City useful information
Argentina’s unit of currency is the peso and the symbol is the same as de US dollar, $. Unless specified, everywhere you see “$” it means pesos. Notes come in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos. One peso equals 100 centavos; coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos, and 1 and 2 peso.
If you receive dirty and hopelessly tattered banknotes do not worry, they will still be accepted everywhere.
Banks and “Casas de Cambio” (foreign-exchange offices) are common in the city center; banks have longer lines and more limited opening hours but may offer better rates. Banks working hours are Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.
You should be very careful when accepting large notes, there are a lot of fake bills running around. Be careful when receiving change in dark nightclubs or taxis.
ATMs (“cajeros automáticos” or “Banelco”) are everywhere in BA and the handiest way to get money. Widely used systems include Cirrus, Plus and Link.
In restaurants it is customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Note that tips can’t be added to credit-card bills, so carry cash for this purpose. Taxi drivers don’t expect tips, but it’s usual to round up to the nearest peso if the difference isn’t much.
Summer runs December to February, fall March to May, winter June to August and spring September to November.
The warmest month is January, with a daily average of 25.1 °C (77.2 °F). Most days see temperatures in the 28 to 31 °C (82 to 88 °F) with nights between 16 to 21 °C (61 to 70 °F).
Winters are temperate. The city is noted for its moderate to heavy fogs during autumn and winter. July is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 10.9 °C (51.6 °F). Cold spells originating from Antarctica occur almost every year, and combined with the high wintertime humidity, conditions in winter may feel much cooler than the measured temperature. Most days peak reach 12 to 17 °C (54 to 63 °F) and drop to 3 to 8 °C (37 to 46 °F) at night.
Spring is very windy and variable: there may be heat waves with temperatures of 35 °C (95 °F) even in early October, as well as periods of much colder weather with highs close to 10 °C (50 °F).
The speech of Buenos Aires abounds with words and phrases from the colorful slang known as “lunfardo”. We do refer to the Spanish language as “Castellano” not “Español”.
Some of the typical “lunfardo” words that you might hear while around the city:
Boliche: disco or night club
Boludo: jerk, asshole. It is used in a friendly fashion, but it is a deep insult to a stranger
Macanudo: great, fabulous
Piola: cool, clever
Re: very, as in “re lindo” (very nice)
Some useful words and phrases:
Por favor: please
(Muchas) gracias: thank you (very much)
¿Hablás inglés?: do you speak English?
No entiendo: I don’t understand
¿Cuánto cuesta?: how much is it?
¿Por qué?: why?
Alfajor: two flat, soft cookies filled with “dulce de leche” and covered in chocolate or meringue.
Asado: famous Argentine barbecue.
Autopista: freeway or motorway
Bandoneón: accordion-like instrument used in tango music
Barras bravas: violent soccer fans, our equivalent to the British hooligans
Barrio: neighborhood of the city
Boliche: a “lunfardo” term for nightclub
Bombilla: silvery straw with built-in filter used for drinking mate
Café cortado: espresso with steamed milk added
Cajero automático: ATM
Canilla libre: all you can drink
Cartoneros: people who pick through garbage looking for recyclables
Casa de cambio: exchange house
Cebador: designated mate server
Chimichurri: spicy marinade for meat, usually made of parsley, garlic, spices and olive oil
Chopp: glass of draft beer
Choripán: “chorizo” sandwich
Conventillo: a tenement that housed immigrants in older neighborhoods of the city
Costanera: seaside or riverside road
Cubiertos: in restaurants, this is the cover charge you pay for utensils use and bread
Dulce de leche: Argentina’s national sweet, found in many desserts and snacks, a type of thick, liquid caramel
Empanada: meat, ham and cheese or vegetable pie
Facturas: pastries, also a receipt
Feria: street fair or market
Fernet o “Fernando”: is a type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit. Typically served with coca-cola.
Heladería: ice-cream shop
Ida y vuelta: round-trip
IVA: “impuesto al valor agregado”, is the value-added tax
Kiosco: small candy Store
Locro: traditional corn and meat stew
Mate: traditional herbal drink
Milonga: tango halls, and the dances held here
Parada: bus stop
Parrilla: a restaurant that specializes in “asados”
Paseaperros: dog walker
Piqueteros: political protestor carrying signs, who often stop traffic while marching in a public place (like Plaza de Mayo)
Porteño/a: inhabitant of Buenos Aires
Rioplatense: describes anything native to the Río de la Plata region
Tenedor libre: an “all you can eat” restaurant
Trucho: bogus, used to describe things that are not what they appear to be
Villa miseria: shanty town
Argentina operates on 220v.Electric plugs are two or three angled flat prongs (as in Australia and New Zealand).
The city’s tap water is potable, though you may get a funny stomach feeling simply because the water is new to your system.
During the summer, and lately almost all year long, mosquitoes abound! So make sure you bring your bug repellent!
Pop up News (feeds)
- August-September 2013
To start your morning, we offer an in-room express breakfast, included in the rates. Tea and coffee facilities and the orange juice for the whole stay will be in your room the first day of your stay. Croissants will be delivered daily at 8am at your door.
Pop culture (city useful information)
When a guest in Pop Hotel asks where they should go if they want to have the best night and musical experience of the city of Buenos Aires, the answer is always the same: Niceto.
For several years this nightclub has managed to be the most indispensable place because of its shows with the most interesting musicians in the scene and for organizing the most diverse theme parties.
These are some of the most interesting shows for the month of November:
Invasion Party (6/11): One of the most innovative and fun dates of Buenos Aires. Invasion is a festival that mixes DJs and live shows. The group Los Coming soon will be the one in charge of making everyone dance.
Snarky Puppy (15/11): This creative band with origins in Texas has some of the most exciting live shows today. Their music, a mix of soul, funk, jazz and hip hop has won them praise from artists like Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Princes and several others.
Explosions in the Sky (16/11): If the instrumental post and space rock had to pick their best representative, it wouldn’t hesitate a moment to choose these guys from Texas who will know Palermo neighborhood for the first time.
Mimi Maura (28/11): This band that knows very well how to mix genres like reggae, salsa and rock are going to present their latest album recorded in Japan called Kiseki.
Tourist Bus Service
In Pop Hotel we believe one of the best ways to know a city as large and diverse as Buenos Aires is walking the streets with a tourist bus service.
The capital of Argentina has many monuments, neighborhoods and historic buildings that it is sometimes difficult to know them and visit them all. That is why it is a great idea for vacationers to hop on one of these buses with a guide to optimize your time in the city.
In winter the first bus leaves at 9:00 pm. and the last at 17:20 pm. In summer the first leaves at 8:40 pm. and the last at 19:00 pm.
The frequency is every 20 min. and the duration of the tour is approximately 3 hours.
Some of the sites and emblematic neighborhoods of the city that are traveled are: Avenida de Mayo, the National Congress, San Telmo neighborhood , Boca Jrs stadium, Puerto Madero, the San Martin Square, Chinatown, Recoleta neighborhood, Colon Theatre and many more places.
To purchase tickets online and to get specific information you should visit www.buenosairesbus.com
A few blocks from Palermo, one of the neighborhoods that are on the tour’s itinerary, Pop Hotel always provides its guests the best options to spend the vacation of your dreams in Buenos Aires.
Guided visits in Teatro Colon (Opera house)
January 2nd to December 30th
Visit the famous Teatro Colon, being part of the guided tour throughout the facilities. In English or Spanish. Duration: 50 minutes. Portuguese and French spoken tours can be requested with a reservation of min. 48 hs. The ticket can be bought by phone or Internet, payable by credit card, debit card or cash at the Ticket Office (Tucuman 1171 – Guided Tours), from 9 am to 5 pm.San Telmo MaketFeria de San Telmo gathers over 250 points of sale fot antiquities and old fashion items. Every Sunday from 10 to 17 hs. Dorrego Square (Humberto Primo st. & Defensa st.)
La bomba de tiempo
Mondays: The musical phenomenon continues on stage in Buenos Aires. La bomba de tiempo is a group of drummers leaded by Santiago Vazquez. Based on improvisation and interaction with audience, every show is unique and unpredictable. Sun from 20 up to 22. On the Konex, Sarmiento 3131
A spectacular show featuring an acrobatic show with live music and the public interaction. Showcase on Centro Cultural Recoleta.
There are several ways to feel the idiosyncrasy of a country under the skin. One of them is knowing and experiencing traditional music and the people who create it and enjoy it.
In the late 19th century, on the banks of the Rio de la Plata, Tango was born, a type of music that is characterized by the nostalgic poetry of its lyrics and the sensuality of its dance. It’s not news that, at this point, it has become a culture known and admired in the entire world.
If you really want to know the city of Buenos Aires and its traditions, then you must go to a typical Milonga.
A Milonga is the place that at night, usually after 24 hours, people come to dance and "live" the Tango. Experienced ones and apprentices are under the same roof to be partakers of this centenary phenomenon.
Of course you can go for a drink and just be a witness to what happens in there or get carried away and engage the music and dancing.
One of the best Milongas in Palermo and its surroundings is El Yeite Tango Club (Av. Cordoba 4175)
It is open Mondays and Thursdays night.
Pop Hotel, in the heart of Buenos Aires and a few blocks from Palermo neighborhood, puts you within minutes of this emblem of the "Buenos Aires" culture.
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Popular reviews (our guests say...)
A group of four of us booked two rooms for 5 nights. Everything was perfect. The rooms are large and clean. The price was good, so we definitely felt like we got out money worth. Beds are comfortable. Hot water cooker and mugs are provided, so we just went to the market a few door down and got some instant coffee for the mornings. There is no breakfast provided or room service, but with all of the cafes and great restaurants near by, I have no complaint about that. The staff was very helpful offering advice and directions as needed. If you are a savvy independent traveler looking for a clean, friendly hotel as home base this hotel will be perfect for you.
Pop Hotel is a worth place to stay in Bs As.
If you are looking for a great place to stay, not so close to downtown, this is your call.
Near to some of the best restaurants you can lunch/dinner, close to outlets (lacost, swatch, etc), close to bakery, etc).
Good room, service and design. All you need in Bs As.
Tip: Have your breakfast walking only 3 streets (calle Aguirre turn right and walk about 1 and 1/2 calles)... A cheap and nice coffee shop (right side of the calle)
PS. If you like this region of Buenos Aires, here is your place !
The hotel was super clean, modern and well tough. It wasn't anything overly fancy but it was just right. What really amazed me was the cast. The people were really nice, smart and helpful. We arrived to early and they managed to give us an early check in witch was really nice. I'll definitely will come back.
If you're in Buenos Aires - Pop Hotel is an excellent choice. My wife and I stay here for our first visit to Buenos Aires because we wanted to be close to the hip Palermo neighborhood and to the downtown area. The hotel is ideally located, closer to Palermo where all the nightlife and restaurants are, but also close to the subway (SUBTE) to make our way downtown. The staff is very nice and I would compare this hotel to the Standard Hotel in on Sunset Blvd. in LA, but newer and a little bit less retro. Neighborhood also has good places to eat, stores and bars.
Chambres modernes et bien équipées. Hôtel très propre. Personnel serviable. Proche d'une station de métro allant dans le centre. Proche de Palermo Soho (quartier avec bars et restaurants branchés). En résuméE: hôtel agréable et assez bon rapport qualité prix.