Where to Stay

The Center

For

Great transportation options; fairly close to all neighborhoods except Palermo; offers many services.

Against

Limited eating, shopping and nightlife options; noisy and crowded during the day and impersonal after dark.

Puerto Madero

For

Very safe, calm, quiet and upscale; great strolling opportunities, both in a natural reserve and along the pleasant restaurant-lined dikes.

Against

Expensive: many restaurants are overpriced; very limited public transportation, accommodations, shopping and service options and not much interesting nightlife.

Congreso & Tribunales

For

Reasonably central, with plenty of traditional theater and other cultural options; interesting local flavor, tending toward classic architecture and governmental vibe.

Against

Certain sections are desolate and less safe at night; limited shopping and eating possibilities.

San Telmo

For

Endearing traditional atmosphere, reasonable shopping and nightlife, a good range of restaurants and many decent hostels.

Against

Far from Palermo; some areas can be edgy at night; public transportation is somewhat limited.

La Boca

For

Against

Not recommended and practically no accommodations options.

Retiro

For

Beautiful upscale neighborhood within walking distance of Recoleta and the Center; convenient for public transportation.

Against

Very expensive; limited accommodations options; not many affordable restaurants or shops.

Recoleta & Barrio Norte

For

Buenos Aires' most upscale neighborhood; gorgeous architecture, good transportation options and fairly safe.

Against

Most accommodations, restaurants and shopping are very expensive.

Palermo

For

Many boutique hotels to choose from; the city's widest range of interesting restaurants, by both cuisine and budget; great shopping and nightlife.

Against

A bit of a trek to the Center and San Telmo; might be too touristy for some.

South of Palermo

For

Up-and-coming neighborhoods with local atmosphere and some decent accommodations, restaurants and shops; quick access via Subte to the Center.

Against

Fewer traveler services; some neighborhoods are not central.