The Best Party Hostels to Book in Buenos Aires

Selina Palermo is home to a vibrant roof terrace area
Selina Palermo is home to a vibrant roof terrace area | Courtesy of Selina Palermo /
Sorcha O'Higgins

As a must-see stop on South America’s backpacking trail, Buenos Aires is a magnet for budget travelers, with many coming to dance all night in local milongas (tango parlors) housed in converted ​​ pastry shops and cathedrals. Put these two things together and the result is some great hostels that let you in on the action for a fraction of the cost. Here’s our pick of the best hostels in Buenos Aires, whether you’re after a fun, affordable base or a budget-friendly boutique retreat.

1. Milhouse Hostel Hipo


Milhouse Hostel Hipo double room with balcony, wood flooring and minimal vintage style
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The “most sociable hostel in the city” has a well-earned reputation as a nightlife hotspot. It occupies an elegant 19th-century building on leafy Avenida de Mayo, not far from the Lima Subte station and San Telmo – the oldest barrio in Buenos Aires. Swishly updated interiors and a rooftop terrace are perfect spots to meet and mingle with other guests. Rooms range from private doubles to dorms. Join the BA Free Tour for a tips-based guided walk around the city, or book affordable day trips to the Tigre Delta via the hotel.

2. América del Sur Hostel


América del Sur Hostel lounge and dining area with funky furniture, kitchen and large patio
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A top spot in San Telmo for travelers looking to dial up the fun, this friendly modern hostel has good times written all over it. Colorful pop art, bright welcoming interiors and a big open-air terrace all add to the playful vibe. Free organized activities make meeting fellow travelers a breeze, including free tango lessons if you’re ready to get up close and personal. They also have a sister hostel in El Calafate if you’re heading south to Patagonia.

3. Franca City Hostel


Franca City Hostel minimal dorm area with furry blankets in a basket and a striped rug on dark wood floors
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Set in a wonderfully ornate 1910 building a few blocks from the Plaza del Congreso, this smart contemporary hostel is right in the thick of it. Shared spaces like the communal kitchen and cozy lounge make it easy to get to know other guests, plus you’ll find some of the city’s best bars within easy strolling distance, including Dome Rooftop Bar. Shared dorms are clean and comfortable, with bunks crafted from minimalist blonde wood and airy doubles, either with a shared or private bathroom.

4. Che Juan Hostel BA


Che Juan Hostel BA double with mezzanine, cast iron bed frame and mood lighting
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Located on part-pedestrianized Lavalle street in the San Nicolás district, a stay here puts you in the buzzing Microcentro district of the city. The vibe artfully balances a sense of the traditional with on-trend, with a cozy bar and common room to meet up with like-minded travelers. Hit up reception for their schedule of organized activities and you could find yourself enjoying a typical Argentine barbecue or cheek-to-cheek tango session.

5. Play Hostel Soho


Play Hostel Soho interior courtyard with traditional tiles, bicycles and plants
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A music theme – from jazz to rock ‘n’ roll – sets the tone at this colorful, great-value stay. It’s located in the trendy Palermo Soho neighborhood, so you’re guaranteed some of the city’s most hip-and-happening nightlife on your doorstep. Regular asados (barbecues) at the hotel are the perfect place to hang out with other guests. Alternatively, join one of their gaucho tours out to the Argentinean pampas to meet the country’s cowboys and head off on horse rides around the ranch.

6. Circus Hostel

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A guest relaxing poolside on a beanbag sat on decking at Circus Hostel
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The first thing you see on check-in is the big activities board opposite reception, with everything from morning yoga sessions to guided walking tours through the San Telmo neighborhood on offer. Weekly barbecues and pool tournaments also help break the ice with your fellow travelers and next morning you can chill with your newfound friends by the hostel’s swimming pool.

7. Selina Palermo


Selina Palermo minimal chic room with desk, easy chair and city views
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Its hip Palermo Soho setting is just one reason to pick this vibrant and funky Selina hostel. Cool-yet-cozy interiors set a convivial mood that continues throughout its colorful spaces. While there are loads of some of the city’s best bars and clubs a short stroll away, the hostel’s own rooftop terrace – with top cocktails, live music, local crowds and panoramic sunset views – is pretty hard to beat.

This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Sorcha O’Higgins.

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