This has been a hotel since it was built 160 years ago, with all that implies: charming architecture, basic facilities. There's a dumb waiter serving all floors, on which you can send used room service crockery down to the kitchen, and it is electric. But the breakfast is basic and crowded, the net access WiFi is (reasonably) charged by the hour, and the banging of the elevator cages and doors can be disturbing. Hot water, on the other hand, is copious.
Beds are fine, if narrow. Rooms are warm, but can be aired. Reception staff are helpful, and multi-lingual. Rooms look as though they are gradually being refurbished. Staff will help with booking taxis ahead of time, including to the airport - but check whether you need Ezeiza or the Aeroparque (for domestic traffic and flights to Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay).
The location is the hotel's great advantage - a few steps away from Calle Florida's shops and cafes, an easy stroll to the theatres on Corrientes, and the Subte (underground / metro), buses and taxis to everywhere. And don't be afraid to use the services of the money changers on the street ("Cambio cambio?") Everyone local does, and it's worth it. Or bring as many dollars as you can. The Paris of South America may be down at heel, but its charm is still irresistible.More
- Free Wifi
- Breakfast included