Book Hotels & Hostels in Argentina Online
Booking your Argentina accommodation in advance online is a good idea to get some peace of mind knowing you have a warm bed waiting for you after a long flight, boat or bus ride.
In smaller towns in the Argentina, some places aren’t open year-round, close for siesta or get overbooked for special events, such as the yearly Gaucho Festival in San Antonio de Areco, which means travelers can show up at a destination and find nobody around or no rooms available.
That is how the owner of this blog ended up sleeping in a nice family’s scary spider-filled garage one night in Cafayate!
Another advantage to booking online is that participating hotels aren’t permitted to charge less in person than what the customer pays online, so you know you are getting the best price.
Additionally, as of 2019, if you purchase accommodation online in Argentina with a credit card, you will receive a refund of the 21% sales tax automatically — win-win!
If you don’t book online, the hotel may include the taxes and you will have to request a refund retroactively on your way out at the airport.
The hotel and hostel metasearch engines we use on this website only have verified reviews (unlike pages such as Trip Advisor, where anyone can leave a review).
This means that you can trust that the customer ratings are by real customers — not friends doing a favor, nor the complaints lodged by the business owners bitter exes.
Using Airbnb in Argentina
‘Slow travelers’ looking to settle in somewhere for a bit may find that Airbnb provides the best value.
The reason is because it is notoriously difficult for foreigners to rent apartments for longer stays in Argentina due to antiquated property laws that require a renter to already have a deed to a local property to secure a lease.
Argentina’s quirky rental laws means that furnished rentals in the normal local market for travelers tend to be overpriced and agents take full advantage by extracting large fees.
Airbnb enables travelers to cut out the middle-man, so that they can rent directly from owners, making the local short-term rental market more competitive and accessible to travelers.
Airbnb allows visitors to ‘live like a local’ and enjoy all the city has to offer. This means visitors can rent a condo with a great view in Palermo for a month that has a gym and pool and do wine tastings and excursions in their free time.
If you’ve never used Airbnb before, use Wander Argentina’s Airbnb link to sign up and get a generous free credit toward your first stay.
Why book online with Booking.com?
Booking.com is another trusted hotel booking engine founded as a start-up in the Nederlands, now part of the Priceline travel group. They work with not only chain hotels, but many smaller family hotels, B&B’s, guest houses and even boats with sleeping facilities.
One of the reasons people like to book with this company is because they don’t have any reservation fees, have great rates, instant confirmation and cancelling reservations is easy.
Also, as noted above you automatically get the 21% VAT tax removed when you book your stay online, so it is worth booking it all in advance.
Hotels Combined is the world’s largest hotel metasearch engine with a great selection of accommodations in South America that includes hotels, resorts, apart-hotels and cabins throughout Argentina. Just like with the other hotel booking engines, you get the 21% VAT tax off if you book online.
Expedia in Argentina
Expedia is a travel fare aggregator and meta search engine that allows travelers to book flights and hotels. It was named to Fortune magazine’s ‘Most Admired Internet company’s’ list, although we’d give it mixed reviews, sometimes the deals are good though.
Hostels & Hospitality Communities
For those on a budget, nothing beats a hostel hopping.
Hostelworld is the world’s largest hostel search engine and pretty much the only option for specifically booking hostels online.
Hotellook, by the creators of budget airlines search engine, Jetrader is a hotel search engine that includes hotels, hostels as well as small apartments and guesthouses that don’t appear in larger search engines.
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