I just returned from a 10-day vacation in Buenos Aires with my husband in which we spent 8 nights at El Jardin de Tango. We originally planned to rent an apartment for a week, but we ended up choosing this guesthouse off of Trip Advisor because of its highly rated owner, Rachel. The reviews proved true, and she turned out to be not only an invaluable resource to us on our first trip to South America but also a kind and caring friend during our stay. Though we expected to stay only a few nights and then travel around Argentina, we ended up staying at Casa Jasmin for our whole trip, save one evening when we took off for an overnight stay in a nearby town. We couldn't have been happier with our experience and would recommend it to anyone!
We had the entire apartment to ourselves for the first four nights, and after that we shared it with two young single people, both of whom were extremely nice. The apartment is very quiet, but If you keep different schedules from the other guests, you might be woken up since they are all pretty close together. The charming rooms were well-maintained and completely equipped with anything you might need. The apartment has a landline and a computer with internet that proved invaluable to us. Each room also has its own cell phone which you can put money on and use throughout your stay...a great idea and so useful! We stayed in the Fantasia room, which had a small balcony that opened up, so that you could get some fresh air. The Lavender room was also quite nice, and it has a balcony that opens up onto a larger, shared terrace, which we ate breakfast on a couple times. Rachel brought breakfast by each evening, and it was always delicious. There were plenty of choices: cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, bread, and sometimes eggs. She also had the kitchenette very well-stocked, full of tea and coffee, so you could fix up something to eat quite easily. We made dinner a few times on the stove-top, and I found that a nice change from eating out. The area of Once is very centrally-located and close to two train lines, and though the streets are a bit littered, I felt that the neighborhood was very safe.
The best part of staying at El Jardin de Tango, though, was Rachel. She attended to our every need and made our trip go smoothly. She arranged for Nico to pick us up at the airport and take us back at the end, and he was also wonderful. Though the guesthouse was full of literature about Buenos Aires and cards and pamphlets from past visitors' recommendations, Rachel spent a lot of time talking to us about what WE wanted to do. She was full of knowledge and was able to help us find all sorts of fun activities and off-the-beaten path treasures. She recommended many days trips for us, and when we chose to go to Tigre, Colonia, and San Antonio de Areco, she wrote out instructions for us on how to get to each and recommended great restaurants. She truly invested herself in our happiness and if our paths didn't cross one day, she's send us an email to check in. We couldn't have asked for a better hostess or a better place to stay while discovering Buenos Aires!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Jardin del Tango has two casas, both close to subtes and buses and within 15 mins walking distance of Obelisco, Recoleta and Abasto. Guest rooms have air conditioning - important in our hot, humid summer. Our rooms are available on a single or double basis, or Casa Jasmin is available for your exclusive use at a special rate. Great for tango dancers, first time visitors to Buenos Aires, international students (especially those who come to learn Spanish), or conferences. ... more less
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