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Where To Stay In Buenos Aires: Best Areas & Hotels

Planning a trip to Argentina and can’t decide where to stay in Buenos Aires? Feeling overwhelmed with questions, like: Where should I stay in Buenos Aires? Or, Which is the best area to stay in Buenos Aires? You might feel like you’ll never be able to make the right decision and choose among the best Buenos Aires hotels. Well, sounds familiar. I was in the same boat before my first trip to Buenos Aires. 

Relax and don’t panic! Find below a Buenos Aires map with the best areas to stay as a tourist. This guide will walk you through the most popular neighborhoods, and the list of accommodations will make your decision fast and easy.

BEST OVERALL OPTION: Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires – MGallery

Best Buenos Aires Hotels At A Glance

AT A GLANCE

Best area to stay: Recoleta, Palermo, Microcentro (Downtown)

Best luxury hotel: Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Best family hotel: Esplendor by Wyndham Buenos Aires Tango

Best midrange hotel: Tango de Mayo Hotel

Best budget hotel: Hotel Chemin

Best apartment (Vrbo): Warm apartment in Recoleta ($22 avg. per night)

Best hostel: Río Plateado Hostel (from $13 per night)

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Where Should I Stay In Buenos Aires?

It is difficult to point out the best place to stay as a tourist. Have a look at the neighborhood map and choose among Buenos Aires best neighborhoods based on your interests, travel style, and budget. Making the right choice is crucial for a hassle-free stay and to enjoy your stay to the fullest.

The image is a colorful map of the best areas to stay In Buenos Aires. It is made to help travelers choose the best hotel in Buenos Aires according to their preferences.
Best Area To Stay In Buenos Aires Map
MicrocentroRecoletaPalermoSan TelmoPuerto Madero
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Best Part Of Buenos Aires To Stay Comparison Table

Best Areas To Stay In Buenos Aires

The best area to stay in Buenos Aires largely depends on your priorities. Each of Buenos Aires neighborhoods has its unique charm and attractions. You’ll find the best place to stay in Buenos Aires in Microcentro (Monserrat y San Nicolas), Recoleta, Palermo, San Telmo, or Puerto Madero.

Microcentro Buenos Aires Argentina (Monserrat + San Nicolas)

A striking sunset view from the Palacio Barolo in Buenos Aires. The sky is painted with shades of orange and blue, and the city lights begin to illuminate the evening. In the foreground, the intricate architecture of the Barolo's upper levels can be seen, while the brightly lit dome of the Argentine National Congress stands out in the middle distance, surrounded by the dense urban landscape of the city.

By choosing Microcentro, you will be staying in the heart of the city. Major attractions such as the Plaza de Mayo, the Obelisco, and the Casa Rosada are within walking distance.  Microcentro is Buenos Aires downtown area with two of the oldest neighborhoods: Monserrat and San Nicolas. You will be surrounded by historic buildings and architectural treasures. It is a tourist area with all its pros and cons. It may be the best option if you have limited time in Buenos Aires and want to see as much as possible.

Recoleta Buenos Aires Argentina

The Recoleta district in Buenos Aires is synonymous with culture and luxury. The Recoleta neighborhood is famous for its Parisian-style architecture, elegant atmosphere, and central location. It is a great place to stay if you are interested in culture and history. Many museums, galleries, the Recoleta Cultural Center, El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore, and the Recoleta Cemetery will be a short walk away. The area is well-served by public transportation with easy access to other parts of the city.

This image captures the grand interior of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a famous bookstore in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The former theater's ornate decor and frescoed ceiling are visible, with bookshelves and reading spaces where the audience seating once was. The stage, with its deep red curtain, now serves as a reading area, and the balconies have been transformed into elegant book-lined galleries. The bustling atmosphere is filled with patrons browsing the extensive collection of books.
El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore

Palermo Buenos Aires

Palermo is one of the best neighborhoods in the capital of Argentina. It is a nice area with a vibrant atmosphere and large green spaces. Palermo is the largest neighborhood in Argentina’s capital and is divided into several areas, each with its own unique charm. 

Palermo Soho is well known for its street art, trendy boutiques, and numerous bars. If you are a younger traveler or a fashion enthusiast, Palermo Soho is the right place to stay.

Palermo Hollywood is a good place to stay if you want to immerse yourself in the nightlife of Buenos Aires.

Palermo Viejo, with its cobblestone streets and historic buildings, has a much more traditional feel.

San Telmo Buenos Aires

San Telmo is characterized by cobbled streets, street tango performances, and well-preserved traditional architecture. The area is known for its many antique shops, galleries, and the Sunday market, Feria de San Telmo. It is one of the best neighborhoods to attend a tango show or a milonga.

Puerto Madero Buenos Aires

Puerto Madero is the most modern part of the city with some of the best luxury hotels with fantastic river views. It is quiet, safe, clean, and actually very close to the city center.

Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires – MGallery

The image shows the exterior of the Palladio Hotel, the best overall hotel in Buenos Aires.
Palladio Buenos Aires

The Palladio Hotel is a beautiful, centrally located Buenos Aires 5 star hotel. It is a boutique hotel, one of the best Buenos Aires luxury hotels. Located in Recoleta, within walking distance of the main attractions of Buenos Aires and a short 15-minute drive from the Quinquela Martin Cruise Terminal (Buenos Aires cruise port), it is the best choice for a hassle-free stay before or after a cruise.
Galleries, shopping centers, restaurants, bars, and many of the highlights of Buenos Aires are within walking distance.
The rooms at the Palladio Hotel are spacious and spotlessly clean. The gym and pool are clean and well-maintained.
The staff at the Palladio Hotel is professional, attentive, friendly and helpful. They will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and help you with anything you might need.
Palladio Hotel serves an exceptional breakfast. TIP: Check out the bar and the restaurant: they are both worth it.

TIPS FOR CHOOSING A ROOM: The balcony rooms are large and luxurious. Those without balconies are smaller.

What other travelers say about Palladio Hotel:

“If you want something in a great location and good area stay here. Fantastic hotel & staff, will add to the experience.”

“This is not an inexpensive hotel but they deliver value and meet the needs of sophisticated travelers.”

Check prices and book your stay at Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires – MGallery by clicking HERE.

Make your reservation as early as possible as this hotel fills up quickly!

Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

The gardens of Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, the best luxury hotel in Buenos Aires.
Palacio Duhau Buenos Aires

Palacio Duhau is like a tranquil oasis in the Buenos Aires Recoleta neighborhood. With its elegantly decorated suites, magnificent facade, beautiful garden, and impeccable service, it is the epitome of luxury and sophistication. In fact, it was a real palace before it was converted into a hotel. Palacio Duhau is the top rated Buenos Aires 5 star boutique hotel.
If you’re staying in Argentina’s capital before or after a cruise and don’t mind a little splurge to feel like royalty, Palacio Duhau is the place to stay. It is a short 3.5 km (2 miles) drive away from Buenos Aires cruise port.

TIPS FOR CHOOSING A ROOM: Suites in the Mansion with a garden view are the best.

What other travelers say about Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt:

“The room was very large and posh. We enjoyed all of the hotel amenities, and it’s in a great location. It was a fabulous treat to have breakfast in the garden overlooking the beautiful garden and courtyard.”

“We stayed at The Palace for one night after our Antarctica cruise. I wish we could stay for longer! This is the best hotel in Buenos Aires!”

Check prices and book your stay at Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires by clicking HERE.

Esplendor by Wyndham Buenos Aires Tango

Esplendor by Wyndham Buenos Aires is centrally located in the San Nicolas neighborhood. All major attractions are within walking distance. You will find many shops, bars and restaurants nearby. Laundry – a few feet to the left of the front door for less than $2 a load!
The breakfast served is with a wide variety of fruit, yogurt, cereal, toast, ham, cheese, eggs, pastries and cakes.
Esplendor by Wyndham has a seasonal rooftop swimming pool and a rooftop terrace with tables and chairs so you can relax outside.

There is no bar or restaurant at Esplendor by Wyndham. That’s not a problem since there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, but it’s good to know if it’s a no-deal for you.

TIPS FOR CHOOSING A ROOM: The hotel is on a busy street with buses running after midnight. If you are a light sleeper, ask for a high-floor room.

What other travelers say about Esplendor by Wyndham Buenos Aires:

“This hotel really is a little gem located in the heart of the city and when we come back to B.A, we will certainly look to stay here again.”

“For Americans this is a must stay hotel. The hotel is spotless and has an amazing continental breakfast.”

Check prices and book your stay at Esplendor by Wyndham Buenos Aires Tango by clicking HERE.

A view from a room window of Tango de Mayo Hotel, the best midrange hotel in Buenos Aires.
View from my room in Tango de Mayo Hotel

Tango de Mayo Hotel

The best midrange hotel in Buenos Aires, Tango de Mayo Hotel is located in one of the best areas to stay for first-time visitors.
Tango de Mayo Buenos Aires

Tango de Mayo is located in Monserrat in a historic building built in 1913. The hotel has a tango theme. Rooms are tastefully decorated and comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast is also very good.
What I liked most about the Tango de Mayo Hotel was its location: Palacio Barolo is practically next door. Casa Rosada, Obelisco, Café Tortoni; Florida Street; Av. Corrientes; Teatro Colon and El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore are all less than 15 minutes walk away. If your time in Buenos Aires is limited and you want to see the most, Tango de Mayo is the hotel for you.
And the rooftop bar! It is the perfect place for a refreshing drink with an amazing view after a day of sightseeing.

TIPS FOR CHOOSING A ROOM: Ask for a corner room. They are bigger and have a beautiful view.

What other travelers say about Tango de Mayo Hotel:

“We absolutely loved it. It has a charming boutique hotel feel to it, with a classy lobby and nicely decorated rooms.”

“Tango de Mayo is wonderful! Staff is friendly and efficient. Rooms are elegant, traditional and spacious. Breakfast buffet is great.”

Check prices and book your stay at the Tango de Mayo Hotel by clicking HERE.

Make your reservation as early as possible as Tango de Mayo is a small hotel and fills up quickly!

Hotel Chemin

With rates as low as $77 per double room, including an excellent breakfast, the Hotel Chemin is your best choice if you are traveling on a budget and want central and safe accommodations.
This is a quaint, romantic hotel, tastefully decorated. Tall doors, high ceilings, ornate moldings, period furniture, and very large bathrooms!
The hotel is conveniently located one block from Avenida Callao where you’ll find many restaurants, shops, and cafes.
The staff at the hotel is always super friendly and helpful. The breakfast is a great way to start your day exploring the secrets of Buenos Aires.

What other travelers say about Hotel Chemin:

“I decided to stay at Chemin over a more typical hotel chain. What attracted me was how well located it was, but overall the amazing construction and vibe this place has. It gave me more of a classic wealthy Buenos Aires feel… Everything was very clean, very good breakfast and I can’t reiterate how well located this place is. You are walking distance from everything, and for the price, you won’t find anything like this. Trust me, you won’t regret it.”

“The location is amazing, and the building and the hotel interior are just charming. Everything is in an old-fashioned style, I had a feeling of living in a movie.”

Check prices and book your stay at Hotel Chemin by clicking HERE.

This image showcases the magnificent interior of the Galerías Pacífico shopping center in Buenos Aires. The ceiling is adorned with elaborate frescoes and golden arches that give the space a luxurious feel, reminiscent of a grand art gallery. The natural light streaming in from the skylights above illuminates the artwork and the bustling shoppers below, highlighting the building's fusion of commerce and art.
Galerías Pacífico shopping center

Warm apartment in Recoleta

This is a cozy and well-equipped studio for a comfortable stay for two people. It is well located, close to grocery stores, bars, restaurants, and the Tribunales Subte metro station. The host, Cecilia, is friendly and helpful.

The Warm Apartment in Recoleta is a good choice for a longer stay if you are on a budget.

Check prices and book your stay at Warm Apartment in Recoleta by clicking HERE.

Río Plateado Hostel

Rio Plateado is a new hostel in Palermo district. The rooms are spacious and clean with plenty of daylight. A fully equipped kitchen is at your disposal to make your own meals. The staff is helpful and welcoming.

It is the perfect place to make new friends and share travel stories from all over the world.

Check prices and book your stay at Río Plateado Hostel by clicking HERE.

Where Is Safe To Stay In Buenos Aires?

Wherever you go, safety is a top priority for you as a traveler. While Buenos Aires is generally welcoming to tourists, some areas are considered safer and more tourist-friendly than others. The areas mentioned above are the best neighborhoods for tourists. 

While in Buenos Aires, regardless of the neighborhood, it’s wise to follow general safety precautions:

– Avoid displaying expensive jewelry or electronic devices.

– Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.

– Use reputable taxi services or ride-sharing apps instead of hailing cabs on the street.

– Keep your belongings secure and be careful in crowded places to avoid pickpocketing.

Where NOT To Stay And Areas To Avoid In Buenos Aires?

Like any big city, Buenos Aires has areas that are safer than others. Since the situation can change over time, it’s always a good idea to check the latest travel advisories and talk to locals or your accommodation hosts for the most up-to-date advice. However, here are some general guidelines:

Villa Lugano and Villa Riachuelo are more peripheral areas of Buenos Aires and are generally considered less safe for tourists, especially after dark. These areas are far from the usual tourist attractions and you won’t find much reason to go there.

Villa 31 or Barrio 31 is a large shantytown located near the Retiro train station. It’s best to avoid walking through it.

La Boca: While Caminito Street and La Bombonera Stadium are popular tourist attractions, it’s best to visit them during the day and avoid La Boca at night.

Retiro: While the Retiro train station and bus stations are major transportation hubs, the surrounding area can be problematic, especially at night. Be aware of your surroundings, and try to avoid less crowded and poorly lit areas.

Constitución: Similar to Retiro, Constitución is a major transportation hub but can be unsafe, especially after dark. 

Conclusion

To wrap it up: You will find different accommodation options in Buenos Aires. Choose among the best hotels in Buenos Aires following your interests, preferences, and budget. Look at what other travelers are saying. And last, but not least, stick to the neighborhoods in color on the map above to feel safe. End enjoy your Argentina trip. You will love it!

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