Our 2nd trip to Argentina was started in BA Where else?
In San Telmo, a 10 minute walk from Plaza de Mayo along Defensa nestles Babel, a haven of friendliness. We were in BA Jan 06 and stayed in the touristy part of town near Galleria Pacifica, a shopping haven and overpriced reminder of the efforts BA has gone to to draw in Western tourism. This time, we got it right. Staying in a neighbourhood in BA is to have an insight into how a city breathes, lives, eats and laughs. San Telmo invites nothing, demands nothing and having done so delivers a vibe so unusual that one can easily imagine arriving on Monday morning and leaving 20 years later with a knowing smile and a quiet confidence that comes of knowing that life's meaning is to be found in time spent strolling, never running. In Babel this acknowledgement of the importance of getting the pace just right is profound. A welcome at the small reception is assured, a helping hand to the well appointed room is just a wee part of what they do, the old fashioned old key turns noisily in the lock and a large bed faces each door and promises that whatever BA has to offer, Babel has the remedy. Jose, Miguel, Samantha and all the staff take Javier's expert lead in making you feel like a guest in a friend's home. They pour a glass of wine in the way that a friend rewards a hard day's toils. There is craic to be had, a welcome that is familial, a seat at the small bar that is made just for you. When we left the hugs from staff weren't "part of the service"..It was the pain of leaving family. When Miguel posted on Facebook upon our return, it was the proof that we weren't just guests made to feel like family. We were family. Our evenings at the bar, in the gorgeous yard at the back, the knowing reach for a fine wine upon our return from a city stroll... IF you are staying in BA and want to have an intimate, boutique friendly experience, do NOT miss BABEL. 10/10
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- Also Known As:
- Babel Hotel Buenos Aires
- Boutique Hotel Babel