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San Martin Square

Relax in a park with a preserved lawn, trees, statues, a war memorial and a tower in the center of the city.

San Martin Square, in central Buenos Aires, is a tranquil refuge with large patches of grass, old trees and wide paths. On one side of the park are elegant buildings. Florida Street, a popular shopping strip, begins at the other entrance. The square is home to a tall 19th-century monument of a former military general and a memorial of the Falklands War. These are among the most recognizable sites in the city.

Walk along the well-maintained grass in the park and admire the colorful flowerbeds. Enjoy a romantic stroll down a path sheltered by overhanging trees. Take the family pet to the fenced-off area provided for dogs.

The Torre Monumental (Monumental Tower) occupies the center of the park. The red-and-white structure has a large clock and spire. It was originally called the Torre de los Ingleses (English Tower) as it was a gift from the English community in Buenos Aires in 1810. However, after the Falklands War in 1982, it was renamed. Inspect the base of the 247-foot (75.3-meter) tower to find symbols of the British Empire, such as the Scottish thistle and the English rose.

Make your way to the memorial to the Falklands War. Be sure to refer to the Falklands Islands as “Las Malvinas” when speaking with locals, as that is the Spanish term for them. 

Find the statue of General San Martin, from whom the park takes its name. French sculptor Louis-Joseph Daumas created the sculpture in the 19th century.

Have a coffee in one of the many cafés and restaurants in the area overlooking the park. Walk down Florida Street and browse the shops, watch tango performers and haggle with vendors in this traffic-free zone. 

San Martin Square is located in the Retiro neighborhood in downtown Buenos Aires. It is at the northern end of Florida Street. Buses from every part of the city regularly take passengers to the city center. Many nearby attractions, such as the affluent Puerto Madero zone and the Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge) are near this plaza’s central location.


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Dolmen Hotel £63
Dolmen Hotel

Dolmen Hotel

Suipacha 1079, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
     
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Located in Retiro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Fe Avenue and Florida Street. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 15 minutes. San Martin Station is only a 3-minute walk and Lavalle Station is 10 minutes.

    Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center £148
    Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center

    Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center

    San Martin / 1225 1275, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      4.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Retiro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Florida Street. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 1 mile (2 km). Buenos Aires Retiro Station is 6 minutes by foot and San Martin Station is 10 minutes.

      Savoy Hotel £71
      Savoy Hotel

      Savoy Hotel

      Av. Callao 181, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
         
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in El Centro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Argentine National Congress, Obelisco and Teatro Colon. Florida Street and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Congress Station and Callao Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Regal Pacific Buenos Aires £90
        Regal Pacific Buenos Aires

        Regal Pacific Buenos Aires

        25 De Mayo, 764, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
           
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Located in El Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galerias Pacifico and Florida Street. Centro Cultural Kirchner and Teatro Colon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Leandro N Alem Station is 8 minutes by foot and Buenos Aires Cordoba Station is 7 minutes.

          Hotel Pulitzer £61
          Hotel Pulitzer

          Hotel Pulitzer

          Maipu 907, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Retiro, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 15 minutes. San Martin Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lavalle Station is 8 minutes.

            Gran Hotel Buenos Aires £33
            Gran Hotel Buenos Aires

            Gran Hotel Buenos Aires

            Marcelo T. De Alvear 767, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
               
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Retiro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street, Plaza San Martin and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 15 minutes. San Martin Station is only a 3-minute walk and Lavalle Station is 8 minutes.

              Claridge Hotel £47
              Claridge Hotel

              Claridge Hotel

              Tucuman 535, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in El Centro, this romantic hotel is steps away from Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Luna Park are also within 10 minutes. Florida Station and Lavalle Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Suipacha Suites £62
                Suipacha Suites

                Suipacha Suites

                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Retiro, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco, Florida Street and Plaza San Martin. Teatro Colon and Galerias Pacifico are also within 15 minutes. San Martin Station is only a 4-minute walk and Buenos Aires Retiro Station is 10 minutes.