Accommodations in Argentina range from campgrounds to five-star luxury hotels. At the tourist-oriented hotels staff members will speak some English, though at more provincial accommodations you’ll be practicing your castellano (what Argentina calls its Spanish).
All but the cheapest hotels have private bathrooms, and most accommodations include breakfast – usually medialunas (croissants) and weak coffee or tea. Note that many hotels offer discounted rates for extended stays, usually a week or more; negotiate this before you begin your stay.
Inflation in Argentina is rampant, running (unofficially) at around 26%. To avoid getting price shock, check current prices.
Budget and midrange hotels almost always include taxes when quoting their prices, but top-end hotels usually do not – and it’s 21%.
Payment in cash (usually at midrange to top-end hotels) sometimes results in a 10% discount. Likewise, you can be charged a 'fee' for using credit cards. Paying with a foreign debit card is sometimes – but not always – possible at no extra charge.
High season is generally January and February (when Argentines take their summer breaks), Semana Santa (Easter week) and July and August (except in Patagonia). Reserve ahead during these times. Outside these times, prices can drop anywhere from 20% to 50%.
For online bookings try www.despegar.com, though you can usually get a cheaper rate by contacting the hotel directly.