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Buenos Aires at a Price That's Right

We've picked reliable, affordable places to stay in a wide variety of neighborhoods in Argentina's capital. Here are eight properties worth considering, from upscale hostels to apartment-style hotels.

Plus The top-floor pool is indoors and well heated for winter, with a sleek, expansive gym and spa nearby.

Minus Axel's affordability vanishes during the summer high season.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in all rooms and public areas.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Venezuela 649, 011-54/11-4136-9393, axelhotels.com, doubles from $139, spike in summer.

Hotel Type Hotel.

Relevant Lifestyle Gay, Hip.

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BABEL HOTEL
'Hood San Telmo, on a cobblestoned street a couple of blocks from Plaza Dorrego, whose outdoor cafés are filled during the week and whose market of antiques and curiosities is crowded on Sundays.

First Impression Is this what happens when hostels grow up? The owners were in the hostel business before renovating this 1842 mansion, giving it recessed lighting and modern, Scandinavian-style built-ins in elegant dark wood. It opened in August 2008, so everything still looks shiny.

Rooms The nine rooms vary in carpet and tile colors, but little else. Four "superior" rooms are slightly larger than the remaining five "standard" rooms, but all amenities are the same (TVs, DVD players, safes, private bathrooms, to name a few). Two rooms peer onto the street. The others look onto a quiet, interior courtyard.

Plus The co-owners promise a 24-hour bilingual staff who can book you a table at a fine restaurant, a tango lesson, or a horseback ride in the country.

Minus No swimming pool. From the rooms, no views. No bathtubs (just showers).

Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in all rooms and public areas.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Balcarce 946, 011-54/11-4300-8300, hotelbabel.com.ar, doubles from $85.

Hotel Type Hotel.

Relevant Lifestyle Hip.

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BO-BO HOTEL
'Hood Palermo Soho, on a quiet cobblestoned street lined with tipa trees, just a block from the site of writer Jorge Luis Borges's childhood home. Nearby are hip restaurants and trendy boutiques, making the area feel a bit like Manhattan's SoHo district.

First Impression An elegant, early-20th-century mansion with a stately façade, black-and-white marble floors, a central staircase, and lofty ceilings. Modern artwork, an efficient elevator, Wi-Fi, and copies of David Brooks's Bobos in Paradise in the common area all remind you we're in the 21st century.

Rooms Seven rooms are decorated by theme: Argentine, Art deco, Classic, Minimalist, Pop, Rationalist, and Techno. The "deluxe" Pop room is playfully rendered in orange and green, with a shallow, street-facing balcony. Quiet-seekers should consider the Minimalist room: It faces a serene terrace filled with plants.

Plus A tiny boutique hotel with many of the amenities of a full service hotel, such as a restaurant and an ample, 24/7 staff.

Minus Word is out, and there are only seven spaces: Book two to three months in advance.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in all rooms and public areas.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Guatemala 4882, 011-54/11-4774-0505, bobohotel.com, doubles from $165.

Hotel Type Hotel.

Relevant Lifestyle Romance, Hip, Gay-friendly.

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HOME HOTEL
'Hood Palermo Hollywood, so named for its abundance of TV studios. Heavier on the nightlife and restaurant options than Palermo Soho, the shopping district across the train tracks.

First Impression If only your agent could see you now. A U.K. record producer and an Argentine publicity director created Home after they got married in Buenos Aires several years ago and couldn't find a hotel they liked for their friends and family. They transformed this "chorizo house"—so-called because it curves around one side of a central courtyard the way a grilled chorizo sausage curves—with hip touches, such as poolside pod chairs, llama-wool throws, and vintage wallpaper (including an English 1960s flora-and-trellis pattern).

AFFORDABLE B.A.

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