Buenos Aires has chain hotels, boutique hotels, apart-hotels (short-term rental apartments), bed-and-breakfasts—you name it. World-class facilities include the majestic Alvear Palace Hotel and the ultrahip Faena Hotel—both of them celebrity favorites. High season includes the summer months of mid-December through February and the winter holidays that fall in July. (Keep in mind that seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite those in the Northern Hemisphere.) Most hotels have at least one English-speaking employee on call at a given time.
Buenos Aires has steadily climbed as a popular tourist destination in the past decade, a trend that shows little signs of slowing. As a result, many hotels are at full capacity year-round, not just in the October to March high season. It is always best to make a reservation as early as possible. Most hotels in the city have websites equipped with online reservation services. Some require a credit card.
The majority of hotels offer Wi-Fi, though some charge guests extra for the service. High-definition television is a near certainty in your room, and many favorite U.S. television programs play around the clock in Argentina, though they may be dubbed into Spanish. English-language news channels will be harder to find, though.
As a rule, check-in is after 3 pm, and checkout is before noon; smaller hotels tend to be more flexible.
Most hotel rates include breakfast, although with the exception of the most expensive hotels this generally means a Continental breakfast with Argentine fare, such as coffee, pastries, fruit, meats, cheese, and perhaps eggs. If you are looking for a heartier breakfast, be sure to inquire what breakfast includes when making a reservation. Remember, though, that most Argentineans eat small, simple breakfasts. Still, some properties take the extra step to shine in the morning and offer a more varied spread.
International chain hotels are always the most family-friendly, often ready with booster seats, changing tables, roll-away beds, or other family lodging necessities. Most smaller, trendy boutique hotels do not often accommodate families with children, though some are more than prepared and happy to do so. It is best to ask ahead exactly what your stay may be like with children in tow.
Using the Maps
Throughout the chapter, you'll see mapping symbols and coordinates after property reviews. To locate the property on the map, turn to the Buenos Aires Dining and Lodging Atlas at the end of the Where to Eat chapter. The first number after the symbol indicates the map number. Following that is the property's coordinate on the map.
Driving in Buenos Aires is more trouble than it’s worth for a tourist. The city streets are clogged and chaotic, and parking is scarce. Renting a car for your stay will prove to be a hassle, especially considering that the public transportation system (buses and the subte) and taxis can get you anywhere you want to go. Most hotels can also arrange private transport, if you prefer. If you do have a car, some hotels provide parking, but it is usually off site, and they will probably charge a fee.
Though some small Argentinean-owned hotels advertise their rates in pesos, most places cite them in dollars. That said, always confirm which currency is being quoted. The lodging tax is 21%; this may or may not be included in a rate, so always ask about it up front.