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“Started off on wrong foot - but we still like it here.”
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Gran Hotel Hispano
Ranked #219 of 446 Hotels in Buenos Aires
San Antonio, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Started off on wrong foot - but we still like it here.”
Reviewed 26 July 2010

We stayed at this hotel in 2008 and wanted to stay here again as it is not the usual run-of-the-mill chain hotel and we like that. The hotel was exactly as we remember it - so we were glad to be back.
There were two negatives of our visit this time, though.
The first was we arrived at the hotel around 8pm and our room was not ready!!!!!!!! Really? Turns out that the people who were in our room asked for an additional half day, and then stayed past the time they were supposed to leave - because one of the people in the room was ill. So, it was not a good feeling to enter that room, KNOWING someone had been ill in there. Felt very uneasy for a few hours there after that. Granted, that could happen anywhere without being aware of it, but it's just that this time, we knew.
Second, since it was winter, the hotel had the heaters going and there was no way to regulate the air in our rooms if we wanted them a little cooler. Without windows in the rooms, the only other alternative is to keep the door to the room open for fresh air, and who wants to do that??? Fortunately our room had a small fan, and we lent it to our son-in-law, whose room was a lot hotter than ours.
Some of the rooms have windows, and in 2008, we were lucky enough to get one of those rooms. If you need fresh air, try to get a room with a window! In 2008, we also had a room that faced Avenida de Mayo - a street noisy 24/7 - but were told that they had recently installed noise proof windows in those front rooms.
Pros of this hotel: Avenida de Mayo, the street the hotel is on, is an exciting street and any and all kinds of things can happen on that street; Cafe Tortoni is just a few feet away; the inside of the hotel has a very charming inner courtyard; some rooms have quite comfortable and spacious bathrooms with nice upgrades; there are two computers for guests to use; water in breakfast area to fill water bottles with; nice outdoor patio for guests to use; the hotel just has a feel of South America..
Cons of this hotel: windowless rooms can get quite warm in winter; breakfast is just ordinary; some rooms have only a shower curtain separating the shower from the rest of the bathroom; lots of stairs to climb if you don't want to wait for the old-timey elevator.
Would we stay here a third time? Definitely.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Vienna, Austria
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2010

We have been in the Hispano Hotel in 1998 ( not 2007, but the menu doesnt allow earlier than that). The room was basic, but clean. The rooms are set very romantically. It is central and it was not expensive.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Denton, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2010

If you want a nice clean comfortable place to stay that is central in the city, this is the place for you. This is not the Hilton or Mariott. It is an older hotel that has been kept up with it's original classic style. This hotel has class.

We were there in the summer and it was hot outside. They put us in a room with a ceiling fan but no air. My daughter had been living in Buenos Aires for 18 months and she thought the room was fine but my wife and I needed air conditioning. The next day we asked for a room with air and they moved us to a room with central air. The central air was not as cold as I like a room but it was fine.

The rooms are small but not so small that they are uncomfortable. The bathrooms are fine. It was all very clean. The furnishings and wall coverings were colorful and clean.

The rooms are all around a central atrium. If you had time you could relax in this atrium and read or eat breakfast.

They had computers for guests to use. We had our own computer and the wireless internet was very fast. They also have a safety deposit box in the closet and it was easy to use. We did not use the gym

The staff was friendly and helpful. They got me everything I needed. I don't speak spanish but they understood whatever I needed.

The elevator is small but it worked and was fine. We had a room with a balcony that overlooked Ave. de Mayo and there is constant noise from the street but it was not so loud that it kept us awake. The other rooms do not have windows so we were happy to have the balcony and a little noise. Breakfast is typical for Argentina, a couple of different types of sweet bread and juice, milk or coffee.

This hotel is right in the center of things in Buenos Aires. It is a short walk to all the street shopping and great dining. We used the subway a lot to get around and the stations are right out the door. With the subway so close it was quick and easy to see all of Buenos Aires.

If you want to relax by a pool or get pampered in a spa then the Hotel Gran Hispano is not for you. If you want to see Buenos Aires and experience a classic hotel and the Argentina culture then stay at the Hotel Gran Hispano.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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2 Thank Father0f6
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Berlin, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
134 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 May 2009

We chose the Gran Hotel Hispano because of its location and this is certainly the biggest plus. The downturn, of course, is the noise. Avenida de Mayo is a busy, busy street all day and all night. We were unfortunate enough to have our room (and balcony) facing exactly this street. The room was rather flashy decorated (pink flowers and ornaments!) and felt somewhat claustrophobic. The breakfast was very basic and the hotel did not have the charm the photos on the website may suggest. Considering the rate of USD 56 per night not really a bargain. When we strolled along Avenida de Mayo the other day we discovered a number of interesting looking hotels nearby, especially the Hotel Chile at no 1297 (160 Pesos for a double per night), which looks really beautiful and charming at least from the outside. We regretted having booked the Gran Hotel Hispano in advance. If I were to stay for a number of nights in Buenos Aires again, I would arrange accommodation for the first night and then shop around on Avenida de Mayo for a hotel with more atmosphere and flair.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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California Central Coast
Level 6 Contributor
85 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2009

I have stayed in the Gran Hotel before, and stayed in Jan for three days, and Feb. for one. I had to move to another hotel. Since there are no windows, only a glass in the door once the air conditioning is shut off there is no air and the room rapidly grows hot, damp and musty.
The hotel needs to leave on its ventilation system.
There seems to be no security as each night there was much noise in the attractive internal central court. People would talk loudly on cell phones, argue, discuss things, stop loudlly, and even fight! I was awaken repeatedly until one occasion 3 am! "Rosa, Rosa. Let me in, Rosa!"
A security person inside the hotel would help.
Unfortunately, I will never stay there again, and wish to withdraw my previous review.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled solo
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3 Thank MtDavid
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2009

It's a good bargain, if you can tolerate basic accommodations. It was a "gran" hotel back in its glory days of the 40's.

Those with locomotion problems might want to know that the guard who decides whether you can come in and who dispenses and takes the brass keys is up a half flight of marble steps, and the "front" desk and elevator, up another. As far as lugging suitcases up, you are on your own.

The hotel is built around a charming central corridor, reminiscent of Spain in the old days. At the end of the corridor is the breakfast room, where a good but basic breakfast is included.

I stayed on the first floor (really the second floor), where there is no air conditioning. The ceiling fans do a pretty good job. The first room they gave me had a bathroom with no raised tile around the tiny shower. A squeegee on a pole was an ominous reminder of the cleanup job awaiting a weary traveler after a shower. I asked for and was transferred to another room that did have a raised tile enclosure for the shower. This room also had the handy-dandy squeegee, and, because the shower curtain was about an inch too short, I had to use it. The subfloor just outside the exit to the bathroom gave alarmingly when I stepped on it, probably as a result of many soakings from water escaping the bathroom.

The decor was 50's and dreary. Everything was clean except the bedspreads, which looked as if they could use a good wash. The bed was comfortable.

Pluses were the two internet stations in the small "lobby" and the location--less than a block from the subte and the Café Tortoni.

  • Liked — Internet access, friendly staff, breakfast
  • Disliked — shower floods, stairs to street
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled solo
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Thank pegz
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Chicago
Level 6 Contributor
64 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2008

I have stayed at this property before and would stay again. If you want luxurious soaps and fancy bedding, this probably isn't for you. But if you want a perfectly located place in the center of town with clean rooms, nice staff, free internet, a little breakfast before you head out for a cheap price, this place is for you. The street that it sits on is one of the main avenues so you have access to ATM's, cafe's, pharmacies, the metro, calle Florida, etc. The subway stop a block away gets you to Retiro, the bus station. You can walk to San Telmo, you can walk to Recoletta (it's a bit far but I love to walk). Breakfast is coffee and croissants. The room was fine. No window, but the french doors open to a courtyard atrium that people sit out and have breakfast. I wouldn't mind a window, but it's not a dealbreaker since I generally go out of the hotel all day, not sit in and look out the window. Nobody ever smoked while I was there. The staff were nice and helpful, limited english but they got me where I needed to be. For the price and location, I would stay again.

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  • Stayed November 2008, travelled solo
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Property: Gran Hotel Hispano
Address: Avenida de Mayo 861, Buenos Aires C1084AAD, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > Montserrat , El Centro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#26 Best Value Hotel in Buenos Aires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gran Hotel Hispano 2.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gran Hotel Hispano has a Spanish colonial style architecture, very colorful and bright. It highlights the large courtyard with glass roof and sliding, the living rooms of the second and third floor and terrace, a small oasis that can take some sun in the center of the city.Rooms, carefully refurbished trying to The structure of the building from the late nineteenth century, are illuminated through French windows that open to the courtyard. Rooms with windows to the outside, spacious and bright.Among the common use facilities features a large breakfast room with TV, that can also be used for meetings or events, two computers in the first floor lobby with internet access and printers, and cozy places to be on the different floors of the hotel.Also offer cribs for babies (up to one year of age do not pay accommodation), we dispenser hot and cold water, laundry service, and all our efforts to please you and make your stay at the Gran Hotel Hispano enjoyable. ... more   less 
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