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Ask the concierge.

The Hilton Buenos Aires is one of the largest hotels in the fast-growing Puerto Madero district. The 417-room property centers around a seven-story glass atrium lobby, and it features more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Concierges Charles Budden and Sebastian Blaser offer tips for making the most out of a visit to this bustling city.


What restaurant would you recommend for a professional lunch or dinner?

For restaurants, we can recommend El Mirasol del Puerto for beef, Marcelo for Italian cuisine and Puerto Cristal for seafood. In each of these places, you can enjoy a pleasant atmosphere for business, first-rate cuisine and exceptional service; they are all just a few minutes from our hotel in the Puerto Madero.

I have 24 hours in Buenos Aires. What itinerary would you recommend?

If you have a full day to spend in Buenos Aires, the perfect thing would be to take a tour of the city in order to get an idea of the different neighborhoods, and then go back and explore further what you've seen during the tour. We offer tours every day at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., in Spanish and English, which last three hours. The cost of the tour is $35.

The Recoleta, Palermo and San Telmo districts are usually the most visited.

Can you suggest one or two places to shop?

For shopping, we recommend Cordoba Avenue in the Outlet district. You cross Scalabrini Ortiz Avenue, and you'll find a great variety of retailers selling clothing of every type. Something you cannot miss for sure is to visit a leather factory. There you'll find excellent prices and unbeatable quality. If you'd like to arrange a visit, the factory offers a free shuttle service. Of course, it's very important to make a stop on Florida Street, the commercial heart of the city.

What safety measures do you recommend?

As for security, we recommend that you always leave valuables in the hotel's safety deposit box. It's also important to be careful with how you handle money on the street. If someone tries to help you for whatever reason, we recommend that you don't let them, since this can often be a way to distract you.

I have many meetings in the city. What is the best way to get around?

Travel by taxi is safe, as long as you use radio taxis. Of course, we always recommend taking hotel cars, which guarantees the attention and excellent service that you deserve.

What is the appropriate amount to tip a taxi driver or other driver, and in restaurants?

The tip in restaurants is generally 10 percent, while for taxis it's customary to round up from the amount that appears on the meter at the end of the trip.

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Title Annotation:ON THE ROAD: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA; Hilton Buenos Aires; interview of Charles Budden and Sebastian Blaser
Comment:Ask the concierge.(ON THE ROAD: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA)(Hilton Buenos Aires)(interview of Charles Budden and Sebastian Blaser)
Author:Chestnut, Mark
Publication:Latin Trade
Article Type:Interview
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2012
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