In Buenos Aires, European elegance collides with Latin American energy and style to create a certain no sé que—the Argentine version of the French je ne sais quoi—that makes the city unlike any place in the world. Even within the city, neighborhoods have their own distinct personality and spirit, and hotels tend to both reflect and enhance the identity of their neighborhood.
The lodging options in Buenos Aires rival those of any international, cosmopolitan locale. From jaw-dropping luxury hotels to intimate boutique hotels injected with local flair, one thing is certain: you’re bound to encounter far more appealing lodging options than days you’ll have in the city. Hotels are constantly opening, renovating, and amplifying their offerings. Despite climbing prices in recent years, Buenos Aires is still affordable for international visitors on the dollar, euro, and real, and its irresistible pull remains strong. Many visitors, having discovered the intoxicating energy of the city, return again and again. Hotel owners and their staffs, eager to share their city and culture, often play a key role in Buenos Aires winning people over and encouraging them to return.
Downtown in the Centro as well as nearby Puerto Madero you’ll find sleek, soaring hotel properties; inch toward Recoleta and you have your pick from the ritziest hotels in town, particularly on and around Avenida Alvear. One-of-a-kind boutique hotels, usually small and always thoughtfully run, are where the city really shines, and while these inviting properties are found across the city, they are concentrated in vast, lively Palermo, particularly the Soho and Hollywood neighborhoods. San Telmo, with cobblestone streets lined with gracious mansions, is one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. Working-class Almagro and up-and-coming Villa Crapo are culturally vibrant in their own ways, and a stay in one gives you a chance to dive into everyday porteño life. In the end, every neighborhood offers visitors the chance to experience one side of the buzzing, beguiling city of Buenos Aires.