Are you an apartment or a hotel kind of person? Survey results!

Holiday rentals are something the majority of you have already tried, with 97% of respondents to our survey saying that they have rented an apartment at least once. On delving further, for 40% of you it is a frequent choice, while for 30% is it always the first choice.

People who rented apartments

People who rented apartments

There are two main reasons why you prefer apartments to hotels:  you get more space for less money and, above all, the freedom that they provide. Also, the possibility of experiencing living closer to locals is something that 18.5% of you value as a positive aspect.

Reasons for choosing apartments over hotels

Reasons for choosing apartments over hotels

For you, staying in an apartment is the best option when taking longer trips or when staying with family. It undoubtedly offers a lot of advantages: you have more space, you can ‘make it your own’, and perhaps more importantly, you have total independence to come and go as you please, to stay at home to eat, to take a rest during the day, to rearrange the room etc.

Ideal kind of trips for apartments

Ideal kind of trips for apartments

As one of the tales you gave us recounts, staying in an apartment allows you to plan your meals and to eat healthier as a result: a good idea is to look for a nearby supermarket on the first day and to do a healthy food shop… but then you get hooked on the local food and end up having to give the fresh stuff to neighbours!

Speaking of neighbours, many of your stories tell how living with locals gives you the chance to get to know local customs and traditions, and to even be invited to birthdays and other colourful celebrations.

We have really enjoyed reading your stories about your stays in apartments. Some of them seem incredible; with one apartment stay even demonstrating an adventurous personality being rewarded by fate: years after losing touch with an old flame due to long distance, the apartment rented by our friend for her holiday (we´ll call her Laura) ended up being in the same block as his! They bumped into each other in the lift and… let´s just say all those rooms weren´t needed!

However, there are things that hotels offer that you miss: the daily care, maintenance and cleaning of rooms. We´re continuing to work hard and innovate so that this is no longer a problem! What would you like for us to do to fix it?

[SURVEY] So, are you a hotel or an apartment kind of person?

Hotel or apartment? Both options are very different and each one has its benefits. Where did you have the best stories?  In a private apartment or in the lobby of a hotel? Answer this 5 questions – it won’t take you more than a minute – and let us know: Are you a hotel or an apartment kind of person?

Share your experience with us and you will learn from other´s experiences!

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The Charm of Old San Telmo

Just south of Plaza de Mayo and la Casa Rosada you’ll find the cobblestone streets of San Telmo.  Life moves a little slower in this section of Buenos Aires, especially when compared to the bustling avenues of Palermo or Recoleta.  Fewer cars traverse up and down the small streets and the crowds of tourists or business people that can populate the sidewalks and cafes around central Buenos Aires thin out as you enter this barrio.  As the oldest neighborhood of the city, San Telmo has witnessed countless transitions as Buenos Aires has grown over the years.  The worn grandeur and eclectic architecture of San Telmo’s buildings reflects its long history, a history that has endowed this barrio with a character distinct from any other section of Buenos Aires.

Once the original industrial section of Buenos Aires, the area came to support the city’s growing middle class as well as its aristocratic elites in the 1800s.  These wealthy porteños lived in lavish mansions built alongside structures dating back to the city’s colonial era.  However, the landscape of San Telmo was forever changed when a yellow fever epidemic struck Buenos Aires near the end of the 19th century.  Desperate to escape the disease, the majority of San Telmo’s residents fled their homes and resettled in the northern part of Buenos Aires in what would become Recoleta or Barrio Norte.

In their exodus, the former inhabitants of San Telmo abandoned hundreds of residences and mansions.  A number of these structures were torn down to make parks while others became tenant homes, known as conventillos, that housed the multitude of immigrants flooding into Buenos Aires from Europe during this period.  Within a few years San Telmo had transformed from the well-to-do residential center of Buenos Aires to a crowded multinational immigrant community.  This community would have a major impact on the city as well as porteño culture, building such structures as the Russian Orthodox church, with its iconic onion dome spires, and giving birth to Tango.  Even today most porteños cite the southern barrios of San Telmo and La Boca as the birthplace of their culture.

San Telmo fell into a state of decline as the upper classes of Buenos Aires continued to settle elsewhere in the city.  However, as early as the 1960s a number of local artist began to take an interest in the historic barrio.  The formation of artist guilds during this period paved the way for the recent rejuvenation of San Telmo as the center of Buenos Aires’s arts scene.  Numerous galleries now fill what were once defiled mansions built centuries ago, helping to bring international attention to San Telmo’s thriving contemporary arts.

In addition to the museums, art spaces, and historic churches found within its domain, San Telmo is also know for its weekly fair.  La Feria de San Telmo takes place every Sunday from morning till mid afternoon bringing thousands to wander up and down avenida Defensa, where they admire the wide variety of items for sell.  Known in particular for the rich selection of antiques, the San Telmo fair also features street performers, food vendors, and tango displays ensuring a great time whether you decide to buy anything or not.

Past the end of the fair, near the termination of avenida Defensa, sits Lezama park, one of the open spaces created by the demolitions that took place after the yellow fever epidemic.  Its design was the work of legendary urban planner Carlos Thays–the same designer behind the Botanical Gardens and many of Palermo’s parks. However, like most of San Telmo, Lezama park’s history goes back much further. Most historians agree that it was on one of Lezama’s hills that the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Mendoza first landed in 1536 and founded Buenos Aires.

The rich history of San Telmo can be felt at every turn in this enchanting barrio.

Here at Baires Apartments, we have a number of apartment rentals in the San Telmo area. Please visit the San Telmo link on the side of this page to view our San Telmo apartment listings.

 

 

The Parks of Palermo

Los Bosques de Palermo

The barrio of Palermo is popular for more than just restaurants, chic living, and nightlife.  It also contains the most green space of any barrio in Buenos Aires.  Acres of parks complete with lakes, gardens and even a zoo allow the residents of Palermo to escape the noise and bustle of the big city without leaving their neighborhood.

Sunny afternoons and weekends bring people in droves to the parks, known as Los Bosques de Palermo.  Here they relax in the sun sipping mate, rollerblade or bike along the park’s paved streets, or rent a paddleboat andcruise one of the small lakes.  Palermo’s park system extends from Avenida Santa Fe northeast following Avenida Sarmiento towards Jorge Newbery Airport and the Rio de la Plata river.  The section of parks nearest the airport features a concentration of sport facilities including the Hipodromo, where throughout the year horses race in front of a grandstand built in the late 1800s.  Polo is another passion of Buenos Aires, and Palermo is its proud home in Argentina.  Near the Hipodromo are numerous Polo fields along with a rugby stadium, golf course, and tennis courts.

Parque 3 de Febrero is the largest of the parks.  Completed in 1875 by architect Carlos Thays, its 25 hectors consist of a number of distinct parts including a few lakes, a rose garden (el rosedal) with a beautiful white bridge, Japanese gardens (jardin japones), and a planetarium.  It’s worth taking an afternoon or more to explore this peaceful space.  In fact it may become one of your favorite places to spend a few relaxing hours.

Avenida Sarmiento splits 3 de Febrero in two, and if you follow it South you’ll arrive at Plaza Italia.  Here the intersection of Sarmiento, Avenida Santa Fe and Avenida Las Heras surrounds a large monument of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian general.  At the top of this intersection sits the city zoo, where for only a few pesos you can view Bueno’s Aires collection of animals from around the world.

Jardin Botánico

The botanical gardens lie in between Avenida Santa Fe and Las Heras.  Also designed by Carlos Thays, Jardin Botánico reflects the strong European sentiment that influenced the upper classes of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century.  This love for European styles, particularly the urban design and architecture of 1800s France, can be found throughout Buenos Aires, especially in Jardin Botánico.  Among the park’s ornate greenhouses and meandering garden paths stand 33 works of art placed beside arrays of meticulously maintained flora.  Not surprisingly these sculptors, monuments, and busts mimic important works of European art.  The garden even features separate sections dedicated to the particular gardening styles of Italy and France.

A little quieter than 3 de Febrero, the botanical gardens is the perfect place to read a book or contemplate René Magritte’s theories of art. All of Palermo’s parks are free except for the Jardin Japones, which costs 16 pesos to enter.

If you wish for the thrills of a big city with the peacefulness of nature near by, than Palermo is the place for you.

Visit our website for the latest info on apartment rentals throughout Palermo.

 

An example of one of the Botanical Garden's sculptures

 

 

 

Warm weather is back in town!

Spend a great summertime in Buenos Aires

Apartments and Tourism in Buenos Aires

The summer heat has returned to Buenos Aires!  And with it the streets, bars, parks, and nightlife have sprung back to life with renewed fervor.  The city is packed with tourists and porteños enjoying the summer sun and Buenos Aires’s beautiful sites.  Simply put, this is one of the best times to visit Buenos Aires!

It has already been a busy year with numerous concerts, international events, and festivals.  With the coming summer months, Buenos Aires will reach a peak of activity.

Not surprisingly, the availability of vacation rentals decreases from November to February due to the increase of tourists in the city.  In fact, during the holiday season at the end of December the city reaches close to 100% occupancy, making it extremely difficult to secure a temporary apartment in Buenos Aires.

However, don’t panic.  If you are looking to rent in Buenos Aires during the summertime, you still have time!  Currently we have over 1,500 available apartments from budget to luxury accommodations in the city.

To find your ideal apartment, start by making a search in our site to find the apartment rental in buenos aires .  You can also contact us directly and we’ll do it for you!

Understanding Palermo, Alto Palermo, Palermo Soho, and Palermo Hollywood

Buenos Aires Apartments in Palermo

The first thing we learned as a rental company was the particular preferences travelers had when it came to where to stay.  Of course this makes perfect sense!  Perhaps the most important factor of a vacation is where you want to stay.  And location in turn is critically linked to what you want to do–the best locations bring you closest to the activities you want to do.

An explosion in restaurants, bars, theatres, and clubs, in addition to the beautiful parks and green spaces, has made the barrio of Palermo the top choice among tourists.  And it’s easy to understand why.  It’s near impossible to walk a street of Palermo without finding an exciting new restaurant, bar, or club.

Another reason for Palermo’s popularity is the University of Palermo, which supports a student exchange program that brings thousands of international students into the city every year.  The Palermo nightlife is some of the liveliest in Buenos Aires.

However, look at a map and you’ll notice that the area known as Palermo isn’t simply called Palermo.  In fact Palermo constitutes a number of neighborhoods in the same area:  Palermo, Palermo Alto, Palermo Soho, and Palermo Hollywood.

So exactly what are all these Palermos and where are they?

Palermo, as a whole, is the largest barrio in Buenos Aires.  Belgrano borders it to the north, to the south Recoleta, to east the Rio de la Plata, and to the west are Colegiales and Villa Crespo.  Over 250,000 porteños call Palermo home.

Avenida Santa Fe is the main artery that runs through Palermo, and what is commonly referred to as simply Palermo constitutes the area between Avenida Santa Fe and Avenida del Libertador and between Ave. Bullrich and Ave. Coronel Diaz.  Alto Palermo shopping mall occupies the edge of Santa Fe and Coronel Diaz, near the Palermo’s border with Recoleta and Barrio Norte.  This area is also called Alto Palermo.

The trendy area of Palermo Soho can be found between Santa Fe and Cordoba to the north and south and Scalabrini Ortiz and Juan B. Justo to the east and west.  At the heart of this area lies Plaza Serrano, where a smattering of restaurants and bars surround a small plaza, which on summer nights stirs with diners well into the night.

Continuing northwest, Juan B. Justo marks the change from Palermo Soho to Palermo Hollywood.  In the 1990s a large number of TV and radio producers begin to move into this fashionable area and the name Hollywood arose.

Of course these boundaries are not exact, and many of Palermo’s areas overlap one another.  Our intention is to provide tourists and clients with a better understanding of the city.  Of course this is in addition to offering the best possible accommodations in Buenos Aires.

Check out our selection of apartments for rent in Palermo, Buenos Aires.  We have even grouped apartments in Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood together to make life easier for those new to the areas of the city.

Check our selection of apartments for rent in Palermo Buenos Aires.  We have even provided groupings of apartments in Palermo Soho or apartments in Palermo Hollywood in order to make searching for an apartment in these locations easier.

Buenos Aires Apartment Rental vs Hotels

Vacation rental in Buenos Aires

In prior posts, we discussed the benefits of renting an apartment rather than staying in a hotel while visiting or studying in Buenos Aires.  Some of these benefits included the freedom of living on your own (like a true porteño), saving money by cooking meals in your own kitchen, and the ability to split accommodation costs when traveling with multiple people rather than paying for multiple hotel rooms.

Buenos aires vacation rentals are the preferred choice of both veteran globetrotters and those visiting the port city for the first time.  Fueling this new trend are the myriad advantages, not to mention savings, gained by staying in your own residence.  In some occasions, renters have saved nearly 90% over hotel rates and averaged between 40%-70% savings, depending on the length of their stay and other factors.

Incase these savings aren’t enough to convince you to rent with BAires Apartments, we’ve highlighted what we believe are the prime advantages of renting an apartment while in Buenos Aires.

-A vacation rental gives you the option to cook your own meals.  Rather than spend money and time in a restaurant every time you want to eat, our fully equipped kitchens allow you to cook what you want, when you want it, cutting costs at the same time.  Have breakfast at your apartment while still in your pajamas!

-Vacation rentals are a great option for families and groups traveling together.  When traveling with a number of people, hotel stays require multiple rooms, each at their own price.  An apartment offers ample space for multiple people at one price.

-Renters enjoy greater privacy.  Coming and going from your apartment is a breeze, and you can even invite a few guests over–something never allowed in a hotel.

-With an apartment, you have more than a few square meters of living space; you have your own home.  Living in an apartment provides more space and more comfort than the confines of a hotel room.  After a day of site seeing and excursions, retire to your own residence and relax in comfort.

-Vacation rentals are perfect for longer stays.  If you plan on staying for more than just a few days in Buenos Aires, which is a necessity if you truly wish to explore this amazing city, an apartment will cost much less than most hotels.  And if you plan on staying for months or years, the choice should be clear.

-Apartment rentals offer a range of accommodations that can fit a variety of budgets and needs.  Here at BAires Apartments we have a wide selection from low budget apartment rentals to Buenos Aires luxury apartments, allowing you to choose the option that best fits your needs.

So before your next trip, be sure to consider your particular needs and desires while traveling.  If would like to lower the costs of traveling expenses, increase the comfort and privacy of your stay, and enjoy the freedom of a home away from home, please check out our site BAiresApartments.com

Feel free to leave any comments or questions that come to mind!

Introduction to the Apartment Rental World

Buenos Aires Apartment rental
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Finding the ideal apartment in Buenos Aires can present a challenge. This port city and capital of Argentina is expansive, made up of countless neighborhoods (called Barrios), each filled with restaurants, museums, shopping malls, boutiques, and of course, their own distinctive culture. Whether you’re planning on coming to Buenos Aires for business or pleasure, the location of your stay is an important factor to consider.

BAires Apartments offers fully furnished apartments in the most desired areas of the city including Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo, Las Cañitas or downtown Buenos Aires, as well as others. No matter your reason for visiting, the amenities in every BAires Apartment, which includes television and Internet access, will make your stay a comfortable one.

Apartment living offers many advantages over staying in hotels. Tourists and traveling business people enjoy the increased privacy and independence of living in their own apartment as well as the ability to cook their own meals whenever they please. Whether you plan to visit Buenos Aires for a week or stay for months, the wide range of locations and budgets BAires Apartments offer are sure to fit whatever your needs may be. Relax in your own apartment while exploring or working in one of the world’s premier destinations!

Currently, there are many apartments available for rent in Buenos Aires.

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