Wow, what a great city!
I am afraid I didn't keep enough notes to provide a good trip report, so I am going to deposit some notes as they come to me.
First, the safety. We were a group of 11 adults and none of us were ever scammed by counterfeits, taxis, or the splash and grab pick pockets. Of course we were more aware of it due to tripadvisor, but we all felt completely safe, all of the time.
We had two apartments. One in palermo chico, and one in palermo soho. While soho was very eclectic and life with bars and shopping, I think I preferred to stay in chica where we had more of a neighborhood style of coffee shops, grocery stores, etc. Since it cost three dollars to get from one to the other, there was no penalty either way.
One of our party had a great idea that may have been suggested here, but I am going to mention it anyway. He made business cards for everyone in our group, which had our name, the apartment address, cross streets, and telephone number. This was so great to show to a taxi in order to get back home or to the other apartment. Only improvement on that idea, make the cross street names as big as possible. If you can't spell your name in spanish, then showing the laundry lady your name made it easy and quick. It may have even lent a suggestion that you might be in town for more than a week and they could hope to see you again.
We had a Frappe wine store around the corner and those guys really took care of us. Seemed to remember what he had already purchased and always made great selections.
My most amazing surprise was that there is no smoking in the restaurants. I had been to BA many times over ten years ago and I was really trying to brace for the smoke before this trip. What a great surprise! This was such a happy thing, I won't complain about the dog poop.
Most amazing restaurant service. Garbi's. A middle eastern restaurant that also offers a menu libre buffet. Fernando worked with us to make certain that everyone received what they wanted, and more. On sundays they have a 20 percent discount. Sorry BA residents, we way overtipped here.
I am trying to think of something bad. Maybe later.
We went to viejo almacen tango. I think everyone enjoyed the show, of course it is cheesy, but it was still fun and when our other options kept falling through, we just couldn't go home without watching a show. They picked us up and dropped us back off at the hotel, so it couldn't have been easier.
We did both the morning and afternoon free walking tours. During the morning tour it was raining and cold but we still had a good time. I could pass on the afternoon tour in the recoleta area. But, she turned us on to the Bully Bar near the recoleta cemetary. They makde their own beer, happy hour is 6 - 9, and pints of beer are 9 pesos. Service was great.
Ok, I will add more if I think of it. If anyone out there is concerned about taxis, safety, or expenses, please let me put your mind at ease. Be aware of your surroundings and you will be fine. In two words our trip was "Pain Free". Probably due to tripadvisor.