Getting to and from the airport is fairly simple. The easiest and low-cost way is to use shuttle services such as Manuel Tienda Leon; their shuttles charge an average of AR$ 40-45 and run every 30 minutes. It usually takes about 40 minutes to get to the city’s center. Taxis, on the other hand, are overpriced at AR$ 140 so it is best to avoid them.
If you need to stay near the airport there are some inexpensive hotels that offer comfortable accommodations. One of these hotels is the Finisterra Hotel Boutique Argentino, a 3.5 star hotel in the beautiful Palermo district. Rooms can be booked from USD 95 and offer such amenities as free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable TV, a bar and a rooftop terrace. The hotel will arrange for transportation to and from the airport for a surcharge.
Another hotel is the Migueletes Plaza, a 3 star hotel close to both the University of Buenos Aires and Belgrano. Also located in the Palermo district, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a complimentary breakfast, business center, a kitchenette in every room and an outdoor pool. The hotel also offers shuttle service to and from the airport for a surcharge.
The Vibes Music Hotel is a 3.5 star hotel that offers rooms from USD 85. The hotel has a business center, a restaurant, a bar, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast is provided for a small surcharge.
The lovely district of San Telmo offers many affordable hotel options. The Babel Suites, for example, is a 3.5 star hotel near the Plaza de Mayo, the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and the Casa Rosada. Room rates start at USD 58 and include cable TV and kitchenettes while the hotel has a poolside bar and a rooftop terrace. Airport transportation can be booked for a surcharge.
The Unique Art Madero is a 4 star hotel near Casa Rosada, the Plaza de Mayo, and the Presidente Sarcmiento Frigate Ship Museum. The rooms have air conditioning and free Wi-Fi and, in the evenings, guests can relax on the rooftop terrace. The hotel offers fitness facilities, babysitting and childcare services.
The Patios de San Telmo is a 3.5 star hotel with rooms that start from USD 95. It is situated near the Plaza de Mayo and Plaza de Darego nearby the Obelisco and Casa Rosada. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, cable TV and air conditioning. The hotel also has a restaurant, an outdoor pool and a café; babysitting and childcare services can also be arranged.
Travelers on a budget can also find affordable accommodations in Buenos Aires. The Hotel Victoria is a 2 star hotel in the Palermo district. Rooms are available from only USD 23 and include free Wi-Fi.
Hotel Renia, a 2.5 star hotel, has rooms starting at USD 40 and include free Wi-Fi, cable TV and air conditioning. It is situated near famous sights such as the 9 de Julio Avenue, the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Congress. The hotel has a restaurant and breakfast is offered for a small surcharge.
Hotel Americano is a 2.5 star hotel near the Obelisco and Teatro Colon, it offers rooms that start from USD 41 and include Wi-Fi, cable TV and free breakfast. The hotel will also arrange for transportation to and from the airport for a small surcharge.
Another budget-friendly hotel is the One Plaza; a 2.5 star hotel where rooms start from USD 23 and include Wi-Fi and cable TV. The hotel, which is located near the Teatro Colon and the Obelisco, also has a lovely rooftop terrace.
If you think that hotels, at times, can be a bit impersonal then consider booking an airbnb accommodation. Airbnbs are rooms, apartments or entire houses that can be rented from private individuals. There are plenty of airbnb options available in Buenos Aires and it may be just the perfect alternative to a hotel. Private rooms can be booked for as little as USD 15, apartment rentals on average of USD 50 and houses starting from USD 100.
If you own a smart phone, you can make the most of the plentiful and helpful apps available for Buenos Aires. The offline street map, for example, will help you navigate through the many streets of this metropolis. The map does not require an internet connection and, for a fee of USD 4.99, it is a cheap and convenient method of navigating around this gorgeous city.
Another app is the Buenos Aires Subway Lite which enables users to traverse the subway system of Buenos Aires. This free app provides you with the same information as other cost-based applications.
Travelers whose Spanish is not quite up to scratch can brush up on their vocabulary with the Spanish-English Translation Dictionary app. This app enables users to conjugate verbs in all the differentiated tenses and is also a good way to check translations of certain verbs that you may not know at the time.
Tenedor Libre is an excellent guide to an estimated 2000 restaurants in Buenos Aires. Users can look up the reviews, prices and locations of restaurants, and its GPS function will provide the address of a restaurant nearest your present location.
Finally, the XE Currency Exchange app helps users make sense of the exchange rates. With this free app, you can convert any currency without having to access the internet.
As Buenos Aires is located in the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are exactly the opposite from the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere, so when it is winter in the US, it is summer in Buenos Aires. Also, the city’s close proximity to the sea and the River Plate makes it quite humid in the summer and a little chillier in the winter. For this reason, the spring and autumn seasons are the most popular with tourists because they are neither too hot nor too cold.
Travelers could actually spend weeks in Buenos Aires and still find many things to do. This gorgeous city has something for everyone whether it is just walking around the many beautiful neighborhoods such as San Telmo or La Boca, visiting the many wonderful sights such as the Obelisco, Teatro Colon or the Plaza de Mayo, or enjoying one of the many entertainment venues.
San Telmo is the bohemian district of Buenos Aires and famous for its flea market where you can buy anything from retro advertising signs, antique furniture and old books. It is the perfect place to simply wander around, stop for a coffee, or listen to a local street band. The famous district of La Boca is well known for its colorful houses. First settled by Italian immigrants, this formerly seedy area of Buenos Aires is now the showpiece of the city. Street artists, Maradona impersonators and an array of cafes make this a very lively area. It is also the home to the Boca Juniors Soccer Stadium; a perfect spot to watch a local football derby between the Boca Juniors and their rival team, the River Plates.
When visiting Buenos Aires, meat-eating travelers will find it difficult to resist the tender and savory Argentine steaks. Once you have tried an Argentine steak, you will probably never want to eat anything else again, that's how good the steaks are. There are also many BBQ restaurants in Buenos Aires which are also excellent.
Of course, no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without watching the famous Argentine Tango. Travelers can watch street performances or attend one of the special tango/dinner shows. However, for those who wish to experience real tango without any tourists, be sure to visit one of the city’s many milongas. A milonga is a tango club where locals go to perform this uber-romantic and sexy dance. The protocol is that women sit at a table and the men walk around until they find a woman they want to dance with. A simple nod towards the woman is supposedly enough to convince her to dance with him.
As you can see there are plenty of special Buenos Aires hotel deals so there is no excuse not to book your next holiday to this stunning city. Buenos Aires is such a beautiful place with so many things to do, it will make for an unforgettable holiday.
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