Buenos Aires is blessed with a wide array of hotels options, most of which are remarkably affordable compared with other international capitals. But if you are looking to save even more money, or if you just want the creature comforts of a real home, consider renting an apartment during your stay. The options for renting in Buenos Aires run the gamut from cheap, simple, and sparsely decorated apartments to enormous, modern, and luxurious flats.
The city is a mishmash of architectural styles, so it’s not unusual to see a 150-year-old home next to a gleaming 25-story apartment complex that was finished on Tuesday. As a result, some amenities or services are available in some properties, but not in others. Make sure you ask in advance whether the price includes utilities, telephone, and Internet fees.
Travelers in our Forums have much to say about BA apartment rental. Recent threads, including Best neighborhood for us in BA?, Back from BA – observations and apartments, Which neighborhood in Buenos Aires for apt rental ….Recoleta or Palermo, and I love argentina are full of trip-based insight and local knowledge.
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There are many apartment rental agencies in the city, and all of them have Web sites where you can view photos, see a list of each apartment’s amenities, and make a reservation. Many of these agencies also provide concierge service, and will help you arrange an airport pickup.
We recommend the following apartment rental agencies: www.apartmentsba.com; www.bytargentina.com; www.whatsupbuenosaires.com/tourism; www.buenosaireshousing.com; www.alojargentina.com; www.buenosaireshabitat.com; www.waytobaway.com.
Where to Rent
Deciding which neighborhood to rent in should be determined by the types of activities you plan to do during your stay in Buenos Aires.
San Telmo and La Boca: The past is the present. With a few exceptions, most apartments in this area are two or three-story homes that lack modern conveniences. If you’re a tango junkie and looking to soak in the flavor of BA’s yesteryears, then this is the barrio for you.
Advice from the Forums “San Telmo is a place if you are looking for community. The rest of Buenos Aires as I know it was too busy. But I didn’t look very hard. San Telmo took my heart. Go to the Plaza. you might find what your are looking for.” –Gartin (more)
Centro: There are fewer options because much of the downtown area is a commercial district that houses offices and government buildings. However, many one- and two-bedroom
apartments around Plaza San Martin in Retiro are good options if you want to be close to downtown.
Palermo: Fancy new apartment towers abound, matched with private homes and lofts that have been rehabilitated in undyingly cool ways. Because Palermo is the largest barrio in the city, and home to the best restaurants and shopping, it is an ideal location for those who want to try to steer clear of tourists traps downtown.
Advice from the Forums “Palermo is like the Soho/Greenwich Village of BA, but about 20 years ago, very hip, great vibe and easy walking to all sorts of restaurants and stores. We enjoyed this neighborhood a lot (I’m in my early 50’s husband is a bit older).” –owlwoman (more)
Belgrano and Las Canitas: You’ll find much of the same as Palermo, but at cheaper rates. Many stately homes dot this area, and some are available for short- and long-term rentals.
Recoleta Options are varied. This is likely the most-expensive neighborhood to rent in, because of its good location, security, and uppercrust residents.
Advice from the Forums “Recoleta is more centrally located for sightseeing. Palermo is a large neighborhood and really accessible only by taxis. Though taxis are cheap in BA, I would prefer the walking access to different types of shopping, restaurants and nightlife that Recoleta has.” –wayneY (more)
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