Caseron Porteno is an old house in the not-terribly-glamorous suburb of Colegiales. Once you understand that, you will probably not be troubled by unrealistic expectations. Standard rooms are VERY basic - the suites on the courtyard are much better, but even they have very little sound insulation, and you will hear everything your neighbours say and do. It's just as well that there is an atmosphere of "intimacy" at the B&B - you will get to know other guests, you will sit with them in the breakfast room, and you will probably end up dancing with them in the nightly tango lessons. These lessons ("free" for guests, every evening except Sunday, 7.30-9pm) are well-organised and inclusive - they accommodate all levels quite happily, and there is no pressure at all to attend or to dance - just suit yourself.
We stayed here for 15 days in three different bursts while travelling around in Latin America... and you don't keep coming back to a place if it's no good, do you?
The appeal of Caseron lies mainly in its staff - the managers, Daniel and Cinthia, are very knowledgeable, helpful and flexible. You can believe what they say, and you can rely on them to do what they promise. We arrived late at night, we changed rooms, we had them change rooms for us, we left all our gear while going off to Peru and Brazil - nothing was too much trouble.
Honest criticisms? As notices tell you, there is an "ancient plumbing system" to cope with; the breakfast (like in most of Argentina) is ALL sweet stuff - Australians, bring Vegemite!
Good points? Apart from the staff, the tango lessons and the overall atmosphere mentioned above, the garden is pleasant, the location is handy to the bus or the Subte, and you are only a short walk from Belgrano or Las Canitas where there are plenty of trendy restaurants and cafes.
If you have any interest in tango, or you want to learn something about it, if you don't want too much glamour, you don't mind being out of the "centre", and if you want to stay with trustworthy people, this is a good spot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Caseron Porteno, Tango Guest House in Buenos Aires. An oasis in the city of tango, Caseron Porteno offers daily tango lessons, warm hospitality and charming accommodations in a tranquil garden setting. With only 10 rooms (all of them with private bathroom), this B&B located in Palermo neighborhood offers breakfast, free internet access, maid service and tango lessons. ... more less
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