I have stayed with the vacation rental company operated by Vicky and her brother Facundo since I started visiting Buenos Aires in 2005. From the start, they made me and my friends feel incredibly welcome, providing a complete rundown of the apartment amenities and also things to see and do in their amazing city.
For each of my subsequent five trips – so far! – there has been no question with which company I will stay. This most recent time was for a celebration of my 40th birthday with me and seven friends from New York City and San Francisco. Each person stayed anywhere from nine to 14 days.
Vicky arranged for each of us to have our own studio apartments in Callao Plaza Suites. This gave everyone privacy, while also allowing us to be close enough together so we could share in all of the celebrations. The pricing was very reasonable, reflecting the “volume” of guests – especially when compared to what a hotel would cost!
The building is in an extremely central location, just blocks from Santa Fe, one of the main shopping corridors. Also, the Callao subte/subway/underground line (D) station is just two blocks away, which made getting around the city very easy. Across the street is a lovely park, with beautiful violet Jacaranda trees in full bloom.
The apartments offer either a park view or a pool view. Those who wish a quieter stay will want to choose the poolside to avoid street noise. Though definitely less spectacular than the park, the view still is nice.
The apartments themselves varied in décor from stylishly modern to simply basic. All were perfectly functional, with enough towels, soaps/shampoos and basic kitchen utensils to get you started. The cleaning service came by each afternoon to ask if you would like the room freshened; towels and sheets were changed once every two days.
The building staff is very cordial and professional, with some downright friendly. I still fondly remember my semi-regular Spanish lessons with Steven, the night doorman, who definitely expanded my somewhat limited knowledge of the language!
To be sure, this is not a hotel – rather, it is more like having your very own home in Buenos Aires. :) With grocery stores just a few blocks away, and a convenience store right on the corner, you can pick up supplies to have breakfast, lunch and snacks in your little apartment. The kitchen features a mini-fridge, stovetop, microwave, toaster and coffee maker. My friends and I took turns “hosting” little parties each night before going out for dinner, which made our time together even more comfortable and enjoyable.
As hosts, I cannot recommend Vicky and her staff highly enough! From Agustín, who deftly handled our reservations, to Pilar, who greeted us warmly and helped coordinate several excursions throughout our stay – everyone was a delight. Any question had an answer, from restaurant suggestions to day trips to nightclubs to sightseeing, etc. Vicky and her team were at our complete disposal with friendly and helpful suggestions.
I have already scheduled my next trip to BA in March and am working with Vicky and Agustín on accommodations. No matter in which of their buildings they choose for me to stay, I know I will be in good hands!
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