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“Neat little boutique hotel in a local neighborhood”

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Hotel Boutique Raco de Buenos Aires
Ranked #159 of 445 Hotels in Buenos Aires
Nevada
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“Neat little boutique hotel in a local neighborhood”
Reviewed 10 January 2012

Picked this from TA reviews. Wanted something local in a non-touristy area. Definitely very local in the Almagro neighborhood and hotel is a charming century old converted house. Not posh like Palermo or Recoletta but for a 3 nights stay it is memorable.
Location is fairly convenient. Subte (Castro Barrios station) is only few blocks (5-10 minutes walk) away. Have walked quite a bit around neighborhood at all times and felt safe although some streets near hotel are quite quiet and with tall shade trees and couple homeless people lying around, but they are harmless. Dog poop is something to watch out for in BA and here is no exception.
Several banks with ATM are on Ave. Riverdavia (where Subte station is also) and so is the fame Las Violetta (had a few nice meals there). Couple good size supermarkets and many smaller mercados (kind of like 7-11 3 times the size convenience stores) scattered all within few blocks. Ave. Riverdavia is a main street and has many shops, restaurants (Cle'--a sumptuous buffet with Italian, Asian, Argentinian Parilla and many other choices at 100 pesos is a good way to sample Asado on the grill and about 15 minutes walk from hotel).
There is also a 100 year church right around the corner that is very nice to visit.
We came from cruise ship dock to hotel and cost US $25. From hotel to AEP (for Iguazu visit) early morning is 60 pesos ($15) where coming back in afternoon traffic cost 110 pesos ($28 approx). Subway to Pink Government House, Florida street and Puerto Madero (nice waterfront shopping/eating area) is only 1 pesos (got to try the oldest S. American subway at least once). Mostly we use taxi and they are convenient and not ultra expensive.
Room is smallish (but with very high ceiling) by American standard. Bathroom is tastefully decorated with minimalist modern fixtures (bidet included). Bathroom sink area has not much extra space to put stuff on. Electric outlets only a few and use 220 volt (staff has adapter plug). Not much storage space (we had to lay suitcases around floor during entire stay). WIFI is strong and free. Breakfast is included and eating in the open inside courtyard is a nice way to start the morning instead of the basement breakfast area.
Security is quite adequate (front door is always locked and has to be buzzed in) and room key is left with staff when leaving for excursion. Had asked for a small portable safe and realized really don't need it. But of course when traveling always use common sense to secure all valuables at all times.
Staff all speaks English and have a good knowledge of local areas. All one needs is to ask and advice will be given to tailor to individual needs. Hotel has less than 15 rooms and during the entire stay (once on ground floor and other nights upstairs) it was very quiet and occasionally hear the church bell rings which adds to the charm.
Leaving hotel to EZE airport they can arrange for private transport (no meter) and it took 45 minutes and 180 pesos ($45 and not sure if that was on the high side but it certainly is door to door and promptly).
All in all a worthwhile place to stay if one wants to feel a local neighborhood.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 2 days before Xmas and we had a wonderful time. The staff are all super friendly and helpful. They even gave us some of their precious coins so we could take the bus. The hotel is clean. Very close to the subway and in a safe neighborhood. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

I HIGHLY recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Buenos Aires! It is said to be a 3-stars and a half hotel but honestly I would rate this hotel with an higher grade. The service was amazing and the people working there put all in place in order to reserve places to theaters and whatever excursions we have done there. Courteous, nice and very friendly staff.

When we got there, our flight landed quite early and the rooms were not available yet. The receptionist told us to go take a breakfast (at some restaurants he pin pointed for us on a map) and that when we'd be back, rooms would be available. When we got back, indeed we had to choose from three rooms he showed us with all different styles.

The Racó de Buenos Aires is located three blocks away from Castro-Barros metro station and this station is less than 10 metro stations away (15 minutes) from Plaza de Mayo, the main place in Buenos Aires. It's also located in a very calm, quiet and secure neighbourhood, and close to good restaurants.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

I have to preface my review with the fact that my friend and I were victims of robbery and attempted robbery two days in a row (both times, people threw disgusting substances at us and then tried to rob us while trying to "clean" us up) during our 5 night stay in Buenos Aires. Needless to say, we had a terrible experience in the city itself and will not be back. However, one of the very few good things we experienced in the city was this hotel.

The hotel is located in a quiet but safe neighbourhood, about a 5 minute walk away from a metro station as well as a number of restaurants and cafes, including the famous Las Violetas cafe. The hotel is very stylishly decorated, and our room was spacious, clean, aesthetically pleasing and had all the amenities we needed.

What really sets this hotel apart is the staff (and hotel owners), who treat their guests with respect. We especially appreciated this after we were robbed one day and then were victims of attempted robbery again the day after. The staff and owners not only helped us out physically by doing our laundry immediately as our clothes were covered in disgusting substances, and recommending and organizing dinner delivery for us since we couldn't go outside without our coats (which were in the laundry), but also in being encouraging and supportive towards us after we were traumatized by the robbery/attempted robbery two days in a row. Our only very small problem occurred when some of our clothes were shrunk in the dryer after we asked that they not be put in the dryer (though to be fair to the staff, they had put our clothes in a cold dryer that wasn't supposed to shrink anything), and to the hotel owner and staff's credit, they offered solutions and apologized. Other than this tiny issue, we greatly enjoyed our stay at this hotel and were grateful to have a sanctuary from the ugly experience we had in the city itself.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Buenos Aires, though I'm not sure I'd recommend Buenos Aires itself...

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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san francisco, ca
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

I never ever write a review while I'm on vacation but I just can't help it this time. The service at this hotel is extraordinary. The owner Julian, his wife and the entire staff ( Nathalia, Andrea, ....) are so helpful and attentive. They have been so helpful and so patient with all my questions, making reservations for me, recommending shows, restaurants, and tours..... Their recommendations have been so fantastic. The hotel itself is in a very quiet and safe location. It's well maintained, clean, comfortable, close to buses and subway stations and restaurants. Plus the price is really hard to beat. Honestly I feel so comfortable here that it feels like home to me. I highly recommend this hotel. Thanks to all the great reviews here, I'm so glad I went with your recommendation rather than my guidebook (which by the way is the best guidebook ever).

  • Stayed December 2011
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Additional Information about Hotel Boutique Raco de Buenos Aires

Property: Hotel Boutique Raco de Buenos Aires
Address: Calle Yapeyu 271, Buenos Aires C1202ACE, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > El Centro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #159 of 445 Hotels in Buenos Aires
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,406 - ₹ 13,045
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Boutique Raco de Buenos Aires 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A new concept in boutique hotel subject, located in the heart of Buenos Aires, Racó de Buenos Aires offers a new vision in luxury and comfort matters when traveling and staying in our city. At only 200 meters from the subway station and only 10 minutes from areas like Palermo, San Telmo, Recoleta and Puerto Madero, our boutique hotel will be your starting point for your activities in the most European city of Argentina. ... more   less 
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