If you look for a luxurious room while travelling, then you won't be satisfied with this hotel.
However, if you want a decent, basic room in a prime location, then "Gran Argentino" is for you.
We paid 65 US dollars per night for a double room, with breakfast included, and it was a great value.
Before going to Buenos Aires, I read some of the reviews on "Gran Argentino" and saw some of the photos posted and I was worried to say the least.
What really scared me was the "Bed bug" comment and, as a result, I took a full set of bed sheet with me in my luggage.
I ended up not using them since, after inspecting the bed, I found nothing wrong with it.
I slept 3 nights here and I didn't suffer any bed bugs bites.
Also, the photos posted by other members showing broken tiles in the bathroom and damaged windows, are things I didn't see in my room on the third floor (room number: 323).
I believe the hotel has undergone some renovation since 2008, when these photos were posted.
Again, the room I was given wasn't luxurious, but it wasn't dirty either.
It was just what I needed: clean and simple.
The only downside: there was no mini-bar.
There was, however, a safe-box, which you can open and close using your credit card.
Just slide your credit card (not the room key!) from left to right and the safe will open / close.
The breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10.30am on the 7th floor.
The menu includes two different kinds of omlette (one with ham), a wide selection of meat and cheese, a very nice fruite salad, plus some tasty desert.
I can say the breakfast exceeded my expectations for a 3-star hotel.
The main problem of the hotel was that it had two lifts which are very slow.
As a result, sometimes we used the stairs after getting tired of waiting for the elevator.
Also, even though our room was far from the lifts, I could hear the doors opening and closing. This could be a problem, if you are a light sleeper.
You can use wi-fi internet in your room.
It costs 5 euros (20 pessos) per day and provides a fast connection.
I landed in the "Jorge Newbery" (also called "Aeroparque") airport in Buenos Aires.
This is not the main airport, but much closer to the city.
From here, you can take the bus number 45 to the hotel.
Just go out from the main exit in the airport, turn left without crossing the street, and you'll see the station.
Don't forget that you have to buy your ticket on the bus, from the machine, and you can only pay in coins.
The ticket costs 1.25 pessos.
After getting on the bus number 45, you have to get off at the "Avenida Cordoba" stop.
From here, walk straight forward to "Avenida Corrientes".
Once there, turn right and walk to the "Obelisk" (the giant monument) at "Carlos Pellegrini".
Here, you should see the "Mcdonalds" or an "M&M" shop / kiosk.
Walk past them, go straight forward until you'll reach the "Gran Argentino" hotel.
Another option would be to take the metro and get off at "Avenida Mayo" station.
However, you can't take the metro from the airport, as far as I know.
The hotel provides a shuttle to both airports.
Its costs 130 pessos (25 euros) to the "Ministro Pistarini" airport and 55 pessos (11 euros) to go to "Jorge Newbery" (Aeroparque).
The location of the hotel is great.
You can walk to main tourist attractions like:
- Casa Rosada
- The Congress building
- Palacio Bariolo
- The Florida street
- San Telmo
There is a "Carrefour" right next to the hotel.
Its open until 21.30.
Other than that, there are a lot of shops / restaurant in the area.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC