A wonderful 15-day stay in Buenos Aires – I promised my very hard working agent that I would write a review about him on this forum.
I highly recommend the area where the barrios Balvanera, Palermo and Recoleta meet, which is close to Abasto. It is safe and extremely convenient for sightseeing, transport and general living. I could not swear to this, but everything seemed a bit cheaper in Abasto compared to say Recoleta.
The booking process with BA Stay was easy and I saved a fortune on my holiday because they proactively gave me good information about Buenos Aires before I arrived. I tend to travel sloppily and often read-up on the plane or on arrival. Glad I did not do that this time.
ASK YOUR AGENT:
1. Money exchange
2. Paying rent in pesos
3. Booking internal flights in advance
Bring Euros or Sterling
Bring dollars and pay everything in cash for a substantial saving on spending (-35%)
The ‘’blue rate’’ of exchange, which actually means black market money saved me a fortune and made my holiday much more cost effective in an already cheap Buenos Aires.
Entertainment, food and travel is cheap (not airfares), although anything else like clothes, electrical or imported goods are even more expensive than in Europe – even with the ‘’blue rate’’ of exchange.
The apartment I rented was newly refurbished to a reasonable standard and I have no complaints.
The team at Buenos Aires Stay looked after me throughout my stay.
Phil Sparks, my agent, is well worth emailing if you are travelling to Buenos Aires and want a local perspective from an expats point of view – firstname.lastname@example.org
PS what is the true value of the peso???