Puerto Madero Buenos Aires is the waterfront neighborhood (barrio) of the city, taking up a significant length of the Rio Plata shoreline and sitting just to the east of the colorful La Boca neighborhood. It is one of the city’s newest neighborhoods. The neighborhoods of the city are its heart, and Puerto Madero is only one of them. La Boca (home of the sultry tango) is the neighborhood known for its vibrant multi-colored houses, and you will find photos of it one many postcards. Head to the neighborhood of Recoleta, where you will find many excellent Buenos Aires hotels and luxury vacation rentals as well as Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron was laid to rest.
The neighborhood of Palermo is the city’s largest and greenest neighborhood, divided up into seven districts that include some of the best of the Buenos Aires destinations, including the Zoological Gardens, MALBA Museum of Latin American Art, and most of the best city museums. Palermo also boasts the city’s largest number of restaurants, shopping venues, and nightlife. Additionally Palermo encompasses the city’s central downtown square, Plaza de Mayo, where you will find the beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires and the Casa Rosada (Pink House) made famous by the beloved former First Lady Eva Peron.
Puerto Madero Hotels
One of the main reasons you would head to Puerto Madero Buenos Aires is its riverside location. While the city’s harbor features prominently in its history, a problem was encountered in the late 19th century. The harbor was not able to accommodate large cargo ships. Consequently, a new port was completed here in 1926. Like many harbors, the area was filled with industrial warehouses, and not exactly inviting. The 1990s saw significant development; warehouses were turned into elegant condos, upscale shops and boutiques, and fine restaurants. Today the barrio is a tourist attraction, and there are many Buenos Aires hotels located here. The district’s flagship hotel is the five-star Buenos Aires Hilton, which opened in 1999. It’s located at Macacha Guemes 351, with wonderful views of the river and the city and within walking distance of most of the city’s main attractions. It offers all the facilities and services you would expect of an international five-star property, including a state-of-the art business center, a number of fine dining options, bars and lounges, and luxuriously furnished rooms and suites. Perhaps the best of the boutique hotels is the Hotel Madero, boasting a health club and spa, elegant bar and lounge, gourmet restaurant, and artfully designed luxury rooms and suites. Some suites offer a full domestic staff, including a personal secretary. It is located at Rosario Vera Penaloza 360, at the end of one of the bridges leading to the Ecological Reserve. There are dozens of other hotels in the area, ranging from four and five-star to designer boutique properties.
Puente de La Mujer
Spanish for “Women’s Bridge,” this striking pedestrian walkway crosses a section of the Rio de la Plata that leads to a small island containing an Ecological Reserve. It was designed by Spanish engineer Santiago Calatrava, and is a cantilever bridge as well as a swing bridge. Its center portion swings open to allow boats to pass. It was completed in 2001, and has the unusual name because a number of streets in the neighborhood have women’s names.
Casino Puerto Madero
Opened in 1999, the Casino Puerto Madero is located in two multi-story boats docked along the river bank a few blocks south of the Hotel Madero. Together, these boats can accommodate 2,500 people and offer 600 gaming machines and almost 100 table games. There is a large restaurant serving Continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and evening dining that lasts to the early hours of the morning. Another floating attraction in Puerto Madero Buenos Aires is the one of the city’s museums, the Museo Fragata Sarmiento, a century-old Navy training vessel. Also here is the Yacht Club and Marina, graced by hundreds of sleek yachts and sailing boats.