Sultry, sociable and sizzling with steaks, Argentina’s capital is a glamorous, cultured stop on a South American adventure. With fiercely distinct neighbourhoods ranging from hipster-bohemian to leafy and upmarket, you’re spoilt for choice – stay near the nightlife or dining that most appeals to you, then strike out in the day for landmarks and museums. If you’re travelling in the warmer months, look out for stays with chic restaurant terraces or breeze-ruffled rooftops.
In business-central downtown, but close to sights, shops and bars in Recoleta and San Telmo, this affordable hotel is a real city slicker. A striking black, white and gold reception leads to bold lounges with bright stylish furniture; white rooms have pops of contemporary art, Anglepoise lamps and black-tiled bathrooms; and a mellow skybar buzzes with locals sipping whisky-and-pear cocktails. Don’t miss dinner at the popular Boca de Toro bistro, with its floral upholstered chairs, glowing fringed lamps and flavour-packed Latin American tapas.
Palermo Soho is a riot of hip late-night bars, indie shops and tucked-away restaurants, connected by pretty tree-lined streets – and this creamy townhouse, with its swirling wrought-iron balconies, channels the best of it. Polished wooden floors and cushioned chaises add glamour to bright, no-frills rooms, and a wooden deck and open-fronted lounge are a boon in the city’s sizzling summers. Reserve a post-sightseeing slot at the alfresco hot tub on the deck.
Famous for its patio bars and parrilla steakhouses, the sub-barrio of Las Cañitas is close to the best of Palermo’s nightlife. Stay in its boutique 248 Finisterra Hotel for its tranquil urban garden with cushioned sun loungers; the tasteful cream-and-wood decor in rooms and lounges; and its simmering whirlpool tub under the stars. There’s ample communal space for downtime, or decompressing after a long flight, but you’re right in the heart of youthful, sociable Buenos Aires.
Based in buzzy Palermo and boasting one of the loveliest hotel gardens in town, Fierro is built for bliss – think local wines in your minibar, generous balconies overlooking the garden’s tropical foliage and a hip, local-produce-focused restaurant, Uco. Quality is everything here, from the proper, strong espresso at breakfast to a sauna and honesty bar sexing up the rooftop pool terrace, and homemade ice cream to cool you off after a day exploring.
Back in well-heeled, wide-avenued Recoleta, Esplendor is set in a grand, historic mansion building, with the polished interiors and mod-cons to match. This isn’t a luxury stand-out in the style of the Alvear Palace – on the contrary, its room rates are an absolute steal – but you’re incredibly well-placed for sightseeing. With switched-on staff, locally-inspired art and contemporary design flourishes in rooms, this is a smart, functional base for a short dip into the city.
Set in the former Buenos Aires home of film director Francis Ford Coppola, this high-end hideaway has been lovingly furnished – one-off antiques, expensive dark-wood furniture, potted cacti and vintage trunks – in a way that feels both sumptuous and homey. Touches of cowhide and Navajo-style woven fabrics give a nod to Argentina’s estancias (cowboy estates). Coppola still stays here when he’s in Argentina, so look out for him on the vine-draped patio.
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