Buenos Aires has 48 official barrios and a large metropolitan area, so choosing the best location to sleep is key to be able to explore and enjoy the wonders the city has to offer. We recommend staying in the Palermo, Recoleta, Puerto Madero, and San Telmo neighborhoods, which all offer a good combination of historic places, art and culture, and dining options. Here are some of the best accommodation options for visitors looking to fully interact with porteños (locals) and experience life in Buenos Aires.

Hotels

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Pestana — From this hotel, you can see the Obelisk and Colón Theatre, and easily walk downtown or to Recoleta. Located on the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, it’s perfect for making the most out of a short trip to the capital of Argentina. The gym and pool — complete with a sauna and jacuzzi — are a nice plus to this four-star hotel, particularly in a city as busy as Buenos Aires.

Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel — The location of this hotel is fantastic. It’s close to superb restaurants and cafes, a minute away from local amenities and around the corner from one of the best public areas of Buenos Aires, Plaza Intendente Torcuato de Alvear. It’s also only a short ride away from downtown, Puerto Madero, and Palermo. Breakfast is served in its Winter Garden, which is the perfect place to have a cafecito while planning out your day.

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Hotel Madero — One of the highlights of this hotel are the views of Puerto Madero and the downtown area. It has over 100 rooms and is in one of the best locations for business and holiday trips. From the hotel you can walk downtown and to places like the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve and Kirchner Cultural Centre (locally referred to as CCK), where many shows and exhibitions are world-class and are free of charge.

Luxury Hotels

Be Jardín Escondido — Be Jardín Escondido has a small selection of uniquely designed rooms, some named after Latin American icons, such as writers Julio Cortázar and Roberto Bolaño. Located in Palermo Soho, Jardín Escondido delivers what it promises: a secret garden. Its three levels of garden patios are packed with plants and there’s even an outdoor kitchen and large swimming pool. It’s a perfect haven, almost like a vacation from the vacation.

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Palacio Duhau, Park Hyatt Buenos Aires — Palacio Duhau is located in Recoleta and surrounded by embassies, hotels, and gorgeous cafes and boutiques. This neoclassical palace, inspired by the French Château du Marais, has an art gallery and impressive grounds where you can relax and forget frantic city life. Though the crystal chandeliers and marble floors might take your breath away, you’ll soon feel at home thanks to the welcoming and friendly staff. Make sure to check the Palacio Duhau’s Oak Bar for pre-dinner drinks; its White Lady cocktail with lavender-infused gin is not to be missed.

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Home — This hotel combines luxury and modern hipster design in Palermo Hollywood. Each room is uniquely decorated with vintage wallpaper and llama wool blankets, and there’s a lovely in-house spa. From October to March, you can also enjoy an outdoor pool surrounded by greenery. The hotel has won a number of boutique hotel awards and it also works with a number of community organizations and charities.

Hostels

Caravan BA — Caravan BA is a new boutique hostel in Palermo Soho, an area with lots of hostels and travelers. It has excellent reviews, particularly for its private rooms (single, double, and triple sizes are available). Guests will be able to enjoy a garden bar with craft beer and an outdoor swimming pool. You can count on 24-hour front desk assistance (which isn’t a guarantee in other hostels), and you’ll get breakfast included in the rate.

Benita Hostel — Located between Palermo, Barrio Norte, and Recoleta, Benita is a 19th-century refurbished building with dorms and private rooms. Guest reviews highlight several aspects of the hostel such as its well-equipped kitchen, clean bathrooms, fast internet connection, friendly and knowledgeable staff, cool atmosphere in shared areas, and comfortable mattresses.

Airbnbs

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Three-level penthouse in Palermo Soho — This 19th-floor penthouse is a three-level apartment in Palermo Soho. It has stunning views of the city and river which you can enjoy from your own private rooftop jacuzzi. It has one double bed and a very comfortable couch, which can double up as a second bed.

Sunny apartment in Recoleta — With Airbnbs in Recoleta, you’ll find renovated apartments close to everything without having to put up with too much noise at night. Recoleta is very pleasant to walk around, with its small parks, boutiques, cafes, and art galleries. This is an ideal spot for two with super reviews.

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One bedroom in Palermo Soho — This apartment is very close to Plaza Armenia, which is a lovely quiet square with nice cafes and small shops. Plaza Cortázar, which is a lot busier with many craft stalls, is a short five minutes away. The apartment has a newly renovated open kitchen, a queen bed, a sleeping couch, and a very convenient self check-in service.

New studio with a private terrace and jacuzzi in Palermo Soho — Aside from the location, which is close to Plaza Armenia and Plaza Serrano, the highlight of this accommodation is the jacuzzi on the private terrace full of greenery. Every review also talks highly of the host, Soledad, who seems to go the extra mile to make people feel welcome.