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Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo
Ranked #22 of 446 Hotels in Buenos Aires
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Albany, NY
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159 reviews
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“Very nice hotel in Buenos Aires”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Stayed two nights in mid-January, 2013

The Sofitel Buenos Aires is set in a quiet residential street in the northern part of Buenos Aires, two blocks from the French Embassy, on Arroyo Street. It is within easy walking distance of several restaurants, the opera house, the monastery and the pedestrian shopping street (Florida Street)

Short version: The Sofitel Buenos Aires is a classy hotel conveniently located within walking distance of several major attractions. Staff are friendly and efficient, fulfilling any reasonable request in a timely manner. Rooms are well appointed and comfortable.

Longer version:

Getting there: The hotel (as far as we know) does not operate a shuttle to the large international airport (which is about a 45 minute drive from the hotel). There are several relatively inexpensive options such as the public bus. Best advice: Review your options before leaving home, and have your transfer planned prior to arrival.

Accessibility: Accessibility for the mobility impaired was good. There are no stairs going into the hotel, and the main reception desk, restaurant and bar are all on the same level, All other floors are accessible by elevator. Larger power wheel chairs may have difficulty getting into the elevator as they are rather small with little room to maneuver. There are many door men to assist with luggage and other packages. Be sure to ask for an accessible room when booking.

Check in: quick and efficient. Front desk staff are friendly and professional. The hotel will ask for a credit card for “”incidentals” ; however what they do not tell you is that in reality they are putting a $300 USD charge on your account immediately “just in case.” While it is true that they issue a “refund” after your departure for the $300 minus any charges (such as items from the minibar) that they think you incurred they are not as quick to issue the refund as they are to place the charge. Check your bill carefully before you leave as they had charged us for items from the minibar that we did not take/use. They quickly corrected the bill when it was pointed out to them.

Electrical power: Power is 220. Many newer electronics such a computer, can be used on either 110 or 220. For those items only a plug adapter is necessary. The plug style is that used in Australia. Be sure to bring a converter as well as a plug adapter for any items that only run on 110.

Rooms: The rooms are of a nice size with separate bathrooms, and a desk/chair for doing whatever work/computer use you need. There is free WiFi in guest rooms, and a “business center” available. Theoretically you can print from your room to the printer behind the main desk; unfortunately while we were there no one could figure out how to make it work. Hotel staff printed out our boarding passes for us and delivered them to our room.

There were two closets in the room we were in. The closet contains heavy terry cloth robes, and terry slippers (perfect for after bathing), a small safe, the hair dryer, laundry bags and a few wooden hangers (It would have been nice to have more) There is no iron in the closet; however the hotel will provide one upon request. There is a large screen TV in the bedroom area, and an alarm clock.

Bathroom: There is a walk-in shower but no tub in our room (some rooms do have tubs so if this in important to you, be sure to request a room with a tub when booking). Whichever you choose, beware that the tile floor in the bathroom is quite slippery when wet. The towels and toiletries were top notch. Like many hotels now, you are asked to re-use towels when possible. Hanging them up indicates you will re-use; placing on the floor means you want fresh towels.

Restaurant: we only ate breakfast in the restaurant. It is very nicely appointed. There is a very interesting cold buffet, containing many usual breakfast items such as mini muffins, fruit, rolls, bread, yogurt etc. as well as less traditional items such as cheese cake. One can also order from the menu which contains traditional items such as Eggs Benedict and waffles as well as some more interesting items. The staff in the restaurant were very nice and most accommodating, going to the bar to get an energy drink when requested, and reheating a portion of steak left over from the night before to go with son's meal. In the evenings we went out to popular Argentinian restaurants (more on that in another review).

Dressing in Buenos Aires: Read a lot of advice on this topic before going. It was very hot in Buenos Aires at the time we were there, with high humidity.

1. Shorts and neat t-shirts and polo shirts were seen along the streets during the day on both men and younger women. More mature ladies wear dresses. We compromised and wore skorts giving the appearance of a skirt but with the comfort of shorts. Dress shorts are definitely acceptable; cut off jeans shorts are not except on the youngest of visitors.

2. Tennis shoes/sneakers were seen everywhere on all ages during the days. In the evening they were seen mostly on the younger crowd. So if you plan of doing a lot of walking during the day, wear what is comfortable for you. In the evening when going out to dinner, wear a comfortable shoe or sandle that is a bit more dressy.

3. Dressing for dinner: business casual seemed to the rule in restaurants in the evening. Gentlemen need to have a collared shirt--polo shirt or button down—no jeans especially if you are going to one of the nicer restaurants downtown. In the evening dresses are definitely preferred for ladies.

Bottom line: wear what you feel comfortable in provided it is well fitting (not the place for baggy jeans/shorts that expose underwear) and does not have offensive sayings, pictures, etc Clean and neat is the look to aim for.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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SofitelBuenosAires, General Manager at Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Dear Guest,

We very much appreciate your specified and detailed comments regarding your stay at Buenos Aires and for Sofitel Buenos Aires.

I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services.

Thank you again for sharing your experience with another guests and clients, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one.

Sincerely,
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We visited BA in mid-November and our first stop was the Sofitel. Arriving early in the morning, after an overnight flight, with a check-in time at 2p is always challenging, but the staff were very helpful in recommending low key walking routes to keep us awake and enjoy the sunshine of the city. Our room was very nice, very quiet and at the end of a short hallway with very few rooms on each floor. The staff was excellent at recommending restaurants, shows, etc. that met our expectations. Location is perfect for walking just about anywhere and the hotel is on a quiet, very shady street. Would definitely return to the Sofitel on our next trip to Argentina.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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SofitelBuenosAires, General Manager at Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Dear Guest,

We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Sofitel Arroyo Buenos Aires and the recommendations of our location.
It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback.

I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services.

Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one.

Sincerely,
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

When compared to other well-located 5* hotels in Buenos Aires (such as the Four Seasons, Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau, Alvear Palace), the Sofitel is well priced and offers good value. The location is in Centro, a 10 minute walk to Recoletta (which is on the other side of Avenida 9 de Julio). The area is safe and residential, but yet it was convenient. There is a convenience store (Carrefour) just a few doors down from the hotel. Service at the hotel (front desk, concierge) is helpful, professional, and efficient. The locals view the Sofitel as one of the best hotels in the city. The room was mostly clean and they offered L'Occitane bath products. The room had a modern decor and was quiet. The size of our room was OK--it was on one of the lower floors, but oddly shaped and therefore did not have much efficient space. We made our reservation directly with Sofitel via their online reservations for convenience's sake, but perhaps we might have had a better room if we had called the reservations desk. The gym was small and had some cardio equipment (treadmills, bikes), but I would have liked to have seen more equipment and a bigger space. There was also a lap pool that we did not use. There are some good, high end restaurants nearby underneath the highway (surprisingly!) in an area called La Recova.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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PhilippeSeigle, General Manager at Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Dear Guest,

We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Sofitel Arroyo Buenos Aires. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback.

I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Otherwise, we hope your explanations of our location would be useful to our guests!

Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one.

Sincerely,
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Mount Kisco, New York
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

My wife and recently stayed at the Sofitel for five days. The service was outstanding and always with a smile. We always had the feeling that the staff's mission was to meet all of our needs. The room was a little small but you get over it because the design is so practical. The room was spotless and very well maintained. The bathroom was large. Excellent air conditioning and the bed mattress was so comfortable. The hotel restaurant(Le Sud) we had breakfast in every morning was quite charming. The service and food were very good. However, the regular coffee needs improvement. They should use the local coffee. There was a very charming cafe and bar in the hotel-Cafe Arroyo. We appreciated the prescence of security in the lobby. The hotel's location was excellent-walking distance to Recoleta and Palermo. These areas have excellent restaurants and shops. On Sundays, there is a craft fair in Recoleta.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Sofitel. It is a clean, modern and well-appointed hotel. The staff was very nice and helpful. We felt our room was quite small though. Afterwards, I read that hotel rooms vary quite a bit so for future travelers, I recommend asking about a bigger room. The bathroom was huge and very lovely with a rainforest shower head! The location was good for us. We were happy to navigate the subway and take long walks. It's close to Palermo and you can walk to Recoleta Cemetary and other attractions too. It's a much more quiet neighborhood though then say, Palermo Soho. The breakfast buffet was included in our room rate. The spread is varied and generous but the service is slow for getting eggs a la carte and the coffee is terrible so definitely order a cappucino or espresso if you need your morning caffeine fix. The hotel has free wifi, a nice perk.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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PhilippeSeigle, General Manager at Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Guest,

We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback

At Sofitel, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence.

Sincerely,
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

What a pleasure. Came here from the US on a tour.
So delightful.
The staff could not have been more accommodating. True hospitality professionals.
Highly recommend. There is a workout facility, spa, beautiful shop for handbags and jewelry and a top notch breakfast. What a treat!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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PhilippeSeigle, General Manager at Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Dear Guest, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo as well as its facilities. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback.

I will share your comments with our team especially from Le Sud Restaurant, I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff and future guests because we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services.

Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one.
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Additional Information about Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo

Property: Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo
Address: Arroyo 841 | C.a.b.a, Buenos Aires C1007AAB, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > Retiro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Buenos Aires
#17 Romantic Hotel in Buenos Aires
#17 Luxury Hotel in Buenos Aires
#35 Family Hotel in Buenos Aires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo 5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sofitel Buenos Aires is located in the tranquil and charming Arroyo Street, surrounded by enchanting and quiet sidewalks flanked by trees, the area is a heaven made up of antique shops and art galleries, a true epicenter of culture. The hotel features a perfect blend of the French savoir faire and the Argentine tradition, with an ambiance complementing exquisite decor and the delicate scents of soft flowers, awakening the senses of guests and giving them the feeling of being where true luxury sits. ... more   less 
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