My husband and I stayed at "the Raco" for 6 nights. We could not have been treated better at a 5 star... Thanks to Julian, the owner, and Natalie and Virginia on the front desk for helping us with everything. This 1904 charming old hotel is terrific and has been lovingly restored, renovated, and updated. It is away from the usual tourist areas, and we enjoyed it more because of that. It is an ordinary neighbourhood with regular people living and working. There is a beautiful old Basilica just a block away - all restored and gorgeous inside - with a carillon that sounds the hours during the day weekdays, and plays tunes on Sunday.
The neighbourhood is very safe to walk, and the Subte station is 2 1/2 blocks away. We used the Subte for almost everywhere we wanted to go, and the price was 3.50 pesos one way. Cheap!
We had the first room on the main floor. It was very convenient and had no stairs to climb. The room was large enough, with a comfortable queen bed, desk and 2 chairs, 2 bedside tables and lots of shelves. There even was a luggage rack. We had been on a long trip and had 4 suitcases and lots of stuff, but there was plenty of room for everything. Julian brought us a safe into the room for our money and valuables. Safes are not in the room ordinarily, so we had to ask for one. It was quite hot when we were in Buenos Aires with temperatures during the day rising to 30 C, but the air-conditioning unit worked very well and we were comfortable. Also with the A/C running the room was not damp at all.
Unfortunately, the bathroom was a bit small with only a tiny 3" glass shelf under the mirror which was not secured well and leaned forward, so it was impossible to put anything on it without sliding off. There were no other shelves. The toilet top was not flat either, so there was no place to put our toiletries. Oddly there was also a bidet, which took up space that could have been used for something else. But oh well.... we managed.
The shower had no curtain just a Plexiglas partition for about 2' at one end,, so it was impossible to shower without water getting all over the bathroom. There was one hook but it was in the shower stall so we couldn't leave our towels there. No other hooks or shelves were in the bathroom. . And the cleaning lady gave us 2 fresh bath towels, 1 small towel and a bathmat daily - we needed them to replace our wet ones.
The rooms on the upper level looked somewhat larger and had bigger bathrooms, but had the same silly arrangement with no curtain for the shower. However, we managed just fine once we learned NOT to turn the water in the shower on full - just to have a little bit flowing, enough to get our body wet. This reduced the amount of water splashing out into the bathroom and all over the floor somewhat.
We had prepaid the room including the breakfast by Paypal so as to not have to carry mega bucks in $US on our long trip. (As you will discover every hotel and B&B in Argentina requires payment in $US, because their peso is in freefall and who knows what it will be worth next week!)
The included breakfast was juice, yogurt and fruit, toast or bread, butter and jam, and tea or coffee. My husband was told that it was 20 pesos more if he wanted eggs, but he always likes eggs so he ordered scrambled eggs daily. We were also offered a ham and cheese sandwich, but I tried it and didn't care for it. However, the yogurt was great, and some days I ate 2 small containers. Breakfast was served at small tables for 2 in the courtyard.
Others have mentioned Las Violettas restaurant - we were there twice. It was packed with families on Sunday so we had to wait a bit for a table. Sat and Sun they offer their special platters with sandwiches and cakes. Weekdays it is quieter and no problem to get a table.They also have a bakery shop attached where you can buy treats to take away. But we discovered that across from the Basilica around the corner is Don Bosco restaurant - just a local eatery and nothing fancy, but their pizzas are wonderful. We were there twice, and once we ordered in from them also.
Part way through our stay in BsAs we were downtown not far from the Cathedral when I was splattered all over my head, my clothes and my purse with pigeon poop by 2 women who were standing in the street. They were pickpockets. This is a common occurrence in BsAs - by this means of distraction they try to get at tourists' money by rushing over and pretending to help by brushing off the muck. Having been warned about this practice, I knew enough to step away from them quickly, and even though I could barely see through all the splatter on my glasses, I threatened to hit them with my cane! They ran away when my husband came closer. However, I didn't lose anything. We however had to return to the hotel so I could shower and change. This wasted a morning when we could have been sight seeing, and I was very angry about that.
But the hotel washed my clothes and didn't charge us, when I told them what had happened. And into the bargain, I received a nice glass of wine free, and they didn't charge for the eggs that my husband ate when we went to check out.
In conclusion, we would definitely stay here again. Yes, it is a bit farther out, but everything is accessible by Subte, and you will be hard pressed to find a staff more kind and accommodating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new concept in boutique hotel subject, located in the heart of Buenos Aires, Racó de Buenos Aires offers a new vision in luxury and comfort matters when traveling and staying in our city. At only 200 meters from the subway station and only 10 minutes from areas like Palermo, San Telmo, Recoleta and Puerto Madero, our boutique hotel will be your starting point for your activities in the most European city of Argentina. ... more less
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