Buenos Aires is experiencing a tourism boom unlike any in its history. The cheap peso has made it one of the most affordable big cities, and dollar- and euro-wielding visitors are arriving in record numbers. How is this good news in terms of where to stay? There are many new hotels and existing ones have been renovated, so you have more choices than ever.The real buzz these days is about
The real buzz these days is about boutique hotels, which have been popping up all over the city, but especially in the hot spots of San Telmo and Palermo. Most of them combine a minimalist vibe to contrast the renovated spaces in which they're housed. Most are outfitted with sleek furniture, wood-paneled walls and floors, quaint outdoor gardens with reclining lounge chairs, bamboo and plants, and the requisite pool or parrilla (barbecue grill). It's a style that has been perfected in Buenos Aires in recent years, and one the city can call all its own.
In San Telmo, hotels are primarily grand old mansions with soaring ceilings and impressive wooden doors. Tango is big in this neighborhood, and some hotels here cater to tango tourists.
Centro and Puerto Madero are teeming with international hotel chains, and most of them are well located. But as is the case in any Sheraton or Hilton or Marriott around the globe, once you close your door, it's easy to forget where you are.
Across town in Palermo, it's a hipper, more urbane feel. These places are so new they haven't had time to develop their own character yet, but just like the city itself, this constant cyclical reinvention is what makes everything so enchanting here.
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