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.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com and Prestigia so you can book your Hotel Boutique Raco de Buenos Aires reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.