Buenos Aires may be the city that never sleeps – but really, who doesn't need a bit of rest once in a while? You'll find a wide range of places to rest your head here, from hostels to boutique hotels, guesthouses, rental apartments and international five-star hotels. Just remember to book ahead – or pay in cash – for the best deals.
Rates, Discounts & Payments
Buenos Aires is decent value compared to the USA or Europe. However, inflation has been running at 25% to 30% annually. To avoid sticker shock, double-check the prices we list before reserving.
The prices we list – particularly for the four- or five-star hotels – are generally the rack or high-season rates from November through January. Rates for top-end hotels can vary widely on any particular day, as many are dependent on how empty or full the hotel is that day. Rates can also skyrocket during holidays such as Easter, Christmas or New Year. Some places lower their rates during slow periods, while others don’t. But whatever the season, you don’t always have to pay the official posted price.
Your best bet for getting a cheaper rate is to book in advance. You can do this via most hotels’ websites. Calling ahead and talking to a salesperson with the power to negotiate prices can also be fruitful, especially if you plan on staying more than a few days. Offering to pay in cash can also bring about a discount.
The most expensive hotels will take credit cards, but budget or midrange places may not – or they may levy a surcharge (about 10%).
It's a good idea to make a reservation during any holidays or the busy summer months of November through February.
Some kind of breakfast, whether it be continental or buffet, is usually included at most accommodations. Unless you're staying somewhere fancy, however, don't expect too much – a typical breakfast will often consist of toast or medialunas (croissants), with some jam or butter if you're lucky, plus coffee or tea.
Boutique Hotels & B&Bs
The neighborhood of Palermo has dozens of boutique hotels; most are pricey but beautiful, with a handful of hip, elegant rooms and decent service. In BA, B&Bs are sometimes (but not always) run by the owners, and usually have fewer rooms than boutique hotels – but often offer a better breakfast.
Buenos Aires' hostels range from basic no-frills deals to beautiful, multi-perk buildings more luxurious than your standard cheap hotel. Most fall in between, but all have common kitchens, living areas, shared bathrooms and dorm rooms (bring earplugs). Most have a few private rooms (with or without bathroom) and provide some traveler services. BA has a few Hostelling International hostels, where members can get a small discount.
As in many cities, BA's hotels vary from utilitarian holes-in-the-wall to luxurious five-star hotels with all the usual top-tier services. In general, hotels provide a room with private bathroom, cable TV and sometimes a phone. Cheap hotels might also have cheaper rooms with shared bathroom. Higher-end hotels may have safe boxes, a refrigerator and a desk. Some hotels have a cafe or restaurant. Staff members at tourist-oriented hotels will usually speak some English.