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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.

Understand[edit]

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.

Get in[edit]

Map of Buenos Aires/Centro

By Subte[edit]

All the Subte lines start from around Plaza de Mayo.

By bus[edit]

By taxi[edit]

See[edit]

  • 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. Teatro Colón on Wikipedia Teatro Colón (Q827401) on Wikidata
  • 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. Palace of Justice of the Argentine Nation on Wikipedia Palace of Justice of the Argentine Nation (Q9054506) on Wikidata
  • 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. es:Pasaje Rodolfo Rivarola on Wikipedia Pasaje Rodolfo Rivarola (Q6065300) on Wikidata
Palacio del Congreso
  • 4 Palacio del Congreso (Congress Building), Av. Rivadavia 1864. Open for tours. Palace of the Argentine National Congress on Wikipedia Congressional Palace of Argentina (Q646142) on Wikidata
  • 5 Plaza de Congreso (Congressional Plaza) (Immediately in front of the congress building). Contains some interesting sculpture, including a copy of Rodin's Thinker. Congressional Plaza on Wikipedia Congressional Plaza (Q2093879) on Wikidata
  • 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. Confitería El Molino on Wikipedia Confitería El Molino (Q1125324) on Wikidata
  • 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. es:Teatro Liceo on Wikipedia Teatro Liceo (Q9082155) on Wikidata
  • 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. Casa Rosada on Wikipedia Casa Rosada (Q478926) on Wikidata
Obelisco
  • 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. Obelisco de Buenos Aires on Wikipedia Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Q831389) on Wikidata
  • 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. es:Confitería Ideal on Wikipedia Confitería Ideal (Q5782924) on Wikidata
Palacio Barolo
  • 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. Palacio Barolo on Wikipedia Palacio Barolo (Q571763) on Wikidata
  • 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. Buenos Aires House of Culture on Wikipedia Buenos Aires House of Culture (Q4985529) on Wikidata
  • 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. es:La Botica del Ángel on Wikipedia La Botica del Ángel (Q5808194) on Wikidata
View of Palacio Anchorena from Plaza San Martín
  • 15 Retiro railway station. The old train station, built by the British empire and formerly the starting point of the Patagonia Express. Retiro railway station on Wikipedia Retiro railway station (Q3058790) on Wikidata
  • 16 Plaza San Martín. A beautiful park outside the train station, next to the plaza of the air force Plaza San Martín (Buenos Aires) on Wikipedia Plaza San Martín (Q2099124) on Wikidata
  • 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. Kavanagh building on Wikipedia Kavanagh building (Q375910) on Wikidata
  • 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. Paz Palace on Wikipedia Paz Palace (Q1668230) on Wikidata
Nuestra Señora de Belén church
The minimal house
  • 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. Illuminated Block on Wikipedia Illuminated Block (Q263127) on Wikidata
  • 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. es:Mercado San Telmo on Wikipedia San Telmo market (Q6010497) on Wikidata
  • 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. Plaza Dorrego on Wikipedia plaza Dorrego (Q3392154) on Wikidata
  • 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. National Historical Museum (Argentina) on Wikipedia National Historical Museum (Q57785) on Wikidata
  • 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.
Puerto Madero with Puente de la Mujer
  • 23 Puente de la Mujer. A beautiful pedestrian suspension bridge. Puente de la Mujer on Wikipedia Puente de la Mujer (Q2336867) on Wikidata
  • 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. es:Embajada de Francia en Argentina on Wikipedia Embassy of France, Buenos Aires (Q2841720) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

Linea A original subte train
  • Find a theater show on Avenida Corrientes
Teatro Cervantes
  • 1 Teatro Cervantes, Libertad 815, +54 11 4816 4224. Teatro Nacional Cervantes on Wikipedia Cervantes Theatre (Q367615) on Wikidata
  • See the Theater Museum at Teatro Cervantes
  • 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) [1].
  • Take a Subte ride in Linea A: With a station at Plaza de Mayo, the Buenos Aires Subte Linea A is the oldest metro station in the city, and was the first metro line in South America. The nice thing is that many of the original trains are still in use. These were built by a Belgian company La Brugeoise, and today represents the oldest trains in commercial use in the world. They are made of wood in the inside, with manually operated doors. It is a really nice experience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reserve Ecologica Castenera Sur is 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

Buy[edit]

Galerías Pacífico
  • 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. Florida Street on Wikipedia Florida Street (Q1027207) on Wikidata
  • 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. Galerías Pacífico on Wikipedia Galerías Pacífico (Q1087747) on Wikidata
  • Sunday Market. Sunday 10AM-5PM. Plazza Dorrego and the outlaying 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. es:Casa de los Ezeiza on Wikipedia (Q5755287) on Wikidata
  • 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.
  • 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.

Eat[edit]

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, 011-54-11/4362-5310. 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.
  • 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, 011-4300-1112. Very nice meals at somewhat higher than average prices. A reservation is recommended.
  • Amici Miei, 1072 Defensa on the upper floor overlooking Plaza Dorrigo, 011-4362-5562. 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.
  • Gran Parrilla Del Plata, 594 Chile. 011-4300-8858. Good food at less than average prices.
  • 1 El Cuartito Pizza, Talcahuano 937, +54 11 4816-1758. 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).
  • 2 Pizzería Güerrin, Av. Corrientes 1368, +54 11 4371-8141. Similar to El Cuartito, very traditional, local 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.
  • 3 Parrilla Peña, Rodríguez Pena 682, +54 11 4371-5643. 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.
  • Picnic, Florida 102. Cute vegan fast food joint with set menus, nice sweets and affordable prices.
  • 4 El Gato Viejo, Av. del Libertador 405, +54 11 4315-3663. 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.
  • 5 Dadá Bistro, San Martín 941, +54 11 4314-4787. 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.
  • 6 Cabaña Las Lilas, Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, +54 11 4313-1336. 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!
  • 7 Happening Puerto Madero, Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 310 (caba), +54 11 4319-8712.
  • 9 Siga la Vaca, Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1714 (All cab drivers seem to know where it is), +54 11 4315-6801. 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.

Drink[edit]

Café Tortoni
  • Cafe Tortoni. At Av De Mayo 825, one of the most traditional coffehouses 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.
  • [dead link]Confiteria London City. At 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.
  • La Puerto Rico, at Alsina 416. One of the most popular coffees among locals, not touristic. It has been declared as "Site of Cultural Interest" by the Government of Argentina.
  • 1 [dead link]L'Abeille, Arroyo 872, +54 9 11 4314-2213. Don't miss this stylish after office, with good music and gourmet food served during the night. Great place to go on Thursdays.
  • 2 The Kilkenny, Marcelo T. de Alvear 399, +54 11 4312-7291.
  • 3 Krakow Café Bar (Krakow Pub), Venezuela 474, San Telmo/Monserrat (betw.Defensa & Bolivar), +54 11 4342 3916. 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.
  • Pride Cafe is on Balcarce and Pasaje Giuffra. Modern decor and an outdoor seating area. Gay themed show on Thursday evenings. Open until 11PM, later on show nights.
  • La Coruna Bolivar 994 (at Carlos Calvo). A bar notable popular with locals. You'll realize just how well preserved this place is when you notice the wooden refrigerators still in use. Beer is the drink of choice. Snacks and sandwiches also available.
  • 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.

Sleep[edit]

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.

Budget[edit]

  • [dead link]Hostel Estacion Buenos Aires, Solis 458, +5411-4381-0734, e-mail: . 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).
  • [dead link]Arahaus Hostel, México 1482, +54 11 4382 8375, e-mail: . 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.
  • Art Factory Hostel, Piedras 545, +54 11 4343-1463. 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.
  • [dead link]Casa de Papa, Avenida de Mayo 1460 (Near Plaza Congreso, right at the Subte A station Saez Pena), +54 11 4383 6755. Located in the very center of Buenos Aires, Casa de Papa is a small, cozy hostel for those looking for more personal attention. The owners are very friendly and love to help make your stay the best it can be. They offer discount bus and plane tickets to their guests, have a fully equipped kitchen, hot water, wifi, and delicious breakfast. Minihostels.com members get 10% off every night they stay. 7.50-12.50.
  • Babel Boutique Hotel, Balcarce 946, +54 11 4300-8300. 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.
  • Hostel Sol, Lima 1169, at junction with San Juan (Across Av 9 de Julio from San Juan subte station), +54 11 43043019. 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.
  • Pax Hostel (Pax Hostel Buenos Aires), Salta 990, +54 11 4305-1400. Dorms from ARS 40; private rooms from ARS 90 pp.
  • [dead link]Rayuela Hostel, +54 11 4342 5951. Av. Belgrano 887 Rayuela is the hottest hostel in Buenos Aires right now. 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.
  • [dead link]Ayres Porteños, Perú 708, near Av. Independencia, +54 11 4300-7314. 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.
  • [dead link]B&B. B&B in Constitución, near to San Telmo.
  • [dead link]Hotel Residencial Carly, +54 11 4361-7710. 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. Tel : 54 11 300 9028. Just off Plaza Dorrego. From 8 USD (25 argentinian pesos). Clean. Kitchen. Wifi and 1 computer for guests. Decent breakfast. Good atmosphere. Barbecue on the roof.[2].
  • The Hostel-Inn Buenos Aires, [3] Humberto 1º 820; tel: +54 11 4300-7992, [4] 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. It´s location in this bohemian barrio means that most sights are in walking distance! dorm: from AR$25.
  • Gardenhouse Hostel, +54 11 4304-1824. 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.
  • The Hostel Nomade Carlos Calvo 430 (just off Plaza Dorrego)[5] 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).
  • End of the World Hostel San Telmo, 818 Ave San Juan, dorms from Ar$23 incl breakfast. 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.
  • [dead link]Sandanzas Hostel. Balcarce 1351, San Telmo. Breakfast, wifi, movies, the receptionnists are very friendly and have a lot to offer in tips to visit the city, places to go out, history of Argentina, etc. Very good atmosphere.
  • Che Lagarto, Venezuela #857, +54 11 4343-4845. 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!
  • 1 V&S Hostel Club, Viamonte 887 (500 meters from the Colón Theater, the Obelisco, pedestrian and commercial streets Florida and Lavalle, and Corrientes Avenue), +54 11 4322 0994, +54 11 4327 5131. 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.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • San Telmo Luxury Suites, Chile 437, San Telmo, +54 11 4343-1888. 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.
  • 3 Savoy Hotel, Av. Callao 181, +54 11 4370-8000.
  • 4 NH Jousten, Avda. Corrientes, 280, +54 11 4321-6750. 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.
  • 5 [dead link]Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires, Florida 1005, +54 11 4318-3000.

Apartments[edit]

  • Apartment 'Argentina to let', Lavelle & Callao, +54 11 4824 1256. 2 bedrooms (4 people max) apartment on a nice street $380 per week.
  • [dead link]Carlos Calvo Escape. Fully furnished and modern apartment available by the week or month. Same owners as Casa Del Sol. Corner of Carlos Calvo and Balcarce.
  • [dead link]Casa Del Sol. Fully furnished and modern apartment available by the week or month. Same owners as Carlos Calvo Escape. Corner of Humberto Primo and Bolivar.
  • [dead link]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.
  • 7 [dead link]San Telmo Colonial Hotel Boutique, Carlos Calvo 767 - Barrio de San Telmo (town) - Capital Federal, +54 11 4300-0097. 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.

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