Buenos Aires' 10 Best Hotels near the Cruise Port

All visitors to Buenos Aires are looking for a great place to stay, but if you’re arriving or leaving via cruise ship, you can save time too by staying at one of the best hotels located near the cruise port. There are many good choices from the neighborhoods that ring around it like Retiro, Recoleta and Puerto Madero.

Strictly speaking, the closest hotels to the cruise port are about a mile away next to Plaza San Martin. These include options like the Park Hotel Buenos Aires, Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center and Hilton Buenos Aires, who have more local history than their current chain associations might suggest. Then just a few more steps away on Suipacha street is the lovely and eco-friendly Casa Calma Hotel.

Otherwise, consider entrusting your stay to one of Buenos Aires’ better-known luxury hotels; they are a little farther away than the Plaza San Martin hotels, but if your schedule permits, they are worth it. Each one has a different vibe, from the classic Alvear Palace Hotel to the elegant Sofitel Buenos Aires to the modern Faena Hotel + Universe.


Located along the waterfront in Puerto Madero and inaugurated in 2000, Hilton Buenos Aires is a comfortable five-star hotel with a rooftop pool. All the suites have panoramic views of the city, but some of the regular guest rooms have nice views as well. If you are bringing the kids, consider asking for the Barbie or Hot Wheels themed rooms. Otherwise, the hotel is especially good for business travelers, as there is lots of event space onsite and the hotel is close to the city's business districts. Try the breakfast at El Faro, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Other food choices include the pastry shop and wine bar.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Hilton Buenos Aires is a great hotel in Puerto Madero and near the cruise port.

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Melia Recoleta Plaza is a pretty, boutique hotel located in the Recoleta neighborhood and close to Recoleta Cemetery and Libertador Avenue. The lobby is elegant and the medium-sized rooms comfortable. (The style reminds some of Europe and others of California's Wine Country.) Onsite there is a spa and health center, where you'll find a Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, showers and gym equipment. Treatments include massages, facials, reiki and pedicures. When you're hungry, check out the hotel's bistro, jazz club (where they also do the buffet breakfast) and garden café. History buffs should note that Evita Perón once lived in the building in the 1940s.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Located in Recoleta, Melia Recoleta Plaza makes for a relaxing stay in BA.

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Located in Buenos Aires' Recoleta neighborhood, CasaSur Art Hotel is a sleek and sophisticated 36 room hotel. The rooms are modern in both style and amenities, and have dark hardwood floors. All the rooms have iPod docks and mini bars, but the suites have Nespresso machines, wine bars and Jacuzzis on the balcony too. The hotel's gourmet restaurant and bar serves Indian and Mediterranean inspired cuisine. CasaSur Art Hotel's pretty spa includes a Jacuzzi and offers different types of massages. There is an attached gym. But if you need to get some work done, they also have a business center.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: CasaSur Art Hotel is a small but sophisticated hotel in Recoleta.

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Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is a beautiful luxury hotel with large and modern rooms and a sleek and sophisticated style. Befittingly, the original building is a palace dating from 1890. Located near the unforgettable La Recoleta Cemetery, Palacio Duhau was landscaped by Carlos Thays, whose work has influenced much of the Argentine capital's greenery. Today the beautiful garden is one of the hotel's most recognized features; don't forget to have a meal there and enjoy the setting. Otherwise, after the art museums have closed in Buenos Aires, you could have a look at the hotel's own art gallery.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: This beautiful hotel is set in a former 19th century palace.

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Buenos Aires' classic luxury hotel, the Alvear Palace Hotel is grand, elegant and a sure bet for a great stay. The service, cleanliness and attention to detail are what you would expect from a five-star property, but for the best experience, ask for a room on a higher floor or splash out for a suite. The rooms are large, the beds comfortable and the buffet breakfast a delight. But for afternoon tea, The Orangerie is not to be missed. Otherwise, The Cigar Bar is a unique experience. The Alvear Palace Hotel also has a spa, pool and fitness center. Unlike many other luxury hotels, here Wi-Fi is included.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Alvear Palace Hotel is a classic, old world-style luxury hotel in Recoleta.

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Casa Calma Hotel is a tranquil, eco-friendly hotel with a Nordic-leaning aesthetic located near Plaza San Martin. The rooms are big, bright, modern and comfortable, and come with large Jacuzzis and pillow menus. In addition, the suites have saunas in the rooms. The room balconies look onto vine-covered walls. The daily continental breakfast buffet is a good one and includes different healthy options. The staff at Casa Calma Hotel is friendly and includes a 24-hour English-speaking concierge who, among other things, can book you for tango lessons, polo days, soccer games and appointments with a personal trainer and yoga teacher.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Casa Calma Hotel is a centrally located and green-friendly choice.

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The Faena Hotel + Universe is an ultra modern and fun luxury hotel designed by Philippe Starck. From the curtains and carpets to the umbrellas beside the pool, red is the hotel's signature color. Glamorously elegant to some but gaudy to others, you have to experience it for yourself. The hotel is located in Puerto Madero; ask for a room facing the river for a better view and a quieter stay. There are several dining options on site, such as The Library Lounge, a perennial favorite for a cup of tea, and Bistro Sur, for a gourmet dinner set in a gorgeous white room. Otherwise, head to the spectacular spa for a dose of luxurious pampering.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Faena Hotel + Univers is a hip luxury hotel in Puerto Madero.

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Beautiful Hotel Madero is a spacious and contemporary luxury hotel in Buenos Aires. It takes its name as well as its outlook from the Puerto Madero neighborhood where the hotel is located. Hotel Madero exudes a hip vibe, but at the same time is comfortable and welcoming with its well-designed and well-appointed rooms, and relaxing common spaces, like the indoor pool with a view, Jacuzzi, treatment spa, fitness center and pool table area. The hotel has three nice restaurants and bars, but in the summer when the weather's nice the Blue Sky Bar is a special treat with its panoramic views.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Located in Puerto Madero as its name suggests, Hotel Madero is a beautiful place to stay.

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Classy and beautiful inside and out, Sofitel is a luxury hotel that is worth splurging on. The lobby is a grand art deco affair, but the rooms are more modest, decorated in a modern French style with yellow tones. The hotel's more comfortable suites have great views of the city. Don't pass up the hotel's restaurant, Le Sud, for great French fare or La Bibliothéque bar, a good stop for tea or a drink. You can grab a book and curl up by the fireplace. The beautiful indoor pool is also a nice place to relax, or in the hands of the hotel's masseuses.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Sofitel is an elegant luxury hotel located in nearby Recoleta.

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Park Tower Buenos Aires is a large luxury hotel located across from Plaza San Martin and near the Retiro train station. It is one of the closest accommodation options to the cruise port. While it has a busy central location, the hotel is an ocean of calm inside with classic and upscale European-style décor and spacious rooms. One fun option is the choice of a personal butler who, when requested, will come unpack your suitcase, wake you up, bring you coffee or whatever else you ask (within reason). For recreation, the hotel has an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a gym and a spa.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Park Tower Buenos Aires is quite nice and close to the cruise port.

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