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A dizzying mix of Europe and Latin America, colonial and contemporary, laid-back and fast-paced, Buenos Aires has a buzz all its own. In recent years, forward-thinking gallery directors, hoteliers, and chefs have reinvigorated the city with innovative projects, from the contemporary Faena Arts Center, in Puerto Madero, to the wine-themed Mío Buenos Aires hotel, in tony Recoleta. And with much-touted dance and music festivals on the horizon (including next month’s tango celebration), the stylish capital is now more appealing than ever. Buenos Aires at your fingertips? Look no further.

Buenos Aires: Stay

Buenos Aires’s hottest hotel openings. Plus, the classics we love.

Hotel Boca Juniors: The world’s first soccer-themed hotel pays homage to Buenos Aires’s much-adored team Boca Juniors. Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott is responsible for the creative design, in which concave glass walls allow sunlight to flood the ample rooms. Best For: Fútbol fanatics. $$

Hotel Club Francés: Since its opening in 1866, the storied French Club has drawn generations of politicians and writers. While the city’s intelligentsia still congregates at the lobby bar, the upper floor was recently turned into a 28-room hotel filled with antiques and period furniture. Best For: Travelers with a passion for history. $$$

Hotel Pulitzer: Hidden in Microcentro, this whimsical hotel earns our praise for its nautical interiors. The highlight: steel-trimmed modular furniture. Best For: Stylish affordability. 907 Maipú. $

Mío Buenos Aires: Doors fashioned out of wine-stained barrel slats, hardwood floors, and bathtubs made from caldén tree trunks warm the interiors at vintner César Catena’s newcomer. Best For: In-the-know oenophiles. 465 Avda. Presidente Manuel Quintana. $$$

The Classics

Algodon Mansion: Although only two years old, this Belle Époque gem has already become the standard-bearer for luxury. $$$

Alvear Palace Hotel: International A-listers, from Prince Charles to Donatella Versace, have stayed at this 80-year-old grande dame. $$$

Four Seasons Hotel: Book a suite in the original 1920 building, decorated with ornate mirrors and toile de Jouy wallpaper. $$$

Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt: This stylish Recoleta property includes a Neoclassical mansion and a contemporary minimalist tower. $$$

Lay of the Land

A guide to the city’s essential neighborhoods.

La Boca: The working-class district retains a flavor of the city’s early immigrant days, from the façades of Caminito to unsung Italian trattorias.

Microcentro: Best for daytime sightseeing, downtown has the lion’s share of landmark buildings.

Palermo Viejo: Buenos Aires’s young and hip convene here for the edgy boutiques and bars set in ivy-covered town houses.

Puerto Madero: Weekenders come to the restored port to stroll across the Santiago Calatrava–designed Puente de la Mujer bridge and dine at upscale restaurants.

Recoleta: Argentina’s oldest monied families live in this well-heeled enclave. Blue-chip boutiques and elegant hotels attract the city’s sophisticated set.

San Telmo: By day, this historic neighborhood shines with its cobblestoned lanes. At night, a savvy crowd is drawn to the after-midnight bar scene.

Getting Around

The Subte, or metro, is the most efficient means of transportation. Expect to do a lot of walking. Taxis are also a great option and are affordable and easy to hail.

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

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