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The center (centro) of Buenos Aires has most of the city's attractions, including performances (especially on Avenida Corrientes) in the Tribunales theater district, the dense downtown area with government buildings, the San Telmo tango scene, and the biggest train station and the general bus station that offers connections to the surrounding provinces and neighboring countries.
The San Telmo district preserves colonial-style houses along narrow cobblestone lanes, illuminated with pretty wrought iron lanterns. In San Telmo, one breathes the history of Buenos Aires. There is also a very exciting, underground nightlife scene.
Just like the London docklands, the antique port of Buenos Aires (Puerto Madero) has been renewed and now represents the latest architectural trends of the city. It has a mixture of restaurants, ranging from high end to U.S. chains such as Hooters and TGIF. It also has apartment buildings and a few expensive hotels. The Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, an excellent option for nature lovers, lies nearby.
The Retiro neighborhood hosts the main train station in the city, a busy area filled with commuters, but also home to some of the most luxurious restaurants, shopping, and partying, in the expat-friendly border of Microcentro. Retiro has attracted people from various kinds of lifestyles, without any strong attraction for any specific group of people.
All the Subte lines start from around Plaza de Mayo.
Buses 33 and 45 from Retiro station connect to the Aeroparque Jorge Newbery.
- 1 Teatro Colón. considered one of the top 5 opera houses in the world, it was closed for many years due to remodelations. The theater is now opened to the public, and it's a must to see when in Buenos Aires.
- 2 Palacio de Justicia (Palace of Justice of the Argentine Nation). Designed by French arquitect Norbert Maillart over 100 years ago, it is where the Supreme Court resides.
- 3 Pasaje Rivarola (From Palacio de Justicia, walk 3 blocks along Talcahuano street in the same direction as cars until you reach Tte. Gral Juan Domingo Perón street. At this point, turn right and walk 20 meters.). A beautiful hidden gem in Buenos Aires. It was built in a way that buildings on one side are a 'mirror' of the ones in front of them. You'll also find 'Casa Raab', an antique clock shop, featuring a nice old watch that complements really well with the atmosphere of the street.
- 4 Palacio del Congreso (Congress Building), Av. Rivadavia 1864. Open for tours.
- 5 Plaza de Congreso (Congressional Plaza) (Immediately in front of the congress building). Contains some interesting sculpture, including a copy of Rodin's Thinker.
- 6 Confitería del Molino (Located just in front of Palacio del Congreso, to the right). This art nouveau coffeehouse (now closed) used to be the meeting point for many cultural and political figures. The coffeehouse was built in 1917 and closed in 1997, year in which was declared National Historic Monument.
- 7 Teatro Liceo (Located in the corner of Rivadavia with Parana). Opened in 1876, is one of the oldests theaters in the city. Its original name was "El Dorado". Eva Peron, before entering the political scene, performed once when she was a young actress.
- 8 Casa Rosada, Balcarce 50. The Argentine equivalent to the White House in the U.S. Plaza de Mayo is in front of it, and there are several noteworthy buildings around the plaza, including the National Bank and Bank Museum, and the Metropolitan Cathedral.
- 9 Obelisco. Looks suspiciously like the Washington Monument. From its base is a good vantage point for Avenida 9 de Julio, which at 22 total lanes is the widest street in the Americas.
- 10 Confiteria Ideal, Suipacha 384. A famous tango venue featured in many films. The building itself has beautiful architecture, and there are tango lessons and Milongas (dance parties) offered there daily.
- 11 Palacio Barolo, Av. de Mayo 1370. Don't miss this architectural gem in Buenos Aires, designed in accordance with the cosmology of the Divine Comedy. Reserve a guided tour in advance (night or day) and enjoy one of the best views of Buenos Aires. If you do not book a tour, they will not let you into the lower floor. However, try to sneak in with another tour or head in, asking for a tour. The tour counter is on the other side of the lower floor, so enough time to see the lower floor and take pictures. AR$255.
- 12 Casa de la Cultura (Buenos Aires House of Culture), Av. de Mayo 575. This is the Government Cultural House of Buenos Aires. Check out the "Salon Dorado", which design is inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Also, the Salon Dorado hosts music performers every Friday 7PM.
- Libreria La Calesita, Av. de Mayo 769. Don't miss this antique bookstore with plenty of toys dating back to more than 50 years ago. It looks like it has been freezed over time. Jose Luis, who has been working here for more than 20 yeats, will give you advise and recommend you books according to your interests.
- 13 La Botica del Angel, Luis Sáenz Peña 541. Church/Old House that offers guided tours and where many cultural events take place. It is considered one of the places where "cafe concert" started.
- 14 Catedral Metropolitana, San Martin 42 (close to Casa Rosada). A neoclassical cathedral containing the tomb of José de San Martín.
- 15 Retiro railway station. The old train station, built by the British empire and formerly the starting point of the Patagonia Express.
- 16 Plaza San Martín. A beautiful park outside the train station, next to the plaza of the air force
- Carlos Regazzoni art factory/atelier. Carlos Regazzoni, a recognized Argentine artist, lives in Retiro in a warehouse where he also has his atelier. He mainly creates art sculptures using the available iron and train parts that is spread among the area, due to the proximity to the train station (check the iron ants climbing the big sign close to the entrance). The ambiance of the place is not something that most visitors will like; although Carlos is very friendly and likes to talk and talk with those who are interested in his work. If you're interested in going, check before if he's in the country, as he spends 6 months in France and 6 months in Argentina. At night (not every day), the warehouse were he works becomes a restaurant, El Gato Viejo, attended by himself.
- 17 Edificio Kavanagh, Florida 1065. It is considered as the first skyscraper built in Buenos Aires. The story behind the construction of the building is interesting: Corina Kavanagh had a fight with another lady, Mercedes de Anchorena, both from Buenos Aires high society. Corina's daughter was about to get married with Mercedes son, but because of Corina's opposition to the wedding, it never happened. As a revenge, Corina spent all her inheritance in building what would become the tallest South American building of that period. The reason: Block the sunrise and the view to the Sacramento Church from the Anchorena's home. It was declared as national historic monument in 1999.
- 18 Palacio Paz (Paz Palace) (In front of Plaza San Martin). Built between 1904 and 1912, currently it is the main site for the Military Circle in Buenos Aires. It used to be the residence of Jose C. Paz, who died two years before the palace was finished. Highly recommended to take the guided tour inside the palace. Check the website for more details.
- 19 Manzana de las Luces (Illuminated Block). This block, surrounded by the streets Alsina, Moreno, Peru and Bolivar, is home to many of the most importants and traditional educational, religious and cultural institutions of Buenos Aires, dating back to the 17th and 18th century. The name of this block comes from the number of intellectual institutions that were present in the old days. One of the most interesting attractions is a mysterious subterranean network of tunnels that communicates each building.
- 20 Mercado San Telmo (San Telmo Market). Daily market housed in a huge wrought-iron hall. Everything from fresh basil to antique shoes and coins is on display in this permanent marketplace. Come during the week to see the local produce and meat market. On Sunday, when the action is outside, it's mostly empty.
- 21 Plaza Dorrego. The second oldest plaza in Buenos Aires, six days a week the plaza is a relatively quiet, shady space lined with restaurants and cafes. On Sundays an antiques market takes over and you can hardly see the plaza for the people and market stalls. The stalls get cleared away from about 5PM, and from 8PM there is public dancing, including tango.
- 22 Museo Histórico Nacional, 1600 Defensa. Noon–6PM except Mondays. History of Argentina, but all captions are in Spanish and neither comprehensive nor well-organised. Entry by donation.
- Pasaje San Lorenzo. Walking along Balcarce street, before arriving to Av. Independencia, you'll see the street "San Lorenzo". One of the interesting things to see, is the narrowest house in the neighborhood, among the street itself, which is very pleasant. Also, between San Lorenzo and Av. Independencia, in Balcarce street, you'll find the Almacen Don Manolo. For those who know Mafalda, almacen Don Manolo is where Mafalda used to go for shopping. The store in Balcarce street nº 774 is actually the one from which Quino inspired for the cartoon.
- El Zanjon de Granados. The most important architectural building in San Telmo and one of the most important of the city. It has nearly 500 years of history. Check the website for more info.
- 23 Puente de la Mujer. A beautiful pedestrian suspension bridge.
- 25 French Embassy Palace, Cerrito 1399 (Just at the beginning of Av. Alvear). One of the most beautiful buildings in Buenos Aires. During the year, some times there are "open doors" events so you can visit the building inside. Ask for guided tours.
- 26 Casa de Esteban de Luca, 383 Carlos Calvo St.. once inhabited by the Argentine poet, soldier, Esteban de Luca
- Find a theater show on Avenida Corrientes
- Walk along Avenida de Mayo: Buenos Aires is one of those cities where the best way to get immersed into it is by walking, walking and walking. With Plaza de Mayo as it starting point, Avenida de Mayo offers a beautiful walk tour. Here you will find many historical buildings, like the traditional Cafe Tortoni, or the impressive Palacio Barolo (which offers one of the best views of Buenos Aires, ask for the guided tour) .
- Tango San Telmo is the heart of the "tourist tango" scene with a dozen different venues offering $30 dinner-and-show combos to the tourbus crowd. While it might be a good spot to get your feet wet, you'll have a more authentic experience elsewhere.
- Learn the art of Fileteado. Or dance Tango at La Independencia, Independencia Avenue Nº 572, San Telmo
- Take Tango classes. Each day at Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso - Defensa 1575, San Telmo
- Puerto Madero is a great place for a walk. All along the way there is a display of impressive cow art.
- Reserva Ecológica Castenera Sur. An expansive park and wildlife preserve popular with hikers, joggers, and bird watchers.
- Take a ferry to Uruguay and other destinations from the Buquebus ferry terminal at Darsena Norte
- 1 Foto Ruta photography experiences, Calle Mexico 476, Palermo Hollywood, ☎ . A great way to experience the real Buenos Aires and learn how to take more creative photos. This is a sociable photography experience that will get you exploring the city's lesser known and more genuine barrios at prices from USD45 to a couple of hundred, depending on the chosen 'ruta'.
- 2 Academia Buenos Aires, Hipolito Yrigoyen 571, ☎ . offers Spanish courses on all levels starting every Monday, year-round. The school is centrally located on Plaza de Mayo and part of the TANDEM International network of independent language schools. Recommended by major guidebooks, this school also offers specialty Spanish courses, free volunteering, free extracurricular activities and the possibility to continue classes with their sister schools in Bariloche and Montevideo.
- 3 Ailola Buenos Aires, Av. de Mayo 1370, ☎ . has been founded in 2005. This Spanish school is located in the Palacio Barolo in the city center of Buenos Aires and offers Spanish courses for foreigners as well as internship, volunteering and TEFL certification programs. The school arranges accommodation and activities for its students. It has 9 classrooms.
- 4 Universidad de Buenos Aires, Laboratorio de Idiomas, 25 de Mayo 221, ☎ .
- 5 El Pasaje, 83 Piedras st., ☎ . is a Spanish school where people from all around the world come to learn Spanish in a fun setting. The teachers are passionate about what they do and teach writing, listening, speaking and reading with enthusiasm and a sense of humor. Located in the heart of Buenos Aires, El Pasaje is a school with a fresh spirit.
- 6 Expanish Spanish School, 4th Floor, 25 de Mayo 457, ☎ . is a professional educational institute located in a beautiful building in the heart of downtown. They offer various Spanish courses (group, individual, focused), study abroad programs (Universidad de Belgrano, Universidad de Buenos Aires,Universidad Austral, Universidad Católica Argentina), Volunteer programs, TEFL courses, and Internship placements. All programs and courses are supplemented by cultural activities, skill workshops, and excursions throughout Argentina and Uruguay, as well as student support services.
- 7 ONEonONE Argentina, Rodríguez Peña 617, ☎ . This school, which offers both Spanish and English classes as well as a translation service, is known for its personalized approach to teaching by creating tailor made programmes for students. Using only qualified teachers who are all native speakers, the school also offers an activity programme and accommodation options.
- 8 Spanglish Exchange, Perú 1155, ☎ . Gives you the opportunity to practice what you are learning in class with native speakers.
- 9 AISL, Av. Entre Ríos 510, ☎ . Offers small group lessons as well as private classes rotating teacher to expose the student to various teaching style. High-quality material, loads of extracurricular activities and a helpful bilingual administrative staff. Argentine Spanish is taught, but the differences to other dialects are explained and contained in the material. Also offers various forms of accommodation.
- Enforex (just meters from the famous avenues “Mayo” and “9 de Julio,”). This is a satellite school from Spain. There is no mention as to whether they teach Spanish of Spain or if they follow Argentine Spanish. They are located in Microcentro and have a capacity for 200 students in 20 classrooms.
- 1 Florida. Main pedestrian street pf the city. It has a good variety of shops as well as street vendors. Good place to buy a souvenir and also to watch the street tango dancers and other performers.
- 2 Galerías Pacífico, Avenida Cordoba. An upscale shopping mall, which is worth seeing even if you don't buy anything. On the top floors is the Centro Cultural Borges which usually has art on display.
- Sunday Market. Sunday 10AM-5PM. Plazza Dorrego and the outlying streets fill up with tonnes of craft and antique booths, supplementing the numerous antique shops, collectives, and malls in the area. You can get stamps, Judaica, tins, clothing, office equipment, chandeliers, furniture, paintings, etc.
- 3 Pasaje La Defensa (Casa de los Ezeiza), Defensa street nº 1179. This used to be a tenement where poor families settled after a yellow fever hit Buenos Aires and made the richs to move to the north part of the city (today Recoleta and Retiro). It has been restored and today it has some antique shops.
- El Solar de French, Defensa street nº 1066. In the old days this building was Domingo French's house. Today it has leather shops, silver souvenirs, among other typical stuff from Argentina.
- 4 Walrus Books, Estados Unidos 617. Tuesday to Sunday 12PM-8PM. Sells new and used English language books and also buys used ones for about 1/3 of the price they sell them for.
Defensa and its side streets, especially Chile, offer everything from Thai to gourmet ice cream with plenty of parrillas and bares y cafes notables (historic bars and cafes).
You will find the prices in Puerto Madero much higher than in the rest of the city—you're paying for location. Sometimes they are worth the price, sometimes not. Fixed price menus (three courses, called executive menu or "menu ejecutivo" in spanish) can be had with drink and coffee for 25 pesos (approx. €6.25); these restaurants have outside seating areas with excellent views of the dársenas, the Fragata Sarmiento and the old European-style warehouses.
- The Gibraltar, Calle Perú 895 near Estados Unidos, ☎ . A rare find in Buenos Aires featuring spicy dishes including Thai green chicken curry and a beef jalfrezi curry. Beyond the smoky pool table in the back is an outdoor seating area. Gibraltar is also a good drinking spot and serves good imported beer on tap and on cask.
- Desnivel, Defensa between Estados Unidos and Av. Independencia. "Parrilla" at an excellent price, but the surroundings and presentation are sub-par. If you can't tear yourself away from shopping long enough to sit down, you can get choripan and sandwich de lomito to go starting at $2.
- 1 Don Ernesto's, 375 Carlos Calvo. A large menu with very good food at reasonable prices. It is somewhat more expensive but nicer than Desnivel.
- Cafe San Juan, 450 San Juan, ☎ . Very nice meals at somewhat higher than average prices. A reservation is recommended.
- Amici Miei, 1072 Defensa (on the upper floor overlooking Plaza Dorrigo), ☎ . Italian restaurant at average to slightly above average prices. Nice food.
- Mash, 518 Mexico. A British "curry house" but it will adjust the spiciness level down as required. Especially recommended if you are missing the ability to converse with someone else in English, and the food and prices are good.
- 2 Gran Parrilla Del Plata, 594 Chile. +54 11-4300-8858. Good food at less than average prices.
- 3 El Cuartito Pizza, Talcahuano 937, ☎ . One of the traditional pizzerias of Buenos Aires, since 1934 El Cuartito maintains most of its original environment and quality in their food. Don't miss the 'fugazzeta rellena con jamon' (fugazzeta with the crust filled with ham), it's delicious. You can go and eat inside, or ask for delivery (they deliver up to 11:30PM, ask for covered zone).
- 4 Pizzería Güerrin, Av. Corrientes 1368, ☎ . Similar to El Cuartito, very traditional, local noisy atmosphere, not very expensive. The place is best known for the muzzarella pizza, although you'll find other types as well. You can order a portion along with a glass of moscato.
- 5 Parrilla Peña, Rodríguez Pena 682, ☎ . This is probably the best place in BA to try an "asado de tira" (ribs), the most traditional piece of an Argentine asado. You can also try other different meat cuts, but the "tira de asado" is the distinctive dish. A waiter said the "porcion de tira" is enough for three or more whereas the single tira (una tira), together with some fries or salad was enough for two. Be aware that if you order a "parrillada", the cuts for the "asado" are completely different, they don't even taste the same.
- Dora. Recently moved two blocks up from it's home of over 60 years, Dora has a new, more upscale decor to match the upscale seafood. The extensive menu offers fish, meat, chicken, and one or two vegetarian options, but seafood is definitely the focus. The prices look high, but some of these dishes involve lobster and caviar. Any of the dish for two make for a huge and affordable meal. Many of the appetizers, like snow crab in avocado, would also make a filling main course for one.
- 6 El Gato Viejo, Av. del Libertador 405, ☎ . If you think you've seen everything in weird restaurants, think again. El Gato Viejo is Carlos Regazzoni's restaurant, defined as himself as a 'railroad-restaurant'. The particularity of this restaurant is that, during the day, it is an old warehouse where Carlos creates his artwork based on train parts and iron. During the night, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (with previous reservations), the place becomes a restaurant. Not a restaurant as you know it, in fact, nothing changes: dark, all the iron parts, stencils, oils, sculptures, etc. are spread around while you eat and enjoy some glasses of wine with Carlos. Definitely a unique experience. Call in advance for reservations.
- 7 Dadá Bistro, San Martín 941, ☎ . This small restaurant makes the top lists among locals, and is a highly recommended one in tourist guides. Try the Lomo Dadá, one of the house specialities. Recommended to arrive before 9PM, otherwise you'll have to wait.
- 8 Cabaña Las Lilas, Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, ☎ . Probably the best place to eat meat in the Puerto Madero neighborhood. It's a highly rated restaurant among travel guides and sites, although not a local's favorite. Don't miss the ojo de bife! This place had the reputation of being the best place to eat steak in Buenos Aires. The steaks are enormous and succulent. If you eat here, count on them having to roll you out as you will be near explosion (probably best to wear trousers with elasticated waists!) It's a constant struggle not to stuff yourself with the mouth watering appetizers before your steak even arrives. When it does, you may chuckle at the little plastic cow figurine jabbed into the meat, smiling at you and bearing the words “Estoy jugoso," - "I am juicy" (meaning rare). Count on spending around AR$85 for a steak, 12 for a beer, and 80 for a bottle of wine from their extensive list of Argentine and international vintages. You can also share an order of steak, which the restaurant will serve on separate plate. The doneness is different in Argentina than in the U.S., for medium rare, order rare.
- 9 Happening Puerto Madero, Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 310 (caba), ☎ .
- 11 Siga la Vaca, Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1714 (All cab drivers seem to know where it is), ☎ . A must-visit restaurant while in Puerto Madero. You eat for about 50 pesos on week days lunch and 80 on weekends, and get unlimited salad, pasta, meat, and bottled water. Also included in the price are one bottle of red wine and one dessert per person. Not very popular among locals.
- 12 Veggie Medio Oriente, Suipacha 532. M–F 11:00–21:00, Sa 11:00–17:00. Vegetarian Middle Eastern food. $120–200.
- 13 Alimentos Granix Restaurant, Florida 165 2nd floor, ☎ . Vegetarian/Vegan
- 14 Sattva, Montevideo 446, ☎ . Vegetarian/Vegan
- Rodizio. Argentine asado. It is not cheap, but you can eat as much as you can of the highest quality steak, which is served in 'swords'. There are 3 branches: Puerto Madero, Costanera Norte and one in the tourist city of Mar del Plata. Unbelievable view of the coastline.
- 1 Cafe Tortoni, At Av De Mayo 825. Opened in 1858, one of the most traditional coffee houses in Buenos Aires. It has been restored to its original style, which dates back to 150 years ago. It was a cultural meeting point of many famous people, like Borges, Quinquela Martin, Molina Campos, among others. The hot chocolate is incredible.
- 2 Confiteria London City, Av. de Mayo 599. A London-style bar. The original building was completely destroyed by a huge fire. It was rebuilt and opened again in 1954. Good place to stop by for a coffee before continue your walk along Av. de Mayo.
- Bar Iberia, at the corner of Av. de Mayo and Salta street. After cafe Tortoni, Bar Iberia is the second oldest bar in Buenos Aires. It represents an historical significance for the city, since It used to be the meeting point for the Spanish immigrants representing the 'republicans' during the civil war in Spain. In the corner in front of it, it is located Cafe Español, the meeting point for the opposite group of the republicans: those representing the Francoism. Today, Bar Iberia has been restored in a way to maintain most of its original façade.
- 3 La Puerto Rico, Alsina 416. One of the most popular coffee shops among locals, not touristy. It has been declared a "Site of Cultural Interest" by the Government of Argentina.
- 4 The Kilkenny, Marcelo T. de Alvear 399, ☎ .
- 5 Krakow Café Bar (Krakow Pub), Venezuela 474, San Telmo/Monserrat (betw.Defensa & Bolivar), ☎ . 6PM-3AM, F,Sat to 5AM. This popular pub offers the best selection of tap beers in San Telmo, a huge variety of cocktails and top shelf liquors in a beautiful period location. Great European menu includes moderately priced tapas, picadas, pizzas, hamburgers and mains. An international crowd enjoys a large projection screen for sport events, Nintendo Wii, board games, free WiFi and comfortable sofas in the living room/club section of the pub. The staff is multilingual and modern music is kept at the right volume. Happy Hour is every day till 10PM.
- 6 Pride Cafe, Balcarce and Pasaje Giuffra. Modern decor and an outdoor seating area. Gay themed show on Thursday evenings. Open until 11PM, later on show nights.
- Bar Britanico, Brasil and Defensa. Historical, pleasant bar notable -- a great place for a drink.
- Bar El Hipopótamo, Brasil and Defensa. A beautifully decorated bar and cafe that also serves food (light snacks mostly). Very pleasant.
- 7 Bahrein, Lavalle 345, Microcentro (Metro Line B, station Florida), ☎ . One of the trendiest clubs in Buenos Aires with a good selection of electronic music. Tuesdays are popular among locals, with accelerated drum & bass rhythms. Thursdays are also a good option. The club is located within an old bank building, check the vault in the bottom floor.
- 8 El Alamo (Al's Moe), Uruguay 1175, Recoleta., ☎ . Free beer for girls M-F until 11PM and cheap prices all the time. Satellite quality feed on 10 large flat screen TV's.
- 9 Jack the Ripper, Libertad 1275, ☎ . London style pub in the heart of Recoleta.
San Telmo is chock full of hostels and budget hotels making it an affordable option with easy access to downtown. Every other doorway along Carlos Calvo and Chile seems to be a hostel, so that's a good place to start if you show up without a reservation. Another option for sleeping arrangements is renting an apartment. There are a ton of apartments for rent in the San Telmo area and you can find very reasonable rates on furnished apartments.
- 1 Hostel Estacion Buenos Aires, Solis 458, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. A short walk from the Obelisk, Estación Buenos Aires Hostel offers budget, shared and private accommodations with a 24-hour reception desk. Wi-Fi is free. A continental breakfast is served every morning at the Estación Buenos Aires. There is also a bar for evening drinks. Rates start at 11 USD (Dorms for 4 and 6 people).
- Arahaus Hostel, México 1482, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A sweet home located on Calle Mexico, Congreso (at the south end of centro). This is a converted apartment with just a few nice rooms. Free internet and a TV in the front room. It is run by a really nice chica called Hebe, who will make you feel at home, and it is cheap (current prices are: US $20/ARS$100 per night for a double room as of Feb. 2011). Hebe actually prefers to host students who will stay for several weeks or months (prices then get cheaper) but is open to one or just a few nights. Anyway, it is definitely worth checking out for a tranquil stay in Buenos Aires.
- 2 Art Factory Hostel, Piedras 545, ☎ . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. With more private rooms than most hostels and with each one painted and designed by local and international artists, this converted 1870s mansion attracts young backpackers from all over the world, families on a budget as well as Argentinians visiting Buenos Aires. The vibe is lively, but not hectic or loud, intimate but without plenty of room to stretch out. A rooftop bar features local musicians, art openings and cheap beer. Weekly asados, or beef BBQs, occur every week on the large terrace. The best and grooviest hostel staff in Buenos Aires. From 11 USD.
- 3 Babel Boutique Hotel, Balcarce 946, ☎ . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Hotel Babel is a smart boutique hotel set in an historic mansion in San Telmo, the bohemian colonial quarter of Buenos Aires. Superb central location, privacy and comfort.
- El Firulete (Downtown), Maipu 208. Great spacious hostel in the Microcenter. Large lounge with TV and projector, Free internet, helpful staff, average breakfast. $14 USD for a private room.
- Gran Hotel Espana (not to be confused with the Hispano), Tacuari 80 (Across from there is Hotel Uruguay). 5 to 50 pesos for a single room. Rooms are nice, but typically will not have air conditioning.
- 4 Hostel Sol, Lima 1169, at junction with San Juan (Across Av 9 de Julio from San Juan subte station), ☎ . Conveniently-located hostel with sociable staff and guests. Housed in a slightly old three-story building with wi-fi available both in the lobby and the rooms. Hot showers and computer terminals are available. Ar$34 onwards for dormitory bed.
- Milhouse Hostel, Hipólito Yrigoyen Street 959, ☎ , . Backpackers' favorite right in the center. This huge hotel has internet facilities, and shared kitchen; also organizes many expensive tours and tango lessons. Definitely a party place though and the atrium reverberates sound, making it very noisy and not an ideal place to sleep. Has a fingerprint door entry system and surveillance. Dorm: 34/38 pesos members/nonmembers (note that you have to pay your stay in advance and they do not give refunds if you decide to leave earlier than planned).
- Pax Hostel (Pax Hostel Buenos Aires), Salta 990, ☎ . Dorms from ARS 40; private rooms from ARS 90 pp.
- 5 Rayuela Hostel, Av. Belgrano 887 Rayuela, ☎ . It is very homey and fun, with big rooms w/AC, hot water 24 hours a day, and a common room stocked with statellite TV, Dvds, a pool table, ping-pong table, tea and coffee machines comfy couches. Hands-on owners who love to help. Very clean and fun. Minihostels members get 10% off their stay.
- 6 Ayres Porteños, Perú 708, near Av. Independencia, ☎ . Check-out: 10:00. Quirky tango themed hostel with spacious rooms and a social atmosphere. Possibly the best breakfast you'll ever have in a hostel. Not a quiet hostel, can be loud at night due to buses and festive guests. ARS 45 for dorm bed, more for single and double rooms.
- 7 Hostel Suites Florida, Florida 328, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Centrally located on Florida Street, the city's major tourist pedestrian road. A few meters from the famous Corrientes Avenue, heart of porteño culture. A few blocks away from 9 de Julio Avenue and just steps from main transportation. Attached to a bar/restaurant which sometimes offers a free small dinner (with purchase of a drink) to hostel guests. Very large lockers, free breakfast if you book through their site, and all rooms possess private bathrooms, heating and air conditioning.
- Hostel Suites Obelisco, Corrientes 830, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 8 Hotel Residencial Carly, Humberto 466, San Telmo (just off Plaza Dorrego), ☎ . Cheap and clean rooms for long/short term stays. Friendly staff.
- El Hostal de San Telmo, Carlos Calvo 614 (just off Plaza Dorrego), ☎ . Clean. Kitchen. Wifi and 1 computer for guests. Decent breakfast. Good atmosphere. Barbecue on the roof. From 8 USD (25 argentinian pesos).
- The Hostel-Inn Buenos Aires, Humberto 1º 820, ☎ . This hostel is in the heart of San Telmo, right next to the famous Plaza Dorrego. It offers a shared-kitchen, a DVD room, free internet and weekly organised asados. Its location in this bohemian barrio means that most sights are in walking distance! Dorm from AR$25..
- Gardenhouse Hostel, ☎ . Ave. San Juan 1271 (San Telmo);. With only 16 beds, a tiny but pleasant hostel, it takes only a hour to know all guests. It is located at the outskirts of San Telmo close to the San Juan metro station. Has an outdoor terrace, but conversation is hard due to the noise of the nearby highway. A dormbed cost 21 pesos (approx. €5.25) per night and comes with breakfast.
- Hostel Nomade, Carlos Calvo 430 (just off Plaza Dorrego). Housed in a renovated old mansion. It is frequently sold out. Decent breakfast of pastries, bread, butter, jams, dulce de leche, coffee, tea, and mate. Four dorms with 6 beds in each room, a quad and two double private rooms. Shared bathrooms, lockers. There is a nice rooftop terrace, a pool table, free internet, and friendly staff.
- Hostel Carlos Gardel, 500 block of Carlos Calvo (between Bolivar and Peru).
- Kilca Hostel, ☎ . Mexico 1545. Located in the upcoming Montserrat neighborhood, where there are few tourists and more local activity going on. This casual hostel also has an awesome vibe; it's in an early 1900s house, there's a funky kitchen and the small leafy courtyard is prime for relaxing.Rooms are lined around a small central patio, and some dorms have lofts. There are 30 beds, so it's pretty intimate, and occasional barbeques help stir the social scene further. Outside, a hammock or two are great for hanging around, and there's even a small bar area in the dining room.
- End of the World Hostel San Telmo, 818 Ave San Juan. Situated between two noisy streets and with equally noisy inhabitants, this cheapy is only for those spending the nights with tango and sleeping during the day. Dorms from Ar$23 incl breakfast.
- Che Lagarto, Venezuela #857, ☎ . South America's first private hostel chain with hostels in different locations throughout South America, including Buenos Aires. Located in the area of Plaza de Mayo-San, Telmo, the hostel offers inexpensive and good quality accommodation Rooms from 44 pesos ($12).
- Hostel San Telmo. Only 14 pesos per person per night. However, it is a bit cramped but this creates the feel of a real family atmosphere, It is located in the middle of San Telmo close to restaurants, its a cheap place to hangout and get to know some interesting people!
- 9 V&S Hostel Club, Viamonte 887 (500 meters from the Colón Theater, the Obelisco, pedestrian and commercial streets Florida and Lavalle, and Corrientes Avenue), ☎ , . The V&S Hostel Club is in a beautiful refurbished house whose history dates back to the 19th century. It is located in the heart of Buenos Aires and combines both the old with the new. The rates include daily maid service, luggage storage facilities, breakfast buffet style, sheets/blankets, individual bathrooms, heat and ceiling fans in all rooms.
- 10 Hotel San Antonio, Paraguay 372, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- 11 La Fresque Hotel, Avenida de Mayo 984, Buenos Aires, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Spacious rooms, vintage designed hotel. Room rates start at USD 50.00.
- 12 Hotel Diplomat, San Martin 918, ☎ . All rooms equipped with Air-conditioning, TV with cable channels, Work desk and American breakfast. Some of its facilities and services are Room service, Bicycle rental, Airport transfer, car rental, Currency exchange Cafe and bar. Rates start at 85 USD.
- 13 Alma del Plata, Santiago del Estero 727, ☎ . Superior room, plus room, premium room and suite, all equipped with air-conditioning, 26-inch LCD TV, and Free Wi-Fi Internet connection. Facilities and services are room service, Espacios del Alma business center, Cocina del Alma Restaurant. From USD 95.59.
- 14 Atlas Tower Hotel, Av. Corrientes 1778, ☎ . Modern hotel, well situated in Corientes/Callao, almost in front of Callao underground station. Rooms: 222-259 pesos ($65–70). Staff are very kind and helpful. Free internet access from hotel's PC.
- 15 The Cocker, Av. Juan de Garay 458, ☎ . From the look of their website, you'd think it would sit in the 'splurge' section, but at US $80–105 per room they're definitely mid-range. The place has been getting rave reviews everywhere, is right in the middle of San Telmo and run by a male English couple!
- 16 Gran Hotel Hispano, Avenida de Mayo 861 (near Cafe Tortoni), ☎ . is per night. Rooms are arranged around an interior courtyard and there are three floors of rooms. You can use the gym on nearby Piedras if you stay here. There are some triples available, which overlook the Avenida de Mayo. Other rooms have doors overlooking the interior courtyard where you have the option of closing and locking your shutters, still allowing the air to flow through whilst maintaining privacy. Shutters also block the light and allow you to sleep in late if you wish. The hotel comes equipped with showers but no bathtubs.
- 17 Hotel Goya, Suipacha 748, ☎ . Located in the heart of the microcentro this three-star hotel is a few blocks from the Florida pedestrian mall, a short walk from the central Retiro railway station and frequently has passing taxis where you can take a cheap cab ride to the surrounding suburbs. The superior rooms are 120 pesos and are worth the extra 30 pesos more than classic rooms by virtue of a larger, newly renovated bathroom. Friendly and helpful staff. Breakfast offers a large selection of very good pastries and cakes.
- 18 Ribera Sur, Paseo Colón 1145 in San Telmo, ☎ . Small boutique hotel, complete with wheelchair access and a swimming pool. Prices are around 330 pesos (US $90). It is close to the market on Defensa and has friendly reception staff who help you with translations if you need them. Dinners served in its restaurant are priced the same as a normal parilla place but the food is up a notch. Free WiFi and computer at the lobby.
- 19 San Telmo Luxury Suites, Chile 437, San Telmo, ☎ . San Telmo Luxury Suites offers junior, superior and executive suites with air-conditioning, plasma TV and mini-bar. Its facilities and services include free Wi-Fi, complimentary use of laptop, room service, personal shopper and trainer.
- 20 Savoy Hotel, Av. Callao 181, ☎ .
- 21 Faena Hotel, in the Puerto Madero district. Hotel with lots of bars in the lobby and a pool at the front.
- 23 Hilton Buenos Aires, Avenida Macacha Güemes 351, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Situated in Puerto Madero, the trendiest area in town, just like the London dockland, Hilton Hotel in Buenos Aires is a short walk to the financial district, tourist attractions, more than 70 restaurants and amazing nightlife, with quick access routes to both the domestic and international airports.
- 24 NH Jousten, Avda. Corrientes, 280, ☎ . Built in the early 1900’s, this hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city. Many well-known areas are in walking distance such as Puerto Madero, Plaza de Mayo and the famous Calle Florida street. The hotel contains a restaurant, bar and a gym, from $166.01.
- 25 Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires (previously Marriot Plaza), Florida 1005, ☎ .
- 27 725 Continental Hotel, Av.Roque Saenz Peña 725, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, ☎ . The building, built in 1927 with a distinguished French style became a symbol of Buenos Aires architecture. Today the Hotel Continental is reborn under a new name and a modern and contemporaneous style. Best rates on official website start at US $230.
- 28 Broadway Hotel and Suites, Av. Corrientes 1173 (close to the Obelisk), ☎ . It offers 110 rooms that comprises 56 junior suites, 6 executive suites, 4 deluxe suites, 38 duperior rooms and 6 corner superior rooms. Some of its amenities include outdoor swimming pool, LCD screen television with cable channels, and wireless high-speed internet connection. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like Obelisco, Broadway Theater, and Puerto Madero. Best rates on official website start at USD 176.00.
- 29 Hotel 562 Nogaro, Avenida Julio A. Roca 562, Capital Federal Argentinia, ☎ . The Hotel Nogaró Plaza de Mayo is in the historical, commercial and financial heart of Buenos Aires. It was originally built in 1930 and it has been recently renovated in keeping with its classic French style. Many of the city's major attractions are within 200 meters, and a ten-minute walk will bring guests to shopping areas and entertainment venues. The Hotel Nogaro Plaza de Mayo is convenient for the business, as well as the leisure traveler. Best rates on official website start at US $110.
- 30 Imperial Park Hotel, 101 Lima St. (C1073AAC), ☎ . Imperial Park Hotel provides standard rooms, junior and executive suites with air-conditioning, mini-bar, high-speed internet and breakfast. Restaurant, fitness room, room service and dry cleaning.
- InterContinental, Piedras and Moreno streets (close to the San Telmo and Montserrat areas).
- 31 Pestana Buenos Aires, Carlos Pellegrini 877, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. High end hotel with helpful staff. There is also a butler service.
- 32 Piedras Suites, Piedras 906, ☎ , fax: . 15 condominium units with A/C, kitchen and buffet breakfast. Terrace, conference room, travel agency and airport transfer.
- 33 Regal Pacific Hotel, 25 de Mayo 764, Buenos Aires 1002 ABP, ☎ . Beautiful 5 star boutique hotel, fantastic location
- Apartment 'Argentina to let', Lavelle & Callao, ☎ . 2 bedrooms (4 people max) apartment on a nice street $380 per week.
- ByT Argentina. Furnished apartments and lofts for rent in San Telmo. Well equipped apartments. Economy, Luxury, Classic or Modern, spacious or small apartments. All the apartments are fully furnished and equipped and can be rented for short and long-term stays in Buenos Aires. Advanced search tool that will allow you to find an apartment available for the dates of the stay. Better value than a hotel so long as you are staying for a full week.
- 34 San Telmo Colonial Hotel Boutique, Carlos Calvo 767 - Barrio de San Telmo (town) - Capital Federal, ☎ . Check-in: 12:30PM, check-out: 11AM. Offers rooms that are furnished with amenities such as air-conditioner, telephone, cable TV, in-room safe, and coffee/tea maker. Some of its facilities and services are 24-hour front desk, safe, baggage storage, concierge services, and translation services. Room rates start at USD 210.00.