Background: I lived in BA for five years leaving at the end of 1991 and except for a brief visit in January 1994 I haven't been back since. As a foreign service officer with the state department (living all over the world) - I know something about visiting foreign countries. I promised my wife that I would take her to most of the places I have lived (for obvious reasons Almaty, Kazakhstan will not be among them) and BA was chosen as the first.
After searching and reviewing reviews and posts we decided to stay at the Glu Hotel in Palermo Soho - it was definitely the right decision. I knew I wanted to stay in the Palermo area since that area (where I worked for the embassy) and Belgrano (where I once lived) are the areas I knew best (although I am familiar with most areas of the city). I was somewhat hesitant to stay in Palermo Soho because 18 years ago there was no Palermo Soho and in fact what is now palermo Soho was pretty much nothing back then. My, how 18 years has changed Palermo - anyone (no matter their age) should strongly consider staying in Palermo Soho.
First the hotel: the Glu while on the edge of Palermo Soho has the advantage to being next to Palermo Hollywood. The hotel is a small 11 room hotel with service being a 10+. The rooms are big - the staff can't do enough for you - the beds are comfortable - the rooms are quiet - what else would one want? Read the reviews of the hotel and you will be convinced that this hotel ranks among the finest in an area that is flooded with similar type hotels.
Within a six block walk - either through Palermo Soho or Palermo Hollywood - you probably have 25 restaurants that you can't go wrong with - while a few of them would be at the top of anyone's restuarant list like La Cabrera Norte (the sister restaurant of La Cabrera). Restaurants of all types - you could try a different restaurant each day for a few weeks and come up with glowing remarks each day. While everyone's list favors restaurants in Recoleta - Barrio Norte - San telmo ---- I guarantee I can come up with a matching restaurant in Palermo! Shopping: stores galore and you have the discount shops within an 8 block walk and the leather district within a 12 block walk. From the hotel you can take a $2/$3 taxi ride to Recoleta or walk 7 blocks and take the subte to just about anywhere. You are near the Botanical gardens - the Japanese Gardens (a must see) and the zoo (which we didn't go to). If it sounds like I was enthralled with my selection of the Glu Hotel and Palermo Soho - I was!
Crime: where was it? Be cautious and prudent and you won't have any problems. The worst thing I saw was two older gentlemen fighting on the subte because one wouldn't get out of the way to let the other out (avoid the subte during rush hour).
Taxis:: it helps to know Spanish - I say that because if you can converse with the driver about anything - even if they are up to know good they might not view you as a tourist. On the other hand, we flagged taxis all over the place and each driver was courteous and honest.
Portenos: I obviously have experience living among them - things have not changed over the years - for the most part they are wonderful people.
Cost: some people have stated that BA is getting expensive - I didn't think so. When you can go to a high class restaurant like La Cabrera Norte and two people can get ull course dinner with wine for less Than $50 - cost is very reasonable. Hotels are the most expensive part of your trip - food and incidentals will even everything out.
Other observations: the drivers are just as bad as always - Ezeiza is beautiful with it's new departing lounge (a 100% improvement over 20 years ago) - Florida and San Telmo are fun places to go (especially if you have never done so).
I probably forgot to say something since I didn't write notes and was depending on my memory - but bottom Line: it's the BA I remember and it's the BA I will never forget.