Going on holiday is also looking out for nice accommodation. Buenos Aires has a lot to offer when you’re searching for the right hotel, bed and breakfast or boutique hotel. Did you know that a foreign tourist traveling in Argentina you can get 21% discount on your hotels in Buenos Aires and Argentina. Actually, as a foreign tourist, you don’t have to pay the 21% TAX on your hotel booking. However, there are steps you need to follow to get your 21% discount. It makes it also easier to find a cheap hotel in Argentina.

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Where is the 21% discount applicable?

The 21% discount for foreign tourists in Argentina is applicable to all hotels that are running as a legal business. Booking with private individuals does not entitle you to the 21% discount. So, it does not apply to Airbnb.

There are restrictions on the discount.

How to get the 21% tax discount in Argentina?

If you book through booking.com or other websites you will get the price without a 21% tax. Under that price, you will see the taxes. They don’t apply for you as a foreign tourist. Tip: try to pay directly through the booking website and not at the accommodation at arrival. Sometimes they forget it or suddenly it’s on the bill. So you can get a 21% discount on your hotels in Buenos Aires and Argentina.

The most important! You need to pay with a non-Argentinian credit or debit card. Also, sometimes your passport will be asked to confirm your nationality.

Restrictions on the 21% discount?

Yes, there are some rules. The 21% tax discount only applies to your accommodation, better said as your hotel room. The use of extra services such as mini-bar, room service,… is not eligible for the 21% discount. Also, if you book an all-in hotel in Argentina. You will receive a split bill. One with the accommodation, and another with all the other included services but with the 21% tax.

Booking a hotel directly?

Great idea! Send the hotel an mail and ask for confirmation that you will receive the 21%  discount during your stay in the hotel. Ask for the final price where you can see the price with and without taxes.




My roots in Buenos Aires started as a tourist. After some great adventures in Argentina, I moved in 2017 to the metropolitan city of Buenos Aires. I felt a need for correct and honest information for tourists. That's why I love to write to you. Sharing my discoveries in Buenos Aires. I hope you enjoy the city as much as I do! Buenos Aires ❤️


  1. Hi Glenn,

    Able to save 21% on hotel room prices is a great saving for tourists. I found some additional information. Throughout my communication with several hotels, I was told that guests must pay with a credit card issued outside of Argentina, holding a foreign passport (which both you mentioned in your article). But all hotels also mentioned that the foreign passport needs to have a recent custom entry stamp. Which means that a foreign person living in Argentina might not able to benefit from this VAT exemption. Cheers~

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