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Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Each with a unique cultural offering and a different story to tell, the many barrios (neighbourhoods) of Buenos Aires will make for an interesting stay, to say the least. Buenos Aires is blessed with a full range of international-brand hotels, mainly located in the historic downtown area or the plush and most cultured Recoleta District. If you prefer a more boutique-style hotel, try the leafy suburbs of San Telmo or Palermo. Make sure you book before you go as the city fills quickly during festivals and big sporting events. Here’s a quick guide to our pick of the most interesting neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.  

San Telmo

Think cobblestone streets, candle street lighting, antiques markets and a vibrant tango and arts scene, then roll all that together with a uniquely bohemian vibe, and you have San Telmo. This is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires and its moody bars and poets' meeting places have changed little in decades. The area hums on a Sunday, too, when the antiques market comes alive.
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Recoleta

The tree-lined avenues of Recoleta are home to luxurious hotels, upmarket restaurants, cafes and boutiques. This is most likely the neighbourhood that people imagine when you hear Buenos Aires described as ‘the Paris of South America', due to its iconic French-inspired buildings. It's a wealthy residential area and also home to the most famous city of the dead in Argentina: Recoleta Cemetery.
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Puerto Madero

Located on the waterfront, modern Puerto Madero is the city's youngest neighbourhood, a hub of fine seafood restaurants and one of the most successful waterfront restoration projects in the world. You'll find elegant bars, eateries and offices along the waterfront, and the iconic ‘Puente de la Mujer' (Women's Bridge) is the focal point of the area. Fun fact: many of the streets in Puerto Madero are named after famous Argentine women.
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Palermo

If being close to some green space is high on your list of priorities, you might choose to stay in Palermo when you visit Buenos Aires. Palermo is the largest neighbourhood in the city and home to some of the most trendy bars, clubs and fashion boutiques in Buenos Aires. The barrio is sometimes split into sub-barrios, including Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood.
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