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Help Needed: Hotels In Bs As, Argentina

Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:48 pm

Hi all

I will be flying with my wife to BsAs next September for the World Congress of Pediatric Surgery 2007. This event will take place in the Hilton Hotel, which is, as of now, fully booked (or rooms available outside my price range). So my questions to you (Derico, MD-11 Junkie, or anyone) are the following:

1. Which other good hotels would you recommend in BsAs that are not very far from the Hilton?
2. How is public transportation and how fast could I get from these other hotels to the Hilton?
3. Can someone give me a good update on prices (food, transportation)?

I have been to BsAs only once (in 1980!) so I don't quite remember much of the city.

Your help is truly appreciated!

Thanks a lot,

Alex
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RE: Help Needed: Hotels In Bs As, Argentina

Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:14 pm

We were there last November Alex, and stayed in a very reasonable and central hotel called the Gran Hotel Orly. It's on Paraguay, just two blocks from Florida and a less than ten minute walk to the Casa Rosada. It's about €60 for a double room. It's clean and comfortable. There are no safes in the rooms but there are safety box deposit boxes available at reception. There's a buffet breakfast included in the price.

http://www.orly.com.ar/principal.html

BsAs is very cheap coming from Europe. Eating out in good, popular local restaurants will costs around 20-25 euro per head, and there's even a big eat-all-you-can parrillida down in the renovated docks area (I'll come back to you with the name) which costs I think 12 US dollars per head, and included in that is a bottle of wine if two are dining.

And don't forget the famous Café Tortini for coffee!
 
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RE: Help Needed: Hotels In Bs As, Argentina

Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:32 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 1):
And don't forget the famous Café Tortini for coffee!

Thanks, Norman, that was very helpful. I will look into the Hotel you have mentioned.

You probably meant Puerto Madero, right?

I will see what I can gather online next.

Thanks again

Alex
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RE: Help Needed: Hotels In Bs As, Argentina

Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:43 am

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 2):
You probably meant Puerto Madero, right?

Yep, and the restaurant is called Siga la Vaca:

http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/detail.php?ID=421

I'm not a big fan of help-yourself, all-you-can-eat restaurants, but this one is impressive, (check out the pics on the site) and great value. It has to have the biggest grill in the world with all kinds of meat, and you can keep going back for more. There's also a good range of salads and pasta to pile on your plate. All of that, including a bottle of wine for two people, for €10 a head! Personally I prefer the ceremony of a conventional restaurant, with the perusing of the menu, starting on the wine while you choose the meal, and the anticpation of the food.

The restaurants in BA tend to be very traditional, which may not be a bad thing, but we found it hard to find innovative, adventurous food. How and ever, the steaks, as you probably remember, have to be the biggest and best in the world. We lived on them!

Getting around by taxi is very cheap, but just make sure to use a taxi with a functioning meter: one guy had his turned off and tried to charge us 300 pesos (over 70 euro) for a trip lasting less than ten minutes. We said "No gracias", jumped out and got another.

About the hotel, it was perfect for us, but if you are looking for facilities such as a restaurant or bar, or more luxurious accommodation, try elswhere. There's nothing wrong wtih it at all, and like I said, it was central, clean and comfortable, but maybe your standards are higher!

[Edited 2007-03-20 23:46:50]
 
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RE: Help Needed: Hotels In Bs As, Argentina

Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:21 am

Have you considered renting an apartment while you are there? I've never been to BA, but i was considering visiting and this was a highly recommended alternative on just about every message board I looked at.

Especially since you are not staying at the headquarters hotel anyway.

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RE: Help Needed: Hotels In Bs As, Argentina

Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:27 am

Hi Alex,

There are so many hotels in Bs As that it's almost mind boggling which to choose. I was there in Dec/Jan and stayed in a few hotels but in various areas as I was in and out of the city. The hotel I enjoyed most was Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires - it is lovely and just off Ave. Florida. And - to top it off - a 1 hour massage at the spa is only $30CAD. I had 2 of them 2 days in a row  Smile

I had tea one afternoon at the Hilton you are referring to. It is in the Puerto Madero area but the front entrance is on the street with the bridge to central Bs As and Ave. Florida etc.

It depends how far you want to talk. Personally I am a walker. I stayed at a hotel that was about a 10-15 minute walk from the Hilton.

If you don't mind taking a taxi then there are so many hotels to choose from in that area. I like to stay near Ave. Florida for all the shops.

I recommend you check out the Holiday Inn Express Puerto Madero. It is a couple of minutes to the Hilton as well as a couple minutes to the Ave. Florida and to the Galerias Pacifico which has some amazing shops and is a building of gorgeous architecture!! So walking distance to everything.

Feel free to send me an email or IM me if you would like more info and I will try to help.

Cheers!
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RE: Help Needed: Hotels In Bs As, Argentina

Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:03 pm

I don't know where the a-netters from "Good Airs" went so far, interesting they haven't responded yet!

As for me, since Mendoza is over 1000km (almost 700 miles) west, I haven't been to BsAs in quite a while. So, I have no idea about hotels, and last time I stayed all the way out in Victoria, a very distant suburb about an hour plus from the city center with relatives. So sorry about that... Embarrassment

Re: Renting an apartment. It still can be a good idea, but the days of U$S 200 for a nice apartment downtown in the hip areas (during 2002 and 2003 when the 12 year 1/1 peg of the peso was broken) are gone with the wind. Real estate and specially rental prices are rising almost on a weekly basis now, demand as well as investment is so far sustaining prices at least at those higher levels.
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RE: Help Needed: Hotels In Bs As, Argentina

Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:41 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 3):
There's nothing wrong wtih it at all, and like I said, it was central, clean and comfortable, but maybe your standards are higher!

Thanks for the suggestion. I think I will look into the Holiday Inn that Len wrote below, seems the perfect location. But I will keep your other suggestions in mind!

Quoting Johnboy (Reply 4):
Have you considered renting an apartment while you are there?

Not worth it. I have friends that live in Moreno (Pva. Bs. As), so worst case scenario I would stay with them. Besides, I could never claim the rent in my Income Tax since it is a business trip.

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 5):
I recommend you check out the Holiday Inn Express Puerto Madero

Excellent idea. I have checked out the website and looks perfect - location and prices. Thank you so very much.

Quoting Derico (Reply 6):
I don't know where the a-netters from "Good Airs" went so far, interesting they haven't responded yet!

They are probably busy. I remember how March is in the southern hemisphere. In Brazil the year starts for real only after Carnival, in March. Thanks for your message though.

Alex
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