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Review of El Sol de San Telmo

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El Sol de San Telmo
Ranked #148 of 273 Buenos Aires B&B and Inns
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20 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“dont stay here”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2011

it was a horrible place to stay. right on the bus line, noisey all night. the kitchen is ajoke. all together an unpleasant expericnce. booked a month, left after a week.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank tangogirlsedonaaz
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Muenster, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2011

My name is Linda. I am from Germany and it is the fifth time I am in Buenos Aires - of course in my favorite accommodation: El sol de San Telmo. I can not imagine to live at another place as in El Sol de San Telmo. The owner is such a nice and helpful person even all people (guests) you meet in this house. We always get the same room, great, clean and with a private bathroom. You can walk to Plaza Dorrego in 2 minutes, to the new harbour in 15 minutes and to Plaza de Mayo in 25 minutes. Or you can go by bus. There are a lot of busses just one block from here and also the subte (metro). And at least, I love it to spent an hour in the morning on the nice roofgarden It's really great!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ednilreg
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Copenhagen, Denmark
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2011

A nice local hotel for tango lovers and others in the heart of San Telmo. The staff is great, so is the location, grat value for the money

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bjarnejohnson
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England
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2011

This is my second stay at El Sol De San Telmo. I love it. As a regular visitor to Buenos Aires (a total of over 10 months here in 4 years) and a tango dancer, this is where I now choose to stay. Why - First, great company. This tango hostel attracts a large number of residents who come back year after year (one I met has been coming here for 10 consecutive years), and some are long-stay, meaning from several weeks to several months at time. The atmosphere is fun and supportive. There is always someone to accompany to a milonga or go out with for a meal. If traveling on your own this can be a big plus. Second, Fabrizio the hostel proprietor. He is really welcoming, helpful, always makes time for you and is fun. Third, location. At the end of Chacabuco on a bus route it has great access to Plaza Dorego, the subte and nos 10 &17 buses stop right outside. Of course this can result in noise, so if you sleep lightly you may wish to try a leafy suburb instead. Fourth, value for money. For the longer-stay resident there are great rates, which mean that if, like me you stay for several months at a time, you have modest, affordable accommodation which provides the basics of life, leaving spare cash for the important things like tango! If you want a hotel with all the trimmings, try a hotel. If you want a fun time with nice people, this hostel will meet your needs.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank stephentwist
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2011

I find the reviews below very disturbing, very damaging and unfair. I have been going to El Sol de San Telmo for 4-1/2 years for weekly tango lessons with Fabrizio and I know the property, owner, security system, and the many, many repeat guests very well. I have often eaten in the kitchen where, allegedly, "no one bothers to cook," and have enjoyed many parties and asados on the terrace that the owner makes for his guests. I would just like to correct the record.

Since security is such an important issue, let me address it first. Being robbed in your hotel room is terrifying and will color a guest's opinion of everything else. Of course these posters hated everything, from the owner to the towels! But the hotel is as secure as any other building, with iron doors that double lock with a typical San Telmo key. There IS 24-hour security, as Fabrizio, the owner, is onsite at virtually all times. In fact, he was present when the robber came in. But there is nothing anyone can do -- even in the most exclusive hotels -- if guests are careless about security. The thief was able to enter because a guest left the front door wide open to the street -- not because the locks are inadequate or because the doors are flimsy. Everyone who stays at the hostel is told to always double-lock the door, and that rule is constantly emphasized. If a homeowner left his own door wide open and got robbed, wouldn't that be the fault of his own carelessness, rather than the fault of his door, lock, or family?

The other point I want to strongly dispute is Fabrizio's attitude towards his guests. He is generous to a fault and works hard to arrange trips, dance partners, events, and whatnot for his guests. The atmosphere he creates is super friendly and familial, which is why guests return year after year for months at a time. I find it interesting that LateralUS462 chose to spend months in a place that was so disgusting and horrible. She/he could have had A/C, which is available, if she/he had chosen to pay for a nicer room. The rooms are absurdly cheap -- starting at US$27 and going to just $US47. I imagine she/he chose to pay the rockbottom price. Yet she/he expected valet service, gym, hot tub....?

I hope my post won't be removed. I was not asked to write this, nor do I have any financial connection to Fabrizio -- other than that I pay HIM for tango lessons. I was moved to write when I saw his business and personal integrity trashed on the Internet (by two first-time posters, I might add). El Sol de San Telmo can't be compared to a boutique hotel in Palermo that charges US$200. But if you're looking for a friendly place to stay with other tango lovers for pennies a night, this is a great option.

p.s. As for the Internet, the WiFi is great -- extending to every corner of the large house -- and I use it all the time.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank sylvie2
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2011

Have just read the review of laterulus must argree with every word that was said. I too was one of the people who where robbed at gunpoint in our guesthouse bedroom which was located on the second storey of the place. They had to climb the staircase to the top floor and had three people hostage with a pistol. Was told it happens all the time in BA and just get over it. It was in broad daylight and yes the owner was very quick to blame us for the problem as he saw it. There was no offer of another room for the duration of the stay, no discount for our panic and stress - nothing. Apart from no hot water on occassion that i was there the toilets where operated by a coat hanger attached to the ballcock in the cistern. This broke just about every time someone tried to flush the toilet. You can imagine the result.. The website is a complete load of rubbish and yes pictures do lie!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank martrease
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seattle, wa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2011

Just finished up a looong and torturous stay at this SLUM disguised as a guest house/bed and breakfast. The place is SUPER DIRTY, DANGEROUS, and the landlord could care less about you or your comfort- he just wants your money and he will rip you off. Several things that are advertised about this place are outright LIES: There is NO A/C and NO HEAT. If you ask, maybe Fabrizio, the landlord, will give you a fan, an extra blanket, or a small, sad electric heating unit.
There is NO 24-HOUR SECURITY. That is a joke. While staying there, I was ROBBED at GUN-POINT INSIDE the house. The doors are so insecure that anyone can come right in with a similar key or jimmy the door with a credit card. The gun-wielding thieves forced myself and two other guests to get on the floor and give them all our cash before they took off and ran out the door with our money. The compensation that Fabrizio offered? Free delivery dinner that night. That’s all. No break on the rent, and the security situation did not change. Furthermore, he procededed to BLAME US, his GUESTS for the breach in security. Several times I returned to the house to find that the front door was wide open for anyone to come in. VERY UNSAFE.
CONCIERGE? If you are lucky, you can get the owner to answer a few questions for you if he’s not too busy running off to do this or that, meet this or that random girl.
NO ROOM SERVICE. I had to ask repeatedly just to get new towels and sheets for my bed. My floor was never swept, room never cleaned, dust and dirt just accumulated in all parts of the house. I saw the maid only a handful of times in the time I stayed. The entire house is unkept and FILTHY. The bathroom is crawling with ANTS and FLIES and the bathtub is very grimy. Walls are crumbling, lots of stuff is broken, water damage, mold, ect. We had a lot of problems with NO HOT WATER in the winter time.
The kitchens are pathetic and dirty with limited cooking supplies and a stove that sometimes works and a broken oven. No hot water to wash dishes and often no soap available. Kitchen towels are filthy and stained. Moths and flies everywhere. Most people don’t even bother to try to cook here.
Valet, laundry, wake-up service, breakfast: all LIES.. you won’t get these things here. No fitness center, whirpool, hot tub, bike rental, massage, safe, games room, bar, parking. More lies. Not that a person necesarily needs these things, but these things are falsely advertised on a number of websites. There is a dirty rooftop patio with ancient broken plastic furniture and an old, broken parrilla that no one ever uses. No Sunday Asados.
The internet is incredibly UNRELIABLE and the landlord could care less. The house is not charming or comfortable and the landlord is abrasive, selfish, and completely unprofessoinal. The landlord has no permit to rent the rooms, the operation is ILLEGAL. At one point he locked up the lower half of the house, afraid that city inspectors would come in and see the illegal operation he’s running. That meant that all of us in the upper half of the house were prevented from using the kitchen, TV, phone, and about 5 of us were left to share one small, dirty, bathroom.
The only good thing about staying here is that you get to meet lots of interesting people from all over the world (which you can do in a lot of places in Buenos Aires), and that the location is more or less good (although very noisy with bus traffic right on Chacabuco, constant construction in the neighborhood and being very close to San Juan, a large avenue). That’s it. These things are not worth risking your health and safety. In this house, you are not treated as a guest, you’re treated as a bother. Complaints are met with aggression. It is easy to find something at the same price or cheaper that is cleaner and more secure in the same area, especially if you’re only staying for a short visit. Don’t waste your time here. The place is a SLUM and the landlord is a HUSTLER.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
8 Thank lateralus462
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Property: El Sol de San Telmo
Address: Calle Chacabuco 1181, Buenos Aires C1069AAW, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > San Telmo
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Business Center with Internet Access Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #148 of 273 B&Bs / Inns in Buenos Aires
Number of rooms: 6
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