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Elizabeth_S Jun 13th, 2011 11:21 AM

BA Neighbourhoods - Las Canitas versus Recoleta/elsewhere in Palermo
Considering 6 weeks in BA next February/March - I've looked at BA apartments before and thought Recoleta was our first choice but this apartment looks lovely and the area sounds good - any comments/comparisons?

Thanks in advance

Eddwarm Jun 13th, 2011 07:46 PM

During my four trips to Buenos Aires--I've stayed in Recoleta which I liked very much. This October I want a change and will be staying in a well-appointed, luxury apartment in Palermo. I am excited because the venue and its environs are quite lovely.

In response to your query--I'd like to comment that I would stay in Las Canitas after some portenos (locals) who write at this forum inform you as to the convenience to other places outside of the area in question.

Personally, if I had know of this particular property, I perhaps would have booked it. It's fantastically furnished and has more room in it than my townhouse in California.

Elizabeth_S Jun 15th, 2011 07:52 AM

Thanks - topping for the portenos!

CarlyRossy1 Jun 15th, 2011 08:25 AM

I would suggest that Recoletta is quite expensive.. if you really want to experience the real Buenos Aires, the up and coming neighbourhood of Villa Crespo is great!

Elizabeth_S Jun 15th, 2011 06:52 PM


avrooster Jun 16th, 2011 04:36 AM

Hi, Elizabeth_S!

You can ask Bob Kimball about me, or you can read his

The porteños may not be the best people to answer your question, because they LIVE in BA, which is quite different from just renting for 6 weeks. Furthermore, while I was born a "porteño", I have lived about half my life in BA's Northern suburbs, so I'm not quite a "porteño" any more.

However, I can tell you I have met through this forum many couples who stay in BA during our summer, including several from Canada and they agree that the area called "Palermo Botánico" is the best, for that kind of stay.

I'll send this thread to some of them, for their feedback. If you wish, you can write to me

Rest assured you'll have a great time in our town, while getting away from the cold, Elizabeth_S.

yestravel Jun 16th, 2011 05:36 AM

We've had 3 trips to BA and couldn't agree more with AV. Our last stay was in Palmero Botanico and we really liked that neighborhood alot -- u could easily walk to Recoleta. There are lots of restaurants and shops and it has a bit of a neighborhood feel. The area is lovely with several parks in proximity to the neighborhood. That said Recoleta is lovely, a bit more high end it appears. We stayed in Loi Suites Recoleta on our first trip and found that we kept gravitating back to the Palmeros. We've also stayed in Palmero Soho and San Telmo. Is this your first visit to BA?

We've only spent an afternoon in Las Canitas and while I liked it, I think its as good a location for sightseeing.

Hopefully a couple of AV other friends who have spent way more time than I in BA will chime in.

Have a great trip--BA is fabulous!

hikerboy Jun 16th, 2011 05:38 AM

Hi Elizabeth_S.

avrooster alerted me to this thread, and asked me to chime in. I am happy to do so.

In February/March, we stayed for 6 weeks in an apartment in Palermo Botánico and we loved the location due to its mix of residential and retail, its many fine restaurants, its proximity to the beautiful parks, and its easy access to transportation.

Las Cañitas is a fine area, a bit further north from Palermo Botánico. There are lots of shops and good restaurants, and it is close to the parks, the polo fields, the horse track and a golf course.

If I were forced to choose, I would pick Palermo Botánico as the more lively, cosmopolitan, interesting and convenient option.

There are several decent short term rental agencies in Bs As that will offer you many more options than VRBO. (Reynolds Propiedades, ByT Argentina, Buenos Aires Habitat). Simply search this Forum or Tripadvisor, or ask for advice --- and be aware that many of us have strong preferences/biases for or against paticular agencies!.

avrooster Jun 16th, 2011 05:46 AM

Elizabeth_S: Just so you don´t get confused and find it more easily on the Internet, it's "Palermo", like the Italian town, not "Palmero".

Furthermore, real estate agents divide Palermo into several different areas, such as: Viejo, Botánico, Soho, Hollywood, etc.

Have a great time in our town.

avrooster Jun 16th, 2011 06:04 AM

As a reminder to hikerboy, JIC he visits this thread again:

Elizabeth_S Jun 16th, 2011 06:05 AM

Thanks all - it's early days for my searching and I plan to check out the other rental agencies as well ... I was just curious about Las Canitas as I was less familiar with it.

This will be our first visit to BA, as part of 8 to 10 weeks in SA (east side of Andes) likely to include Rio, an Amazon cruise of some kind, driving around Argentina and - if there are any last minute deals - an Antarctic cruise.

hikerboy Jun 16th, 2011 06:18 AM

Thanks, AV, I must pick up that thread again!

avrooster Jun 16th, 2011 06:24 AM

I may be getting old and perhaps my memory is failing me, but I believe I heard that song before, hikerboy! LOL!!!

hikerboy Jun 16th, 2011 06:36 AM

Rooster, I'm happy to say that we're both in the same state (or stage)of decline, but that's when those "old" songs sound best!

avrooster Jun 16th, 2011 06:40 AM

I wish I were in your stage of decline, hikerboy!

Do you want to swap? LOL!!!

drdawggy Jun 16th, 2011 12:03 PM

I have been to BA enough times to fill my passport with entry and exit stamps. I have stayed in Recoleta, Palermo Soho, el Centro, and Palermo Botantico...and have visited Las Canitas a couple of times for dinner and bar hopping. Palermo Botanico (boundaries are of this area are sometimes called Palermo Chico, Barrio Norte or Recoleta) is my favorite area, by far, for a longer term visit. The neighborhood has what is referred to as "mucho barrio" or a great sense of neighborhood...lots of restaurants, shops, museums and neighborhood bars with easy access to Recoleta/downtown in one direction and Palermo Soho in the other. Las Canitas, in contrast, is slightly more inconvenient..a bit further removed from downtown.

Elizabeth_S Jun 16th, 2011 12:41 PM

Thanks again - the main reasons I am interested in that particular apartment are the open kitchen and outdoor space - both are absolute requirements for us. Any suggestions for suitable one/two bedrooms apartments in your favourite neighbourhood will be appreciated! Budget - would like to keep it to $2,500/month....but open for higher for the right place. TIA

morewierd Jun 16th, 2011 02:02 PM

There is not much more i can add to this thread. But I'll tell you this: I'm a Palermo Botanico/Chico gal!!!! AND hubby adores the n'hood too. It was just LUCK that our first trip had us renting on Castex/Cavia for 10 the time the 2nd trip rolled around,it felt too much like HOME to change "hoods". We were too happy. Ditto for 6 weeks this year! Salguero y Cervino offers SO much. Great transportation,parks,restaurants,museums,food shopping,walks to Recoleta,Palermo Soho,Palermo Hollywood,Las Canitas,ETC.

Hikerboy & AV: I had a REALLY big b-day last week!!!!! However, I think I have at least 21-27 years to go!!!!

drdawggy Jun 16th, 2011 04:34 PM

An open kitchen is often referred to as a Cocina America or American=style kitchen by rental agencies in Buenos Aires....there are many options available, especially in new or newly renovated properties. More traditional floor plans seem to lean toward a long galley style kitchen that parallels the living/dining area.

Elizabeth_S Jul 5th, 2011 10:24 AM

Here is another apartment that looks lovely - nearer to Botanico (I think) - at the corner of Pacheco de Melo and Callao. It has the open kitchen we require and the outdoor space is stunning, although I do wonder if I'll find it a bit of a sensory deprivation seems odd to me not to have a view of BA if I'm staying there. The apartment I posted above has a lovely open view. (and 2 bedrooms, although we don't plan on visitors)

I'm still looking closer to Botanico but as yet haven't found the combination of open kitchen (not just a little pass thru bar which is often billed as open) and significant outdoor space (not just a little balcony)we want.

Comments about this area/apartment are appreciated.

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