Buenos Aires: Sleep
Calle Salta 1074, 011-54-11/4304-8798, casa-monserrat.com
Dating from the 1870s, this house has a beautiful courtyard garden; interiors highlight the building's colonial grandeur-antique tile work, fresco paintings, and a stone fireplace. All five bedrooms have en suite bathrooms. Doubles from $52, includes breakfast and airport pickup.
Avenida de Mayo 1152, 011-54-11/4383-5000, castelarhotel.com.ar
Located on the historic Avenida de Mayo, Castelar's claim to fame is that Spanish poet Federico García Lorca lived there in 1933. The charm of the exterior and public lounges eclipses the rooms, which are comfortable, with heavy drapes and charming, light-filled en suite bathrooms, but otherwise basic. Rates include breakfast and access to the on-site spa's sauna and steam baths. A half-hour massage is just $11. Doubles from $68, triples from $85.
NH Jousten Hotel
Avenida Corrientes 280, 011-54-11/4321-6750, nh-hotels.com
A 1920s-style hotel with art deco detailing that enjoys an ultra-central location. Large, ornate headboards, unusual four-legged room lamps, and a soft sandy color scheme contrast with the overall minimalist motif. Ask for a window-filled corner room for the most-and best-views. Doubles from $111, includes continental buffet breakfast.
1555 Malabia House
Calle Malabia 1555, 011-54-11/4833-2410, malabiahouse.com.ar
An upscale, self-described "design bed-and-breakfast" that combines hotel comfort with neighborhood authenticity. Most of the 15 bright, spacious rooms come with A/C and en suite bathrooms, and display a modern decorator's touch-neutral colors, animal-skin throw rugs, and whimsical wall frescoes. Its reading rooms and communal greenery-filled patio make calming city oases. Doubles from $105.
Bo Bo Hotel
Calle Guatemala 4882, 011-54-11/4774-0505, bobohotel.com
Six of the seven rooms in this 1920 mansion are themed to modern art movements. The Minimalist Room has ecru walls and white bedspreads; the Pop Room references the 1960s with a plastic orange chair and a photo of a Ford Falcon. Each morning, a free breakfast of croissants, yogurt, and café con leche is served in the on-site restaurant. Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel. Doubles from $80.
Posada Palermo Bed-and-Breakfast
Calle Salguero 1655, 011-54-11/4826-8792, posadapalermo.com
In one of Palermo's rapidly disappearing old stone houses. Run by an architect, this cozy, cultured home has mismatched rugs, multi-colored walls, loads of artwork, and three resident cats. There is A/C, cable TV, Internet access, and en suite baths in each of the four rooms. Doubles from $60, includes breakfast.
Solar Soler Bed-and-Breakfast
Calle Soler 5676, 011-54-11/4776-3065, solarsoler.com.ar
A recently remodeled home with spare, modern accommodations featuring hardwood floors and white bedcovers accented by colorful regional woven pillows and blankets. Each of the seven rooms has cable TV, A/C, and a bathroom en suite. Cozy up by the fireplace in the living room, or eat your breakfast on the sunny patio. Doubles from $47.
Hotel Bel Air
Calle Arenales 1462, 011-54-11/4021-4000, hotelbelair.com.ar
The elegant white facade of this small hotel suggests five-star glamour, but on the inside the comfortable rooms are relatively basic. However, the amenities give it an edge: A/C, cable TV, minibar, and gym. Doubles from $110, includes breakfast.
Hotel Lion D'or
José A. Pacheco de Melo 2019, 011-54-11/4803-8992, hotel-liondor.com.ar
Rooms are no-frills, but have old-world character-bulky armoires, moldings, and old-fashioned high-arched windows-which gives this small hotel some charm. While there's no A/C, there are ceiling fans to cool you off in summer months. Every room comes with cable TV and central heating. Doubles from $38.