Figuring out where to stay can be one of the easiest tasks you will encounter when planning your vacation to Buenos Aires. With this quick “where to stay” guide, you will be well on your way to settling your itinerary!
In short, where to stay in Buenos Aires will be based on what you want to be surrounded by.
San Telmo: Old school Buenos Aires, a little sketchy on the fringes of the neighborhood, good music scene on the weekends.
Palermo : Careful with this neighborhood as real estate agencies are now re-dubbing every hood Palermo ____. Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood and Las Canitas are all happening places to stay. Each has it’s own flavor.
Recoleta: Old money Buenos Aires. French architecture, wealthy inhabitants, classic Buenos Aires.
Centro: The epicenter of Buenos Aires business, finance
In short, you have 3 options for accommodation in Buenos Aires: hotels, hostels and temporary apartments.
Hotels: If you’re staying less than a week, and you prefer the luxury and quiet repose of a hotel over the raucous community of a hostel, a hotel is your best bet. It is almost standard for hotels to have a concierge or at the very least very helpful concierges. Ask them to help with anything and everything.
However, if your stay will be closer to a week than a couple of days, you are willing to sacrifice the concierge and comforts of the staff then we would recommend a temporary rental apartment to save some serious cash.
The 5 star hotels: Alvear Place, Faena, Park Hyatt Palacio Duhua, Sofitel, Four Seasons (All cost about $450 USD and up)
The 4 star hotels and nice boutique hotels: Algodon Mansion, Legado Mitico, Jardin Escondido, Fierro, Mine (All cost about $150 USD and up)
If you are looking for a budget hotel near the action in Palermo check out Hotel Costa Rica, Piedras Suites in San Telmo or Hostel Suites in Centro. If you find something half decent please leave a comment below to help out the others behind you trying to find budget accommodation.
Hostels: Clearly the best option for the short-term visitor on a budget. Hostels will run you between $15-$50 USD per night and supply an endless stream of new traveler friends. The downside is the lack of privacy and potential noise if you choose one of the rowdier joints. Some of the best hostels that we have heard about are: Limehouse, Chillhouse Hostel, Giramondo, Estoril Hostel, America del Sur Hostel and Tango Backpackers.
Temporary Apartments: 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 creature comforts of home while you are away! One of the main drawbacks are no concierge and no flow of traveler friends however the price for a week is often times less than 1 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 $450 USD per week (October 2012). If you want to rent on the monthly basis, a good monthly rate for similar accommodations should cost you around $1,000 USD per month. Also be prepared. 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!). We recommend these Buenos Aires rental apartments. This links to a trustworthy company we work with on a regular basis where you can look around casually for the right place. Browse at your leisure and check out photos, maps, accommodations listings and even reviews from previous tenants. Once you’ve found the a few apartments that interest you attempt to reserve. Requesting or inquiring about a reservation costs you nothing.