s clear to see why. Brimming with geometric shapes and bright bursts of colors, the property feels like a funky hybrid between an Andy Warhol original and a whimsical hostel. The rooms are tiny but clean, and guests even have access to a 24-hour front desk and business center. Oh, did we mention the free medialunas (Argentina’s take on French croissants) and OJ each morning? Travelers from around the world agree that it’s one of the best bargains Buenos Aires has to offer for those not afraid to walk on the quirky side.