The good thing is, Buenos Aires is a city full of temporary rental condominiums. This is great for the tourist because you can rent an apartment for just a week for the price of one night at a hotel. In addition, apartments have full kitchens so you can save money by preparing your own meals. In addition , the apartments are much larger than standart hotel rooms, and you have more privacy then staying in a hotel.
Nevertheless , finding that perfect tourist apartment in Buenos Aires is usually challenging. At first you might be saying to yourself, well as long as previously a bed and it is clean what do I care? Even though that may be true for some people, if you are planning on staying in Buenos Aires for more than a few days you will want to avoid some of the mistakes I have done in the past when renting an apartment there.
After renting various apartment in Buenos Aires I now know what to look for and to avoid. Below are some tips that will help you find that ideal apartment and also your stay in Buenos Aires more enjoyable.
Neighborhood – Make sure you ask exactly where the apartment is located. This might sound weird but many people renting out their apartments market all their apartments as being in the desirable neighborhoods of Recoleta and Palmero when they actually are not. In fact at first glance you might think that those are only the two neighborhoods in Buenos Aires! Although this is just real estate agents and apartment brokers tricky work to falsely expand the borders of the most desired local neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Recoleta and Barrio Norte (these two neighborhoods are usually used to denote the same area, having Barrio Norte being closer to subway stops) is the best shtelter while in Buenos Aires.
Palermo is also nice with neat new restaurants and hip bars, but for me often the barrio still has a way to go before it is as nice and established as Recoleta/Barrio Norte. There is too much graffiti as well as dog crap (watch your step while walking on Palermo sidewalks! ) for me to suggest staying there through Recoleta. While some parts of Palermo can be quite charming it is just too big of a neighborhood to recommend it as a whole. Unless you know the specific location in Palermo is what you are looking for, it is best to stick to Recoleta.
Noise – I read once which Buenos Aires is the noisiest city in the world. After a nights trying to sleep in an apartment on the street side of an busy avenue you will agree. Loud buses and scooters with no mufflers will keep you up at night or upset you during the day if you aren’t careful about your apartment decision. The most important factor is make sure the apartment is not upon the street side of a building. For more quiet you want a loft apartment in the back side of the building or “contrafrente” as it is sometimes listed in spanish. Secondly, it is preferable to be on a coffee traffic street. But , I have stayed in apartments for a busy street before but the building was so substantial and the apartment was so far in the back it was basically very quiet. Finally the higher up the apartment the better, consequently look for an apartment on a high floor. However , I sticked in an apartment once that was on the 11th floor nevertheless it was still very noisy because it was on the street edge. Therefore , the most important factor in having a quiet stay in Buenos Territoires is look for an apartment on the back side of the making.
Rooms – In Argentina a one bedroom apartment is termed a two room apartment. So don’t be shocked after you arrive and the “two room” apartment you rented is absolutely not a two bedroom, but an apartment with a living room as well as a bedroom. Likewise a studio apartment is called a “one room” apartment or “monoambiente” in spanish. Just make sure that you are getting the right number of rooms you want when you rent, as well as ask for a floor plan before you decide to put down that deposit.
Bed(s) – The eyes can be deceiving is what I realized when I rented what I thought was a perfect apartment. My partner and i even went to see the Provident Neora apartment before I decided to purchase it. But I was fooled by the queen sized quilt covering up two single beds pushed together. Currently some people might prefer this if you are two people traveling along and you want your own tiny bed, however there were king sheets on the bed so you would have to ask for two value packs of single sheets and more blankets to have two furniture anyway (which in Argentina may or may not happen). So make sure your check under the covers or ask what the bed blend is before you book the apartment because waking up in the crack produced when the two beds push apart within the night is not a fun experience.