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“Locate good - not much else great.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Circus Hostel & Hotel

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Circus Hostel & Hotel
Ranked #62 of 450 Hotels in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Locate good - not much else great.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012 via mobile

PROS:
1. The location of the hotel is good - not great - not really in the nice part of San Telmo but within walking distance of the major attractions which is great.
2. The hostel is very quiet. We were in a private room so it was more like a 3* hotel for us.

CONS:
1. There was only 1 staff member that was helpful. Besides her the rest were not helpful at all. 2. The Internet was down, literally 80% of the time we were there. It was really annoying and difficult to do simple things - online check in for flights, internet banking.
3. We booked this hostel specifically because it says on it's website that it runs tours. It runs no tours it just gives you contact details for tour companies.

If you are going to book this hostel note: there is an AWESOME steak restaurant at 855 Defensa called DesNivel which was amazing!! The best steak we have ever had - and as Aussies we have had a lot of steak!!!!

End of the day we wouldn't book again - it just wasn't anything special.

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Madison, Wisconsin
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122 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2012

Circus is a small hotel in the San Telmo district of Buenos Aires. It seems to be run for mostly younger travelers but four of us in our 60's stayed there for one week. We found it comfortable, clean and well run. We liked the location because it is in the center of the old part of the city. We enjoyed walking the neighborhood. There are many small shops, restaurants etc in the neighborhood. The hotel arranged for a reliable remise to and from the airport.

If you like staying in small reasonable hotels in the older sections of town you should enjoy this one.

The only downside for us was the level of noise in the common room. The young staff and customers evidently enjoyed loud music.

We were there during a heat wave so the electricity in the neighborhood went down frequently. That was not the fault of the hotel but did leave us hot and sweaty for several hours. But find yourself a good Gelato shop at you will survive the heat most pleasantly.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

I stayed here in 2011, i had good experience here as it is a mix between hotel and hostel without the bedbugs!
Service wasnt too bad but could be better..overall if u ignore that, the downstairs common area and pool area are a great way to meet people and experience this wonderful city!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Munich, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

The facilities are modern and stylish, very relaxing vibe, practical common areas such as the pool and TV area. WIFI did work while we were there but mainly around the common areas. Staff was helpful thought needs to get a bit more informed about the city and things to do.

Rooms are simple, but really clean. Bathrooms are also clean, we had our own private bathroom as I understand all rooms have.

The breakfast was more than I expected, similar to a continental breakfast.

Definitively a place to go back to.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Francis B
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Santiago, Chile
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

My wife and I have stayed here a few times. The staff are great, the food is awesome, the air-conditioning is just right and the pool really helps to beat the summer heat. the living room with a nice big t.v. and internet is very comfortable and the beds are really comfy and have nice white linen. Careful though, remember it is still a hostel. You will hear some of the noise and the guests are younger and stay up later, but you can't beat it for the price. Great restaurants and pubs nearby too if you want to get out.......Hopefully they can maintain their customer service level....

Room Tip: Pay the few dollars extra for the private room if you are a couple.........
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Canucktravelbum
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

As most travellers have noted, this isn't the place to stay if you want five star or even three star comforts. This is a hostel at the end of the day.

The facilities they have means they can very easily convert it to a three star hotel with not much further investment, but they prefer to run it as a hostel. As a consequence the customer service and the atmosphere can leave a bit to be desired at the time, but for the price we paid for a double room with en-suite and breakfast, we don't have any real complaints.

Plus the location is very good and quite central in San Telmo.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gbest7
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

Noisy unclean hostel. I was overcharged by the rude reception staff and then they refused to refund the difference. When i challanged the bill (once they had billed my credit card)They claimed some other people we had been hanging out with in the hostel hadn't paid their bill and we had to pay it because we had been associating with them. A ridiculous situation, why didn't they make us pay for everyone in the entire hostel because we had been in the same city as them? Totally unacceptable in my opinion. The manager on duty fufused to engage with our compliant and ignored us. I'm sorry but it was outright theft. The Only reason we let them get away with such a rip off was because we had to make an international flight.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Circus Hostel & Hotel

Property: Circus Hostel & Hotel
Address: Chacabuco 1020 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires C1069AAV, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > San Telmo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Buenos Aires
#62 Family Hotel in Buenos Aires
#73 Business Hotel in Buenos Aires
#96 Romantic Hotel in Buenos Aires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Circus Hostel & Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located centrally in San Telmo – Buenos Aires, at Circus Hostel & Hotel we combine low prices with a chill atmosphere to create a hostel with the look and feel of a boutique hotel.Our rooms were created for you to be able to rest quietly. From every room you will have an incredible view of the beautiful San Telmo neighborhood.Our breakfast includes croissants, toast, jams, squeezed orange juice, coffee and tea ... more   less 
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