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Back in BA

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El Salvador 5115 | Palermo, Buenos Aires 1414, Argentina (Formerly Bait International Hostel)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I hate to write a bad review because back in BA was great but one thing really got me! One man on the front desk sick. Coughing & sneezing constantly, the most horrendous noises coming from his mouth, without the courtesy of covering his mouth!! I wasn't going to write this but now I am terribly sick & no doubt... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Back in BA is one of my favorite hostels we have stayed in during our travels across South America. It is not the most modern hostel but it has a well-worn, relaxed vibe. The atmosphere is great and the staff are very pleasant and helpful! The desk is open 24-hours a day so you can come and go as you... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location is good but everything else is terrible! security, bathrooms, cleanliness, people... you name it, it made you want to leave and we did after one night. We've stayed in heaps of run down, fun hostels with a relaxed vibe but this was something else... do not book is all I can recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my sister stayed in a private room ensuite for six nights. We had a problem with the bathroom, because there was a terrible smell coming from the drain, really really awful. But otherwise, we thought the hostel was pretty great. The staff is very friendly, specially Pablo, that always has a big smile on his face. The room... More 

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Swiss Alps, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Back in BA is one of the coolest hostels I've been. It has such a cool and cosy atmosphere. The location in the middle of palermo is great for people who want to go for a good dinner or for those who want to explore the nightlife. The best thing about the hotel is the amazing stuff!!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The beds are basic, everything is quite clean. The staff was very nice, very helpful. The location in Palermo can't be beat, but get a SUBE card and take the busses out to explore the rest of the city as well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

After a 23 hr transit I was greeted with smiling faces and generosity! Facilities are basic however the central space is great for family style dinners and drinks & makes up for it. Buzzing bars & restaurants are moments away. Daily strolls around the cafes were also relaxing and chilled. I tested 3 different areas of BA and this was... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My two friends and I lucked out in booking Back in BA from Australia - IT was out first stop in South America. The hostel was cool and clean. The desk staff were hilarious - Jorge took very good care of us during our stay. The surrounding area, Palermo, is amazing and it is walking distance to La Cabrera, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We stayed in Back in BA for 4 nights. The shared dorm and the private double room were both enjoyable. The place itself is small and relatively quiet, and it's in a great location in Palermo. The staff are probably the best part about this hostel - especially Javier and Jorge, they are both awesome and take very good care... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We stayed in Buenos Aires for 5 nights, so booked 2 nights at Back in BA to make the stay a bit cheaper. Location was great, Palermo district is very safe and beautiful, with lots of bars & restaurants etc. Upon arrival we were met at reception by Jorges who was very helpful & welcoming and then showed to our... More 

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BackinBA, Owner at Back in BA, responded to this review

Well, I'm really glad this guest liked our location and friendly staff. Looking at other reviews those are certainly among our strong points, although other reviewers don't seem to have had the bad experience these guests did. I'm sorry that the cleaning wasn't up to scratch during their stay - I can only assume that the cleaners - and management... More 

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Palermo
Best known as the largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Palermo is divided into different quarters, each with its own unique identity. The high-end quarter is Palermo Chico, characterized by magnificent mansions, regal avenues, and exclusive apartment buildings, and home to the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), a favorite amongst locals. The largest park in the city, the Bosques de Palermo, is Palermo's most famous landmark and a popular destination for nature walks, picnics, rollerblading, and cycling. The scene becomes much trendier in Palermo Soho, a hip area known for its cool cafés and unique design stores, filled with shoppers on weekends; and Palermo Hollywood, renowned for the numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs, which make it the preferred spot for nights out and special occasions.
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