I had read the other reviews and would have been scared off this location. Sounded run-down and in a dangerous location.
We still stayed there because my daughters school has chosen it for the best location and value, and my daughter was staying the night before I arrived. (she's in Argentina for a year for school and has stayed here many times.)
My first trip to Argentina and I have to admit, my first impression was the area was rough. Then I saw the room and thought it small and really beat up.
After a few nights in the hotel, here's my real impression:
- As mentioned in other reviews, there is still some construction in the area and it meant we were at times dropped off half a block away by taxi. Not a problem. If you look around, half of Buenos Aires is under road construction so I don't think this unique. However the area immediately in front of the hotel seems complete and it's actually pretty nice.
- There area does give a first impression of being 'sketchy'. Again, many streets in Buenos Aires to a forgeigner might seem like this. A couple nights there and I was comfortable walking the 2 blocks at night, with my daughter to the shopping areas.
- Lobby staff couldn't be better. Most had good English skills. Very accomodating. Ask them for taxi transfer to airport, local shopping etc... We checked a piece of luggage there for 5 days while we traveled - no problem.
- I never used the "Cambio" guys on the street to exchange dollars. I think they might have given a better rate, but the front desk exchange quickly and a very favourable rate over the gov't rate. I felt safe doing this and believe it was good value. However, just a block away you can exchange dollars with the men and women positioned every 10 feet.
- Lasalle and Florida streets nearby - LOADS of shopping and walking around and near main streets. Galerias Pacifico a short walk away - it's a VERY high end shopping area and good food there too.
Rooms - we traveled to Ushuaia and El Calafate and stayed in 'better' places. But the simple amentieis you look for are the same - mostly lacking (poor tv's., no extra outlets for charging devices -we usually had to unplug a lamp, a bidet that I still don't know how to use!, and if you're lucky only one english speaking channel on the cable).
WiFi was a necessity as I turned off my cell data service. Worked well in all areas of this hotel.
270 pesos for taxi to EZE. I think 200 to the other airport (ARS?). We taxi'd to La Boca and other locations and it was all easy.
All in all I would recommend this hotel again. But you gotta understand you are there for a decent rate and value.
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