There is no doubt that Avenue Hostel is in a great location, and that is the reason that we ended up there. The rates are cheap for dorm beds, and the rooms are reasonably clean. That's pretty much where the positives end. They advertise that all rooms have A/C, but that's not actually true. Some just have fans, and the building itself can get pretty steamy. They serve "breakfast" in the morning, but it's just Wonderbread, a toaster, some jam or Dulce de Leche, and instant coffee. One morning it was so hot I nearly passed out at breakfast. Another morning it was raining and the roof was dripping all over everything, so you had to dodge drips as you made your toast. The bathrooms are dirty and constantly out of toilet paper or paper towels. The sheets I was given had someone else's hair on them.
We started out sharing a room with another couple, but when we returned to find our room reeking of pot, we requested a change. They grudgingly allowed us to change, but put us in a room without A/C (but it did have a working fan, and so wasn't too hot).
The staff at the front desk were nice enough, though seemed generally a bit distracted. There was one staff member though who seemed to just work at the breakfasts/bar who was incredibly rude all the time. It seems that they clean the rooms only when the entire room is vacant, so if it's busy, you'll be put in a dirty room. The kitchen is abysmal, with only a couple old pots, no decent knives, no silverware, no bottle-opener... no nothing. And the folks who stay there seemed pretty bad about cleaning their dishes. The fridge smelled and there was constantly a pile of dirty dishes in the sink.
Overall, in such a big city, surely you can do better than this. The private double rooms cost about the same or a little more than many local hotels, and the bed rate is comparable to other spots. Definitely poke around onTripAdvisor to find a better option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avenue Hostel is a new hostel in the heart of Buenos Aires. Located in the best area. We offer assistance of all your needs, planning your trip and giving information about Argentina and all that a "muchiler" needs to start his trip in South America. Air conditioning in every room, breakfast included, free 24 hour Internet access, best atmosphere, club where you can listen to music, watch DVD or just hang out and have fun... ... more less
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