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Gurda Tango Boutique Hotel
Ranked #266 of 444 Hotels in Buenos Aires
Reviewed March 21, 2011

A real find and spectacular value. Located in a wonderful part of San Telmo, staying at Gurda allows you to enjoy a local arts community in this older section of Buenos Aires. Great room, fabulous service, wonderful breakfast, and overall atmosphere. The bathroom was excellent, but had some peeling paint. Highly recommended, we'd stay there again - especially on the weekend so we can be close to the San Telmo Sunday market.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of January and then came back for one night at the end of our trip to Argentina before flying back to UK.

We emailed the hotel before leaving the UK to make arrangements and they were always very quick to reply and helpful. We asked if it would be possible to leave some luggage while we travelled around some other parts of Argentina and they were happy to accommodate our request.

On arrival we were greeted by Catalina (sp?) who was very friendly and helpful and made recommendations on where to go / eat in the area.

The area has pros and cons. The pros are that it feels very laidback and is in a quiet neighbourhood but only a 5-10 minute walk to Plaza Dorrego where there is often tango dancing and an Antiques Fair on Sundays. There are some amazing restaurants on Av. Caseros which is literally just round the corner. We ate at Hierbabuena (which the hotel thought was a vegetarian restaurant but it actually serves meat and fish as well as veggie dishes - don't be put off if you are not a veggie as it was one of the best places we ate in our time in Argentina) They don't have an entry on TripAdvisor unfortunately, but I would rate it very highly. We also ate at Caseros which is almost next door to Hierbabuena on Av. Caseros and again, we had a fantastic meal there. There is a great ice cream shop on the corner of the block, we went a couple of times and had delicious ice cream which was cheap as chips... or ice cream!
Cons of the location - it is quite far from an underground (subte) station, about 15 mins, which in the heat of the day felt like much longer! However, the area is served very well by buses and the hotel staff were helpful in finding out routes for us. The only other negative of the location is that it's not right in the heart of the centro district, so if that's what you're after then you're looking in the wrong place.

Rooms and breakfast were good, we stayed in 2 different rooms, San Telmo and Hipica. I think San Telmo was more expensive but I'm not sure why (possibly because it had a small mezzanine area but we never used it). Hipica was a lovely room, with a horse racing theme. Both rooms were quiet, we were never disturbed by anyone.

The staff were a bit hit and miss. As already mentioned, Catalina was exceptional, when we returned after doing some other travelling she greeted us like old friends. Another girl (we didn't get her name unfortunately) was also great, spending a lot of time talking to us about different tango show options. Unfortunately a guy who worked mainly in the mornings and evenings wasn't particularly friendly, but certainly wasn't unpleasant (could just have been a language barrier?) and helped us with bus routes. A girl who was there at breakfast times was quite cool towards us especially in comparison to Catalina, which was a shame as this was probably the only thing that let the hotel down.

Having said all that, we enjoyed our time at the hotel and would definitely go back! Thanks to Catalina and the other member of staff who were exceptional!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2011

The Gurda Tango Boutique Hotel is a wonderful accommodation for your stay in Buenos Aires! I selected this accommodation based on trip advisor reviews and was not disappointed. My husband and I were keen to stay in a more authentic distrcit of Buenos Aires (rather than the city centre) and San Telmo was a great choice. This hotel is prefectly located in San Telmo....within walking distance to the main plaza and lots of restaurants and bars which have a less western and more authentic feel. The staff at this hotel were fabulous. Upon arrival Karina explained in detail how to move about in Buenos Aires (cost of taxis, buses, where to catch buses etc) as well as pointing out areas of interest on the provided city map. A very welcoming experience! The staff are always there to help, assisting us with any questions we had and also pointed out the best places to have steak in the local area. Taxis are plentiful throughout the city and we found this the best way to get around.
All in all we loved Buenos Aires and think that our stay at the Gurda Tango was a significant reason for this!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2011

I did not want to go to Buenos Aires at all or to stay there any longer than absolutely necessary. Now, I am very, very pleased we did: This hotel and its staff are, in part, responsible for that sea change in my point of view.

If you want something flash, grand and modern like the Hilton or the Alvear Palace, this is not for you. This is much more modest accomodation, but with a flair and style all its own. And, it is excellent modest accomodation:

The hotel occupies the ground floor of a striking - when you get back far enough to look at it - cleanly classical colonial building across from Lezama Park and just up from the (free entry) Historical Museum of the City. Defensa is a busy, gritty street, but none of the traffic noise, dust or human bustle penetrate the hotel.

San Telmo is the oldest part of the city and it does show. You might want to think twice about strolling in this area at three or four A.M., but we walked it morning, afternoon and evening and never felt concerned for our personal security. (We had been warned about, and were constantly on the alert for, pickpockets, but that's not the same as being scared physically - as I have been in San Francisco, New York, Winnipeg and Nairobi.)

Our room (#1, Tango) was spacious, spotlessly clean, furnished very comfortably with a mix of modern on the bed side and what appear to genuine antiques in the sitting area. There are no windows to the exterior and, as someone else mentioned, you can hear people in the hallway. But no windows is an advantage and while we were there, other guests were were quiet and considerate (perhaps because they were all in the same figurative boat.) If I were forced to find something critical, the only thing I could come up with would be that neither the double sinks drained very quickly.

Breakfast was plentiful, healthy and good: Coffee, tea, good orange juice, eggs cooked to order, the Argentine version of croissants, breads, cereals.

The staff was unfailingly friendly, welcoming, accommodating and helpful. We had the 'promociones' package and, instead of being picked up, were driven to the airport by private car & driver. The 'welcome' gift was a bottle of quite good, if perhaps not spectaular Argentine wine.

The tango lesson was terrific fun, at a club a few doors up the street where all the participants except us were locals and the teachers (an older couple at least in their mid-late 60s) taught us more, more successfully, in an hour and a half than we had learned in countless lessons here at home years ago or most recently on the cruise. And that despite the fact that my Spanish and everyone else's English was abysmal!

We liked the Gurda and are glad we stayed there. Others may not, because there are trendier, cleaner, more chic areas of Buenos Aires to stay.

But to begin to understand Porteno life, Argentina and Buenos Aires, this is perfect.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2011

Gurda Tango is a beautiful hotel in the fantastic San Telmo district. The hotel is totally original, full of chracter and with stylish and very comfortable rooms. The location is ideal, in the centre of San Telmo, right opposite the pretty Lezama park. We felt very safe in this district, as we did in all of Argentina (except outside tourist areas of la Boca, but people are always advised to take care there!). There are many good bars and restaurants within easy walking distance and the park is ideal for relaxing after all the other sight-seeing. Plaza Dorrengo is very close which was our favourite area of BA.
The staff at Gurda Tango are very friendly and speak fluent English. They are helpful and will arrange excursions and recommend excellent restaurants. All in all, a wonderful hotel in the very best area of Buenos Aires.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

This is a very small boutique hotel in San Telmo (the “bohemian” part of the city). We didn’t love the area (dirty, broken sidewalks, dark, lots of cockroaches running around), but the hotel itself is safe and very clean, with a 24-hour concierge and several locks. The neighbourhood itself feels quite dodgy at night, but the hotel is within easy walking distance of several fantastic restaurants, the Sunday fair, and even Puerto Madero.

For the most part the staff members were incredibly helpful in telling us about the city and culture, giving us restaurant suggestions, and booking activities. Carolina and Karina in particular were wonderful. About half spoke fluent English (some others did not but tried very hard). Breakfast could be a bit hit and miss – some days we would arrive just before the end of the set serving time and the staff member on duty wouldn’t ask us if we wanted any (or talk to us at all); other days we would arrive hours after breakfast officially ended not expecting any food and be offered the full meal with freshly prepared eggs, fruit, cereal, coffee, toast/jams, etc. Very odd.

The front rooms can be very loud as they face onto an interior courtyard so you can hear anyone and everyone who is having a conversation/coming and going with suitcases/getting breakfast ready/cleaning the rooms. I would recommend the back rooms for a quieter time.

The rooms have air conditioning (a must in Buenos Aires!) and comfortable beds and there is free Internet and a computer to use in the front room.

Overall I’m not sure it was worth what we paid but by and large we enjoyed our time there andKarina and Carolina really made it an enjoyable experience – recommended with some reservations.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2011

Gurda is a comfortable boutique hotel with only 7 rooms. What made our stay was the friendly enthusiastic staff, particularly Karina and Carolina, who helped us with advice on site-seeing, shopping, restaurants and bookings.
We selected the Gurda Hotel on the basis of its TA reviews. We found that the reviews gave an accurate picture of our experience. We were wanting to stay in one of the less touristy neighbourhoods and visit parillas and restaurants that catered for the locals, rather than tourists.
Before we arrived in BA, some of the comments in the forum about San Telmo made us a bit concerned about location and safety when staying at Gurda. However, once in BA, we didn’t find these things an issue.
There is a bus stop right outside the hotel for the various buses that run down Defensa. Radio taxis were cheap and readily available and we used these to visit other neighbourhoods of the city.
One of the best things about the Gurda Hotel is that it is opposite the green open space of Parque Lezama. It was wonderful watching the way that the locals use and enjoy the park with all the different activities.

Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Defensa 1521 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires 1413, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > San Telmo
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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#101 Luxury Hotel in Buenos Aires
#123 Romantic Hotel in Buenos Aires
Price Range: $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Gurda Tango Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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