It’s the birthplace of the tango, a carnivore’s dream, a nightlife destination, the home of Pope Francis – or, some say, the Paris of South America. The list of other reasons to visit Buenos Aires is endless. For many travelers, it’s a compelling primary destination; for others, it’s the gateway to Argentina’s spectacular glaciers, national parks and wine regions.
Whether you’re looking for a quick overnight stay or a week-long stay, the city’s best boutique hotels are a fitting introduction to the Porto?o lifestyle. Many of our favorites are located in the side-by-side neighborhoods of Palermo Soho or Palermo Hollywood, but there are also elegant options in Recoleta, too, and Art Deco gems in San Telmo, just south of downtown, that are just as good – if you can manage to get a room.
Rates from $135 per night
One of the city’s original boutique hotels, Home was a passion project for an Argentine-British couple. From the vintage wallpaper and retro furnishings to the lovely pool and Instagram-worthy breakfast, it remains one of the city’s most stylish places to sleep. The underground spa and craft cocktail bar are the icing on the cake. There’s another perk, too: the owners of Home produce their own mini-guides, full of priceless insider information on where to eat, drink, and shop, exclusively for hotel guests.
Room rates from $121 per night
You wouldn’t guess it from the street, but the highlight of L’Htel is its tree-lined central garden. The rooms are nice too, soundproofed and equipped with a bathtub and handmade bath products. All in all, it’s like a mini oasis in the heart of bustling Palermo Soho, ideally located across the street from one of the city’s best coffee shops and within walking distance of many of the city’s best restaurants and boutiques.
Rates from $80 per night
Plenty of porteos (Buenos Aires locals) know the Pulitzer, even if they’ve never stayed there: the hotel’s 13th-floor Sky Bar, with spectacular views of the city skyline, is a popular stop for young professionals working in the neighborhood. The hotel itself offers good value, with comfortable, modern rooms, a good breakfast buffet, and a library lounge with a glass ceiling. It is located in the city centre, within easy reach of St Martin’s Square and several pedestrian streets.
MORENO HOTEL BUENOS AIRES
Rates from $70 per night
For those interested in architecture, the Hotel Moreno is a must-see: the building is a rare Art Deco landmark that’s been meticulously restored. The boutique hotel itself has long been popular with travelers, but with the addition of trendy wine bar Aldo’s and underground jazz club BeBop, it’s also become a destination for locals. The rooms are surprisingly spacious and comfortable, with all the modern amenities, and the terrace is an idea spot for a nightcap.
BE JARDIN ESCONDIDO BY COPPOLA (Coppola Gardens)
Rates from $120 per night
If Francis Ford Coppola had a hotel in Buenos Aires, what would it look like? Small and charming, apparently with good books and good bourbon – and plenty of outdoor space for them to enjoy – BE Jardin Escondido is where Coppola stayed while filming Tetro (2009) in Buenos Aires. Now it’s an exclusive boutique hotel staffed by stylish and knowledgeable locals. Book the Francis Suite, where the famous director used to sleep and store his film equipment for the full experience.
Rates from $150 per night
The name of this themed boutique hotel, Legado Mitico (which loosely translates to “mythical heritage”), hints at what you’ll find inside. Each room is inspired by an Argentine legend, from Che Guevara to Eva Perón to tango star Carlos Gardel. It’s located in a quiet neighbourhood of Palermo’s Soho district, so it’s within walking distance of lots to see and do, and after a day of sightseeing and shopping in Buenos Aires, Legado Mitico’s light-hearted terrace is the perfect place to relax.
Rates start from $116 per night
Location, location, location – just off the bike path through the heart of Palermo Soho, to be exact – plus modern décor, fast wireless internet and a stylish continental breakfast.Mine Hotel Boutique also boasts a small swimming pool and outdoor lounge space, making it one of the most practical and popular boutique hotel options in Buenos Aires.