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“Best Choice in B.A.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Principe

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Hotel Principe
Ranked #325 of 450 Hotels in Buenos Aires
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Best Choice in B.A.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2005

I stayed about 10 days at this hotel and really did like it.

First off I can tell you as a very well traveled person I found this to be a great bargain.

Location is excelent with many shops and restaurants within walking distance on Av. Santa Fe. Hotel is on a side street so there is not too much trafic noise from outside. A great restaurant on Av. Santa Fe is Comida Y Co. great all you can eat buffet for about $8.00 quality is excelent.

Those who complained about this hotel I feel are really those types of people who are hard to please. Look this Hotel is not the Ritz or Four Seasons, if you want four seasons comfort and luxury dont book at a $30.00 a night hotel.

What I can tell you is that the staff work hard here, and you will be greated by a cleaning lady who will take your lugage up to your room for you regardless if it is over half her weight! So please dont believe anyone who could tell you this place is dirty.

OK Argentines are not known for be humble and salt of the earth people but they are generally open and friendly. I sympatise with the writer who did not know his flight schedule (due to injury) but he should not expect a hotel with 15-20 rooms to be able to accomidate an open check out. On the contrary the fact that they did accomidate him shows in my opinion a degree of effort to help guests.

The hotel also has full cable tv with about 80 channels, and free access to 800 numbers like AT&T or Canada Direct!

The only warnings I can give someone is the following. Breakfast is included but I did not take it as it was very very simple and not the best quality at that. But again at $30-35.00 what do you expect? Your room has a fridge and supermarkets are near by so hey buy some OJ and Yogurt and enjoy the savings! Also the kitchen downstaris will heat up anything in a microwave for you.

Reservations at a hotel that has few rooms and offers a large comfortable room at a low price can be difficult, but I did find the staff ready to help and by possibly calling two times and letting them know your ready to take a room if someone cancels or no shows you will find they will do what they can for you.

Lucky are those who are able to book a room at this hotel!

  • Stayed June 2005, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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19 Thank canadianmike
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hotelprincipebsas, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel Principe, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
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Gracias! Fue un placer tenerlo como huesped. Lo esperamos nuevamente
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
new york
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2005

We stayed at this hotel for 7 days in March 2005, our room was large and light with 3 beds. The bathroom could have been a little cleaner, but it was more than acceptable for the money $35USD/night with breakfast. We wanted to stay in an Argentinian hotel rather than a hotel full of American and European tourists and this certainly was the right place. The hotel staff was helpful in making dinner reservations and lending us champagne glasses to use in the room when we bought a bottle of champagne from the grocery store rather than from their small bar. We plan to return to BsAs next year and will defintely stay at the Hotel Principe again.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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15 Thank dbny
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2005

i am from Uruguay, and every time i travel to Bs As I stay at the Principe Hotel. Its disgusting read the things that the woman of Austria wrote. I know the people that works there and are very friendly. My language is spanish obviously, but every time i travel i enter in tripadvisor, sorry about my inglish. When i make reservations in every hotel of the world they ask me the days exactly i will stay because the works with reservation. The problem perhaps are that the american people or european thinks that in south america we are death and they want to pay U$S 35 dolars and receive a HIlton service. Write here anything its free, i see!!!

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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11 Thank GuilleCorna
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hotelprincipebsas, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel Principe, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
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Gracias por elegirnos y lo esperamos nuevamente!
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New York
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2005

The Hotel Principe is well-located (close to the metro and just off busy Avenida Santa Fe), but there are better values. Our room was rundown, with none of the charm of Buenos Aires' other aging establishments. The room we were given was spacious enough, with two single beds in addition to a queen bed, but it also smelled musty. The bathroom reeked of mildew and its tiles, from wall to floor, needed a good scrubbing. The towels had seen better days and could best be described as "crunchy."

Worst of all, we returned to our room one afternoon to find the bed made, but also an unwelcome addition: an empty condom wrapper on one of the nightstands. The condom wrapper definitely was not ours. Disgusted, we called the front desk, who sent a maid to pick it up. The front desk was alarmingly nonchalant about the surprise, noting that it wasn't as if it had been a used condom itself! Buenos Aires is a beautiful and affordable destination; you don't need to accept shoddy standards to find a place to stay. For a bit more money and a lot more value, try the Guido Palace Hotel at Guido 1780, Recoleta. Tel: ---

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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19 Thank charlenenyc
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16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2005

I usually travel several months in a country- so I stayed last year 3 months in Argentina and this year I returned again. As everybody else my trip always starts in Buenos Aires and I have to return there to get my flight back home. From Feb. 1st - Feb.6th I stayed in Hotel Principe because it has nice previews from other customers. The hotel is very clean, it has nice large rooms and I liked also the quarter with its restaurants, stores and the streets with trees... I reserved my single room by e-mail, but they have not got it. Unfortunately they did not have a single room available so I had to take a four-bed-room, which costs AR$ 100,-- (us $ 35,--) the night. After Feb. 6th I left the hotel to continue my trip. On March 5th I have had an accident and had to return to Buenos Aires to get a return flight - my right shoulder was broken and this was very painful. Unfortunately VARIG, my air-company, was not able to tell me which day a seat in a plane will be available and I explained to the reception that I cannot exactly say which day I will leave Buenos Aires. This really upsets the receptionist, he has been complaining about the way I do my reservations and I should be able to understand that they are doing their business by reservation and now they had to wait until I will tell them.......For my trips to South-America I studied Spanish but in these moments I have been regretting it - it would have been much better I would have not understand what he was telling me! Nobody in this hotel did help me with luggage or just some other little help....they were watching me while I tried to lock my bags - all with one hand and pain...The young gentlemen in the reception is not able to greet you once you enter the lobby.
SERVICE, KINDNESS, POLITENESS, HELPFULNESS - THOSE WORDS THEY DO NOT KNOW AT THE HOTEL PRINCIPE BUENOS AIRES!!!

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7 Thank ladyfromaustria
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Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2004

We wanted a quiet place in Buenos Aires to spend 4-5 days. On the last minute we cancelled our reservation in a downtown hotel for Hotel Principe. It was a great decision. Hotel Principe has a great location (in Palermo: one of the richest area), Internet cafe, grocery store, restaurant and ATM were less than a block away. Plus you get to walk from Recoleta, zoo and botanical garden easily. The subte station is one block away and takes you downtown in 10 minutes. The room we had was not modern but we had a small fridge and lots of space. Breakfast was simple but enough to go on: small croissants with juice, yogourt and your choice of coffee (cappucino, espresso etc). We visited downtown and pinpointed all hotels of our initial choice, you do not want to stay downtown in Buenos Aires, it's crowded, noisy and you need to be on your guards constantly.
The rate in december 2004 was 90 pesos, breakfast & tax included
P.S.: the personnel is very friendly but speaks little English. If you have some knowledge of Spanish, you'll be fine.

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12 Thank natdeli
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hotelprincipebsas, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel Principe, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
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Gracias por elegirnos. Fue un placer tenerlo como huesped. Lo esperamos nuevamente!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2004

i stayed at the Principe Hotel for 2 weeks. I rent a double room. It included the taxes and the breakfast. A typical, but interesting breakfast. Express Cofee taht its not very common. The room are very confortable, 3o mts2 with tv, refrigerator, private toilet. The people at the Hotel are great. Its a differente kind of hotel. Big rooms, low rates. I will return to Bs As and i will stay at the Principe Hotel.

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hotelprincipebsas, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel Principe, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Google Translation
Gracias! Fue un placer tenerlo como huesped. Lo esperamos nuevamente
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Additional Information about Hotel Principe

Property: Hotel Principe
Address: Calle Laprida 1454 | Entre Av. Santa Fe y calle Arenales, Buenos Aires C1425EKJ, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > Recoleta
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #325 of 450 Hotels in Buenos Aires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An elegant zone to discover. Cinemas, restaurants, shopping centers and wood zones are ther to provide you with the peace and fun you looked forward to see from Buenos Aires. The best choice to fully enjoy our City. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Principe Hotel Buenos Aires

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