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  • qc 205 posts

    Thank you @JDB – I did wonder as the NH hotels I found are nowhere near the PH.

    Anyway based on your observations about Palermo we won’t stay there again although where the Glu hotel was it seemed fine. We’ll look primarily at Recoleta.

    Biki 117 posts

    I’ve just returned from my trip and stayed at Home hotel in Palermo for the first few nights. It’s a little independant hotel which is walkable, but isn’t too close to the noisy bars. I stayed there for the last few days before the devaluation, so 3 nights were 700 USD, working out at just over £200 total at the time. Has a small pool to get some afternoon sun too.

    For my last couple of nights we stayed at the Sofitel in Recoleta, just down from the PH. Rooms are a little tired, but perfectly fine and decent enough location. The reception area and bar look a bit fresher. We were out most of the time, so was perfectly fine for us and a much better rate than PH etc that it’s near.

    qc 205 posts

    Thank you @Biki – the hotel looks lovely but unfortunately they don’t have availability for our dates but even if they did we couldn’t afford it as 3 nights now cost £1,185 (includes tax) for 3 night two days later than our dates!

    That perfectly illustrates what’s happening with hotel rates there at the moment although that’s the most extreme difference I’ve found.

    JDB 4,360 posts

    @Biki – glad you had a good time. We used to do Recoleta or Palermo for a few days on arrival and the other on departure, but now just drop by Palermo to eat and have a wander. As Palermo has got so touristy, nearby areas like Villa Crespo, Belgrano and Chacarita are much more interesting and typical of Buenos Aires. PS I’m not surprised Sofitel rates are “better” than PH as they really aren’t comparable!

    JDB 4,360 posts

    Thank you @Biki – the hotel looks lovely but unfortunately they don’t have availability for our dates but even if they did we couldn’t afford it as 3 nights now cost £1,185 (includes tax) for 3 night two days later than our dates!

    That perfectly illustrates what’s happening with hotel rates there at the moment although that’s the most extreme difference I’ve found.


    @qc
    – I’m not sure when you are booking for, but it sounds as though you are maybe booking quite late in the day which is why you are saying prices have doubled. We booked our trip for next month back in March last year and if I look now, the prices have increased significantly, but the prices are, to the dollar, exactly the same as they were ten months ago for next (Argentinian) summer/autumn. Last summer was still relatively quiet by historic standards but this year is incredibly busy, so prices are high.

    Biki 117 posts

    @Biki – glad you had a good time. We used to do Recoleta or Palermo for a few days on arrival and the other on departure, but now just drop by Palermo to eat and have a wander. As Palermo has got so touristy, nearby areas like Villa Crespo, Belgrano and Chacarita are much more interesting and typical of Buenos Aires. PS I’m not surprised Sofitel rates are “better” than PH as they really aren’t comparable!

    Thanks @JDB, and for all your help before the trip too! Yes, I think I would just visit Palermo rather than visit it next time, but was nice to be up that way for a few days when a newbie.

    Absolutely agree about the Sofitel not being coparible with the PH. We looked at staying at the PH but it was 1,100 USD a night, and knowing that we would be out and about most of the time we thought that our money would be best saved for other things.

    qc 205 posts

    Thank you @Biki – the hotel looks lovely but unfortunately they don’t have availability for our dates but even if they did we couldn’t afford it as 3 nights now cost £1,185 (includes tax) for 3 night two days later than our dates!

    That perfectly illustrates what’s happening with hotel rates there at the moment although that’s the most extreme difference I’ve found.



    @qc
    – I’m not sure when you are booking for, but it sounds as though you are maybe booking quite late in the day which is why you are saying prices have doubled. We booked our trip for next month back in March last year and if I look now, the prices have increased significantly, but the prices are, to the dollar, exactly the same as they were ten months ago for next (Argentinian) summer/autumn. Last summer was still relatively quiet by historic standards but this year is incredibly busy, so prices are high.

    Yes we are booking late (last week in Jan!) in the day but looking at Booking.com when I filter to Palermo, Recoleto and review rating 9+ there is a lot of availability in fact only two properties are sold out so I don’t know if people have cancelled or just not booked because of the uncertainty. Hotels are continuing to charge the same in dollars which of course when converted me and they’re charging double.

    Apartments are still good value but we usually stay in boutique hotels when not staying in chain hotels like the IC.

    Prices in Chile have remained good value for travellers – last time we stayed at the IC, The Oriental and a boutique in Lastarria. The Singular hotel there is cheaper than much lesser hotels in similar areas in BsAs.

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