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Most of the best hotels are found in Recoleta, a very scenic, Parisian-style district of the city. In this elegant neighborhood you will find some of the best shopping centers, boutiques, leather stores, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and parks of Buenos Aires.

Recoleta has the feel and the charm of old Europe. Its surroundings concentrate the latest in fashion, culture and night life. It has museums, promenades, gardens, fairs and activities for all tastes, and it is one of the most beautiful districts of BA.

The location is perfect: within walking distance to the great shopping and dining options and near several neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires.

The main attractions of this neighbourhood are:

• The Recoleta Cemetery has been compared to the Pére Lachaise in Paris, being one of the fundamental architectonic pieces of Buenos Aires city. The Recoleta cemetery is an example of great and different architectonical styles; many leaders of the Argentinean history are buried there ( Evita is one of them ), between exquisite statues, streets and works of art that seem to struggle between them for unique marvel and beauty.

Alvear Avenue: this upscale thoroughfare extends for seven blocks, from the Plazoleta Carlos Pellegrini to Alvear Plaza. The avenue is famous not only for the most exclusive representatives of haute couture, but also for its numerous demi-palaces and extensive presence of the French renaissance architecture so much in vogue in uptown Buenos Aires at the turn of the 20th century.

• Craft Market in Recoleta: In addition to genuine artisans and craftspeople, the fair has attracted street vendors and merchants of a wide variety of merchandise. Visitors to the fair may find all kinds of handicraft items, many of them of high quality: leather goods, book restoration, sandals and espadrilles, carved mates, ethnic jewelry, incense, essential oils, satchels, candles, indigenous musical instruments, photography, and much more.


images/special-interest-art-and-music-malba.jpg This is the largest neighborhood of Buenos Aires, mainly filled with peaceful and green parks. It is divided into three sections: Barrio Parque, Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood. Parts of Palermo, such as Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho, are also fast becoming the hippest parts of BA, with fashionable bars, nightclubs, restaurants, boutique hotels and small designer label shops springing up almost by the minute.

Subway access is not the best in this area. Being trendy, it's also where the newest and most fashionable boutique hotels are located. For the young and chic, this area can be a great place to stay.

Palermo is generally well served by Line D (Green Line) of the subway system, which conveniently takes you into the city center or a little further north to Belgrano. Palermo is great for both families and young couples alike, and is a very popular place for students and visitors renting furnished apartments.

The main attractions of this neighbourhood are:

• Malba Museum: This stunning museum is a tribute to Latin American artists. It opened in 2001 and the modern spacious feel was designed by three Argentinean architects Gastón Atelman, Martín Fourcade and Alfredo Tapia. The mission of the MALBA museum is to stimulate interest in Latin American art. To achieve this goal the museum has established a growing film library and shows films at various times.

• Among the parks you will find the ‘Rosedal’ (Rose Garden), Botanic Gardens, Japanese Gardens and the Buenos Aires City Zoo.

• Evita Museum: Across thirteen permanent exhibition rooms and one temporary display room, the museum reviews the history of Eva Duarte from her childhood, going through her youth as an actress, and then her life as the First Lady, next to Juan Perón, her struggle for female civil rights, the social work she developed in the foundation until her resignation and death.


Puerto Madero

buenos-aires-where-to-stay-buenos-aires-puerto-madero.jpg Puerto Madero is a recently redeveloped port area where you’ll find the expensive luxury condos in Buenos Aires, high-end hotels, and a row of fancy restaurants. This location might be a benefit for people on business trips since Puerto Madero is very close to the financial district. The area is not near the main attractions in the city, so you'll need to use taxis as your mode of transportation. “Alem” on the B Line is the only metro stop close to the neighborhood, but in general there is not good subway access.

The hotels are near the restaurants of Puerto Madero's historic dock district. One plus is that the Ecological Reserve is nearby. It’s a nice place for a quiet Sunday stroll. One of the best hotels in South America, the Faena hotel, is located in Puerto Madero.

The main attractions of this neighbourhood are:

• Casino Buenos Aires:
It's a floating casino, on an old Mississipi River boat. The casino contains more than 700 latest generation slot machines, over 140 gaming tables, 100 gaming tables roulett, Black Jack, Poker, point and bank and Craps.

• Fortabat Art Collection: The museum was initiated by María Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, the longtime Chairperson and chief stockholder of Loma Negra, the largest cement manufacturer in Argentina. The Collection includes several important pieces of Argentine and foreign artists such as Andy Warhol, Rodin, Chagall, Klem, Brueguel and Turner.

• Ecological Reserve:
Being adjacent to the city, a visit to the Ecological Reserve is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. A number of trails leading to the river are perfect for bird watching, strolling and cycling.

Downtown Buenos Aires

The Microcentro is an ideal place to stay if you want to be close to Buenos Aires's business center, theatres and cinemas. Most of the subway lines that converge in this region.

Downtown Buenos Aires will also give you easy access to the majority of local travel agencies that seem to gather in this area, which can be convenient for making a last-minute change of plans or for adding a day trip outside the city to your itinerary. If you arrive in Buenos Aires without any reservations, come to this area; the density of hotels means you probably won't have to walk around for long before finding something.

The main attractions of this neighbourhood are:

• Colon Opera House: This is one of the best Opera houses in the world. It has been closed for renovation and it was reopened on May 25th, 2010. Performances are magnificent and private visits can be arranged to visit the auditorium as well as the different rooms and workshops.

• Florida Street: It features a variety of shops and shopping malls selling leather goods, jewellery, books and souvenirs

• Tortoni Café: Founded in 1858, it is the oldest coffee shop in the whole country. With a very rich history, it is visited at all times by intellectuals, politicians and artists.

San Telmo

buenos-aires-where-to-stay-buenos-aires-san-telmo.jpg It is a well-preserved area of Buenos Aires and it is regarded as the oldest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Cafes, tango bars and antique shops line the cobblestone streets, which are often filled with artists and dancers. Most hotels here are B&Bs, or boutique hotels. This is a Bohemian district where many students, artists and young people live.

There are excellent traditional restaurants and many milongas ( tango gatherings ) where locals meet to dance tango every night.

The area is accessed by stations for subway C running along Avenida 9 de Julio, and these can be a slightly long walk away from some of San Telmo's accommodations.

The main attractions of this neighbourhood are:

• San Telmo Market: The antique market on Dorrego Square is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon. From jewellery and dresses, to army helmets and tango records, you could spend hours sorting through the plethora of ancient goods.

• Defensa Street: The most important antique stores of Buenos Aires are found on this street. It is also well-known for it low houses paving stones streets, lamps and beautiful courtyards with wells and flowers, with it lovely pubs and delicious restaurants and the colourful Antique Sunday Fair.

• El Zanjón de Granados: A series of old tunnels, sewers and cisterns from 1730 were built above a river tributary and provided the base for some of BA’s oldest settlements, which later became a family mansion and then tenement housing and a market. Meticulously reconstructed brick by brick, and very attractively lit, this ‘museum’ also contains several courtyards and even a watchtower.
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