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Mariposita de San Telmo
Ranked #107 of 258 Buenos Aires B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 11, 2013

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'.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

This bed & breakfast is a charm in San Telmo, and is more famously recognised as a famous Tango school. It has a very non-assuming facade, though you can see the balconies for two of the rooms at the front if you look up, but the two doors which lead to the premises look normal, hiding the gem which is contained behind. Closely located to a laundarette, shops, restaurants, and within 5 mins walk to 2 subte stations, it is very conveniently located and highly secure.

The 1st level has the dance hall where Tango lessons are conducted everyday, for all levels of dancers, the BBQ area where we had a wonderful abasto on Carolina's birthday, and beyond that area, a smaller dance hall and a pool above it, in an outhouse building. There is wonderful landscaping, and I love the bold colours and mix of steel and concrete, not to mention wood. The furnishing is exquisite, and tasteful. The 2nd level houses the guest rooms, and 3rd the owners accomodations. We stayed in the twin room, but next to us was a double room with a balcony overlooking the patio, and to our other side was a loft room. Down the hallway was more double rooms and what was wonderful was that each room represented a place in Argentina, and had artefacts (ours had a sink that looked like Cuzo art) and furnishings customised accordingly. The room were large and well-kept. The chambermaid was a darling and truly caring.

The proprietor, Letti was great to talk to and very spunky. Her daughter manages the dance school and she is the reason why many know this place. She's none other than Carolina Bonaventura. There is also Francisco who conducts some lessons with her. & Felipe Nombre who was my tutor for private lessons. The entire atmosphere in the house is safe and secure.

Real nice to just walk around to explore, though better advised in twos during the more quieter timings. Nice cobblestoned roads, and has really chic stores, wonderful heritage sites like churches, and even store museums to explore. Also bazaar market stores. It really is a great location for budget travellers to explore. It does seem seedy no doubt, (and that is why I appreciated the double entry gates for Mariposita where you have to ring yourself in) but we had no trouble at all. I was able to walk alone to church early in the mornings, and the area truly comes alive late evenings after their siesta hour.

Breakfast was a generous continental set-up, breads, buns, jams, orange juice, coffee or tea, cream cheese etc. at the patio area. There is a wonderful empanadas store just around the corner, and you can also order in food from the nearby shops like a Chinese restaurant. There is also a well stocked supermarket like store just a stone's throw away. You're bound to have a wonderful experience and stay.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great and spacous and are ensuite. However, go on their website to see which room...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank manicirony
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Reviewed February 7, 2017
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Room Tip: Un lugar silencioso y agradable-
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 1, 2014
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Room Tip: Os quartos que dão para a rua Carlos Calvo podem estar mais expostos ao barulho da rua. Mas no meu...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Joaci F
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Additional Information about Mariposita de San Telmo

Address: Calle Carlos Calvo 950 | San Telmo. Caba, Buenos Aires C1102AAT, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #107 of 258 B&Bs / Inns in Buenos Aires
Price Range: $102 - $136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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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