Last updated 20 March 2021
The home of tango and faded old world grandeur, Buenos Aires is a huge city and picking an area to stay can be a bit overwhelming – especially if it’s your first time in the city. With a culture that involves being out late at night (dinner typically starts around 10pm), it’s important to pick somewhere you feel safe walking around late at night. There are many interesting, vibrant neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires and here’s just a few of the most popular places you may to choose to stay in the city.
Palermo Soho is a bit out of the city centre, but the major attractions are easily accessible by metro. The plus about this neighbourhood is that it has a really nice vibe, wide streets and lots of parks and green space.
It’s also near many of the sites in Buenos Aires and has a lot of nice cafes, bars and restaurants. There are also some gorgeous boutiques and interesting little shops, which makes it a good spot for shopping.
While it’s a quiet area in the day, there’s quite a lot of nightlife in the evenings, so be prepared for some noise. If you’re a light sleeper and travelling with children, pick a hotel that isn’t on any of the main streets or near bars or restaurants (which can close quite late).
On the outskirts of Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood offers a slightly grungier, more creative experience. It’s a very quiet neighbourhood during the day, and you may find yourself travelling quite bit to see things in other places in the city. Despite that, it’s easy to connect on the metro and there’s lots of good bars and restaurants, making it a great option for at night. If you’re the sort of traveller who wants to be out during the day, with good food and nightlife close by at night, this is a great area to stay. Popular with young professionals, you’ll find a more local crowd here than in nearby Palermo Soho.
One of the most established areas in Buenos Aires, Recoleta is renowned for its wide streets, great restaurants and bars and lots of shops. Conveniently located, it makes an easy base for sightseeing, without long commutes to the major sites. It’s also a lovely area with beautiful architecture and tree-lined streets, and you can admire some of the most expensive real estate in the city. It’s a safe neighbourhood and relatively pedestrian-friendly, which helps with travelling with younger children. The streets around here are also pram and stroller friendly, while there’s nearby parks to keep active children busy between outings.
One of the oldest barrios in Buenos Aires, San Telmo is somewhere every tourist should visit during their stay. With cobblestone streets, tango dancers and markets, it’s a real-life vision of what comes to mind when you picture Buenos Aires. Historically, it’s had a bit of a reputation for being unsafe, but that’s improved over recent years, with a large influx of tourists and has become a very popular place to stay. Still, be aware of your surroundings when you're out at late at night.
There are a number of backpackers and cheaper hotels here, making it a good option for travellers on a budget. It can be a bit busy, with lots of people wandering through the streets during the day and a bit noisy at night. Saying that it’s a fun, vibrant and picturesque place to stay, where you feel very close to the action. Being near the city centre, it’s also very easy to visit the major tourist attractions.
Just on the edge of Palermo, Villa Crespo is a great place to stay if you’re going to be in the city for a while. There aren’t any major sites, but it’s an interesting mix of cultures and has a vibrant, artsy flair. One of the city’s up-and-coming areas, it’s a great place to walk around while being away from the busiest parts of the city.