Buenos Aires offers a wide variety of accommodation in various neighbourhoods throughout the city. Many of the city's classic hotels are now owned by international chains.
For travellers who want to stay close to fine museums and restaurants, check out hotels in La Recoleta: one of the more expensive and exclusive neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires, known for its "old money." The Caesar Park
gets high marks. Any person strolling down Calle Posadas will be impressed with its classic European exterior. Inside, the glass cupola lets in ample sunlight and affords a view of the surrounding foliage. Although the hotel does have various shops throughout, the nearby Patio Bullrich Mall offers the city's most high-end shopping.
Also in La Recoleta is the Four Seasons
, which occupies the Alzaga Unzué palace. Construction of this building began in 1916 during a flourishing period of urban and economic growth. The interior of this French-style mansion evokes a feeling of the old Argentine aristocracy. Many famous people have stayed in the suites of the recently added tower, including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Luis Miguel and the Rolling Stones. The architectural features of the original palace are preserved throughout.
One more terrific spot in La Recoleta is the Alvear Palace Hotel
, a little slice of Paris. Again, it is located amidst fine shops, restaurants, and nightlife.
If you value fine accomodations but also want to be exposed to the hype of downtown, many hotels in El Centro neighbourhood give you the best of both worlds. Another hotel built during those Belle Epoque
years in the first quarter of the 20th century is the Claridge
, a beautiful symbol of that era's architecture and the city's first five-star hotel. With hardly a single renovation to its exterior, it was awarded a prize for best historical façade in Buenos Aires.
The enormous towers of the Sheraton have completely changed the style of El Retiro district, an area where various means of transportation converge. The Retiro Train Station and the long-distance bus terminal sit across from the hotel, along with many city bus and metro stops. This neighbourhood contains La Plaza San Martin, a beautiful, calm park in the midst of the bustling city.
Located in the historical district of Monserrat is the InterContinental Buenos Aires. This hotel is located conveniently near the airport and the main tourist, cultural and commercial attractions of the city. It is ideal for visitors who enjoy sports and exercise since it boasts a full spa and gymnasium. Another hotel in this neighbourhood is the Gran Hotel Hispano, located near many tango dance clubs.
La Zona Once
If you are not as picky about the location of your hotel, check out La Zona Once--a commercial area where you can find hotels for reasonable prices. Try the Gran Hotel Argentino.
The many chain hotels in the city include the Spanish hotel Sol Meliá located at 945 Reconquista, close to the central pedestrian thoroughfare Florida and Calle San Martín. The hotel has 125 rooms decorated in a classic art deco style and a restaurant serving Spanish cuisine.
Each neighbourhood in Buenos Aires has its own vibrant personality, making a stay in this city highly enjoyable regardless of your location.