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“Great Recoleta Location, Helpful Staff, Nice Rooms!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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cE Hotel de Diseno
Ranked #82 of 450 Hotels in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
144 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great Recoleta Location, Helpful Staff, Nice Rooms!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

We came to this hotel after staying in a dismal apartment stay in Montevideo. What a relief to find a very modern boutique hotel, helpful staff, and nice rooms (many with jacuzzis). The facility is modern, well designed (as the name implies), with "muy luminoso" rooms. (Ours faced the back of the building and was very quiet.) The staff was very helpful but was not able to change money for us. The only minor complaints was a non-functional refrigerator (quickly replaced when we raised the issue) and some mold growing behind the glass shower wall. Overall, a great choice, reasonably priced, with some very good (non-credit-card-taking) restaurants nearby.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back may be quieter. Higher up rooms are a little pricier but may be quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Design Ce H, Director General at cE Hotel de Diseno, responded to this review, January 31, 2015
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. Your review is very important.

Your comments allow us to improve in every aspect that makes our services a pleasant stay.

We´re going to do our best to improve the items you mentioned and hope to welcome you again in our hotel.

Best Regards
Mónica A. Daghelinckx
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bern, Switzerland
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253 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

I find it difficult to review this property without a proper idea of what passes for "Design", "Comfort" and/or "Modern" in Argentina and Buenos Aires. So I will review it based on my experience of other properties reviewed so far, and trying to be objective, keeping in mind that while applying a European standard this may not be everyone's opinion.

The good: the location is very good. The hotel is located a stone's throw away from Avenida Santa Fe (the main shopping street), the bus 152 stop is around the corner (Rodriguez Pena & Santa Fe - you can go all the way to Boca via Retiro, Casa Rosada & San Telmo from here for 2 Pesos), at 3 a minutes' walk to the Callao metro station which takes you downtown in 2 stops to Avenida 9 de Julio / Diagonal Norte, at a 10-12 minutes walk from the Recoleta cemetary... and so on. With a cab, you can reach Palermo, or Puerto Madero in 10 minutes, the Aeroparque in 15, all depending on traffic obviously. The square in front of the hotel / Ministry of Education keeps the area quiet yet feels safe, day or night. There's a tiny sandwich shop and a kiosk just next to the entrance (tip: get your water and soft drinks from the kiosk, it's half the price; the shop sells beer and booze). Regarding the hotel itself, cleanliness and housekeeping are good and no complaint. Beds are comfy, A/C works, there's a safe and microwave (?), TV, hot water, and plenty of coffee, 24 hours front desk.

The average: well I hate to say this but although friendly, the service is relatively uneven. For such a tiny hotel, there's an ever-changing crew of about 8 people at the desk - so what you ask one person doesn't necessarily transfer to the others. Some of the staff seem bored and annoyed. The advice given can be good (directions to various places, reserving a restaurant or a show), average (what to do and where to find specific things), sometimes bad (suggesting a night-time stroll from the Club de Pescadores to the Costanera Norte: not a good idea at all - the area is high-traffic, extremely far, dark and deserted...). Although the rooms are a decent size, there are a few "design mistakes" which bring down the total value of the place: 1: the non-locking bathroom door, glass window between bathroom and bedroom, and "designer" washbasin: these are highly annoying traits to be found in a vast number of so-called "design" places from Paris to Münich to Buenos Aires. No idea why this is found to be desirable, but in my opinion a bathroom/toilet should be enclosed, lockable, and practical, and not experimental in any way. 2: A standard double in this hotel costs over USD 100 per night. If you want a balcony you have to pay for the Suite, adding another USD 150 per night. In other words, the cost calculation here is a bit on the high side. It seems to me that if a 5-star luxury hotel in the Microcentro costs about the same, then cE Design hotel has an inflated concept of its own value.

The bad: In relation with the above, one would expect a certain number of things for the price. The first, is a decent breakfast. Although there is a token effort at a breakfast buffet, this is limited to: 2 types of croissant, 1 type of bread, 1 ham, 1 sliced cheese, 2 juices, some cereal, and some fruit salad. There's some dulce de leche and cream cheese to put on your bread. None of this is very tasty, and the "design" idea to sit on office chairs around a long narrow table doesn't make you want to linger or enjoy your included breakfast. Very unimpressive. The second bad aspect, and this is definitely subjective, is that the whole "design" concept is a failure. The rooms feel like a hospital operating room (white walls, floor, and neon lights), the lobby's furniture is old and uncomfortable, the only pictures on the wall are of dead snow landscapes (how depressing when you just flew in from a dead snowy European city), and the overall impression is "cheap" rather than "designer". Quotations in marker pen on the glass entrance doors and lobby? OK, we get it, it's "trendy". But the question is: does it look good? The answer depends on your own esthetics and therefore cannot be answered conclusively.

In conclusion, the experience at cE Design hotel was not great, not awful, just average. Although the location is good, I would not book this place again: I am highly, highly skeptical about this place deserving of being awarded a "Traveller's Choice 2012". The value and comfort for money was not worth it.

Room Tip: The balcony suite is probably the best room in the house, but I doubt it's worth the USD 250 per...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Zerosixzero
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Red Bank, New Jersey
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

The Design Hotel is oft described as minimalist - sleek, basic, modern and stark white in decor. But the contemporary concept belies the warm reception (the staff is excellent and very accommodating) and overall comfortable feel in both the public areas and the rooms. The public areas, including the lobby, breakfast section and bar, are inviting and well-presented. The rooms, including the bathrooms, are exceptionally clean and functional. The king bed was extremely comfortable and the free wi-fi (in both the rooms and the public areas) worked well throughout the stay. I would have liked a comfortable chair in the room for just relaxing and reading. However, the 'functional' room is equipped only with a desk chair. The cement floor may be objectionable to some, but was not unpleasant in feel. Location (Barrio Norte) is great for shopping and access to the major sights of the City. The plaza in front of the Hotel is a nice respite area for people watching.

Room Tip: Plaza view rooms have floor to ceiling windows with nice view of Plaza Rodriquez Pena. Light and ai...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Bob4998
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Fano
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

the hotel is very nice, looks nice, clean and with comfort.
I do not suggest it for lonely travellers because the hotel offers things that you don't really need: Internet, only 1 pc in the lounge and slow. Why only 1 pc in the Design Hotel? The bedroom is clean, but it's nicer the bathroom than the room itself. The bathroom has this ultra modern shower that you might don't need and a Jacuzzi that unless you share with someone, you might avoid.
There is an awesome wine bar in the downfloor, which is great but if you are in a group of friends or business trip. As alone traveller you might go there once, then you want to live the city.
However, the staff was absolutely the BEST ever meet. Extremely nice and kind.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank GianlucaF865
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Stavanger, Norway
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

I have been in BA two times and I have stayed at this hotel both times. The room is as it should be without carpet, clean, nice bathroom and with a good bed. The breakfast is simple but has everything; good coffee, croissant and fruits. The receptionists are always helpful and have good knowledge of the neighboring area.

Room Tip: Choose a room against the backside of the hotel.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank AlfMO
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ontario
Level Contributor
70 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Super location in my favourite part of Bs As,close to Ave Santa Fe great shopping.... just down the ave on Callao is Club Notorios great place to see live music jazz..blues ..Brazilian .
Stayed in room 203 as was said before modern decor great kingsize bed ..jacuzzi tub...staff are the best Matias ,Miguel ,Fernando, Marianne... Breakfast feature is all day access, just spent 10 days there .... hope to return.

Room Tip: Rooms at the rear are quiet for sure...... and lots of light....
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank panchito
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Sao Paulo, SP
Level Contributor
26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

Impressive hotel in a great place in BA. An excellent location for tourists that want to stay in Ricoleta.

Very helpful and friendly staff that are always ready to help with good tips from BA.

The rooms are modern are comfortables, as the whole hotel.

Highlight: breakfast during all day means: you don't need to wake up early!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank regis f
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Property: cE Hotel de Diseno
Address: Calle Marcelo T de Alvear 1695 | Recoleta, Buenos Aires C1060AAE, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > Recoleta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#29 Business Hotel in Buenos Aires
#60 Luxury Hotel in Buenos Aires
#73 Family Hotel in Buenos Aires
#100 Romantic Hotel in Buenos Aires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — cE Hotel de Diseno 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Design cE Hotel de Diseno "A new hospitality culture." Designed by the Architect Ernesto Goransky, applying his concept of total design, offers "a new Culture in hospitality." The name comes from a contemporary idea which allows, beginning with letter "C," many words that give content to this new hospitality space. Begin with "C": culture, communication, confidence, comfort, commodity, creativity, construction, comprehension, curiosity, change, concept, celebration, compromise, conscience, cordiality, clearness... Located in Buenos Aires city in the heart of Barrio Norte, Design cE faces a green space designed by architect Carlos Thays, where we can appreciate Sarmiento Palace's magnitude. Design cE Hotel is an equidistant centre of the most attractive places that make of the city the cultural capital of Latin America. Each of the 28 suites reveals a new standard in what design, technology, and service refers. All equipped with king size beds, LCD TV 23 inches, acclimatization heat/cold, minibar, microwave, crockery set, bathrooms including whirlpool, direct phone line with answering machine, security box with laptop capacity, exclusive amenities line, black out with electronic display, wireless high speed internet and we also count with smoking rooms. The Design Cafe, located on the ground floor, offers a pioneer (and new) way to serve breakfast during the 24 hours. On the lower level, enjoy our Wine Bar and the comfortable living room with an infinite sky by glass ceiling. Here you can taste a great selection of the best Argentinean wines, drinks, tapas, contemporary music and videos. Here our guests receive a welcome drink provided by the hotel and make use of our computer with free access to internet. The public areas of the hotel offer high speed wireless connection. Have The Design cE includes external services currently free of charge, such as a parking lot, one block away from the hotel. Internal services not included in the rate: Dry cleaning and massages for the room. External service not included in the rate: transfer in-out. Design cE Hotel pretends togetherness acting as a cultural embassy for every country. This involves "music, painting, photography, clothing, textile and graphic design, dance, cinematography and literature." Design cE Hotel is a space for communication within peace and culture to host every person of our world looking for others with the same purpose aiming the construction of a global society based in a truth spirit. ... more   less 
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