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Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Each with a unique cultural offering and a different story to tell, the many barrios (neighbourhoods) of Buenos Aires will make for an interesting stay, to say the least. Buenos Aires is blessed with a full range of international-brand hotels, mainly located in the historic downtown area or the plush and most cultured Recoleta District.If you prefer a more boutique-style hotel, try the leafy suburbs of San Telmo or Palermo. Make sure you book before you go as the city fills quickly during festivals and big sporting events. Here’s a quick guide to our pick of the most interesting neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.

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  • San Telmo

    Think cobblestone streets, candle street lighting, antiques markets and a vibrant tango and arts scene, then roll all that together with a uniquely bohemian vibe, and you have San Telmo. This is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires and its moody bars and poets' meeting places have changed little in decades. The area hums on a Sunday, too, when the antiques market comes alive.

  • Recoleta

    The tree-lined avenues of Recoleta are home to luxurious hotels, upmarket restaurants, cafes and boutiques. This is most likely the neighbourhood that people imagine when you hear Buenos Aires described as ‘the Paris of South America', due to its iconic French-inspired buildings. It's a wealthy residential area and also home to the most famous city of the dead in Argentina: Recoleta Cemetery.

  • Puerto Madero

    Located on the waterfront, modern Puerto Madero is the city's youngest neighbourhood, a hub of fine seafood restaurants and one of the most successful waterfront restoration projects in the world. You'll find elegant bars, eateries and offices along the waterfront, and the iconic ‘Puente de la Mujer' (Women's Bridge) is the focal point of the area. Fun fact: many of the streets in Puerto Madero are named after famous Argentine women.

  • Palermo

    If being close to some green space is high on your list of priorities, you might choose to stay in Palermo when you visit Buenos Aires. Palermo is the largest neighbourhood in the city and home to some of the most trendy bars, clubs and fashion boutiques in Buenos Aires. The barrio is sometimes split into sub-barrios, including Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood.

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Start with a pair of dancing shoes, so you can tango your way through the streets. When it comes to fashion, Buenos Aires is known for its fashion scene, so dress to impress. Just don't forget your appetite because Buenos Aires is a paradise for food lovers.

Begin your Buenos Aires adventure in the bustling neighborhood of La Boca, known for its vibrant colours and tango-filled streets. It’s the perfect backdrop to while away a sunny afternoon. Caminito is filled with artists and delicious empanadas, but be sure to leave some time for San Telmo, where you can browse through antique markets, enjoy live music and savour mouth-watering street food. No visit to Buenos Aires is complete without a trip to the iconic Plaza de Mayo, where you can admire the historic Casa Rosada and feel the pulse of Argentine history.

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The great news is that there’s magic to be found in Buenos Aires all-year round. Sun-seekers will be drawn to the steamy summer (December to February) while March to May and September to November are ideal for adventuring.

Eat, explore, learn to tango, admire Argentinian architecture, eat some more. Take a stroll along the waterfront promenade of Puerto Madero, watch the sunset, catch a football game, enjoy the opera, devour your bodyweight in empanadas – the list is literally endless!

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