Penthouse Accommodation in Buenos Aires, Argentina

New York is my favourite city in the world, especially for shopping, until I discovered Buenos Aires, Argentina earlier this year. The last week of an unbelievable first visit to South America ended with a week in Argentina’s capital.

I took a risk and booked an apartment for a week through a real estate website called Friendly Rentals, paying a small deposit prior to arriving. The apartment looked stunning but you never know till you get there, we’ve all heard the horror stories. Not speaking the lingo can also be a problem and there were a few minor hiccups the day we arrived.

The apartment was in Palermo, an upmarket suburb of Buenos Aires, filled with gorgeous shopping, cafe’s, restaurants and parks, and located about 15 -20 mins taxi to the city central. All the guide books recommended for extended stays to base oneself in Palermo or nearby, and not the centre of the city, because after business hours and weekends the city is deserted. This was great advice.

In a boutique complex, the penthouse apartment was recently renovated and provided 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms over 2 levels. There was plenty of room to unpack and settle in, cook breakfast, get the iPad out and catch up on emails, listen to music over a bottle of Argentinean red or have friends over to enjoy the city vista on the enormous terrace. You could also within a few moments walk, wine & dine at the finest restaurants, cafe’s or wine bars or shop till you dropped at shops that ranged from boutique, one off stores by up and coming designers (very reasonably priced) to the fanciest designer shops (imagine 5th Ave, New York).

I think I shopped 10 hours a day for 7 days straight, in between I ate and drank my way through the best steaks I have ever had and the cheapest, good quality red wine I have ever tasted! Needless to say the clothes I bought at the start of the week were a little tighter at the end of the week!

A repeat visit is a must. It’s completely safe, the Australian dollar is worth 4 times the Argentinean pesos and the leather, clothes and local designers are as stunning as their New York counterparts. When I return I will have a group of friends in tow and I will be going straight to Piaff II apartment or Lodge Porteno, which is a 3 bedroom apartment just around the corner and renovated by the same French owner, Aude Pollet. Both apartments are so stylishly renovated they have individually featured in home styling magazines.

In the meantime I might brush up on my Spanish so I can show off to my friends. See you soon Buenos Aires.

Oh, and with upgrade from Qantas premium economy to business class on the return 14hr flight back to Sydney, my South American trip ended so sweetly!

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