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We got up early to catch the bus to Buenos Aires. It departed at 10am and was no messing about as we had already bought our ticket a few days ago. The bus took 5 hours to get to the city, arriving at around 3pm, the station was fairly near to the area we would be staying in, puerto madero, but as it is a port the underground doesn't reach this area …
Today was meant to run really smoothly. A pretty easy laid back day, see a few last sights, catch up with the girls for lunch and make my way to the airport to start the world cup adventure. It all started smoothly enough. I was planning on doing the 11am walking tour but got held up so I missed it but decided to do my own tour. I went to Av 9 De Julio which is the widest street in the world apparently. Walked towards the El Congreso saw a few ...
... in Argentina. But well in the end there we were in Argentina. Buenos Aires. The city I had looked forward to from the beginning of my trip. Foremost because of Tango in its purest form. There hasn't been much dancing in the past months beside one try in Bangkok so I was very happy to dive into the markets of San Telmo on Sunday. The stalls greeted all its shoppers with tango music on the way, while strolling along hand made goods on each side of the street. I couldn't be happier ...
... too exciting really but good to be out of the hostel for a bit anyway!
Niall was getting frustrated at the pace of his recovery (he needed to have a nap after any venture outside) and we were worried he was gonna get worse again so went back to the doctor, where they X-rayed his chest and assured him that he was infection free, it was normal to be so exhausted all the time post-infection and all he could do was rest more, be patient and ...
... enjoyed dinner at one of the famous Argentinian steak houses, La Cabrera. This restaurant had so much character and the staff had great senses of humor. We enjoyed "practicing" our Spanish this evening! Tomorrow we will fly three plus hours south to the town of El Calafate, whose only real claim to fame is that it is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. We can't wait to get started and to find some cooler weather and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Madero Buenos Aires
Great hotel, Great proce
I rented a junior suite at the Madero for 4 nights in July. I found the service to be excellent, at the front desk, room service, and restaurants (Red).
The hotel is certainly more modent, like a W so if you like French Provincial, this is not the place for you. However at 175 for a junior suite and 200 for an executive suite, the price certainly delivers a lot of value relative to comparable rooms at the Alvear or Marriott.
However, you are at Disque 2 of Puerto Madero, so it is a walk up to downtown if you want to shop at Galleria Pacifico, but cabs are not expensive. Plus, if you are cosidering dining or entertaining at restaurants in Puerto Madero (Asia de Cuba, Tierra de Parrilleros, Sushiclub, Faena etc) you are right there.
Would I stay there again? Already booked.
Great area, good hotel
We stayed here from August 3 - 6, 2005. It is a very nice hotel, well fitted out, spotlessly clean, and friendly, capable staff. My son checked in at 11 AM following a flight from the US and a room was ready for him. I came in from Australia that evening. The room was a decent size, had a nice balcony, refrigerator, and extensive cable tv, with many English stations. Most of the staff spoke English. The health club was okay, with decent equipment including treadmills, bicycles, a cross trainer, and weights. Most of the staff spoke English.
Puerto Madero is a good place to stay if you don`t want to be in the heart of downtown. It`s a good 10 - 15 minute walk to the downtown area, but we found cabs were readily available and cab fares were very inexpensive, typically $3 USD. Puerto Madero is a very pleasant area with lots of shops across the street, including a pharmacy, convenience stores, cafes, etc.
We ate at Siga La Vaca, which was a block away and had an extensive buffet and parilla (grilled meats). The price, inclusive, was 29 pesos a person, which is about $10 USD, a tremendous bargain. If you get there by 8 PM, you can easily get in. By 9:30 there is a a wait of about an hour...Argentinians eat late compared to Americans.
We also went to La Boca, which was pretty touristy, but fun, San Telmo, Recolleta which was more upscale and Palermo, also upscale. In Recolleta, the cemetery which houses Evita`s remains was worth the trip.
A special treat was a performance at Teatro Colon of the Barber of Figaro. This hundred year old theater is one of the world`s great theaters, and well worth a visit, even if you are not into opera.
Buenos Aires was well patrolled and felt safe, although like all big cities you need to use common sense. The only hassle was solicitors at major tourist spots who will harrass you for a donation to a "hospital" or for "AIDS". If you are persistent enough, they will go away.
A hotel for the hipster crowd
Stayed at this hotel for a week in November of '04, just after it had opened. This is one of those hotels that will really appeal to some and not at all to others. The feel is similar to Westin's "W" concept or Le Meridian's "Art + Tech" offering -- hip, modern, probably even a little pretentious. The rooms we got were great -- dark hardwood flooring, sleek cabinetry, low-voltage lighting and all-white linens. Generous balconies as well, great for dragging a chair out onto and drinking wine into the early morning hours. There's also a pool and a rooftop balcony (good for drying out on), and a spa that quite frankly looked a little underwhelming. A nice touch were the two internet-ready PCs in the lobby, great for checking email or looking up travel info.
My girlfriend and I (both thirty-something urbanites from Seattle) loved it, and really enjoyed the whole Puerto Madero neighborhood. I should qualify that by saying I'm in real estate development, she's a bit of a scenester, and we have no aversion to shiny new neighborhoods like Puerto Madero, even kind of liking them (think Yaletown/Concord Pacific in Vancouver). The hotel is definitely a long walk away from anything except swanky restaurants, so you either need to have time and be willing to walk a little (we did, we were, and we enjoyed the adventure), or you need to become fast friends with the doormen, who'll be flagging down an awful lot of cabs for you. The hotel is within walking distance of San Telmo and the Plaza de Mayo, but you'll probably want to cab it to anywhere else.
Great price when were there -- $80 per night -- but that might have been an early promotion. A buffet breakfast each morning was included in the room rate. I wouldn't say the service was fantastic, but I would say it was pretty good for $80/night. I'd definitely stay there again if I found myself back in BA, though I'd be sorely tempted to check out the Philippe Starck hotel (La Faena) a couple of blocks down the street. Looked very cool.
All in all, a very good experience.
Very chic, great price, good location
My partner and I stayed at this hotel for three nights in March. We had booked this hotel as part of a package via a travel agent and we got a great rate for it. The hotel is located just a block from the Puerto Madero restaurants and there are lots of them to choose from.
The lobby was very nicely decorated and was very hip. Even the music was trendy. The check in personel seemed aloof. It took them a while to acknowledge us and check us in. The bellboys were very attentive. All the staffmembers wore very smart and trendy uniforms too. We asked for a room upgrade and got one for just a small charge per night. We received a junior suite on the sixth floor overlooking the Puerto Madero area and a construction next door.
The room was large, but sparsely furnished. There was no desk as we saw in the website's pictures, but there was a tall bar like table with two stools. There was a wet bar and minibar. The bed was comfortable. There was also a lounge chair next to the bed. One nice touch were the glass covered night tables. The TV mostly had Spanish TV stations. There was plenty of closet space, which included a mini safe. The bathroom was a nice size and had a frosted glass window. The shampoo and amenities were in cool looking test tube like bottles. There was one US type outlet in the room, right next to one of the nightstands.
We had breakfast in the hotel daily, which was included in the price. The buffet had cereals, pastries, breads, hams and more.
The hotel was within walking distance from many great restaurants in the Puerto Madero area. Most of the restaurants were steak places.
We tried room service for lunch one day. The menu was rather limited but ok. The service was very prompt. One warning ... their burgers come with ham and cheese. It was odd having to dine on the elevated bar like table and stools.
We took taxis to most places from the hotel, but these are very cheap at the moment.
The hotel has a pool and gym in the top floor, which we did not use. Across the street, we used the beauty salon, as well as a convenience store, instead of paying high mini bar prices.
The hotel did provide two PC computers next to the front desk for complimentary internet surfing.
Don't Believe the Hype
After reading the rave reviews for this hotel, I expected my recent stay to be flawless. I couldn't have been more wrong--- what a disaster!!! This place is over-hyped and way over-rated. My experience started off awful and just got worse. After an 11 hour flight I arrived at the hotel only to be informed that "our records show that you were supposed to arrive yesterday. We have no reservation for you for today." After providing my printed Orbitz confirmation for the day I arrived, the front desk staff would still not budge. I then had to place an international call to Orbitz (at my $45.00 expense) in order to get the problem resolved. The reservation error turned out to be incorrect and the front desk staff smugly turned over my key with not even the smallest apology. From that point forward, I found the front desk staff, security, and concierge personnel to be inattentive, rude, and completely uninterested in being the least bit helpful. This continued to the day of my departure. Even with plenty of room in the hotel, I was unable to secure a late 6pm check-out. Nearly all BA hotels will do this since they know that flights back the US depart in the late evening. Not this place... For a few more dollars, go to the Hilton. Its closer to most of the important destinations in town and has a far more competent and helpful staff.
Nice hotel, but need a cab
Outside from having to wait in the lobby until 2 pm to check in (after a flight tht arrived at 10 am), I have no complaints and agree with the earlier posts- this is a beautiful, modern hotel with large rooms- much larger than a comparable Sofitel in Europe. The only drawback is that there is not much to see within walking distance- but cabs are very cheap ($1 to Cabana Las Lilas, $2 to Plaza de Mayo). Overall, a very good value.
A Must Stay!
No stuffiness or pretense at this awesome, modern, sleek hotel. The decor is trendy minimal-Asia meets Scandinavian design-and the service is simply outstanding and every employee goes out of their way to accommodate. The rooms are large and comfy. Walk through the lobby in your tux and gown or bathrobe and flip flops-no one cares. It's hip, classy and fun. We've stayed in many hotels and we'll be back at this one in a heart beat.
P.S- All head to the nearby Cabana Las Lilas- go across the street to Siga La Vacca instead.
Fabulous hotel - A must
Thanks to this site, we were saved from staying at the Claridge hotel in Buenos Aires and at the last minute changed to the brand new Sofitel in Puerto Madero. Having travelled all around the world and knowing that a 5 star abroad may not be the same thing as in the U.S. this hotel holds up to its rating. The rooms are very modern and decorated in a simliar fashion to the W line of hotels. The staff could not have been nicer and more accomodating and the service was top notch. The breakfast was the best in all of Argentina and it was in a great neighborhood with access to many fabulous restaurants.
Best new hotel in buenos aires
and only costs $100 a night!
its new, sleek, and has a w feel. cool bar, and good restuarant. i have stayed at the hilton as well but prefer the madero. very hip without compromising comfort.
free high speed internet, nice rooftop deck with pool, and big & spacious rooms with good beds and comforters.
i will def. stay there next time i go to ba.
A five star addition to BA: Sleek, Modern, HIp
Spectacular new hotel. Modern, sleek, understated Japanese feel to decor. Well located in fast developing Puerto Madero....along with the new Faena and Hilton Hotels...
Standard Rooms are large, 42 sqaure meters, and feature oversized king beds with balconies overlooking the port area or an interior courtyard. Sheets have high thread count....
Clue accessories in the marble bath, oversized fluffy robes and equally large towels.
Gym on the 9th floor gives a panoramic view of the port area...also on this floor is a pool and poolside bar.....There is an attendant on duty to help with equipment and to offer a towel or drink of water when needed.
Room service is inexpensive and fast....24 pesos for a steak dinner and dessert (about 8dollars)....two for one happy hour in the bar, two mixed drinks for 10 pesos or two glasses of Malbec wine for 12 pesos.....fixed price menus in the restaurant for 18-28 pesos including drinks.
The beakfast was included in the rate and offered pastries, cereals, toast, cheese, fruit and cured hams, yogurt and juice and coffee or tea....
Staff was helpful without being overly solicitous....
4plus to five stars....a welcome new addition to the upper end of BA's hotels....A notch below the Four Seasons and the Alvear, but on par with other upscale hotels.....and in a newly developing part of town that is near the business district and a restaurant row along the other side of the docks that features some of the best eateries in town...