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1555 Malabia House
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Reviewed 21 February 2008

We were very excited about Malabia House. In the centre of Palermo Viejo, one of BA's most touristically perfect neighbourhoods, the hotel looked fabulous on their website. But we should have sensed problems from the outset: Any changes to our reservation were extremely onerous and the email exchange was a bit snippy. Nevertheless, with such great reviews on trip advisor and elsewhere, we were determined to stay in this historic property smack dab in the middle of all the fun. Oh, did I forget to mention that it's very pricey by BA standards? Upon arriving we waited for a half hour to be checked in. Not sure why. For the $200 plus 20% taxes a night we weren't expecting the Four Seasons but did anticipate a room with enough space to open our suitcases, windows that provided fresh air (I mean, we were in BA in the summer) and a bathroom where you could turn around. Not to be. The rooms (with the exception of one in the front of the building without it's own bathroom) are high-ceilinged closets. No windows. No air. The bedroom space is tiny and there's no sound insulation. We were so claustrophobic we opted for the front room without the washroom and left the very next day for a stupendous hotel around the corner "Soho All-Suites." For the same $ we had a two-room suite that opened onto an enormous terrace with a view. There was a small kitchen, large bathroom, all was immaculate, and the staff so friendly we didn't want to leave. As for breakfast, at Malabia, like in the rooms, it's stuffy, small and people had to wait to eat because there wasn't enough room at the tables. Soho Suites? Plenty of space with natural light, and lots of great food. When we notified Malabia's front desk that we couldn't stay the duration because of the closeted space etc etc, the woman sniffed, "Didn’t you notice it was a convent?" So what? Malabia House, like most 'boutique' hotels in BA, have become greedy because of the increased tourism and places that only a couple of years ago were priced at $125 - $150 have stepped up their rates by 50% or more. Compared to hotel rooms around the world, they're just not up to snuff. Caveat emptor!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with family
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3  Thank VancouverKatti
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Reviewed 2 February 2008

Malabia House is in a great location, the rooms are beautifully decorated and service impeccable. We rented four rooms and all were different, spacious, airy, bright and functional. The staff really wanted us to have a good time and went out of their way to make reservations and give us recommendations and tips (they even found me a hairdresser!). Breakfast, which is made to order, and happy-hour are perfect settings to meet other guests and share experiences. Internet service, as well as the use of two computers, is complimentary. Palermo is a great neighborhood for shopping, dining or just hangin’. Thanks, Malabia. I look forward to going back soon.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with friends
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3  Thank ana r
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Reviewed 17 January 2008

My family and I (all 11 of us) planned a Christmas holiday in BA and choose the Malabia House based mainly on great write ups. We were not dissappointed. The hotel is very charming and the staff are extremely attentive and helpful. The rooms were clean, the breakfasts were lovely and well I cannot say enough about the people who work there, they always smiled and made the trip one of our best yet!

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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10  Thank Julia001
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Reviewed 11 January 2008

We stayed at the Malabia House for three nights during our trip to Buenos Aires and were very impressed with the accomodations and level of service by the knowledgable staff. The building and location are fantastic--Palermo is a really delightful place to stay in Buenos Aires where we really felt like we were mixing in with the locals. Our room was clean, comfortable, and quiet. The business center was great to have email access 24/7 on nice, fast computers. We really enjoyed the delicious breakfast (with eggs made to order). The staff helped us with transportation, attraction recommendations, and reservations to attend a tango show at Carlos Gardel, which we loved. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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6  Thank windycitywoman
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Reviewed 8 January 2008

My partner and I stayed at Malabia House for 5 nights in late December while in Buenos Aires, before heading south through Patagonia. We can't say enough positive things about our stay here. The hotel is in Palermo Soho, a walking neighborhood of suberb restaurants, excellent shopping and sightseeing. The hotel itself is comfortable, relaxing and quiet. Upon arrival, staff brought us drinks and cookies - and gave us an overview of the neighborhood and Buenos Aires with a map.

Sebastian and Andrea: Thank you so much for your hospitability and kindness. You definitely made our stay very welcoming and comfortable!!

Our room had a balcony to the street with tall doors overlooking a beautifully green and full tree. We thought that there might be street noise but we heard nothing. The bathroom was not in our room but down the hall. That is truly the only "complaint". The bathroom was for our sole use. Some rooms had bathrooms en suite and others didn't. Those that didn't still had their own private bathroom, just down or across the hall. The beds are amazing - best beds we slept in during our trip through Argentina. Breakfast started at 7:00 AM without a end time - for those folks who needed to sleep in.

All in all we loved it.

Stayed: December 2007
6  Thank BobBrier
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