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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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Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Patio Bullrich, Recoleta Cultural Center, and Exhibition Center of the City of Buenos Aires. El Ateneo Grand Splendid and Teatro Colon are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station is 15 minutes by foot and Court Station is 18 minutes.

    Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires ¥18,817
    Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires

    Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires

    Avenida Leandro N Alem 1193, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Retiro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Galerias Pacifico. Centro Cultural Kirchner and Teatro Colon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Buenos Aires Retiro Station is only a 4-minute walk and San Martin Station is 7 minutes.

      Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center ¥10,714
      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 Stars

        Located in Retiro, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Galerias Pacifico. Centro Cultural Kirchner and Teatro Colon are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station is 8 minutes by foot and Buenos Aires Retiro Station is 5 minutes.

        Palacio Paz Hotel ¥12,286
        Palacio Paz Hotel

        Palacio Paz Hotel

        Santa Fe 760, Buenos Aires, CABA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Retiro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Florida Street. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station is only a 3-minute walk and Buenos Aires Retiro Station is 5 minutes.

          Flaat Basavilbaso
          Flaat Basavilbaso

          Flaat Basavilbaso

          Basavilbaso 1350, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Retiro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Florida Street. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station and Buenos Aires Retiro Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Boutique Apartments BA ¥2,225
            Boutique Apartments BA

            Boutique Apartments BA

            933 Esmeralda, Buenos Aires, CABA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Retiro, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street, Teatro Colon, and Galerias Pacifico. Obelisco and Plaza San Martin are also within 15 minutes. San Martin Station is only a 3-minute walk and Lavalle Station is 6 minutes.

              Top Rentals ¥5,186
              Top Rentals

              Top Rentals

              Esmeralda 920, Buenos Aires
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Retiro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street, Teatro Colon, and Galerias Pacifico. Obelisco and Plaza San Martin are also within 15 minutes. San Martin Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lavalle Station is 6 minutes.

                Carles Hotel Buenos Aires
                Carles Hotel Buenos Aires

                Carles Hotel Buenos Aires

                Juncal 798, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Retiro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Florida Street. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station is only a 4-minute walk and Buenos Aires Retiro Station is 5 minutes.