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Vain Boutique Hotel
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   Thames 2226/8 | Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires C1425FIF, Argentina (Palermo)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 444 Hotels in Buenos Aires
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“One of the best boutique hotels around!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Great location, you just a few minutes away from Plaza Italia metro station and it's in the heart of Palermo Soho where you can find all the cafes and restaurants in the city. We didn't have to use the tour bus the next days as navigating through the city is very easy using the subway. The rooms are clean and well kept. They provide you with a lounge in the 3rd floor where you can have free coffee and cake. We stayed for 2 nights when we arrived and we went to Puerto Madryn and El Calafate. When we came back we stayed in Vain again for a night as the last leg of our holiday. They upgraded us to a bigger room free of charge. The breakfast is simple but very delicious. May I mention Pablo who's been very helpful and friendly as well as Gabriela.

More than the hotel itself. I believe it's the people who makes the business very successful! Thank you and keep up the excellent job.

Room Tip: As Argentina is having a currency problem. The hotel can change also your dollar for a better rate t...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BuenosAiresVbh, General Manager at Vain Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear guest,
We really would like to thank you for the message!
It is really nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us - and that you were also able to enjoy this great neighborhood, Palermo.
We look forward to have you here again in a nearby future””
Best regards,
Your VAIN STAFF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

We had an amazing time in this hotel ... From the minute you walk in the hotel, you will feel the warm hospitality of the staff. Pablo was excellent in ensuring that we were well orientated before heading out and looked after our every need. During breakfast, the staff ( forgot her name) was super nice and always had smiles on their face. Besides this, the location was great and a subway ride from everything. The rooms were very clean and had small interesting touches like the daily weather update and fresh flowers.... I highly recommend this hidden gem in the heart of buenos aires

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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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BuenosAiresVbh, General Manager at Vain Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you so much for choosing us as your home in Buenos Aires city!
We really appreciate your +A review about us and the hotel itself.
It is nice to hear that you noticed those small touches left daily in your room.
We look forward to have you here as our guest again in a future visit.

Best regards,
Vain staff"
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We found a decent web-rate, which brought us to the Vain for a three night stay. On the surface, everything looks nice, but look a little closer, and the furniture is showing significant signs of wear. The contemporary furnishings were reminiscent of Ikea and not well-suited for a commercial setting.

Great water pressure from the shower, but not a good seal on the shower door. The first time we used the shower, water flowed from the tile bathroom onto the wood floor in the bedroom. Not fun to clean up loads of water on vacation...we learned quickly to rig the glass shower door shut by throwing a towel over the seal and letting it drape on both sides. Messy, but problem solved! I liked the toiletries they provided - very cute.

My favorite part of the hotel is the rooftop deck. Bring some mosquito spray and your favorite beverages, and enjoy the serene spot! It was observed that we were up there, and management brought snacks to the lounge - a nice touch. Note, that in the mid-afternoons, you can hear shrill-like screams from the little voices playing in the school yard next door. Other than that, we did not get the wow-factor from the staff that others are raving about. In fact, we were often looking for the front desk person, who all seemed to be over-tasked with duties taking them away from the front counter.

For a great rate, I would stay here again. But I wouldn't pay more that $80USD per night for this place.

Room Tip: I would pick a room right by the outdoor lounge entrance. That area seemed very quiet and peaceful.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BuenosAiresVbh, General Manager at Vain Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you so much for choosing us during your visit to the city!
It is really nice to hear that you enjoyed Palermo as well as our lounge-terrace after a long day. Breakfast time is the busiest time of the day, and the recepcionist needs sometimes to give a hand to kitchen, so really sorry if we were not able to assist you at that moment on Front Desk.
Please next time, feel free to inform us if you have problems with the shower. Maintenance will be more than welcome to help you, solving the problem of the shower blind.
We really look forward to have you here as our guest again soon.
Best regards,
Vain Staff!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Great boutique hotel, in a great neighboorhood. Staff is very firendly and the breakfast is delicious with various options.We have been upgraded to the suite, which was a great surprise at our late arrival.Second time in BA, just for a week end in winter time, this was the perfect place. we also recommend the restaurant one block from the hotel (2296 rua thames) : las Pizzaras bistro.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BuenosAiresVbh, General Manager at Vain Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you so much for taking some minutes of your time to write this review!
It is really nice to get a positive feedback about our service, so thank you again.
Yes! Palermo is getting better & better every day -and its restaurants are a must as well as tea time on weekends.
We really look forward to have you here again in a nearby future"
Best regards,
Vain Staff!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

If you want to stay in a friendly, clean, extremely reasonable rates, great location and delicious breakfasts this is the place to be. Service was hands down flawless from the moment you walk in those doors. This was our first time in BA and wanted to start our adventure out right. Roberto and Patricio go above and beyond to help you. Whether that is setting you up with cabs, restaurant recommendations, last minute booking to go on a tour to a ranch or getting you into a tango show 30 mins before! Staying here was extremely enjoyable and know I would stay here again on my return to BA! Thank you thank you!!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 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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BuenosAiresVbh, Manager at Vain Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for your review!
It is really nice to hear that your´Vain experience` was nice. It helps us to keep on improving our service as well as growing as team.
We enjoy to read that you were able to attend a Tango show and get in touch with the gaucho lifestyle, a complete experience.
We look forward to have you as our guest on your next visit to Buenos Aires!
Regards,
VAIN Staff!
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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This hotel was listed on Time Out and we are glad we chose it.
We generally try to avoid chain hotels, and this hotel was exactly what we were looking for. They arranged our pick-up from the airport, and as the driver had a big sign with our names, it was very easy to find him.
As we arrived the hotel a little bit before check-in time, we were greeted with a welcome drink (lovely local Wine!) at the beautiful reading room at the top floor.
The room was very nice and comfortable and very clean. The Wi-Fi (free) worked well at the room and in the common Areas. The staff was always willing to help you in a very fluent English. The breakfast was probably the best I ever had, and allowed us to skip lunch every day.
It is located in the heart of Palermo, in a very safe Area, with restaurants and bars, and the subway is at walking distance.
Unfortunately we live quite far... but would stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BuenosAiresVbh, General Manager at Vain Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Dear guest

First of all, we want to say thank you for your review. It really help us to keep on working every day.
Nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay and our all you can eat menu breakfast.
Long distances, but we would like to have you here as our guest again on your next visit to the city!

Best regards,
Vain Staff!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We found this hotel through Tripadvisor, and we had a great experience.
The service is excellent and the breakfast is delicious.
The room could be small for American standards but it is very reasonable comparing what we have in Europe, and it was very comfortable and clean. There is a great common area at the top floor, with a very nice terrace.
The hotel is a gorgeous refurbished old house, with a mixture of old and new deco, and the size gives you the feeling of being hosted by friends.
The location is great, at walking distance to the subway, and in a very safe area with plenty of restaurants and bars.
We definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BuenosAiresVbh, Manager at Vain Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Dear Mrs Katrina,
We would like to thank you for your nice review about us, the hotel and our lively district!
Looking forward to have you here in a nearby future as our guest again.
Best regards,
Vain Staff
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Address: Thames 2226/8 | Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires C1425FIF, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > Palermo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Buenos Aires
#12 Luxury Hotel in Buenos Aires
#14 Romantic Hotel in Buenos Aires
#33 Family Hotel in Buenos Aires
#39 Business Hotel in Buenos Aires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Vain Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Palermo Viejo neighborhood, only 15 minutes away from the main tourist attractions, VAIN Boutique Hotel gives the possibility of having another alternative to the noisy BA downtown. It preserves the "Porteno" neighborhood feeling, combined with a bohemian and avant-garde mixture that can be sensed in the variety of stores, from fashion designers, antique and design furniture to coffee shops, fashion restaurants and bars, along with the traditional ones. Check in: 1:30PM Check out: 11AM. ... more   less 
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