This guide has got you covered when you have the question of where to stay in Buenos Aires. I’ll dish out the best hotels and spill the beans on the vibe in each neighborhood. From San Telmo in the South of the city up to the vibing Palermo area in the North.
Where to stay in Buenos Aires
Below is the map featuring the neighborhoods I recommend for staying in Buenos Aires. Each neighborhood offers its own unique atmosphere, which I delve into further in the video located above.
To simplify your decision-making process, I’ve also marked my favorite hotels on the map. This selection is curated from my personal experiences as well as input from my family, friends, and fellow travelers who have shared their reviews with me.
1. Anselmo • 2. Patios de San Telmo • 3. Alvear Icon • 4. Hilton • 5. Tango de Mayo • 6. 725 Continental • 7. Marriott • 8. Novotel • 9. Dazzler San Martin • 10. Park Tower • 11. Sheraton • 12. Four Season • 13. Alvear Palace • 14. ARC Recoleta • 15. Bulnes Eco Suites • 16. Casasur Bellini • 17. Dazzler Polo • 18. CasaSur • 19. The Glu • 20. Krista Boutique
Best neighborhoods to stay in a list
The city is big. For example, traveling from Palermo to the city center – let’s take the presidential palace – will take you around 25 minutes with the subway. During your stay, I recommend staying in areas that are attractive to you. Staying in suburban neighborhoods or just too far from everything isn’t that pleasant.
San Telmo, the oldest and coziest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, is a top pick when you looking for where to stay in Buenos Aires. As the sun sets, it transforms into a peaceful haven where group strolls are a delight. I adore it for its vintage charm and tranquil nighttime ambiance. Plus, it’s gaining traction as Buenos Aires’ newest trendy hotspot. Another perk? You can reach the presidential palace or Puerto Madero in just 10 minutes. The best hotels to stay here are Anselmo and Patios de San Telmo.
Palermo, the largest neighborhood to stay in, offers a variety of smaller districts within its bounds. It’s hailed as the ultimate hotspot for tourists, boasting a vibrant and trendy atmosphere. If you’re into late-night adventures, Palermo is the place to book your hotel!
Palermo Hollywood is renowned for its towering apartment buildings, setting a distinct skyline in Buenos Aires. It’s the bustling hub of activity, offering endless attractions both day and night. This area boasts a plethora of hotels to accommodate visitors. With excellent access to public transportation and readily available taxis, getting around is a breeze. Sure to check out CasaSur hotel.
Palermo Viejo, also known as Palermo Chico, stands as the historic heart of the Palermo district, nestled close to the renowned Malba museum. Despite being part of a bustling metropolis, it exudes a tranquil atmosphere. However, it’s worth noting that hotel options are relatively limited in this area.
Palermo is my second favourite where to stay in Buenos Aires.
Central and calm location to stay in the capital of Argentina. Famous for the cemetery but also for its statues and buildings. Aside from the cemetery, Recoleta boasts a vibrant cultural scene with numerous art galleries, museums, and theaters.
The neighborhood is also home to some of the city’s finest restaurants, cafes, and boutique shops, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. Also, one of the most famous luxury hotels is here: Alvear Palace Hotel.
Recoleta is considered a safe and walkable neighborhood, making it an ideal place to explore on foot. Its central location provides easy access to other parts of the city, and it is well-connected by public transportation.
Looking for the newest and most central neighborhood in Buenos Aires? Look no further than Puerto Madero. Situated close to the waterfront, Puerto Madero offers a modern and tranquil atmosphere. While it may lack metro stations, its proximity to Plaza de Mayo and the vibrant restaurant and bar scene at the docks more than makes up for it. If you’re seeking a contemporary and serene area to stay, Puerto Madero is the perfect choice if you are looking where to stay in Buenos Aires. I can recommend a stay in Alvear Icon which has a cool rooftop bar (see photo) or Hilton hotel.
One of the most iconic landmarks in Retiro is the Retiro Railway Station, which is one of the largest and busiest train stations in Buenos Aires. This station connects the city with other parts of Argentina, making it a crucial transportation hub for both commuters and travelers.
Retiro is characterized by its mix of architectural styles, ranging from historic buildings to modern skyscrapers. Along its streets, you’ll find a variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, and hotels catering to both locals and tourists. The first skyscraper in South America is located near Plaza San Martin. Most booked and best hotels here are Park Tower, Sheraton and the Four Season.
Monserrat and San Nicolas
For me, the neighborhoods of Monserrat and San Nicolás epitomize the heart of the city. Here, you’ll find major sightseeing attractions such as Casa Rosada (The Presidential Palace), the Obelisk, Palacio Barolo, and the National Congress, along with the iconic café Tortoni. However, in terms of dining and shopping options, there aren’t too many that I can personally vouch for.
The area boasts excellent connectivity with subway and bus services, making Monserrat and San Nicolás perfect for a one-night stay in Buenos Aires. You can easily navigate to all the attractions and are within walking distance of San Telmo and Puerto Madero. Best place to stay here are 725 Continental, Marriott and Tango de Mayo Hotel – which has a rooftop bar!
Boca is also famous for its vibrant street art scene, with many colorful murals adorning the walls of buildings throughout the neighborhood. The most famous street for street art in Boca is Caminito, a pedestrian street lined with brightly painted buildings, shops, and cafes. And of course, I cannot forget the stadium of the Boca Juniors.
Boca is a cool neighborhood to walk around in daylight but I would not recommend staying here. Then I suggest staying in San Telmo.
Best things to do near you and how many days to stay
I made my top things to do in Buenos Aires in a list. A must-do list of 25 spots you need to visit when in Buenos Aires. You can find the list here. And if you are looking how many days you need to spend in Buenos Aires? I have the answer here ready for you 🙂