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San Martin Square

Relax in a park with a preserved lawn, trees, statues, a war memorial and a tower in the center of the city.

San Martin Square, in central Buenos Aires, is a tranquil refuge with large patches of grass, old trees and wide paths. On one side of the park are elegant buildings. Florida Street, a popular shopping strip, begins at the other entrance. The square is home to a tall 19th-century monument of a former military general and a memorial of the Falklands War. These are among the most recognizable sites in the city.

Walk along the well-maintained grass in the park and admire the colorful flowerbeds. Enjoy a romantic stroll down a path sheltered by overhanging trees. Take the family pet to the fenced-off area provided for dogs.

The Torre Monumental (Monumental Tower) occupies the center of the park. The red-and-white structure has a large clock and spire. It was originally called the Torre de los Ingleses (English Tower) as it was a gift from the English community in Buenos Aires in 1810. However, after the Falklands War in 1982, it was renamed. Inspect the base of the 247-foot (75.3-meter) tower to find symbols of the British Empire, such as the Scottish thistle and the English rose.

Make your way to the memorial to the Falklands War. Be sure to refer to the Falklands Islands as “Las Malvinas” when speaking with locals, as that is the Spanish term for them. 

Find the statue of General San Martin, from whom the park takes its name. French sculptor Louis-Joseph Daumas created the sculpture in the 19th century.

Have a coffee in one of the many cafés and restaurants in the area overlooking the park. Walk down Florida Street and browse the shops, watch tango performers and haggle with vendors in this traffic-free zone. 

San Martin Square is located in the Retiro neighborhood in downtown Buenos Aires. It is at the northern end of Florida Street. Buses from every part of the city regularly take passengers to the city center. Many nearby attractions, such as the affluent Puerto Madero zone and the Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge) are near this plaza’s central location.


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Lodging Near Plaza San Martin

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Alvear Art Hotel – Leading Hotels of the World $189
Alvear Art Hotel – Leading Hotels of the World

Alvear Art Hotel – Leading Hotels of the World

Suipacha 1036, Buenos Aires
     
    4.8
    of 5, from 410 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly 9 de Julio Avenue 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.

    Hilton Buenos Aires $148
    Hilton Buenos Aires

    Hilton Buenos Aires

    Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 705 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Uruguay Ship Museum and Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum. Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      NH Buenos Aires Latino $66
      NH Buenos Aires Latino

      NH Buenos Aires Latino

      Suipacha 309, Buenos Aires
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 219 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gran Rex Theatre and Obelisco. Teatro Colon and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

        Claridge Hotel $60
        Claridge Hotel

        Claridge Hotel

        Tucuman 535, Buenos Aires
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 1,436 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.

          Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center $149
          Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center

          Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center

          San Martin / 1225 1275, Buenos Aires
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 326 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.

            Regal Pacific Buenos Aires $113
            Regal Pacific Buenos Aires

            Regal Pacific Buenos Aires

            25 De Mayo, 764, Buenos Aires
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 895 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.

              Meliá Recoleta Plaza $144
              Meliá Recoleta Plaza

              Meliá Recoleta Plaza

              Posadas 1557, Buenos Aires
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 345 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Buenos Aires hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of San Martin Square, Teatro Colon, and Plaza San Martin. Obelisco and Torre de los Ingleses are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Melia Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center $125
                Melia Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center

                Melia Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center

                Reconquista 945 - Centro, Buenos Aires
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 583 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Retiro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Edificio Kavanagh, Plaza San Martin, and Torre de los Ingleses. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 1 mi (2 km).