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Plaza de Mayo

Spot historical architecture, witness celebrations and demonstrations, watch interesting people and enjoy free music events at Buenos Aires’ most important square.

Surrounded by historical monuments and the site of political demonstrations and national celebrations, Plaza de Mayo reflects the interesting history of Buenos Aires and Argentina. It was mapped out in 1580 by Juan de Garay during the foundation of the city. Today the square is widely considered to be the most important in Argentina.

Plaza de Mayo takes its name from the 1810 May Revolution, which saw Buenos Aires declare itself independent from Spain, thus instigating the Argentine War of Independence. Check out the centerpiece, Pirámide de Mayo, an obelisk erected in 1811 to honor the first anniversary of independence.

Dominating the square’s east side is the pink 19th-century government house, Casa Rosada. Look for arcaded balconies from where political leaders such as Juan and Eva Perón have addressed the nation. Free guided tours of the building are available on weekends and there’s a small museum with displays of political artifacts, open Wednesday through Sunday. Standing in front of the house is an equestrian statue of General Manuel Belgrano, a significant military leader and the creator of the Argentine flag.

Other notable buildings surrounding the square include the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and the impressive Banco de la Nación building, constructed by revered local architect Alejandro Bustillo. Visit the whitewashed Cabildo (Old City Hall), which has a small museum and hosts an artisan market on Thursdays and Fridays.

One of the most poignant aspects of the square is a weekly vigil held by the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. Every Thursday afternoon since 1977, women wearing white headscarves have come to demonstrate against the disappearance of their children during Argentina’s dictatorship years.

Free live music events are common at Plaza de Mayo and contribute to the celebration of important dates in Argentine history. Most notable are May Revolution Day on May 25 and Independence Day on July 9. You’ll find plenty of benches to sit on, while pondering past events and watching modern city life pass by.

Situated in the Montserrat neighborhood, Plaza de Mayo is a short walk from Buenos Aires’ city center. The square is easily accessible by public buses and the metro.


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Hilton Buenos Aires $150
Hilton Buenos Aires

Hilton Buenos Aires

Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Women's Bridge, Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum, and Centro Cultural Kirchner. Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Buenos Aires Corrientes Station is 7 minutes by foot and Leandro N Alem Station is 11 minutes.

    NH City Buenos Aires $98
    NH City Buenos Aires

    NH City Buenos Aires

    Bolivar 160, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in El Centro, this luxury hotel is steps from Cabildo and Plaza de Mayo. Florida Street and Casa Rosada are also within 5 minutes. Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cathedral Station is 2 minutes.

      NH Buenos Aires Latino $65
      NH Buenos Aires Latino

      NH Buenos Aires Latino

      Suipacha 309, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gran Rex Theatre and Florida Street. Obelisco and Teatro Colon are also within 10 minutes. Diagonal Norte Station and July 9 Station are within a 2-minute walk.

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        Claridge Hotel

        Claridge Hotel

        Tucuman 535, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in El Centro, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galerias Pacifico and Teatro Colon. Centro Cultural Kirchner and Obelisco are also within 15 minutes. Florida Station and Lavalle Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          El Conquistador Hotel $96
          El Conquistador Hotel

          El Conquistador Hotel

          Suipacha 948, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Retiro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street, Teatro Colon, and Galerias Pacifico. La Recova de Posadas and Obelisco are also within 15 minutes. San Martin Station is only a 5-minute walk and Lavalle Station is 8 minutes.

            NH Collection Buenos Aires Centro Histórico $93
            NH Collection Buenos Aires Centro Histórico

            NH Collection Buenos Aires Centro Histórico

            Bolivar, 120, Buenos Aires
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in El Centro, this luxury hotel is steps from Cabildo and Plaza de Mayo. Florida Street and Casa Rosada are also within 5 minutes. Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cathedral Station is 3 minutes.

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              Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

              Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

              Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Patio Bullrich, Recoleta Cultural Center, and Exhibition Center of the City of Buenos Aires. El Ateneo Grand Splendid and Teatro Colon are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station is 15 minutes by foot and Court Station is 18 minutes.

                Ker San Telmo Hotel $54
                Ker San Telmo Hotel

                Ker San Telmo Hotel

                Av. Paseo Colon 455, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Casa Rosada, Women's Bridge, and Plaza Dorrego. Centro Cultural Kirchner and Cafe Tortoni are also within 1 mi (2 km). Plaza de Mayo Station is 7 minutes by foot and Bolivar Station is 10 minutes.