Buenos Aires has been described as Latin Amerca’s most stylish city, clearly Latin but with a hint of Europe mingled in, that makes Buenos Aires a destination which tourists love. This mix means that visitors arriving in the city don’t experience a massive cultural chasm when they land, and with direct flights now operated by British Airways, visitors from the UK are on the up.
The residents of Buenos Aires, portenos, are summed up as being an Italian who happens to speak Spanish, lives his life like a Frenchman but really wants to be English. Quite a confusing mixture! This clash of cultures results in an architecturally pleasing city; cuisine which encompasses great steak and pizzas; exciting nightlife which includes street tango and goes on until dawn, as well as wonderful art and some highly rated wines and vineyards.
Because Buenos Aires is a city of neighbourhoods, visitors need to choose their hotel to suit their preference as much as their wallet.
Recoleta is the grand traditional neighbourhood with historic hotels including the Alvear Palace Hotel which has provided style and luxury since 1931, offering an upmarket feel with French antiques against marble floors. Also in Recoleta, hotels such as Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires and the Four Seasons Buenos Aires are excellent choices for those seeking a stylish retreat.
Palermo is a more contemporary setting, with some stylish boutiques and trendy nightlife on offer. Hotels also reflect a boutique style with the Legado Mitica (see picture above) a tasteful property with 11 rooms which have been subtly designed to remind the visitor of some of Argentina’s greats such as Che Guevara and Eva Peron. This district is also home to Mine Hotel and Awwa Suites & Spa.
San Telmo is an example of regeneration and is an up and coming alternative toPalermo. San Telmo features smaller and more unique properties such as Mansion Vitraux and the Mansion Dandi Royal which is home to a tango school and has a more 1920’s feel to it.
Guest can also opt to stay more centrally in the city meaning that many attractions can easily be reached on foot thereby avoiding cab fares. There is great choice of city centre hotels in Buenos Aires including the Panamericano, the Lennox or the Novotel which are also within easy reach of the Obelisk, Florida shopping district and the Teatro Colon.
Of course when visiting Buenos Aires it is very important to get under the skin of the city and live the Argentinian lifestyle for the duration of the stay. Visiting a Parilla is a must, and sample Argentinian beef cooked on huge open grills. El Desnivel and San Telmo offers a good mix of locals and tourists alike. Palermo is the destination for tango, with its leafy streets, cool bars and fabulous restaurants.
Buenos Aire sis a city we recommend highly and is a great pre or post cruise stopover or for clients wanting to tour other areas of Argentina and South America, call us to discuss further and we will be delighted to assist with your travel plans to Buenos Aires and South America.