Where to stay in Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires is a vibrating city in South America that every traveler must visit at least once. Being the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is a very big city and looking for the best place to stay can be frustrating if you don’t know which neighborhoods are better. This post is for you if you want to know where to stay in Buenos Aires. I’ll cover the best areas and accommodation for all budgets.

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If you’ve read my blog before, you know I was born and raised in Buenos Aires. Where to stay in Buenos Aires is one of the most common questions I get asked so I’ve broken down all the best places to stay in Buenos Aires, giving you my honest opinion about all the neighborhoods in the city.

If you need help for planning your itinerary read: How to spend 3 days in Buenos Aires


WHERE TO STAY IN BUENOS AIRES: Best areas and hotels

Where to stay in Palermo

Palermo is the place to stay if you’re looking for nightlife. There are countless restaurants and bars in this neighborhood. You can also find some of the best cafes in Buenos Aires. Palermo can be subdivided into: Palermo Soho, Hollywood, Chico, Norte, Viejo and Las Cañitas.

Palermo Soho is the best for accommodation and dining options. During the day you can explore its parks, awesome street art and restaurants. The closest subway line in Palermo is “Linea D” (the green one) and runs beneath Av. Santa Fe. There are also plenty of bus options in the area. In my opinion Palermo is the best neighborhood to stay in Buenos Aires.

Important sights in Palermo: Planetario, Japanese Garden, Botanical Garden, Palermo Woods, Aeroparque Airport (mainly used for local flights), MALBA (The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires).

$: Malevo Murana Hostel – Located in one of the cute Palermo Soho’s passages, this is everything a backpacker needs. Unbeatable location, clean facilities and a confy bed. Click here to find the best rates for Malevo Murana Hostel

$$: Dazzler by Wyndham Polo Hotel Buenos Aires – Hotel with modern facilities located just 3 blocks away from Palermo subway station and Av. Santa Fe. Click here to find the best rates for Dazzler

$$$: Nuss Buenos Aires Soho – relax in this elegant boutique hotel located in the heart of Palermo Soho. Click here to find the best rates for Nuss Buenos Aires Soho


Where to stay in Recoleta

Recoleta is the fanciest neighborhood in Buenos Aires city. You will find all the embassies and historic mansions located here. There are also some cool places to have dinner or stop for a coffee, although not as much options as in Palermo. It’s a residential neighborhood but you will also find many of the city’s popular attractions. Some of the best luxury hotels in Buenos Aires are in this part of the city. Definitely not the neighborhood for backpackers on a tight budget.

Important sights in Recoleta: Recoleta Cemetery, Recoleta Cultural Center, National Museum of Fine Arts, Floralis Genérica, The National Public Library and El Ateneo Grand Splendid Library.

$: Malala Hostel – Cheap hostel located on Av Santa Fé, close bus and subway stops. Click here to find the best rates for Malala Hostel

$$: Hotel Arenales – modern hotel with minimalist style and a great location. Click here to find the best rates for Hotel Arenales

$$$: Palacio Duhau – One of the most luxurious hotels in Buenos Aires. The hotel is literally a palace! Click here to find the best rates for Palacio Duhau

$$$: Alvear Palace – Other most luxurious hotels you’ll find in the city. This hotel with a french styled is famous in Buenos Aires for being a place where celebrities stay or go for dinner. Click here to find the best rates for Alvear Palace

Where to stay in Buenos Aires - Neighborhoods Guide by a local

Where to stay in Retiro

Retiro is a district mainly known for its transport hub. Buses and trains depart from Retiro Station to other parts of Buenos Aires and the whole country. You’ll also find some of the city’s most famous buildings like Kavanagh and Paz Palace. While it’s a really busy area during the day, it can be deserted at night. I recommend being extra careful at night if you’re staying in this area. Basically just avoid walking after 9pm.

Important sights in Retiro: Retiro train station, Plaza General San Martín and Malvinas Monument.

$: Suipacha Suites – Simple budget hotel located just minutes away from Retiro Station. Click here to find the best rates for Suipacha Suites

$$: Hotel Pulitzer – I personally stayed at this hotel and can say it has a great price/quality relation. Loved the room and it has a great rooftop bar. Click here to find the best rates for Hotel Pulitzer

$$$: Four Seasons Hotel – luxurious hotel with french style. One of the most known fancy hotels and restaurants in the city. Click here to find the best rates for Four Seasons Hotel

Where to stay in Buenos Aires - Neighborhoods Guide by a local

Where to stay in Microcentro

Microcentro is how we call the main commercial area of Buenos Aires. It is located within San Nicolás and Monserrat neighborhoods. It’s the place where honestly local people hate to visit, specially in summer. On Corrientes street you’ll find all the city’s theatres (sort of the local Broadway). It’s a really busy area during the day because people work there but it’s empty at night and can be dangerous. There are shops and restaurants in Microcentro but most close after office hours. Avoid walking on this area after 9 pm.

Important sights in Microcentro: Teatro Colón, Obelisco, Galerías Pacífico, CCK, Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, Cabildo, National Congress of Argentina and Palacio Barolo.

$: V&S Hostel Club – Budget hostel with easy access to public transportation. Click here to find the best rates for V&S Hostel Club

$$: Panamericano – The hotel to stay if you want to have the best view of the city. Panamericano is located in front 9 de Julio Avenue and has an amazing pool on the top floor. Click here to find the best rates for Panamericano

Where to stay in Buenos Aires - Neighborhoods Guide by a local

Where to stay in Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero is the area where the old port of Buenos Aires was located, Nowadays it’s a neighborhood with a high concentration of the city’s tallest towers and most luxurious condominium. It’s a nice area to walk or have dinner at one of the most expensive restaurants in Buenos Aires. Definitely not the place to stay if you’re on a budget. Also, not the best public transport access.

Important sights in Puerto Madero: Puente de la mujer, Costanera Sur ecological reserve and Fortabat Museum.

$$: Hotel Madero – A modern hotel with amazing city views. Click here to find the best rates for Hotel Madero

$$$: Faena Hotel – the best place to stay if you wanna play king and queen for some days. Faena is one of the most exclusive hotels in Buenos Aires. Click here to find the best rates for Faena Hotel


Where to stay in San Telmo

San Telmo is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, where you’ll find cobblestone streets, markets and vintage shops. It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and has a bohemian style. While I love San Telmo, I wouldn’t stay here as it’s a bit far from other parts of the city. It has easy access to public transport but taking a bus from San Telmo to Palermo during rush hours can be exhausting.

Important sights in San Telmo: Mercado de San Telmo, Casa mínima, Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art and Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

$: Hostel Carlos Gardel – Budget hostel in an old San Telmo house with great location. Click here to find the best rates for Hostel Carlos Gardel

$$: L’Adresse Hôtel Boutique – Amazing boutique hotel with beautiful vintage style. Excellent price/quality relation. Click here to find the best rates for L’Adresse Hôtel Boutique


Where to stay in Belgrano

Belgrano is known for being mainly a residential neighborhood. It is one of my favourite areas of the city because there are houses, parks and it’s very calm but at the same time you’re close to many of the city’s main sights. There are also many cool restaurants and bars in Belgrano. It’s the perfect neighborhood for families or if you just want to be more in a more tranquil and local area but at the same time be connected with the main attractions of the city. The subway line and plenty of buses stop at Av Cabildo so you might want to choose accommodation near this avenue.

Important sights in Belgrano: Chinatown, Barrancas de Belgrano and Parque de la Memoria.

There aren’t many hotels in the area but you can find some cool apartments on Airbnb. Use my link and get a €35 discount at Airbnb on your first reservation.

$$: Argenta Suites – Modern suites with breakfast included with easy access to public transport. Click here to find the best rates for Argenta Suites


I hope this post helps you find accommodation in Buenos Aires! If you have any questions please leave a comment or email me at ivana@postcardsfromivi.com

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