Buenos Aires is a city that I have longed to visit for quite some time now. My husband's parents are from Argentina (but from a different city) and I am constantly hearing about the wonders of the country. For some unknown reason, we haven't ventured there yet, but being the city-loving girl that I am, Buenos Aires appeals to me more than any other Argentine destination.
A beautiful fountain in a city park acts as a refuge for Porteños
The sprawling city is home to tango, soccer, fabulous food, and a vibrant art scene. Affectionately referred to as "the Paris of the South" it is a beautiful and elegant city comprised of wide boulevards, beautiful architecture, and lovely parks. The city and country are very European in comparison to other countries in South America as the great majority of its inhabitants are of Italian, Spanish, or French descent.
El Congreso Nacional
The dollar still goes pretty far in Argentina, so one can indulge in a luxe travel experience more easily than in say, Europe, where the exchange rate is not in our favor. My in-laws are constantly telling me about delicious steak dinners for two accompanied by a nice bottle of wine for about $25 or custom made suits and leather goods that can be bought for very little compared to what they would go for here in the States. Favorable exchange rates aside, I long to visit Buenos Aires for its beauty, the romance that seems to fill the air, and the passion that is so intrinsic to Porteños (people from Buenos Aires are called this because their city is a port). I want to be inspired by the gorgeous architecture, great food and wine, by antiques in the San Telmo market, or by a couple dancing the tango in the streets.
A couple dances the tango in the streets of Buenos Aires
Vintage telephones are among the fantastic finds at the San Telmo Antiques and Junk Market. Seriously, how cool are these?
You've got to love a fruit stand whose produce is as fresh as its hot pink antique, claw-foot tub!
Option #1: Indulge your Inner Bohemian at the Legado Mítico Hotel
A desk and vintage typewriter in one of the suites
Don't despair! Wi-Fi is available on the premises.
The Carlos Gardel-themed Suite
Option #2 For a Glamorous Experience, try the Faena Hotel + Universe Hotel
Option # 3: Grand Splendor at the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt
Option #4: Enjoy Buenos Aires in the most traditional way, at the Estancia Santa Rita.
Which hotel would you choose?
Images via Flickr, Google, Legado Mítico Hotel, Faena Hotel + Universe, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, and Kiwi Collection for Estancia Santa Rita