Photo by David Berkowitz.

From temporary apartments to hostels, here are the best places to stay in a city where you shouldn’t be sleeping anyway.
Temporary Apartments

1. ByT Argentina

Before you choose a hotel, well. . . opt not to stay in one at all. If you’re staying for more than a week, the best place to stay in BA is in a temporary apartment. Prices and accommodations will be better and you’ll get to feel like a local.

Residents rent out plush studios, one bedrooms, or penthouses with balconies, WIFI, kitchen, etc. Some spots even have a doorman or a swimming pool.

Studios start at $180 a week for double occupancy. If you plan to stay for a month or longer, you can also rent a room from a local and practice your Spanish over meals.

Boutique Hotels

If you are staying in Buenos Aires for a few nights, enjoy them by pampering yourself at a small, stylish hotel in one of the city’s best neighborhoods.

2. Home Hotel

Palermo is where you’ll find nightlife, great restaurants, cool boutiques, and Home. The bar at Home Hotel caters to your high-end cocktail desires and the Friday night pool party satisfies Ibiza cravings.

Located in Palermo Hollywood, walking distance from spots like Unico and Niceto, Home is where your heart is if you “heart” poshy décor.

3. Art Hotel

Elegant and cutting edge, Art Hotel is a popular boutique hotel in the upscale neighborhood of Recoleta that offers tasteful rooms starting $85. Wrought iron bed frames and fixtures, arched doorways, and a spiral staircase complement Argentine artwork hanging in each of the rooms.

Each month the hotel hosts an opening to celebrate a new artist and each morning starts with a fine continental breakfast. Art Hotel has all the charm of a stylish home with excellent service and a private art gallery.

4. Che Lulu

Che Lulu, photo by Ross Day.

If small and stylish boutiques suit you, Che Lulu could be just right. This hotel seems to have been designed around the “Paris of South America” image with floral-print, upholstered chairs in the lobby and charming, tiny, private rooms.

The staff is helpful and the location can be ideal for your nocturnal meanderings, as Che Lulu is situated at the edge of Palermo Soho with Palermo Hollywood a block away.

Bed & Breakfasts

B&B’s with a penchant for design? Only in Buenos Aires where your continental breakfast is served in a visually stimulating space.

5. Bed and Baires B&B

If you’re no longer in the backpacking game but don’t plan to stay more than a few days in BA, Bed and Baires could be the perfect choice for you.

Private rooms with bathroom are $60 a night and spacious. The shared rooms are lovely and the location is convenient for shopping, restaurants, and tango in Palermo.

6. The Clan House B&B

If you like being downtown where all the action is by day, Clan House puts you on the border of Microcentro and San Telmo and offers cozy accommodations and warm, personal service.

A stylish, private room in this bed and breakfast runs about $35. The staff is gracious and helpful and the price makes this the perfect compromise between budget and boutique.

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Hostels

Your choice of an inexpensive private room or shared dorm for $10 leave room in your budget for what you really came here for; steak, wine and other hedonisms.

7. Palermo House

Take one part faded elegance, one part modern design, mix it with a great, friendly staff and you have Palermo House.

This hostel is in Palermo Soho and caters to budget travelers. There’s a spacious kitchen and common room with a wall of windows looking out on rooftops.

WIFI, two shared computers and DVDs and games are the campfire guests gather around in the evenings. Breakfasts are served mornings.

If you tire of the dorm, at $13 a night, there’s the option of a private room for $30 USD.

8. Art Factory Hostel

Individual rooms at Art Factory go for $20 a pop. Bright colors meet pipe sculpture decor to put you in a creative frame of mind.

Located in San Telmo, close to Plaza Dorrego and the antiques markets, Art Factory is a new hostel that offers a real bargain in the heart of historic Buenos Aires.

9. Carlos Gardel Hostel

If Evita Peron is the queen bee in Argentine legend, Gardel is the prince who invites you to tango. His image adorns ice cream shops and music store windows alike; he is the father of tango. He is also the focus of this theme hostel located in the heart of San Telmo. Disney though it may sound, Carlos Gardel Hostel manages to skip out on the campy vibe its name would suggest and is simply an excellent hostel in a convenient location. Housed in an old multi-story manse with great décor and an attentive staff, Gardel Hostel puts you minutes from some hot spots for tango, thereby inviting you to dance.

10. International Hostel on Brasil

If you’re on a real budget and haunted-looking, run down mansions are your speed, The Albergue Ester de Nadenhein, aka, International Hostel, in San Telmo, is just perfect.

The epitome of boho, this hostel has high ceilings, a garden terrace, and a lot of space.
Ester de Nadenhein was the first hostel in San Telmo and it’s still one of the biggest.

Staying there is relaxing, affordable, and no frills. The large kitchen and common rooms connect to a garden terrace all steeped in the personal history of the house.

There’s a “roughing-it” feel to this place so if you’re looking for shiny and new accommodations, this isn’t your hostel.