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.

Rooms The overarching style is a cool, mid-century modern—with floral prints and Chilean wool to warm things up. All 19 rooms are appointed with things you didn't know you needed—such as a safe that can hold your laptop, speakers for your iPod, and double-paned glass to shut out the street noise.

Plus The pool, the sauna, and the spa treatments will help you recover from Palermo Hollywood's relentless nightlife.

Minus It's been discovered the world over: Book at least three months in advance.

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

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Honduras 5860, 011-54/11-4778-1008,, doubles from $125, superior rooms from $175.

Hotel Type Hotel.

Relevant Lifestyle Hip, Romance, Gay-friendly.

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'Hood Monserrat, a quiet neighborhood, especially in contrast to the bustling city center nearby.

First Impression A country house in the city. Step off the city street into an early-19th-century house. In back is a flower-filled courtyard garden with birds singing from the branches of a century-old fig tree. One family owned the house for 148 years. When the current owners bought it in 2005, they kept much of the original furniture and detailing. Old Italianate tiles, original chandeliers, and colored-glass windows adorn the public areas.

Rooms Original mantels, wardrobes, and claw-foot tubs are classic touches in many of the 11 rooms. Smaller "standard" rooms run along the street in the oldest portion of the house, while the larger rooms look to the patio and courtyard. Two "master suites" are former stables.

Plus The staff fires up the parrilla (barbeque) on Friday nights to roast Argentine, grass-fed beef for guests.

Minus There's no restaurant, and the neighborhood is off the beaten path.

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

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details México 1330, 011-54/11-4383 2230,, doubles from $120, executive suites from $140, master suites from $180, rincluding VAT.

Hotel Type Inn/B&B.

Relevant Lifestyle Romance, Family-friendly.

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'Hood Palermo Soho, on a tiny plaza surrounded by trees in a smart neighborhood known for low-rise buildings and a bohemian vibe.

First Impression Only six guest rooms—yet there is ample space in this 1930s mansion, which was thoroughly renovated to offer modern amenities while keeping its neoclassical origins. Owner James King opened Mira Vida's ground-floor wine bar in 2008 to introduce his guests to Argentine wine, especially malbec. The bar has become popular with some locals, too.

Rooms Between the wine cellar and a rooftop sundeck, six guest rooms are simple, spacious, and luxurious. A flat-screen TV, French doors, and a private patio or balcony are typical amenities. Expect 12-foot cathedral ceilings in the two top-floor rooms.

Plus The Canadian owner is around to offer advice in English.

Minus With only six guest rooms and 24-hour staff, Mira Vida isn't for people seeking an anonymous stay.

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

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Darragueyra 2050, 011-54/11-4774-6433,, doubles from $128.

Hotel Type Hotel.

Relevant Lifestyle Romance, Family-friendly, Gay-friendly, Hip.

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'Hood Recoleta, a tourism hotbed. The hostel is on the same block as a Hard Rock Café. The famous Recoleta Cemetery (where Evita is buried) is across the street. You can't get closer without dying.


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