From reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, I really felt like I was led astray. It was nothing like what I expected. The service was minimal and the room was small and basic. No table, no hair dryer, no TV, and the small wardrobe and bench furniture was all quite shabby. The light in the hall was off so I had to feel in the dark to get the key in the lock to enter our room. No towels, no remote for the air conditioner and no safe. I took the lift back to the lobby as there was no stair case other than the fire escape and only one small lift for the whole building. I inquired about towels and was told they had a problem and that the towels would be delivered in 20 minutes.
This was at about 5pm. Regarding the aircon, at first they seemed surprised that it wasn’t working and then they handed me a remote control (it worked really well once we got it going). I came back in around 8.30 and was handed a towel. I had to argue to get the second towel, pushing to convince the receptionist that there were really two of us.
My feeling is that it may once have been a hostel, and to some degree still behaves like one. The young people here seem to like it, and it’s the youth that they seem to be catering to, with ‘cool’ young people on the desk, a lounge area with a pool table, big TV, and a swimming pool that was well used by the clientele.
If this is your scene you may have a good time here, but if you’re just looking for nice room with good service and the usual facilities, forget it. I paid a fairly substantial 500 pesos for the privilege.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Circus Hotel Buenos Aires
- Circus Hostel And Hotel