Best Areas to Stay in Buenos Aires

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Where to stay in Buenas Aires – A guide to Argentina’s capital

The Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, known simply as Buenos Aires or “Baires” by its inhabitants, is located in the center-east of Argentina, on the shores of the famous Río de la Plata that separates the tango nation from Uruguay, its neighboring country.

Buenos Aires, besides being the capital of Argentina, is the most populated city in the entire nation, with a considerable percentage of immigrants from all over the world.

When it comes to moving through Baires, there are different transportation options, with the subway being the most important, with six lines and 87 stations distributed throughout much of the city. Similarly, it is also safe to walk through most of the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, but with its extension of 203 km², it can be an exhausting task.

Buenos Aires is one of the most coveted destinations in Latin America for travelers who want to admire its avenues with European-style architecture and buildings similar to those of countries like France, which is why it is also called the Paris of South America.

Also, if the locals know something, it’s the pleasures of life: Enjoy a barbecue with a good wine, dance until dawn at a club, share a mate tea… in Buenos Aires there is no shortage of things see or do.

Before planning your trip, it is important to take into account the best times to visit Buenos Aires according to the weather. Due to its location in the southern hemisphere, it is advisable to go to Baires from March to May (autumn) or from September to November (spring) to avoid the inclement heat of summer and the low temperatures of winter, which sometimes fall below 0ºC .

Buenos Aires has a lot of cultural attractions, including more than 200 theaters, green spaces such as the Botanical Garden and the Japanese Garden, as well as the iconic tanguerías: Venues devoted to Argentine tango.

Deciding where to stay in Buenos Aires depends on many factors. If, for example, you want to know the most exclusive restaurants in the city, Puerto Madero, with its modern buildings and avant-garde atmosphere, is the right place for you (See Puerto Madero accommodation).

On the other hand, if you want to be in the center of Buenos Aires nightlife, the immense neighborhood of Palermo is the best accommodation area for you(See Palermo accommodation).

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Buenos Aires.

The best areas to stay in Buenos Aires

Our favorite area: Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero is the most exclusive place in Buenos Aires and is located right on the banks of the de La Plata River (Río de La Plata), offering incredible landscapes that ask to be admired and photographed.

This elegant area of ​​Baires was, in the past, the port district of the Argentine capital par excellence. However, today, Puerto Madero is the safest and most modern area of ​​the city.

Among the main attractions of Puerto Madero are the Puente de la Mujer (a 170 meters long bride with a light show at night), the Costanera Sur Ecological Nature Park, the Mujeres Argentinas Park (with a 350 hectares green space) and the museum-style ship Fragata President Sarmiento.

The neighborhood is connected to the rest of Buenos Aires by bus and the nearest metro station is Leandro N. Alem.

Puerto Madero is one of the best areas to stay in Buenos Aires if you want to know the chic side of the capital of Argentina.

Best areas to stay in Buenos Aires - Puerto Madero

Best areas to stay in Buenos Aires – Puerto Madero

Accommodation in Puerto Madero - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Puerto Madero – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Buenos Aires:

  • Exclusive area
  • Walkable area
  • Great restaurants
  • Ecological Nature Park
  • Puente de la Mujer
  • Connected through metro

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Own Madero

The hotel accommodations are equipped with a TV with cable channels. The private bathroom is equipped with a shower and free toiletries.

from US$88
Budget

Unique Art Madero

The bright and spacious rooms are decorated in elegant white tones and feature air conditioning, a seating area, desk and minibar.

from US$48
Luxurious

Hotel Madero Buenos Aires

Offers spacious and bright rooms with exclusive decoration. All of them are equipped with private balcony, plasma TV and minibar.

from US$199

 

 

 

San Telmo

San Telmo is the most historic neighborhood in Buenos Aires and, therefore, preserves the typical characteristics of the Argentina of yesteryear to such an extent that some of its most emblematic buildings were named historical heritage.

This area with colonial architecture and cobbled streets is located right at the center of the city, which makes it ideal to stay. In addition, San Telmo connects to other districts of Baires by subway line C.

When it comes to attractions, the San Telmo Market, installed every weekend in Plaza Dorrego, is included in the list of things you can not miss in Buenos Aires.

The San Telmo Cartoon Walk is another place to go to and, why not, portray some of the most representative characters of the Argentine comic as Mafalda.

The weekends in San Telmo are very lively, thanks to its bars and clubs, including several LGBT-themed ones that make it a very gay-friendly neighborhood.

San Telmo is one of the best areas to stay in Buenos Aires if you are looking to get into the bohemian, hipster or artistic scene of Buenos Aires.

Where to stay Buenos Aires - San Telmo

Where to stay Buenos Aires – San Telmo

Accommodation in San Telmo - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in San Telmo – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Buenos Aires:

  • Cultural attractions
  • San Telmo Market
  • Cobbled streets
  • Great nightlife
  • Charming hotels
  • Gay-friendly

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Patios de San Telmo

This luxury boutique hotel offers a pool, sun terrace and free Wi-Fi. It occupies a renovated 19th century building located in the center of Buenos Aires.

from US$54
Budget

Vacances San Telmo

Vacances San Telmo is 200 meters from Dorrego Square and 3 km from Obelisco and Florida Pedestrian Street. It offers free Wi-Fi and a restaurant.

from US$45
Luxurious

Hotel Boca Juniors by Design

The Boca Juniors by Design Hotel is the first football-themed hotel in Buenos Aires and is only 700 meters from the Plaza de Mayo.

from US$105

 

 

 

Recoleta

Recoleta is also called “Barrio Norte” and is one of the areas of Buenos Aires where the European influences of the city are more visible.

The streets of Recoleta were inspired by Greek, Roman and French architecture. Among the most visited monuments of this district are the Recoleta Cemetery with its Neoclassical style, where personalities such as Evita Perón were buried.

Other important points of interest in Recoleta are El Ateneo Bookstore, Plaza Francia (home to artisanal fairs every weekend), the Recoleta Cultural Center and the United Nations Park, which houses the Floralis Generica (a sculpture in the form of a flower that closes its petals with the sunset).

Recoleta is one of the best areas to stay in Buenos Aires for its wide cultural offer and its tranquility compared to more crowded neighborhoods such as San Telmo.

The Recoleta connects with the rest of Baires thanks to the D and H lines of the metro.

Recoleta - Best areas to stay in Buenos Aires

Recoleta – Best areas to stay in Buenos Aires

Accommodation in la Recoleta - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in la Recoleta – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Buenos Aires:

  • European architecture
  • Parks and recreations
  • Shopping area

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Le Cinque Lusso Recoleta

The spacious rooms offered by Le Cinque Lusso Recoleta are at least 26 m² in size and are furnished with comfortable beds, cable TV and a safe.

from US$62
Budget

Hotel Prince

Hotel Prince is located in the Recoleta neighborhood, 5 km from Jorge Newberry Airport. It offers elegant colonial-style interiors and WiFi.

from US$33
Luxurious

Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel

Is located between the villas and the French palaces of Recoleta and offers luxurious rooms. The snack is served in the English winter garden.

from US$149

 

 

 

Palermo

Palermo is one of the most popular areas to stay in Buenos Aires and, in addition, the largest district in the entire capital of Argentina, so much that people even refer to some of its streets as sub-neighborhoods like Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood, two areas that are only five minutes away from each other.

Palermo Soho is renowned for its lively nightlife (including gay bars and nightclubs), while Palermo Hollywood is famous for the urban art that adorns its walls, as well as the television studios to which it owes its name.

Palermo is also a very safe place to walk on foot. However, it only connects with the rest of Baires by subway line D, which falls short to cover its entire length, making it difficult to visit other places.

Its cultural attractions include the Evita Museum, the Galileo Galilei Planetarium and the Museum of Latin American Art.

Palermo is one of the best areas to stay in Buenos Aires because there is always something to see and do in this attractive neighborhood.

Where to stay in Buenos Aires - Palermo

Where to stay in Buenos Aires – Palermo

Accommodation in Palermo - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Palermo – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Buenos Aires:

  • Green areas
  • Gay-friendly
  • Cultural attractions
  • Walkable
  • Great nightlife
  • Palermo Soho & Hollywood

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Krista Hotel Boutique

This hotel has a good location on a quiet street in Palermo Hollywood, and is housed in a renovated house dating back to the early 20th century.

from US$99
Budget

Hotel Costa Rica

This elegant hotel offers easy access to the area’s bars, restaurants and luxury boutiques.

from US$39
Luxurious

Palermo Soho Loft

It consists of 4 lofts located in a French style building. Each has modern décor and includes cable TV, a minibar and a spa bath.

from US$120

 

 

 

Retiro – Microcentro

Retiro and the Microcentro are among the best areas to stay in Buenos Aires if you want to visit some of the most important historical sites in the capital of Argentina.

This area of ​​Baires includes iconic attractions such as the Casa Rosa or “Pink House” (seat of the Argentine government), the Obelisk (which is the most famous monument in the city) and the first porteño skyscraper: The Kavangh building. In the same way, both Retiro and the Microcentro are linked by Florida Street, where hundreds of pedestrians travel daily.

In this part of Buenos Aires you will be able to find the best offers of the whole city in terms of shopping. Restaurants, bars and coffeehouses are other of the many attractions that the Microcentro and the Retiro put at your disposal.

Both the Retiro and Microcentro connect with the rest of Baires on lines B, C and D of the metro, being one of the most central districts of the city.

This is one of the best areas to stay in Buenos Aires if you want to delve into the history of this South American nation or if you travel for business, as it is also the financial district par excellence.

Microcentro - Retiro - Best areas to stay in Argentina

Microcentro – Retiro – Best areas to stay in Argentina

Accommodation in Retiro and Microcentr - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Retiro and Microcentro – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Buenos Aires:

  • Casa Rosada
  • Calle Florida
  • Obelisk
  • Walkable
  • Shopping area
  • Business-type hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Carsson Hotel Downtown Buenos Aires

The Carsson Hotel Buenos Aires offers 4-star accommodation combining classic architecture with modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV.

from US$47
Budget

Babel City

Rooms at the Babel City include a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a minibar. They have a private bathroom with a bathtub and free toiletries.

from US$31
Luxurious

NH Collection Buenos Aires Centro Histórico

Located in the historic center of Buenos Aires, it has an outdoor pool, sun terrace, free Wi-Fi, parking and a fitness center.

from US$99

 

 

 

La Boca

The neighborhood of La Boca is the most picturesque of Buenos Aires, with colorful houses and a historic past that fills any visitor with nostalgia.

The history of La Boca is that, in its beginnings, it was a port chosen by Italian immigrants, who painted their houses made of zinc with paint left over from neighborhood workshops.

This zone is famous, in its majority, because of its connection to sports. In the heart of the neighborhood is “La Bombonera”, the famous Boca Juniors Club stadium, one of the soccer teams with the most fans in Argentina.

Although this part of the city is not the safest, it is still one of the best areas to stay in Buenos Aires if you are a sports lover or are traveling for a specific game, since you can reach the court in a matter of minutes, avoiding the feared Buenos Aires traffic.

The neighborhood of La Boca does not have nearby metro stations, but connects with the rest of Buenos Aires by bus.

La Boca - Where to stay in Buenos Aires

La Boca – Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Accommodation near La Bombonera Stadium - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation near La Bombonera Stadium – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Buenos Aires:

  • Boca Juniors Stadium
  • Caminito Street
  • Charming streets

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

L’Adresse Hôtel Boutique

The rooms at L’Adresse Hôtel Boutique are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries.

from US$58
Budget

Guest House La Boca B&B

This accommodation offers rooms with a shared bathroom with a bath, a bidet and free toiletries.

from US$34
Luxurious

Anselmo Buenos Aires, Curio Collection by Hilton

It offers comfortable accommodation, excellent services and free Wi-Fi throughout.

from US$119

 

 

 

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