Argentina’s creative and sexy capital, Buenos Aires, is a unique mix of modern western European culture woven into Latin American culture. Buenos Aires is a modern city oozing a chic but intense atmosphere, and an absolute fusion of cultures which means a fantastic foodie, arts and culture scene. Gritty graffiti lined streets with traditional colourful buildings lie in great contrasts to cutting edge architecture. From trendy, to hipster and chic; Buenos Aires has something for everyone in each region.
Some neighbourhoods are loved for the elite lifestyle and others for their character and artistic vibrancy. The main areas to stay in Buenos Aires are :
- Palermo : This is the biggest neighbourhood in the city and offers a mix of residential spaces, modern buildings and a thriving gastronomic scene. Its a “cool” neighbourhood and ideal for foodies.
- Recoleta : A chic and upscale area ideal for the elite and discerning traveler. Think high end galleries, boutique shopping places and relaxed cafes.
- La Boca : The bohemian neighbourhood of La Boca is a tourist destination known for its colourful buildings and street side tango. Located next to the Riachuelo River, this artistic area offers a wealth of offbeat attractions.
- Centro : El Centro is the central area of Buenos Aires and is divided into smaller neighbourhoods. The central location means that accommodation is never far from a major transport route or sought after attraction.
Here are our top choice of hotel, making it easier to figure out where to stay in Buenos Aires.
Park Tower in Centro
The seductive Park Tower Hotel is a luxury collection hotel forming part of the world-renown Marriott Group. This is an exquisite hotel located in the buzzing centre of Buenos Aires and offers a vibrant place to stay. There are a range of different room types, each catering for a different style of traveller. Suites are grand with gold finishes and deluxe rooms offer extraordinary views of the city below that is only reserved for the birds. The lobby is dripping with 18th century oil paintings, ornate furniture and grand pianos.
A highlight of staying at the Park Tower is the dining experience. The St. Regis restaurant is an exquisite mix of international flavours using local fare. Do try the Patagonia trout and crispy octopus.
Hotel Madero in Puerto Madero Close to La Boca
Luscious La Boca is brimming with local life and soul. Rooftop cafes, tango in the streets and riverside strolls are the order of the day in La Boca. Colourful shabby chic buildings, art vendors and buskers fill the crisscross of streets the La Boca neighbourhood. Even if you don’t stay anywhere close to La Boca, it should be on your agenda of places to visit. Our choice of hotel in the area is the Hotel Madero, located a mere 1.6 km from La Boca in trendy Puerto Madero.
Hotel Madero reflects the trendy and sophisticated atmosphere of its surrounds, and certainly doesn’t shy away from the finer side of life. It’s a modern hotel overlooking the city and offers unsurpassed views from each of the room’s terraces. In keeping true to Buenos Aires creative streak, the hotel is adorned with sculptures and artworks from local artists.
Each of the luxurious rooms are fitted with private balconies and minibars. A few of the more expensive rooms have access to the private business club, which means the hotel is ideal for both the business and leisure traveller. The Madero rooftop spa offers panoramic views of the city beyond and is an exclusive space where guests can enjoy luxuries such as indoor swimming pools, saunas and hot tubs.
A distinguished masterpiece of a hotel ideal for trend seekers.
Be Jardín Escondido in Palermo
This is one the most charming hotels in Buenos Aires and has quite the celebrity status. It is actually the old production quarters for Francis Ford Coppola, a famous film director. The hotel is in an enviable location, surrounded by bustling shops and chilled cafes.
The hotel is a fantastic urban retreat ideal for guests wanting luxurious furnishings in hip surrounds. It’s an intimate space with only 7 rooms available, which means guests are able to enjoy a personalised and exclusive service. There’s a common area comprising living room, quaint library and serene terrace ideal for evening drinks with a view.
Alvear Palace Hotel in Recoleta
The grand and palatial Alvear Palace Hotel recently celebrated its 80th birthday, making it one of the oldest and classic hotels in Buenos Aires. The distinct Alvear oozes a regal and classic charm; and is certainly proud of its status as one of the country’s most luxurious hotels. Furnished in bold French finishings mixed with plush Victorian style fabrics and decor, it certainly showcases its European influence, also evident in the architecture.
Renown for its warmth, hospitality and rather discerning clientele; Alvear most definitely sets the standard in terms of luxury. Boasting a whopping 203 rooms, the hotel is big enough to remain anonymous. Ideal for small groups of elite travellers with endless budgets.
Contemporary sophistication at its finest.