Great, you want to travel to Buenos Aires but the question is “where to stay in Buenos Aires”. Let’s say that the city is big! Of course, it’s how you compare it. The metropolitan city is 203km² or 78.37 square miles big with 2,8 million inhabitants. When it comes to comparing the size, it is two times the city center of Paris. The capital city of Argentina is pretty dense.

Read also: Is Buenos Aires safe for tourists?

Where to stay in Buenos Aires (the map).

I’m being straightforward. Below I show you a “where to stay map” with all the neighborhoods. I worked with icons to make it easy. Some neighborhoods don’t have icons because it’s just not tourist areas. The map is just an indication and can help you during your search.

For your stay, I focused on attractive neighborhoods that give you a lovely feeling during your stay in Buenos Aires. Are you wondering if the city is safe for tourists? Check the article about that topic: how safe is Buenos Aires?

Where to stay in Buenos Aires map

Buenos Aires neighborhoods

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.

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Retiro is a nice area but it depends on where in Retiro. Some hotel companies such as Sheraton are located in front of Retiro train station, an area where you need to take just that little bit extra precaution. Once you move further away, it is ok.

San Telmo
The oldest and smallest neighborhood to stay in Buenos Aires is San Telmo. Certainly, after sunset, it is getting quite calm there. Walking in a group is just fine. It’s our personal favorite because it reflects the old character of the city and is quite calm during the night. Also, San Telmo is seen as the upcoming trendy neighborhood of Buenos Aires. One plus point more, in 10 minutes you are in front of the presidential palace or Puerto Madero.

It is the biggest neighborhood to stay in. Palermo can be split into smaller areas. As a tourist the nicest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Palermo is seen as the hipster hotspot of Buenos Aires. Are you looking for going out late at night? Then Palermo is the book your hotel!

Palermo Soho is chic. Small and gives you the real local identity of Buenos Aires. During your stay in Palermo Soho, you will discover local restaurants and the nightlife of the city. Most of the hostels are also located here. A lot of start-up bars and restaurants are located here. It’s the perfect point to start every trip. Very well located if you want to take the subway.

Palermo Hollywood is characterized by its high apartment buildings. The busiest area to stay in Buenos Aires. Always something to do during the day and at night. Many hotels are located here. Good connection with public transport and always a taxi nearby.

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Palermo Viejo or also called Palermo Chico is the oldest part of the Palermo district. Close to the Malba museum. A quiet neighborhood in a big city. On the other hand, there are not many hotels here.

Central and calm location to stay in the capital of Argentina. Famous for the cemetery but also for its statues and buildings.

Puerto Madero
The newest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Closer to the water and central location, is Puerto Madero. At the docks, you can find a couple of restaurants and bars. Easy access to Plaza de Mayo. No metro stations in Puerto Madero. So, are you looking for a modern and quiet area? Where to stay in Buenos Aires: Puerto Madero!

This neighborhood will give you a more suburban feeling. High apartment buildings and a good connection with public transport. Further, Chinatown is there and the neighborhood to find the statue of Liberty!



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. Glenn, Great site, and now that travel is starting up again – you will be busy.

    I understand US$ and Blue exchange. But I would like to book my hotel to pay in a fixed Peso amount and then pay in pesos that I get from the Blue exchange. But how can I make reservations in Pesos??? Or is the new rule for using the informal exchange rate when using credit cards a better and easier way. Probably looking for 4 star properties, many Marriott downtown. Thanks

    • You can try to book on Despegar. A local alternative. But I’m not sure how it processes foreign credit cards. Mostly the hotels keep the ARS only for nationals.

  2. Frank Percival Reply

    Looking to book a tango show as well as arrange flight to the falls and on to Salta then Mendoza and back to BA. Do you arrange travel or recommend an agency

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