I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in Feb 08 as I booked a "stopover" with Tucan before my Peru trip. The trip in from the airport isn't lovely, with Russian block-style concrete projects and crumbling slummy lowrises. Though the air was warm, it was filled with exhaust and sewage, and the buildings downtown could use a good wash- soot and grafitti abounded. I couldn't take any issue with the location of the hotel - in centro, perfect to drive a few minutes north to Recoleta or Palermo, a few minutes by taxi from the port/Puerto Madero area, and just north of San Telmo. This hotel is on a narrow, one-way street which is right next to the main pedestrian street, Florida, near shopping and business on Cordoba, and walking distance to Plaza de Mayo and all the sites on main drag Avenida de Mayo. I paid the outrageous sum of $350US for three nights including continental breakfast, a tango show and dinner and all day city tour. While I'm sure I could have arranged it myself for a bit less, tango shows generally ran $100 including transport, the hotel room was about $60US/night by itself, and it was nice to be picked up for the group bus tour, even if it was late. My room, #103, was average. The shower nozzle fell off, leaving a tap flow rather than spray, which didn't bother me, but the stall was so small I had to literally stand outside the stall, nearly in the bidet, to shave my legs. When I returned from dancing one night the power was out to the whole block. If you like Irish pubs, the Kilkenny is a few metres away, packed after work. Breakfast was pastries, coffee and teas, omelettes to order (with a little patience) and milk/yogurt. BA grew on me, especially the awesome dance scene. I arrived on a Wed night and went directly to Confiteria Ideal. There expert tango instructor Eduardo Saucedo, a friend of my Vancouver tango teacher, taught many beginners for a good 3 hrs. His assistant Gabriel found I had some skill so I was recruited immediately! Thurs nite I went to the tango show at Sabor a Tango, which included a lesson, dinner of steak, fries, wine and ice cream, and a very good show of 8 dancers with excellent orchestra, 2 drummers, gauchos (cowboy) and singers, as well as a traditional indigenous band of pipes. Friday night you MUST go to the Armenian centre, known as La Estrella/La Viruta in Palermo. 4 floors of dancing, $3 lessons in salsa and tango, free demos, bar, $3 to get in and dance all night long. Portenos (people in Buenos Aires) are gorgeous and anywhere is less than $5 by taxi. BA is affordable (moreso than Chile, for example), and you must take the Buquebus ferry ($70US) to Colonia in Uruguay for a day. The terminal is a few minutes by taxi, as is the famous Recoleta cemetery and La Boca district, which is safe by day and has street tango shows all Sunday. Enjoy!
Property: Hotel PromenadeAddress: Calle Marcelo T de Alvear 444, Buenos Aires C1058AAD, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > Retiro
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Ranked #148 of 488 Speciality Lodging in Buenos Aires
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Promenade 3*
Number of rooms: 61
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