The OG Buenos Aires party hostel, Milhouse Hipo still kills it in the party stakes, and its reputation precedes it. The definitive stop for anyone looking to get loose in the Argentine capital, this downtown hostel is famous for its raucous nights both in and out of the hostel. Located in a beautiful old mansion dating from the 19th century, Milhouse Hipo has everything backpackers and revellers are looking for, and is located close to lots of Buenos Aires’ main sights in the downtown area.
Milhouse Hipo, Hipólito Yrigoyen 959, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4345 9604
A stone’s throw away from the original Milhouse Hostel, Buenos Aires’ second incarnation of the famous inner-city lodging is located on the Avenida de Mayo boulevard, and promises the same great vibes in an even bigger and more modern space than its predecessor. Milhouse Avenue and Hipo run shared events, so if you are staying in one you can still benefit from the madness of the other if you really want to milk the good times the hostel has to offer.
Milhouse Avenue, Av. de Mayo 1245, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4383 9383
Art Factory San Telmo
This San Telmo haunt is a favourite among travellers who like a bit of local flair in their hostel. A backpacker’s hostel to be sure, Art Factory’s walls are covered in murals by local street artists, and the location in the heart of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighbourhood couldn’t be better. There are plenty of nooks, crannies, and communal areas in which to mingle with other guests, and the bar is the place to go to get the night started.
Art Factory San Telmo, Piedras 545, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4343 1463
Art Factory Palermo
Art Factory San Telmo’s northern cousin in Palermo is the party capital of the barrio’s hostel scene. Decorated in the same great style as the San Telmo branch with stunning murals by local artists, Art Factory Palermo takes full advantage of its location in one of the city’s trendiest spots. The rambling building the hostel is based in has lots of communal areas, and there are plenty of opportunities to share meals and drinks with other guests.
Art Factory Palermo, Costa Rica 4353, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 2004 4958
America del Sur
Another San Telmo haunt, this contemporary and stylish hostel has everything a backpacker needs. The outdoor patio is the perfect place to round up a crew to sight-see or go on a tour with at night, and then to really cement the friendship in the evening as day turns to night and the fun gets going. America del Sur organises group outings, so there is no excuse not to have a whale of a time.
America del Sur, Chacabuco 718. Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4300 5525
Facing onto the downtown square in front of the city’s congress building, Cambalache Hostel is truly part of the downtown scene. The hostel’s bar at the top of the building is where travellers and backpackers gather to watch the sun go down over the city and get some drinks in before the festivities kick off. Parties can go on until well into the night, and if you’re really in the mood, until the next morning.
Cambalache Hostel, Av. Rivadavia 1709, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4373 1457
What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to hostels, everything, as Hostel Fiesta, or ‘Party Hostel’, so clearly demonstrates. Located in the thick of downtown Buenos Aires, Hostel Fiesta really brings the party – on the roof terrace with asados, in the bar with themed events and pretty much all around the hostel, being that “party” is central to its entire existence.
Hostel Fiesta, Adolfo Alsina 917, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4342 0830