Buenos Aires, Argentina

The capital of Argentina continues to be one of South America’s hottest destinations. Air New Zealand recently announced that direct flights between Auckland and Buenos Aires will begin later this year. While the decreasing value of the Argentine peso ensures that visitors from around the world will keep returning to shop, eat, and tango their way around the city. But the first thing you’ll need—after booking your airfare—is a place to stay. Here are three great hotels in some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods.

Photo: Faena Hotel Buenos Aires
Photo: Faena Hotel Buenos Aires

Puerto Madero is a rapidly changing area along the Río de la Plata. The old dock area has been renovated to include hip restaurants, a beautiful pedestrian suspension bridge, an ecological reserve, and a stunning view of the city’s skyline. It’s also home to the Faena Hotel, a classy hotel with Belle Époque elegance. The 20th-century grain warehouse doesn’t have a reception desk at the entrance. Instead, you’re greeted by your personal concierge and shown to your river view room. Expect soaring ceilings, white leather furniture, red velvet drapes, and hand-embroidered throws. Downstairs, ruby-colored cushions line the pool. Crystal candelabras dot the Library Lounge. Plus, the Rojo Tango show at El Cabaret will prepare you for the dancing you’ll do during the rest of your trip.

Photo: Mio Buenos Aires
Photo: Mio Buenos Aires

Equally chic, but with a more modern design, is Mio Buenos Aires. The wine-themed hotel is owned by a wine-producing family. Enter the hotel through a nearly 20-foot French oak door made of wine barrels. Sip wine in your room; it flows through a tap in the wall. Your room also features an open bathroom, a carved wood bathtub, and plenty of natural light. Argentine art decorates the walls. Black stones fill the spa. Sivela 465 serves seasonal dishes and plenty of Malbec. While the Recoleta Cemetery, museums, art galleries, and designer stores are just steps away in the affluent Recoleta neighborhood.

Photo: Home Hotel Buenos Aires
Photo: Home Hotel Buenos Aires

If you like the Recoleta’s tree-lined streets, you’ll love Home Hotel’s out-of-the-city feeling. The eco-chic hotel’s pool is surrounded by green trees, ferns, and jasmine. Floral loungers dot the lawn. Brunch at the open-air restaurant features Home Bloody Marys with jalapeño-infused vodka and revuelto gramajo, a classic breakfast dish. The spa’s jet lag recovery package, which includes a mineral salt bath and a massage, helps you decompress after a long flight. While the bright rooms—featuring vintage floral wallpaper, Scandinavian furniture, and crisp linens—will make you feel right at, well, home. When you finally decide to start exploring, Palermo Hollywood’s hot nightclubs and restaurants are only steps away.

By now, you’ve booked your flight and selected your hotel. It’s time to start packing. You have a lot of shopping, eating, and dancing to do in Buenos Aires.

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