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... catching their drift and sometimes Paulie or her friend will tell me the punchline ofa joke. They mostly talk about the Lolapalooza concert in Santiago in April. We order empanadas and have a drink. I'm tempted to sleep, but I want to prove that I can love like the porteńs, the locals. I stay up, we draw a little, and they leave just before 3:00. I survived. It was a much better first day than I could have ...
... for another day. Then I hear the music, and the people multiply, and multiply. The live music gathering in the plaza is a total 360 of what I was anticipating. No latin music, not casual saturday gathering. A full on gay pride extravaganza! Flags, semi trucks with dance bars set up in the back and people going crazy. Thousands of people drinking beer, selling beer, smoking, buying brownies from a guy out of a tupperware container (pretty sure not just flour ...
... for the welcoming and open nature of South Americans. I had a lovely 10 minute chat with the front desk agent who promptly told me to move to BsAs and gave me her email and phone number for when I arrived. THIS was the South America I fell in love with! After Doro made her way to the airport I visited the small grocer next to the pension and bought a few items for dinner. Finding a bounty of gluten-free items on the shelves I was reminded of how easy it was to ...
... mi zlodějíčky, a tak se máme nádraží co největším obloukem vyhnout. Ale jak se chcete vyhnout nádraží, když tam přijede? No nebudu to tu dloho popisovat. Žádné nebezpečí tam dle mého názoru nehrozí. A mohu hned na začátek řící, že ač jsme slyšeli a četli mnoho různých zpráv o okradeních a napadeních v BA, my jsme ničeho takového svědky nebyli a ani žádný náznak nějakého ...
... to elaborate mansions. All travel to & from the homes/cottages occurs by boat, there are boat "buses" to transport people, groceries are sold from boats along the river, garbage is collected by boat and mail is delivered by boat. The river channels are narrow and there lots of boat traffic, quite a bustling atmosphere. many people sit on their docks and watch the world go by.
Tonight we went to a Tango Show. There are many ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEurostars Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires
If you are in Buenos Aires for business in Microcentro, then by all means stay in this lovely hotel. It's a bit old fashioned, which I like. The hotel bar/restaurant is nice and the rooms are small but scrupulously clean. The front desk staff all speak English, which helped us a lot.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Eurostars Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires
Excellent location and value
In the hustle and bustle of "el centro", the recessed driveway and columned entrance of the Claridge is your first view of this classy hotel..and the impression lingers. The lobby is handsome, the hotel staff is efficient and courteous. The conceirge very knowledgable and friendly. The breakfast was very good and lunch upon arrival was terrific, the wood panelled room obviously a preferred meeting place for businessmen and savvy tourists. The pool's a great respite from a busy day of sightseeing and shopping. The room was good with evening turndown service, just a little small. The bathroom..... OK, that was a little tight, maybe it's the bidet that takes up a few too many inches. My one complaint. The walls are a little thin and the bathroom vent duct seems to transmit or actually amplify conversation. Be careful what you say unless you want eveyone to know! And close the bathroom door so you don't feel you are sharing the room with strangers!
Nevertheless, plan to return. Great value for the money. Go wine and dine at the Alvear Palace with the saved dough!
Great Old Style Hotel
Excellent hotel, staff was very helpful with all types of information whenever we needed them. Great location, steps from Calle Forida and just 4 blocks to the great Teatro Colon, if possible you must catch an opera there. Close to many great restaurants, although almost all restaurants in BA serve delicious food. VERY clean rooms. Our room faced the front of the bulding and the street noise was no higher than any noise you might find in a large city. The daily breakfast was not only delicious but also changed daily, don't pass it up. We ate in at least 10 different resataurants and only had one bad experience, you just can't go wrong with food in BA. Excellent time to go, take advantage of just how far the dollar can go now. Go to Iguazu National Park if you can and see the falls, HIGHLY recommended.
A lovely Hotel that is both comfortable and good value
This hotel is in a wonderful position, within yards of Av. Florida and only a block from Gallerias Pacifico, both for some of the best shopping around. Really helpful staff, excellent room but the smallest bathroom I've ever seen (but very well kitted out). That said I would still really recommend the Claridge without hesitation. A good international 4 star hotel that is comfortable, has very good facilities, welcoming and good value.
Tango evening - a word of caution. The dinner/tango shows are a total rip-off. Went to Carlos Gaudel, food just okay, show glitzy but not the real thing, music/accoustics terrible, price astronomical. Go to a good tango bar or club, it may not be as slick but it will be genuine tango as it is played sung and danced.
Don't miss the Sunday antique (and flea) market in San Telmo. You can walk there in 15 minutes from the hotel and it is buzzing with activity as well as some excellent buys. Well worth several hours of your time, it is colourful with street entertainers everywhere and good fun.
I would also recommend Cabana les Lilas for the best steaks in BA, and the juciest and tastiest I have ever eaten. Nowhere else touched it in the 7 days I was there.
BA is well worth a visit. It may be a little faded but the people are friendly and it is perfectly safe to walk around day and night.
A quiet oasis in bustling Buenos Aires
A lovely 4 star hotel just steps away from Calle Florida, and a few blocks from Plaza Mayo, Puerto Madero, and other sites in BA. Lots of good restaurants nearby, including a wonderful parrillada just a few meters from the entrance.
Perfect Customer Service
The rooms here are quite small, that's quite small not very small, but that is the only drawback I can find with this hotel and it is not enough to make me even look for somewhere else to stay when next visiting Buenos Aires.
This hotel is classy, and that's not because it has a pretty visage and portents of London, but because the staff really do look after you. In fact I would go as far as to say that the customer service was perfect. On arrival with no Peso's to pay for the taxi my US Dollars were taken, changed, and the driver paid before I could blink, and this standard of service continued throughout the visit.
Allied to this the breakfast was very good, the leisure facilities exceptional, and the location A1 in a smart, quiet street bang in the city centre.
I just got back from staying at the Claridge with my partner, and can wholeheartedly recommend this hotel. The staff was uniformly courteous and helpful, the room was clean and extremely quiet (we stayed in the main building, on the back facing the pool), and it is well-located. We had no problems as a gay couple; there was no 'weirdness' or rudeness from anybody. The complimentary breakfast was good, and the work-out room was much above average.
The concierge staff was particularly notable. My partner's passport was stolen (pick-pocket on Florida Street), and the concierge on duty went well beyond what he needed to do to help us. He even called the airline to see what they needed to allow my partner to fly domestically without a passport and made copies of documents to send to them. They consistently treated each customer as if they were their only customer - we never were made to feel that we were a bother. We also got a great rate by using Lan & Kramer Travel Services in Buenos Aires, which put together a package to Iguazu and arragned everything at a lower cost than if we'd done it ourselves. They also got us into the Iguazu Sharaton, which was full according to its website, and found airplane reservations from BA to Iguazu when I had been unable to do so. Top-flight company.
Just came back from our first visit to BA, we picked the Claridge for our stay after being recommended by family and friends, hotel is nice, very clean, excellent service and good location if you want to be in the micro center, close to the pedestrian street Florida. The cons, our room was small, smaller than in some European hotels and lacked charm, bathroom was also small though very clean and well remodeled. They have a business center with free internet access, and a nice bar with a restaurant, a nice pool area in the 2nd floor with a snack/bar and a gym, but all this think small. Overall I would say was a good "value".
Beauty is only lobby deep
As the cab pulled into the circular drive in front of the Claridge, I thought "Wow!" look at this place! Beautiful Exterior!"
As I checked in I thought "Wow" look at this impressive lobby! I can't wait to see my room!"
Choose your cliche to describe what followed...
I like "You can't judge a book by it's cover"...but "all that glitters is not gold" or "Beauty is only skin deep" work as well...
My room was small, the carpet stained, my bed sagged and the bathroom was teeny, tiny. There might be better rooms in the hotel, but mine sucked. More along the lines of a three star than a five star hotel.....
On my next trip I stayed at the much nicer Art Suites in Barrio Norte.....paid less for a large one bedroom suite, much newer and better appointed.
The "ok, but some problems" designation fits the Claridge perfectly....nice staff, great exterior and lobby, but rooms...at least mine...left a lot to be desired for a self styled 5 star hotel....and the location, smack dab in the middle of a rather ugly part of downtown left a lot to be desired.....
My favorite hotel in South America
I have stayed at The Claridge three times so far and wouldn't consider any other property in B.A. in the future. I have stayed at other hotels in B.A. many times as a former flight attendant but the past three times at the Claridge have been for vacation. I have requested rear facing rooms overlooking the pool and they have been enormous and quiet. The side facing rooms are smaller but still quite comfy. The location is great for shopping and local restaurants. Even though I stayed out very late in the evenings or shud I say till daylight, I never missed one breakfast! The surrounding area caters to all lifestyles and the staff was more than capable with opera tickets, car services, restaurant reservations and always eager to please. The hotel itself is elegant and the staff was always polished and very friendly..The pool area and health restaurant/bar tended to my every need and the masseuser and work out room made me feel very pampered. The terrycloth robes in each room are cozy and plush. You may purchase one upon check out. My last visit was is Feb and I plan another trip in at the same time in 2005. Weather was sunny everyday with an average temperature of approx 82F. This is the only place to stay in Buenos Aires. Go there, enjoy and come home with money!
Great hotel, great location
I stayed there with my Partner and his mother and aunt over Thanksgiving 2003. We had two rooms in the hotel. One looked over the front and one over the back.
I really liked this hotel. I have been all over the world and stayed in pricey London 2 stars to magnificent Hong Kong 5 stars. This hotel was a really a great 3 to 4 star. Considering the $85 /night rate from Orbitz, it was a great value.
The hotel is a smaller property located 1/2 block off of Calle Florida on Tucuman in one of the older areas of Buenos Aires. Florida is a pedestrian only shopping street selling mostly local leathers and jewelry. At the end is Plaza St. Martin. It was a great area to have as our home base.
The staff was extremely helpful and spoke english very well. The hotel theme is British and the lobby bar feels just like something out of an english manor house. Their service throughout the hotel was top notch! The conceirge arranged us phenomenal private balcony seats for the symphony at the Teatro Colon which included two cars, two drivers, and a guide for about USD 45 each.
The rooms are small by American standards, but quit managible overall. I have stayed in smaller in Paris! They are very well done again in an old fashion British manor theme. The cable TV carried extensive American programming. The writing desk was a nice touch for the few hours of work I mixed in to my vacation.
The hotel has a nice outdoor pool deck away from the street on the third floor as well as a small but well equipped indoor work out facility. The attendants at both were again most helpful.
The free breakfast was the best I have had anywhere in the world. Food is plentiful and inexpensive in Buenos Aires and the complimentary buffet showed it. The carmel creme comes highly recommended.
For Thanksgiving, the hotel staged a full turkey dinner in the resturant for the Americans visiting. We went to the symphony that night and missed it, but I thought it was a great touch.
I cannot think of anything that went wrong in our week long stay. If I had to find something to complain about, it would be only two elevators. A few times we had to wait a few minutes too long, but I am really stretching to find a gripe with that one.