The Top Green Hotels in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Although late to the party, Buenos Aires is catching on to ecotourism
Although late to the party, Buenos Aires is catching on to ecotourism | © Dimsis/Flickr
Jerry Nelson

Finding green hotels in Buenos Aires is hard. The citizenry is not as up-to-date on environmental concerns as much as the rest of the planet. “Eco-tourism” is an oxymoron — think “military intelligence” or “jumbo shrimp.” It wasn’t until January 1, 2017, that the government outlawed the distribution of plastic bags by the nation’s supermarkets. And even then, it was a voluntary ban. Notwithstanding the gloomy report, there are a few green hotels to be found in Buenos Aires.

1. Palo Santo Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Palo Santo Hotel in Buenos Aires meets LEED standards
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Located in the center of Buenos Aires, Palo Santo was constructed to LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – standards. Careful selection of materials, equipment, and supplies help reduce the hotel’s environmental impact. Palo Santo’s stated mission is to provide a modern, luxurious, green stay while emphasizing comfort, privacy, and elegance.

2. Home Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Outdoor pool area shrouded by overhanging greenery at Home Hotel; several covered loungers on wooden decking
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Set in a quiet section of trendy “Palermo Hollywood,” this boutique hotel is committed to recycling as much as possible. One of two hotels in the city which collaborates with the recycling community, El Ceibo, Home Hotel features a solar panel heated pool, native trees and soft bushes and flowers. The hotel does not serve organic produce in its restaurant as it suggests organic food will have to come from greater distances — which means more diesel consumption and pollution. They considered almost everything else. Home Hotel was the first of its kind in Buenos Aires. Things like curbside recycling, commonplace in the U.S, are still thought of as novelties in Argentina, but Home Hotel has been pro-active in educating consumers and government agencies about the need for basic things such as energy-saving light bulbs.

3. CasaCalma

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Casa Calma in Buenos Aires offers eco-friendly rooms
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A wellness hotel in the center of the city, CasaCalma is next to Plaza San Martín and just 15 minutes from Plaza de Mayo. CasaCalma enforces strong environmental policies and initiatives while educating guests on Argentina’s conservation issues.

4. Mine Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Mine Hotel, Buenos Aires
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Mine Hotel provides various green attributes. If a guest requests it, the hotel will even give out disposable amenities like shaving or dental kits. In-room recycling bins are available, and the hotel serves organic food as well. Following proactive water conservation, the sink, and shower water — “gray water” — is caught, treated and reused. Argentina’s tourism companies lack a comprehensive picture of what sustainable tourism is all about, and Mine Hotel is acting to help change that.

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