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“Excellent value oasis of calm in beautiful San Telmo”

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Puerto Limon Hostel
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

A lovely, relaxed and friendly oasis of calm. Puerto Limon is excellent value considering you are in the centre of San Telmo, a few blocks south of the microcentre and right next to the San Telmo market. The owner is very laid back and helpful and his team are friendly and efficient and he offered us a small discount as we were staying for just under two weeks which, considering it was high season, was generous. The rooms are very clean and have air conditioning which is a god-send once summer hits. The breakfast is simple but nice - reasonable bread, good coffee, juice, jams, dulce de leche and is included in the price. The common areas are nicely decorated and distinctive. A sort of vintage theme which reflects the area as it is antique market central. There is a lovely patio area and they play really good but chilled music all day long. Laundry is pretty cheap for Argentina, 20 pesos for a big bag and returned same day. There is also free internet and good selection of reasonably priced and cold drinks - beer, juice, water. Great find. Kitchen isn´t as spotless as it could be but has everything you need in it and really only a small criticism. So glad we found this place in our first few hours in Buenos Aires.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2012 via mobile

the rooms are standard, they are cleand everyday as the bathrooms. The kitchen is okay. The bathrooms are good, there could be more showers but like always it works. The neighborhood is quiet alright even it doesn't seem so, i felt save and had a good time.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

My friend and I stayed here for 4 nights in late May 2012. We found the hostel incredibly warm and really enjoyed meeting a bunch of fellow backpackers that we spent nights drinking with in the common room. We both weren't smokers and appreciated that most everyone went outside to smoke on the back patio (perhaps they changed their policy since previous reviews say it was really smokey). We stayed in the dorm room and it was pretty standard as far as dorm rooms go. Breakfast is pretty basic with coffee/tea, rolls/bread, dulce, jam, butter, etc. We never had a problem with the staff and actually found them really helpful. There's a kitchen for people to use and they didn't seem to have a problem with folks bringing in outside booze. The hostel is situated right in the San Telmo area which we loved for this really chill vibe and kind of artsy neighborhood. Not super convenient to the party areas in Palermo but you can always take a cab. If you stay here, you must go to La Carreteria for dinner...it's only a few blocks away and was one of the best meals we had in BA.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at Puerto Limon for just over 2 weeks in February 2012 and in general, really enjoyed our stay.

The hostel is extremely well-run by Bruno and the rest of the team. Staff were on duty 24 hours a day, nothing was ever too much trouble and the staff were always smiling.

The hostel is in an excellent location in the San Telmo neighbourhood, just 3 blocks walk from Plaza Dorego and a 5 minute walk from the nearest Metro. The neighbourhood is safe to walk around - day and night - and there's an excellent array of grocery shops, bakeries, cafes, restaurants and bars within a couple of minutes walk.

We were lucky enough to stay in room 2, which I would particularly recommend to couples... It was one of the best rooms we stayed in on our whole South America trip. Large room with one double bed and a single bed... air con (much needed in BA in february) and a nice en-suite bathroom. The room and bathroom were cleaned daily too.

The hostel facilities are good. The kitchen was very well stocked with good cooking equipment and was always kept clean. There is an inside lounge area with tv and outside patio area.

We only had 2 negatives concerning this hostel...

1, the breakfast was poor. Just small bits of dry bread with butter and dulce de leche and jam. With diluted coffee and juice. We'd had much better breakfasts in other hostels that we stayed in in Argentina.

2, the laid back attitude to allowing smoking anywhere in the hostel. Apart from the kitchen, smoking was allowed everywhere in the hostel... Including the inside communal areas such as the seating area for eating. For us as non-smokers, this became intolerable, as we felt that we couldn't escape the clouds of cigarette smoke. For us, this became a massive let-down for the Hostel.

In general...I'd recommend this hostel for it's location and service. However I would suggest non-smokers steer clear!

  • Stayed: February 2012
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PuertoLimonHostel, Propietario at Puerto Limon Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2012

Hi Laura,

Thank you for placing your review.

I am pleased to advise that just since May 31 (World No Tobacco Day) It`s not alowed to smoke inside the hostel, only at the patio.

Thank you once again and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Regards,
Gabriel

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Reviewed 9 November 2011

I was there in July and didnt like it !!!!!
I was expecting a very relax place and welcoming but the owner didnt even bother to say Hello !!! in the morning and after midnight they switch off the lights and left us in the complete dark !!!!!
Also the breakfast was very basic ..... bread and jam !!!!
Where is the Che .... Boludo vibe ???? If you want a real taste of Argentina go somewhere else !!!!! There is plenty of other hostel more friendly in BA ......

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

This hostel was exactly what we were looking for. At $20/night per person, my friend and I got a private room next to the kitchen. Because we were there in the winter, there weren't people on the patio talking until the early hours of the morning. In fact, the hostel was quiet and relaxing compared to most I have experienced. We needed some assistance to close the metal window covering but that was a minor snag.

The breakfast was modest including coffee, juice, milk, toast and various spreads. There is also a small area with two computers to check email, Facebook, etc which was convenient.

The location was perfect. We arrived on a Sunday and being just three blocks from San Telmo Square was great to get our bearings but still do some sightseeing.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 January 2011

This place had a very "hippie" vibe with quite a few of them hanging around the common areas most of the night and day. Right outside our room was a table with chairs where people would stay up late talking so not the best nights sleep (and then they would start again at 8am in the morning). Room was okay, private twin with a small bathroom. if you opened the bathroom window anyone walking past could see you in the shower, so was kind of weird. Also people could always see through the windows in the bedroom as the shutters were not wide enough. Breakfast was nothing special. Location was great. Staff were friendly enough, but hardly ever anyone at reception.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Calle Chacabuco 1080, Buenos Aires C1069AAV, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > San Telmo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 468 Speciality Lodging in Buenos Aires
Price Range: £8 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Puerto Limon Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in San Telmo, 2 blocks away from the ¨Plaza Dorrego¨ and ten minutes from the major tourist attractions. There’s a big kitchen fully equipped, a chill out room and bar service. The place is decorated with the idea of creating a cool mix between modern and retro. We offer double rooms with private bathroom, dorms with air conditioning, powerful hot showers. The hostel has an enclosed courtyard with a barbecue. A massive plus is space. ... more   less 
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