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!
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Pop culture (city useful information)
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.
Stevie Wonder in concert next December 12th at Velez Sarfield stadium
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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.