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“Stat Away!”
Review of Hotel Bolivar

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Hotel Bolivar
Ranked #382 of 446 Hotels in Buenos Aires
Toledo, Spain
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Stat Away!”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

STAY AWAY! It's not a hotel it's a hostel with shared bathrooms, that are not very clean, other facilities also not in very good shape. Despite fair location the "hotel" have serious problems with electricity, so if you come back after walk around BA - and they will give you a candle, don't be surprised, also they will not give you the towels because... oops, the dryer is not working for the same reason. It's not an accident - they were prepared because they do have prepared lanterns in every floor. We had very negative experience with this "hotel".

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Vladimir C
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

I loved the charm of this hostel inside. The door to the room is huge, old classic design. The floor is aged wood and the ceiling was 20 feet high. I thought I got a super deal since I could easily access puerto madero, San Telmo market and buses/subway easily on foot. The staff arranged a bike tour through Tangol and a sunday afternoon boca juniors soccer game at Bombanera. Ramiro was a fantastic host throughout my 6 day stay and all the staff was always friendly and helpful.

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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3 Thank Austinflyr
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Located in the centre of San Telmo it didnt matter that this hotel was basic as we knew we would be out for food and drinks. Close to some great restaurants even being so central it was quiet. The hotel is manned 24hours and reception needs to open the main door for you so security was great. Service was helpful and friendly (although we speak Spanish so I dont know how valid this is if you dont know the language).

We stayed in a twin room with no outside windows. However, the room was large so the lack of windows wasnt really an issue as it wasnt stuffy and we were out most of the time. The private shower is again basic but good water pressure.

I would recommend staying here, saving the extra money for steak, red wine and tango!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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5 Thank GLMurray
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Florida Panhandle, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2013

This hotel has the type of accommodations I seek; it is exceptionally well located, and I just had to pay for a bed and a private bath, not for TV or other distractions that would keep me from wondering through such an interesting city. The hotel has a nice room facing the street where one can have meals; there is a kitchen, but there is little need to cook with so many options within walking distance. El Banco Rojo in the next block sells gyros, and about three blocks away Antonino sells prepared seafood by weight and other delicacies to go. The San Telmo Market and several convenience stores are also a few steps away. There are plenty of restaurants around and if you want to watch tango dancers while you have dinner, Plaza Dorrego is three blocks away. There is WIFI in the hotel, but I do not carry a computer, so when I needed one I went to the business next door that offers computer or telephone use for a small fee. I only had to walk three blocks to do my laundry. The San Telmo Stop for the Bus Turistico is also three blocks away. Sunday, the day of the San Telmo Fair was when I was especially glad I stayed there because it was so convenient to shop, go drop my purchases to the room, and return to the fair to take pictures and eat. The staff is friendly and the door stays locked; one must ring the bell. Someone was always at the desk during the week I stayed there. I felt comfortable asking the person at the desk for directions and even for suggestions to buy CDs. The room was not cleaned every day and the towels are thin, but I can always carry a towel, and I do not stay in the room long enough to mess it up.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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8 Thank PazEADora
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2012

after going to an awfull hotel i found Hotel Abolivar to be classic and nice, great attention and spacious bedrooms. For $37 a night a double room with private bathroom. The location is the best, just 3 blocks from a plaza with live music, restaurants, bistros. All the neighbourhood is pleasant and shops are everywhere, specially antique stores. Creativity all around with craftmans selling creations for good prices. The bathroom is not separated toilet from shower so may be a bit aventurous for few.

Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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2 Thank Nuno A
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Victoria, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2012

The location could not be any better than this for the price paid. In the heart of San Telmo, a great place to mingle with the locals. Some tourists in San Telmo but mainly during the antique market on Sundays.
The reason I say fabulous place for "travellers" is that the average "tourist" would probably find this place to be nowhere near their standards, but for people who have done a lot of travelling staying in very basic places, and just need a place to crash then this is the place for you. Things are very rustic (rough) but this only adds to the charm of the place. High ceilings with fans, most rooms open onto courtyard (no windows for most rooms), private bathrooms with shower and lots of hot water at any time of the day! Beds very basic also.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Julie B
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Montevideo, Uruguay
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2012

well, it's great located but the crew is very cold and the towels were dirty when there was towels in the room... the kitchen is a shame...

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Mariana L
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Property: Hotel Bolivar
Address: Calle Gral Simon Bolivar 886 | Entre la Avenida Independencia y la calle Estados Unidos, Buenos Aires C1066AAR, Argentina
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Region: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > San Telmo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #382 of 446 Hotels in Buenos Aires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Bolivar 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With an excellent location, 3 blocks from Plaza Dorrego and 7 blocks from downtown, Hotel Bolivar offers more than 30 rooms so that you stay without spending more. ... more   less 
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