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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel Buenos Aires