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Downtown - San Martin Square

This area plays many roles in Buenos Aires, from financial district and political hub, to tourist center and shopping precinct.

The Downtown area includes a number of neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. The CBD is to the northwest, San Martin Square and Retiro to the north, and the port to the east and northeast. Right in the middle lies Argentina’s political hub, Plaza de Mayo. You’ll find historic buildings throughout the area, and if you hunt a little further, the best shopping and dining in the city.

Start your day at the Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada, the extravagant pink building that houses the office of the President of Argentina. The two historic sites are on the site of the revolution that led to the independence from Spain in 1810.

Stroll along the wide, tree-lined avenues to the west and head north towards Florida Street, one of the two large pedestrian shopping streets in the area. The other, Lavelle Street, crosses Florida further north. Shop at the local boutiques or international department stores along Florida Street or grab a bite to eat along Lavelle.

A nice spot to rest is San Martin Square at the northern edge of downtown, where you’ll find open spaces and plenty of shade. Stroll along the memorial to those lost during the Falklands War, or snap a picture underneath the old clock tower.

Walk along the water’s edge and enjoy afternoon tea at one of the local coffee shops. Cross the Puente de la Mujer, or Women’s Bridge, for a sunset photo looking back across the city.

Once the sun goes down, enjoy a meal in one of the excellent restaurants to be found in neighborhoods such as Puerto Madero, Palermo, Belgrano or Recoleta. Accompany your meal with an Argentine malbec, the country’s most famous red wine. 

Downtown and San Martin Square is accessible from the A, B, C, D and E lines of the metro. Be careful when walking through San Martin Square at night as there have been incidences of crime here.

Guide to Exploring El Centro

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Savoy Hotel

Savoy Hotel

Av. Callao 181, Buenos Aires
of 5, from 325 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Buenos Aires, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Martin Cultural Center, Obelisco, and Teatro Colon. Argentine National Congress and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Claridge Hotel

Claridge Hotel

Tucuman 535, Buenos Aires
of 5, from 466 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This white-columned hotel is in the heart of the Buenos Aires' central business district, a half-block from the vibrant Calle Florida pedestrian-only shopping street and 5 blocks from Puerto Madero.

Regal Pacific Buenos Aires

Regal Pacific Buenos Aires

25 De Mayo, 764, Buenos Aires
of 5, from 353 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Regal Pacific Buenos Aires is a 5-minute walk from the gleaming high-rises and posh steakhouses lining the Puerto Madero waterfront. Guests can shop for tango memorabilia on pedestrianized Florida Street, a 5-minute walk from the hotel, or take a 6-minute cab ride to historic Plaza de Mayo.

Alvear Art Hotel

Alvear Art Hotel

Suipacha 1036, Buenos Aires
of 5, from 131 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Buenos Aires hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco, Teatro Colon, and Plaza San Martin. Obelisco and Torre de los Ingleses are also within 15 minutes.

Novotel Buenos Aires

Novotel Buenos Aires

Avenida Corrientes 1334, Buenos Aires
of 5, from 53 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Buenos Aires hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Obelisco and Teatro Colon. Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center

Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center

San Martin / 1225 1275, Buenos Aires
of 5, from 71 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Sheraton hotel in downtown Buenos Aires overlooks Plaza San Martin and is surrounded by shopping, business, and nightlife districts.

Panamericano Buenos Aires Hotel

Panamericano Buenos Aires Hotel

Av Carlos Pellegrini 551, Buenos Aires
of 5, from 47 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in 9 de Julio Avenue, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Colon and Obelisco. Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada are also within 1 mi (2 km).