I chose this place because I'd stayed here 3 years ago and had fond memories.
It seemed though that the clientel had changed a bit. It was less backpacker and more local (Argentine) families and a roudy school group the day I arrived. The guard actually blocked me from entering and questioned if I'd got the wrong place (he assumed I'd made a mistake and was staying at Millhouse Hostel down the road).
The dorm was ok. 4 beds with individual lockers (bring your own padlock). Pretty noisey as it faced the street. There's an antique lift (elevator) which requires you to close the doors when you exit. A lot of the time people didn't close them properly and a loud annoying alarm would go off until somebody came along and corrected the situation. The cleaners came in each day, made the bed and left a little bar of soap which was a nice touch.
The shared bathroom was clean enough but the toilet doors were too close to the toilet which made for a cramped visit.
The desk staff were not very friendly. Something that had changed since my last visit. They seemed a lot friendlier in the emails they wrote me confirming the reservation.
The price (45 pesos for a dorm bed) includes breakfast (2 medialunas, artificial juice and coffee). This is served from the 'bar/restaurant' which seemed to be open for about 3 hours for lunch on weekdays and that was it.
Overall if you are looking for a functional, reasonably priced place to stay this will do fine. But if you want friendly staff and a social atmosphere go down the road a few doors to Millhouse (that's what I'm going to do when I return to B.A, I went to check it out during my stay at Sudamerika).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sudamerika Hostel & Suites CENTRO is an old building, in the center of Buenos Aires, in a place known as the “Casco histórico” (historic centre). A very nice building, completely refurbished and full of light, with a glass made ceiling. Many interesting places are only steps away. ... more less
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