The Hotel Carsson is right on Florida Street, which is the "old tourist section," of Buenos Aires. As such, it is not even a block to a street with a lot of shopping, and a pretty wide variety of restaurants. Just off Florida Street, on either side, is a good deal of very poorly kept streets and shops, so you won't want to wander too far afield off the main avenue. At the end of Florida is a nice park you can wander around in, with a 200 year old rubber tree.
The street vendors are fairly persistent, particularly those selling leather goods, and the prices didn't look all that good to me. There is very little English in this part of town, so bring your Spanish with you. Most of the restaurants do have English menus, but you'll mostly find the fare to be centered on steak and fries.
The nicer area is down by the river; if you head right out of the hotel, past the sex shops, and to Peron, then make another right, in about a mile's walk you'll find yourself in a restored area with nicer shops and cleaner streets.
The hotel itself is very clean. The rooms are small, and the fixtures quit old. It doesn't look like much from the outside; you'll miss it if you don't look hard. I did take a picture of the room and posted it here, for anyone who's interested. There is a small "garden" in the back of the hotel, if you know where to look, and the elevators are intriguing, having the separate outer and inner door. Take care about noise, though --my room was extremely loud. The "high speed internet" is really quite slow.
Generally good, but small rooms, close to decent food and shopping, but not on the best street itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Classic French-style Hotel located in downtown financial district, convenient to shopping. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carsson Hotel Buenos Aires