Hotel: Pan Americano
CONTACT NAME: Please address your email or ask for Florencia Gramiak.
Phone: 011-54-11- 4348-5100
Address: Carlos Pelligrini 551 at Corrientes. 1009 Buenos Aires
#: 11/4348-5115. Fax: 11/4348-5250
Credit cards accepted: AE, DC, MC, V
Rate: $162 plus 21% tax includes a buffet breakfast for early risers.
* At 7am breakfast will be served in the US delegation control room (TBA)
Group Block Name: US Forest Delegation
Confirmation: If you do not receive your confirmation number within 3 days of making your reservation, please let the planning team know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Hotel
The Pan Americano is an large hotel, facing both the Obelisco and the Teatro Colon and is located in the Microcentro, downtown area of Buenos Aires. All rooms in both of the hotel’s two towers come with desks, extra side chairs and ample closet space. The hotel’s health club, spa and sauna are located on the top of North Tower. The health club’s restaurant, Kasuga, becomes a sushi bar at night. The two other restaurants, Luciernaga, where breakfast is served and Tomo I, which offers international, Argentine and Italian cuisine, are located in the lobby.
Amenities: 3 restaurants, large health club w/indoor-outdoor pool, spa and sauna, concierge, business center, salon, room service, massage service, babysitting, laundry service, dry cleaning.
In room amenities: A/C, TV, dataport, minibar, coffeemaker, hair dryer, safe
Recommended transport from the airport to the hotel:
- Taxi: $15/$50. Taxis have reservation booths inside the airport. Confirm the price before making the reservation (www.taxiezeiza.com). Do not take a taxi from a person who verbally offers the service inside the airport hall
Other options for transportation from the airport to the hotel:
- Minibus: $26 The Manuel Tienda León Bus Company (11/4314-3636) provides transportation to the center of the city and has reservation booths in the arrival hall. The minibuses depart every hour, are inexpensive and make several stops along the way. Confirm with the operator if your destination is close to their stop. The Manuel Tienda León Bus Company also provides transportation from the city center TO the airport. Go to their main offices at Av. Santa Fe 790 for schedules and routes.
- Remise (car service): $15-45. These are hired drivers, it is recommended that you use this option only if you already have a reservation and the driver is waiting for you.
- Public Transportation: $1.35. If you are not carrying large or heavy luggage and want to spend very little money on transportation, It takes about 1½ hours to get to downtown Buenos Aires. The fare is paid on the bus with coins ONLY, so make sure to have at least $2 in coins. Go to the information booth inside the arrivals hall and ask for the exact location of the bus stop for bus number 86. When getting on the bus you must tell the driver your destination (e.g. Centro or Plaza de Mayo) and put the coins in the ticket machine; wait a few seconds for the machine to print a receipt and to give your change back. Keep the receipt handy because it may be requested during the trip.
Customs: Returning U.S. citizens who have been away for at least 48 hours are allowed to bring back, once every 30 days, $800 worth of merchandise duty-free. You’ll be charged a flat rate of duty on the next $1,000 worth of purchases. Be sure to have your receipts or purchases handy to expedite the declaration process. If you owe duty, you are required to pay on your arrival in the United States, by cash, personal check, or money order. You cannot bring fresh fruits or vegetables back to the United States.
*Please note: Shuttle service will be provided in the morning and in the evening (times TBA) for transportation between the Hotel Pan Americano and the World Forestry Congress venue at La Rural. If you cannot make these shuttles, please see “logistics: Getting around the city.”
Microcentro (where the hotel is located)
Microcentro is the city’s busy downtown core. The Microcentro is home to many hotels, banks, services, etc. The areas defining feature is the pedestrian Calle Florida, which runs from the Avenida de Mayo to Plaza San Martin. At night, check out the sidewalk shows by performance artists.. All subte lines converge in this region and getting around is easy. Low-cost Internet and telephone centers are everywhere too.
To do in Microcentro (see Map below):
- Obelisco- The obelisco is one of the defining monuments of Buenos Aires. It was inaugurated in 1936 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the unsuccessful founding of the city by Pedro de Mendoza. The Obelisco is the focal point of the vista between Plaza de Mayo and diagonal Norte, meant to mimic the vistas found in Paris. When Argentines have something to celebrate, they head to the Obelisco.
Av. 9 de Julio, at Corrientes.
- Paseo Obelisco- This shopping complex and underground pedestrian causeway is worth a short trip. The shops are nothing special-several barber shops, shoe-repair spots, and stores selling cheap clothing and other goods make up the bulk of them. Yet together, with their cohesive old signs, fixtures and furnishings, they look like the setting for a movie in the 1960s.
Subway entrances surrounding the Obelisco, along Av. 9 de Julio.
- Galeria Guemes- This is a sumptuous building, though its modern entrance on Calle Florida would make you think otherwise. Its back entrance on San Martin, however, still retains all of its original glory from its opening in 1915. This is a shopping gallery with a mix of stores without distinction and several kiosks that obscure the views, but look around at the walls and decorations. The building also houses the Piazzolla tango shows, possibly the most beautiful in the city.
Calle Florida 165, at Peron
- Centro Cultural de Borges- There’s plenty of shopping and culture at Galerias Pacifico. Named after Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina’s most important literary figure, you’ll find art galleries, lecture halls, an art cinema and an art bookstore. If you are looking to learn how to tango there’s also the Escuela Argentina de Tango.
Enter through Galerias pacifico or at the corner of Viamonte and San Martin
Dining in Microcentro (these are recommended restaurants, there are many others in the area)
- Dora: Argentine/Seafood-With an inconspicuous exterior, Dora is all about the food. It’s loud, noisy, crazy and chaotic, an odd mix of businesspeople and casually dressed older locals who have probably been coming here for decades. The specialty at this expensive restraint is fish, though a few beef, chicken and pasta dishes are thrown in, too. The “Cazuela” Dora is the specialty- a casserole of fish, shellfish, shrimp and just about everything else the sea has to offer. Naturally, with so much fish, Dora has one of the largest white-wine selections in all of Buenos Aires.
Leandro N. Alem 1016, at Paraguay.
Main courses US$8-US$20, accepts V and U.S. dollars
- Le Sud: French/Mediterranean- the simple elegant cooking style here embraces spices and olive oils from Provence to create delicious entrees, such as stewed rabbit with green pepper and tomatoes, polenta with Parmesan and rosemary, and spinach with lemon ravioli. Le Sud’s dining room offers the same sophistication as its cuisine, a contemporary design with chandeliers and black marble floors, tables of Brazilian rosewood, and large windows overlooking Calle Arroyo. Following dinner, consider a drink in the adjacent wine bar.
Arroyo 841/849 at Suipacha in the Sofitel Hotel
#: 11/4131-0000, reservations recommended
Main courses US$10-US$20, accepted AE, DC, MC, V
- Café Retiro: Argentine/Café- The food is high quality, consistent, and inexpensive. However, the main point of dining here is to enjoy the restored elegance of the original café, which was part of Retiro Station when it was built in 1915. The place had been closed for many years but was restored in 2001 with the help of a government program. An attached art gallery in the hallway outside also has changing exhibitions.
Ramos Meija 1358, at Liberatador
Main courses US$1.50-US$3, No credit cards
- Ligure: French- Painted mirrors look over the long rectangular dinning room, which, since 1933, has drawn ambassadors, artists, and business leaders by day and a more romantic crowd as night. A nautical theme prevails, with fishnets, dock ropes and masts decorating the room. Portions are large and meticulously prepared- an unusual combination for French-inspired cuisine. Seafood options include the Patagonian tooth fish sautéed with butter, prawns and mushrooms or the trout glazed with an almond sauce. If you’re in the mood for beef, the chateaubriand is outstanding and the bife de lomo (filet mignon can be prepared seven different ways).
Juncal 855, at Esmeralda
#: 11/4393-0644, reservations recommended
Main courses US$4-US$6
- Café Tortoni: Café/Argentine- It has been said, you cannot come to Buenos Aires and not visit this important Porteno institution. This historic café has served as the artistic and intellectual capital of Buenos Aires since 1858. Its current location opened in the 1890s when Avenida de Mayo was created as the main thoroughfare of a rich and powerful emerging Buenos Aires. Twice nightly tango shows in a cramped side gallery, where performers often walk through the crowd, are worth a visit.
Av. De Mayo 825, at Esmeralda
#11/4342-4328. Main courses US$2-US$7, accepted AE, DC, MC, V