This is a tough review because we loved the hotel overall, but there are still a few improvements that could make this a top rated place to stay. Having said that, it's still a fabulous hotel and one of the best values I've ever come across. It's both a boutique hotel and a Tango school/studio. The owners, Tango dancer Carolina Bonaventura and her mom, Letti, have converted a large, residential home into a boutique hotel and done a fabulous job with the architecture and renovation. They've dedicated most of the bottom floor to a 1st class dance studio and have construction going on in the back of the property for more rooms and studio space. A nice little garden and patio area lie between the two areas. Rooms are acceptable and simple. Bathroom was modern and clean - working very well. No TV. Internet was free but very slow most of the time. Continental breakfast was included and served by the attendant. The biggest and best surprise was that all the Tango lessons on the schedule for the entire week were included with the price of the room! That amounted to 3 to 4 lessons per day. I don't believe the website advertised that, or I didn't understand that it was included, so I was VERY happy to learn that. That's what makes this an incredible VALUE - hotel, breakfast and lessons- all included in the price of the room.
The neighborhood was a bit worrisome at first, but we found that although the street corners had groups standing around late at night drinking and 'smoking', no one ever bothered or threatened us. Still, San Telmo requires that tourists pay attention and be smart about which streets you walk on. During the day, walking was wonderful and safe, and we found lots of stores, groceries and restaurants. I loved the district and the historic feel of Tango, the markets on Sunday, the plazas, shops and cafe's.
What the hotel lacked was a comfortable spot to gather and relax. The outdoor patio was nice, but there wasn't another area to sit and relax comfortably. Vertical walls 3 stories tall completely enclose the patio so the best view is of the red hotel wall and pretty patio floor. More attention to the gardens and comfortable area to sit and visit would be nice. No TV. No bar. No free coffee ( we were charged when we requested a cup of coffee at noon.) Bedding and linens were average. Our room had shelves instead of a closet or dresser. We only had one tiny window for ventilation and if it was open, others walking by our room could look in. Rooms did have air conditioning and heating which worked well. Security was very good. Everyone who worked there went out of their way to be helpful and accommodating.
I hated to write anything negative because we loved the value, the Tango instructors, the studio, the staff, the owner and many features of the hotel, but it does need just a little more work on 'creature comforts'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carolina Bonaventura created a space to develop a unique concept and inclusive place to live an experience with tango. In Mariposita Boutique Hotel ones finds the comfort of a hotel in a prestigious school in the old tango district of San Telmo. ... more less
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