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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.

Ensure you have lots of time at Plaza San Martin. Here are the best activities:

Would you like to make your visit a bit more unique? A Deluxe City Tour with Puerto Madero Lunch and a City Highlights Tour are both worth considering.

Check out our Buenos Aires things to do page to find even more activities while you're here.


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Ramada by Wyndham Buenos Aires Centro ¥7,124
Ramada by Wyndham Buenos Aires Centro

Ramada by Wyndham Buenos Aires Centro

Paraguay 857, Buenos Aires
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Retiro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street, Teatro Colon, and Plaza San Martin. Obelisco and Torre de los Ingleses are also within 15 minutes. San Martin Station is only a 5-minute walk and Lavalle Station is 6 minutes.

    Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center ¥17,252
    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 steps from Torre de los Ingleses and Plaza San Martin. Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico are also within 15 minutes. Buenos Aires Retiro Station is only a 4-minute walk and San Martin Station is 8 minutes.

      Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires ¥53,708
      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 1 mi (2 km) of Alvear Art Gallery, Plaza San Martin, and Torre de los Ingleses. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station is 15 minutes by foot and Court Station is 18 minutes.

        Claridge Hotel ¥6,545
        Claridge Hotel

        Claridge Hotel

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

          Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this romantic hotel is steps 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.

          NH City Buenos Aires ¥8,471
          NH City Buenos Aires

          NH City Buenos Aires

          Bolivar 160, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Cabildo, Plaza de Mayo, and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. Casa Rosada and Florida Street are also within 5 minutes. Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cathedral Station is 2 minutes.

            Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires ¥18,333
            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 steps from Plaza San Martin and Torre de los Ingleses. Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico are also within 10 minutes. Buenos Aires Retiro Station is only a 4-minute walk and San Martin Station is 7 minutes.

              Savoy Hotel ¥11,230
              Savoy Hotel

              Savoy Hotel

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

                Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the 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 ¥12,606
                Regal Pacific Buenos Aires

                Regal Pacific Buenos Aires

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

                  Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galerias Pacifico and Florida Street. Centro Cultural Kirchner and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Buenos Aires Cordoba Station is only a 4-minute walk and Leandro N Alem Station is 7 minutes.