The Plaza Hotel is centrally located on San Martin Plaza, very close to shopping, afternoon free tours of Buenos Aires and historic sites. It is easy to walk around Bs As from this starting point. The hotel is really historic and has a gorgeous drive-up entrance. The reception staff and lounge club staff were excellent and very attentive. The lounge on the 8th floor has bottled water (still and sparkling) and coffee 24 hours. Breakfast was on the smaller end of breakfasts we have had in Bs As and Argentina - 3 types of cereal, a few juices, some pastries, meat/cheese and some eggs. When we arrived for breakfast, it felt pretty picked over.
We arrived on our international flight and they had our room ready at 9:30 AM, which was excellent. Our room was on the 9th floor and when we arrived, they said that we had been moved to the top floor with a terrace. Our room was small, but did have a lovely terrace. Unfortunately, the terraces are closed for "guest safety", ours did seem a bit crumbly. It was a disappointment to not be able to open the window or crack the door for some air. The curtains were held up by velcro and when we tried to close them they came crashing down (with the lovely ripping velcro sound!) revealing some cracked paint and what looked like mold on the walls and ceiling. We were leaving the next morning and it was late, so we didn't request a new room. The bed was very comfortable and we had an excellent nights sleep. The tub is worn, but the rest of the bathroom was lovely. The business center is small but convenient and the printers were broken, but there was no sign letting us know.
We had difficulty getting in touch with the hotel in advance of our arrival to arrange a few services that we required, they don't publish an email address, so phoning them to make initial contact was the easiest. We had arranged transportation from the airport to the hotel and upon arrival asked about getting a ride the next day to the local airport. We were assured that with 10 minutes notice, that they would get us a radio taxi or car. The next morning, the person in charge of arranging cars said that there was no way for him to get us a taxi or a car and that we should just go (with all our luggage) and find a cab. They weren't willing to help us get a cab or to help us with our luggage to the street to find a cab. We dragged all of our things past the doormen and walked onto the street to hail our own cab. Ruined the high quality service we had received from the reception desk and the lounge.
Overall a good night sleep in a small room that is really close to where we wanted to be in Bs. As. Rather than coming back during our other stop overs in Bs. As., we elected to try the Park Tower (SPG next to Sheraton a few blocks away). Ended up staying there the remaining times we were in Bs. As. You still get Marriott points for the remainder of this year at the Plaza Hotel, which made that a hard decision.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the beauty of Argentina's most distinguished hotel, the Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires. Conveniently located in the heart of Buenos Aires just steps from Calle Florida shopping area and overlooking the Plaza San Martin, this Buenos Aires hotel offers exclusive guest rooms amenities with the best high speed Internet access and Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy the culture of the Retiro District's businesses, shops and restaurants as well as experience the tango dance in Buenos Aires. With nine ballrooms, our elegant hotel provides the perfect venue for any type of Argentina group meetings and memorable events. The Plaza Hotel houses the five-star Plaza Grill, known as one of the best Buenos Aires restaurants. Guests can also unwind at the Plaza Bar, chosen by FORBES as one of the top hotel bars in the world. Whether staying at the for business or pleasure, you are in the perfect place for a memorable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Buenos Aires
- Buenos Aires Marriott