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“Great location - a perfect substitute for Alvear Palace”

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Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo
Ranked #24 of 445 Hotels in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great location - a perfect substitute for Alvear Palace”
Reviewed March 31, 2007

This was our second time in Buenos Aires within a year. We stayed at the Claridge and the Alvear Palace the first time. This time we selected the Sofitel due to the Trip Advisor reviews as well as the Sofitel's great location near the Recoleta and also close to the Microcenter, San Martin and Puerto Madera.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Sofitel. The desk clerks, concierge and bell men were friendly and helpful. Since we had been there before, we didn't need much direction, but I saw them giving directions to others. We arrived on LAN Peru at 7:40 a.m. on March 2nd and within 30 minutes our room was ready.

The room was excellent, I have attached pictures. We prepaid on the Expedia website a Queen deluxe room with breakfast at $280 per night not including tax. The Alvear, which we loved, would have been a great deal more money, but we are not disappointed. The only distinction was the breakfast which was adequate, but not the same as having it in the L'Orangerie at the Alvear.

We were very pleased with our room. It was quiet, had a view of the rooftops of B.A. and had 4 outside windows. There was a lot of dresser and closet space. There was a walk in shower and a separate bath and two sinks. The room was rather large and very elegant and contemporary.

We felt comfortable walking to dinner at night in the Recoleta area or other restaurants nearby. Although there are probably many more, the two distinctive restaurants nearby are Juana M and Mira Sol.

We spent the next half of our trip at the BoBo Hotel and will write about that hotel on that site. That was a different experience and very pleasant as well. I would highly recommend the Sofitel.

  • Liked — Clean, elegant, great location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1,136 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2007

I stayed 4 nights Sunday 11-Thursday 15 March 2007, in order to attend a conference at the Four Seasons Hotel (about 5 minutes walk away). The hotel is located near the coast, in a side street off one of the main boulevards. I used a taxi (USD 25) to the main international airport; I saw no obvious public transport for that trip.

The hotel has an imposing, rather grand reception area, on either side of which are the bar/restaurant, and breakfast rooms. The reception staff were efficient and knowledgeable. They spoke good English.

My room 1201 had a large comfortable double bed, with fluffy duvet. The bathroom had a shower cabinet as well as a shower over the bath tub. It was tiled and kept clean. I did think money was wasted by changing my bed linen and towels every day (and sometimes twice per day in the case of towels.)

The breakfast was ok but laid out in three separate locations in the breakfast restaurant, which did not open until 06.30 sharp.

There is a good business centre on the first floor where internet access at the two PCs was not normally charged for. The staff were helpful is scanning documents for me.

The basement has a TINY pool (open also from 06.30). This is about 10 metres by 2 metres and was just ok for one person to swim seriously in. Two people would have made it crowded.

The hotel uses 2 pin (at angles - not parallel like the US ones) plugs and neither my French, British or US adaptors would work. The hotel has a supply of special adaptors.

I paid USD 357 per night (the tariff included breakfast) which includes a hefty 21% tax.

The hotel is good but not cheap.

Stayed March 2007
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Manchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2007

Beautifully refurbished art deco building. Pleasing approach in a good area. Staff delightful. Breakfast appetising, well serviced and relaxing. Bar and young staff very professional. Our room was good if perhaps on the small side although bathroom well stocked. Great steak restaurant El Mirasol in easy walking distance on Posadas. Our first choice of hotel when we return to BA.

Stayed February 2007
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new york
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2007

A great location, and since you should be spending most of your time outside of the hotel while in BA, its shortcomings are easily forgotten. You are a short walk to the heart of Recoleta, shopping, restaurants and Florida or Santa Fe for shopping. The rooms are too small, the bathroom too large, but the beds are the most comfortable I have even slept in. Breakfast is crowded and you will wait for your table or coffee, but the selection is good. The gym is very very small, and if you are over 6' you can't use the treadmills. Staff is friendly and attentive, best part again is the location.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — clientelle was mostly older, business or group travelers
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2007

This is a great luxury hotel very well located in a safe/nice neighborhood near the center of Buenos Aires. Great customer service, nice rooms (although a bit small), very comfortable beds, large bathrooms. A great place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2007
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2007

Just spent Christmas at the Sofitel. The service is faultless and the food is great but the rooms are small and on the lower floors have no views and are dark. We had a Deluxe Suite where a great deal of space was taken up with a long corridor. The sitting room was very small and we could hear everything in the corridoor outside and as we were opposite the lift this was very noisy. The bathrooms have glass doors which means if one of you goes to the bathroom in the night the light shines through. We were disappointed with our room, unfortunately we had paid for the room in advance because of the season so we were locked into staying there.

  • Liked — The Service
  • Disliked — The Room
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2007

Wow! The Sofitel in Buenos Aires is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. We called ahead and had someone pick us up at the airport; the driver was on time AND spoke English. The room was really nice; the bed was super comfortable and the room service was great. Definitely 5 star. One of the things we found really impressive was that whenever someone came to the door or we called for anything, they knew when they picked up to speak English. Very cool. The neighborhood this hotel is located in was by far our favorite; tree-lined streets and shops and art galleries. Not quite the hustle and bustle of the Microcenter where we stayed when we first got to Buenos Aires. We would definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Liked — Fantastic service
  • Disliked — Can't think of any
  • Tips/Secrets — book from the hotel website ... was cheapest I found.
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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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 Luxury Hotel in Buenos Aires
#17 Romantic 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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