As it’s our favourite place to stop off on the way to Patagonia, we thought we’d recommend a couple of hotels and a couple of things to do if you’re planning to visit Buenos Aires on your way down south. Luke and I have stayed at several hotels such as this tango-themed Mansion Dandi Royal hotel in San Telmo with impressive decor throughout. I thought it was cool but it’s not to everyone’s taste and it can be a little bit noisier in the evenings when the tango academy is in full swing on the lower ground floor.
We’ve got some clients going to stay at Casa de las Canitas, which looks like a quiet tranquil spot in the heart of a really fun and leafy part of town: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g312741-d629309-Reviews-Casa_Las_Canitas_Hotel_Boutique-Buenos_Aires_Capital_Federal_District.html or if you want to treat yourselves a bit, there’s Legado Mitico which is a lovely art-themed hotel in the centre of Palermo: http://blog.swoop-patagonia.co.uk/193229-hotel-buenos-aires-legado-mitico-customer-review/
Aside from doing some of the touristy things like going to Plaza de Mayo and the Recoleta cemetery, you should go and take a walk around Puerto Madero, the port which was revamped a couple of years ago. It’s nice in the evening as it’s all lit up and again there are quite a few bars and restaurants. I’d definitely recommend spending time in Palermo, where there are great little boutique shops, fun bars and really nice restaurants with a good atmosphere, perfect for watching the world go by on a balmy Buenos Aires evening. In Palermo Viejo there’s the well known La Cabrera restaurant which is supposed to do some of the best steak in Bueno Aires (and I agree!)
If you would like to book a room at one of the hotels featured, we recommend booking.com as they tend to have the best rates available and they give Swoop a small commission!
Casa Las Canitas
We hope that gives you some food for thought…
There are two airports in Buenos Aires and it can sometimes be a bit confusing to figure out which one you need to go to.
The international airport is called Ministro Pistarini or Ezeiza for short given that it is located 14 miles from the centre of Buenos Aires in an area called Ezeiza Partido. British Airways flies to and from Ezeiza, so if you’re coming to or from London, this is where you’ll be.
For those flying on to Patagonia, you need to head towards the smaller internal airport, Jorge Newberry in the very nice Palermo district of Buenos Aires, about 1.2 miles from the centre.
If you’re doing all this in one day, Aerolineas Argentinas are now offering a free bus service to get you from one to the other.
This is valid for all passengers travelling with the airline internationally, regionally or with a domestic connection. Manuel Tienda Leon is the bus company chosen to provide this service and the conditions are as follows:
- Transfer is valid for those passengers travelling with Aerolineas and on a same day connecting flight.
- Buses run every hour and are free of charge.
- Check in time at Ezeia is 2.5hours before departure whereas check in time at AEP is 1.5 hours before departure, the bus will get you there on time for this.
Find more travel tips and hints on our page Patagonia Guide: Getting there.
Tim and Carla spent their honeymoon in Argentina and Chile mixing Buenos Aires luxury with some great adventures in Patagonia. They’ve been kind enough to share some of their experiences on the Swoop blog. This first one is about a fantastic hotel they used in Buenos Aires called Legado Mitico.
After a long ﬂight from London, the sanctitude of the Legado Mitico hotel was just the tonic we needed. The hotel is located in the trendy, lively and smart Palermo region of BA.
The hotel staff are friendly, helpful and courteous and we were encouraged to relax in the lounge and offered breakfast (not included) after our ﬂight. We stayed at the hotel twice in 3 weeks and had the opportunity to try out 2 different rooms. Each room is beautifully decorated in a latin style, individually tailored to a speciﬁc famous Argentinian person. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and quiet. Each room has its own Wiﬁ source and large bed.
The breakfast covers all options and the fresh fruit and pastries are delicious. The homemade juices and selection of teas and coffee whilst you sit in the relaxing lounge is the perfect way to start the day.
The hotel recommended and booked all of our evening meals and we were never disappointed. The famous La Cabrera is a must and only a short stroll around the corner, which after the portions they serve is a blessing! This smart, relaxing and unpretentious oasis made the perfect setting for the start and end of our fabulous South American adventure.
To check availability and rates at the Legado Mitico either contact us or check here.