Buenos Aires hotels
The Buenos Aires hotel scene—from bijou boutique properties and revamped classics to towering altars and urban design—has a well-earned reputation for being edgy, chic, and affordable. Style-conscious boutique hotels have sprouted around the cobbled streets of the food-and-fashion quarter of Palermo Viejo. Rack rates have edged upwards in recent years, but for under $200 it's still possible to find a double room in a casa chorizo, one of Buenos Aires' distinctive one-story townhouses, decorated in 19th-century style with aged pinotea wood floors and jasmine-filled gardens.
Worth exploring, too, is San Telmo, a somewhat grittier area whose antique stores, no-frills parrilla steakhouses, and darkly attractive bars draw many foreign visitors. Far-sighted hoteliers have turned some of the neighborhood's once-grandiose mansions into award-winning design hotels.
Heads of state and business travelers should look to the opulence of leafy Recoleta, where the city's most august hotels ride Argentina's roller-coaster fortunes with sublime indifference. Puerto Madero, the city's renovated docklands, offers a scattering of glitzier palaces to contemporary design, while chain hotels are largely found in traffic-filled Microcentro, a stone's throw from the Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo.