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“Great staff, location and facilities..the only place to stay in BA!” 5 of 5 stars
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Ostinatto Hostel
Calle Chile 680 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great staff, location and facilities..the only place to stay in BA!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012 via mobile

After staying at 2 other hostels in BA, it was a blessing to find Ostinatto and it's staff. They all went out of their way to make sure you enjoyed your stay and the wonderful city. Breakfast was plentiful, the cleaners came through the rooms daily and bathrooms and kitchen were tended to regularly. Ben, Vicky and Juli are legends and were what made us stay and cancel our booking at Art Factory, we didn't want to leave...missing you guys already. This is definitely the place to stay in BA, a good balance of social and chill. Close to lots of transport, supermarkets and the wonderful San Telmo Sunday markets.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OstinattoHostel, Gerente at Ostinatto Hostel, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Hola Karen!
Thank you very much! We also miss you here, so we're waiting for you at any time! So, when that's going to be...?? Come on! Come back!! hahaha
Best regards!

OSTINATTO STAFF!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Brisbane Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights as a starting point for a 6 month trip. Firstly the staff were very friendly and helpful, secondly the architecture of the building was fantastic.The location of this place is also great, close to great restaurants. Only downfall to the interior architecture is that the noise easily echoes and bounces up the hollow center. We had a double room on level 3 which had no ventilation as the top interior window didnt open and the matress was very hard. This place is great if you are looking to party as there is a great little bar downstairs that does a cracking happy hour. Only downfall is that with the parties starting every night at 1:30 am there is no chance getting sleep if your not either passed out drunk yourself or have incredibly good earplugs to cancel out the noise. I am generally not a light sleeper but even with earplugs in it was hard to get some down time. Even a conversation at ground level seemed to resonate up the walls.
Breakfast was good and strong coffee was welcome. They also do a great laundry for 20 pesos.
So in short great place if you dont mind staying up all night till the wee hours, not so good if your looking for some rest and chill out time after a big trip.
Also the price was substantially higher for a double than other hostels we have been to.

Room Tip: Get as high up in the building as you can get!!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OstinattoHostel, Gerente at Ostinatto Hostel, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Hola Josh!
Let me tell you that the bar closes at 1:30am, not more than that, and then at the hostel we shut down the music and ask for silence at midnight. So is not possible to have a party after 1:30 in the morningm we're not a party hostel and we don't want that with all the options of discos that you have in Buenos Aires.
But despite of this we're happy that you like lots of things from our hostel!
We hope see you again here so we can fill up what you think about us.

Best regards!

OSTINATTO STAFF
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

There are loads of great things about this hostel but a couple or irritations, which if they bother you, mean you'd probably get better for your money around the corner. It is amazing old building and the staff are all wonderfully friendly and helpful. I stayed three times across Jan 2012, and kept going back primarily because of the free luggage storage! If you want to be in San Telmo, it's in a good location. It has a decent on-site bar, with a/c, and the breakfast was good. The roof terrrace is lovely, but really the only relaxing area without being in the reception or bar. It is a BIG hostel, so these areas tend to be busy.

The downsides, which may or may not bother you, are that the big central atrium is a stunning feature, but all the dorms are off it and it can make it noisy in the dorms. Worst thing though from my point of view, is that none of the rooms have a/c and many don't even have windows, just above door windows into the atrium. Probably ok for most of the year but in the summer when I was there, the ceiling fans were just inadequate. Bathrooms were also unventilated. Mattresses and pillows a bit old & grubby, but that seems quite normal based on the many places I have now stayed. If you don't mind it being HOT on a hot day, stay here, otherwise you can get a/c other San Telmo hostels for the same money.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OstinattoHostel, Gerente at Ostinatto Hostel, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Hola Helen!
Thanks for your good comments! And about the A/C, we have them on some rooms, but not all of them, the thing is that 8 years ago when we opened the hostel, the summer wasn't what it is now and with the funs were more than fone, nowadays we're going to make an invest and install some A/C (which is not something very cheap amd we're just a hostel...).
But we're always trying to improve, thanks for what you said!

Best regards!

OSTINATTO STAFF
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Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

If you seek a clean, organized and quiet place, close to touristic attractions and good food, Ostinatto is a perfect place. The hostesses are very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OstinattoHostel, Gerente at Ostinatto Hostel, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Hola Larissa!
Thank you very much for what you said, we loved to see comments like this!
All the best!

OSTINATTO STAFF
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

This was the first hostel we visted in our 3 months South America trip, and we were very impressed. We lived in a 8 people dorm, but it was seperated by a wall and just a small entrance so it felt more like a 4 people dorm. The price was 70 pesos, but because we stayed for five night, we got it for 63 a night.

The rooms were clean and so was the kitchen which we used a lot (several times a day!) It had all the necessary equipment and on that front, there is nothing to complain about.

The people there were amazing. We never had a shortage of anyone to talk to and everyone was incredibly nice, including the staff which helped us book a ticket to Iguazu by bus.

There were a lot of activites. We did yoga two times, a free spanish lesson and a free tango lesson. Nice addition to an already awesome hostel!

All in all, I really have nothing to complain about. The location was superb (good neighborhood close to a supermarket and bars), great people for a good price. Go there if you want a chill out from the city life (and partying is definitely also an option!)

Room Tip: 8 people dorms are pretty alright considering the price and feels more like a 8 people dorm.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OstinattoHostel, Gerente at Ostinatto Hostel, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Hola Alexander!

Thanks for what you said! This small things (not for us...) gives us the strenght to keep going as so far.
We hope see you again around the hostel.

Best regards!

OSTINATTO STAFF
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Brussels, Belgium
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

It looks new and it has a sprecial atmosphere. We appreciated our stay. The location is perfect. It is clean, they have a well-equipped kitchen and friendly staff. Free internet. May be too hot in some rooms (no windows). Can be noisy at times. The owner assured us that the party being held was a one-time-only event.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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OstinattoHostel, Gerente at Ostinatto Hostel, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Hola!
We're happy that you appreciated your stayed at Ostinatto. About the party, as the owner said, it was a one time event, sorry if we distourb you, it was a band that played live music and lots of guests wanted to listen more, is difficult to please everyone but anyway we always try to do it.
We hope see you again here!

Best regards!

OSTINATTO STAFF
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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

We loved it here! The thing that really stands out for me is the atmosphere. Everyone here from the cleaners to the people on reception to those who give the classes here (which are free by the way), are all really friendly. They are really helpful and gave us great tips about whats good to do locally. There are a few hostels in the area that give free classes and I cant speal for the quality of other hostels but the free tango and spanish classes here are great. We decided to stay much longer than planned to give learning spanish and tango a proper go.

The hostel itself is really clean, well located in a lovely area (san telmo) and while it is reasonable sized it has a real homely feel. The kitchen, tv and internet facilites are good. There is a bar which cheap drinks. About the only bad thing i could say is that the toilet paper sometimes runs out temporarily.

Overall this is a really great hostel and one of the best that i have ever stayed in especially as its in a city centre. If you come to BA make sure you stay here!!!

Room Tip: stay in the 4 person dorms, stay on the 3rd floor, book early
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Chile 680 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 419 Specialty Lodging in Buenos Aires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique minimal hostel located in the historic neighborhood of San Telmo. Ostinatto is anything but old, but a recycled XX century building that combines an old structure with a fine minimalistic design. All of our rooms are clean and functional with plenty of locker space and new beds. All in all, Ostinatto offers something for everyone; close enough to be near all the action yet far enough to relax away from the bustle of downtown. ... more   less 
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