Getting around Buenos Aires
Getting around the city: Buenos Aires is a large, modern city with lots of public transportation options, but walking or renting a bike is really the best way to see the sights.
Buenos Aires’ taxis are everywhere, you can easily recognize them by their black-and-yellow paint jobs. We do recommend that you call a taxi from the hotel, but to get back to the hotel you will have to hail one in the street, so make sure it is a radio taxi. All taxis are metered, and you can ask for a receipt. The fare ticks upwards about every two blocks when the vehicle is moving and if it is not moving, it will tick every two minutes. Drivers do not expect a big tip, but it’s customary to let them keep small change. Taxis looking for passengers will have a red light that says “LIBRE” (free) lit on the upper right corner of their windshield.
Subte (underground or subway)
Buenos Aires’ Subte is the quickest way to get around the city. Bear in mind that it gets extremely hot and crowded during rush hour. It consists of “Líneas” (Lines) A, B, C, D, E and H. The closest stop to Pop Hotel is Malabia station in line B (red).
To get in you have to buy magnetic cards called “subte-pass” that you buy in the “Boleterías” that you will see once you go down the stairs. You do not need coins to buy them, but small change is always appreciated. If you know you will be using the subway more than once, to save time and hassle buy several rides, since really long queues are usually formed.
To get in, you need to put your subte-pass in the slot, take it out and then pass the turnstile. At some stations platforms are on opposite sides, so make sure you know which direction you have to take before going in. Also, you can make as many combinations as you wish just paying for one ride, as long as you don’t leave the subway system.
Trains operate from 5am to (around) 10:30pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to (around) 10pm on Sundays and holidays. Service is frequent on weekdays; on weekends you’ll wait longer.
Buenos Aires’ trains connect the city center to the suburbs and nearby provinces. They are used mostly by commuters and are not that useful for tourists, unless you want to visit Tigre or San Isidro.
BA has a huge bus system, and it is impossible to learn it. You can get a guide called “Guía T” in any newsstand, or check online in pages like www.comoviajo.com or www.xcolectivo.com.ar where you will find full itineraries. Most routes (but not all) run 24 hours.
Bus stops are every 200 mts approximately. They have a black or blue post with the number on it, but don’t be surprised if you see the number stuck into a tree or light post, or no sign at all!
Coins are like gold!! Local buses do not take bills, there is a ticket machine on board that will give you small change. Most rides around town cost ARS 3, so just say “tres pesos por favor” to the bus driver and put your coins in the machine. It is useful to tell the driver the streets of where you want to go, just to double check if you are taking the right bus.
Make sure you know where you are going or take a map with you as the stops are not announced! To request the stop you have to go near the door and ring the bell. You also need to know that you cannot combine buses like you do with the subway, each time you get on one you need to pay a new ride.
To go anywhere in the country by bus, you will have to visit Retiro bus terminal. It is very long, 400 mts, three floors high and has slots for 75 buses.
You can buy a ticket to practically anywhere in Argentina. Advance purchase is not necessary except during peak summer and winter holiday seasons (January, February and July). Please note that no reservations can be made, you will only be able to buy a ticket, and they usually are non-refundable. While in and about Retiro station, remember to keep a very big eye on your bags!
There is a ferry service to and from Colonia and Montevideo in Uruguay. Most of them leave from the Buquebus terminal near Puerto Madero.
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- January-February 2015
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)
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.
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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.