Your go-to guide on where to stay in Buenos Aires.
San Telmo: This is for those Buenos Aires romantics who want a taste of the city’s old school porteño charm. Cobblestone streets, lots of restaurants and cafés, an antique market, with a lively street fair on the weekend. Sometimes at night it can get a bit sketchy on the outskirts of the barrio.
Palermo: Buenos Aires’ trendiest neighborhood and the heart of nightlife action. By day Palermo is filled with shops, cafés, and parks, and by night bars, clubs and wonderful restaurants. Palermo is huge and divided into subsections including Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood, Palermo Chico, Alto Palermo, and Palermo Botánico. Word to the wise: many real estate agencies are now renaming other barrios as Palermo (ie Palermo Queens which is really Villa Crespo).
Recoleta: Beautiful high ceiling old French buildings, tree-lined streets, bustling cafés, and where lots of the old money porteños reside. It’s probably one of the wealthiest areas in the city.
Centro: The business and finance hub epicenter of Argentina. Very busy during the day filled with offices and office workers. By night, the centro turns a bit more desolate with very little restaurants and bars.
So now that you have chosen the neighborhood, next up is finding the right place to stay.
If you’re staying less than a week, and you prefer more of a quiet and relaxing stay, Buenos Aires offers all classes of hotels. From luxury to budget, boutique to bountiful, these are some of the best hotels in Buenos Aires.
The Big 5 Star Hotels: Alvear Place Hotel, Faena Hotel, Park Hyatt Palacio Duhua, Sofitel Hotel, Four Seasons (All cost about $450 USD and up per night)
The Boutique Hotels: Fierro Hotel, Algodon Mansion, Home Hotel, Legado Mitico, Jardin Escondido, Mine (All cost about $150 USD and up)
Hostels: In Buenos Aires on a budget? A hostel is your best option to find rooms that range between $15-50 USD per night. The pros? Meet and endless stream of new travelers from around world. The cons? Lack of privacy and some of the rowdier hostels can be quite noisy.
Your best bargain accommodation for long term stays is renting a fully furnished temporary apartment. Temporary apartments really are great and they will afford you all the comforts of home while visiting Buenos Aires – plus, the price for a week is often times less than one night in a 5 star hotel.
Prices on temporary apartments differ according to location, size and luxury, but for a modest yet cozy one-bedroom apartment you should expect to pay roughly $500 USD per week (June 2014). If you want to rent on the monthly basis, a good monthly rate for similar accommodations should cost you around $1,200 USD per month.
Be prepared: If using a local rental agency you will need to pay both a deposit equal to your rental price to confirm the reservation AND the entire week’s or month’s rent in cash or in advance. This is quite common so choose your rental agency wisely. Deposits for short-term stay apartments are returned to you, in cash, before your departure (so long as you didn’t trash the place!).
Updated June 2014