Stayed here twice on a recent trip to Buenos Aires and my overall impression is a good one. However, I am not quite sure why they gave me a room with disabled facilities on the first occasion. Given that I'm not disabled and never instructed staff that I was, I can only assume that the seat in the shower was there so that one can sit, head in hands, pondering the previous night's booze-fuelled behaviour and hoping that the water will wash away one's embarrassment. Indeed, this was a minor inconvenience but it did mean the room was smaller (due to the bathroom being understandably enlarged) than I was expecting.
During my second stay, which unfortunately, was only for one night, the room was much bigger. That said, the key card controlling the electricity decided to stop working at about 1am and at this hour, I decided against calling reception for an electrician to come and fix things. This did mean that I showered in near darkness the next morning though.
All in all, I thought the location was great. It's a relatively short walk to most of the major surrounding attractions such as the Obelisk, San Telmo markets, Plaza Dorrego and Puerto Madero. Casa Rosada and Congress are a little further but still within walking distance. Even if you don't like walking that much, taxis hardly cost the earth in Buenos Aires and I presume (didn't use it) the underground is pretty easy to use. Stations are very near to the hotel anyway. Staff were friendly and all spoke great English so no problems there but the internet, as some have already pointed out, is a little unreliable in rooms.
I'd definitely recommend this hotel - it's clean, modern and not overly large. The breakfast is pretty impressive and when improvements like the swimming pool are complete, it'll be an even better choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Scala Hotel Buenos Aires Facing the beautiful Avenida 9 de Julio, be surprised by a new urban icon, neoclassical, to accompany the famous avenue, which connects the north and south of the City. A majestic building that adorns the neighborhood, comes with the purpose of providing its guests an unforgettable experience. Imposing from its entry and lobby for its exquisite style that combines elegance with advanced technology. Because of its strategic location, Bernardo de Irigoyen 740th, San Telmo neighbourhood, known internationally as the birthplace of tango. Buenos Aires Scala Hotel allows easy access to the historic, cultural, financial, and gastronomic part of city. It has 143 spacious rooms and suites designed for comfort. Multiple rooms connected and adaptable to the needs of any type of meeting, product launches and conferences. Social and corporate events. International Bar and a Restaurant of Mediterranean cuisine that will amaze any exquisite taste. Fitness and business center. A swimming pool & Spa will be soon available. Warmth and experience of out staff provide the resources and solutions to the most diverse customer requirements. It makes Scala Hotel Buenos Aires an irresistible proposition in the heart of the city. ... more less
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