We have stayed in small hotels like this before, full of character and yes, perhaps a few quirks, but all being said we felt safe, comfortable and thankful we had such lovely ladies, especially Roxanne, looking after us.
We had no problem finding the place and I liked that the front entry was locked so you had to announce that you were there. They have their own button on the wall. Once inside it is up a few steps to reach the elevator and yes it is an old elevator but it works - as long as people close the two doors - if people just leave them open then this old girl will not run.
There were three couples in all in rooms 5, 8 and 13 as we were there for three nights before flying to Mendoza and the Uco Valley. 5 and 8 had a/c challenges, not as cool as we would like while our friends in 13 basked in cooling glory. They did offer to move us to other rooms but we declined so in part it is our fault. Being so very hot in BA once we did get back to our room it seemed perfectly fine even if not working at full capacity. I do think that a combination of ceiling fan - especially since the ceilings are so high - and the a/c working would have been perfect. On the front of the building where 5 and 8 are, it can get noisy at night so you cannot open your windows. (note to everyone who travels - always bring earplugs- they really do help)
For breakfast it was continental, nothing hot, but it hit the spot and the coffee was very good. It was a good place to sit and chat with the other guests as well.
It may not look that safe an area but we did a lot of walking down those streets and felt quite safe plus there are some wonderful cafes, bars and restaurants to eat at and really beautiful architecture from days gone by. At night we didn't do too much walking as we were all bagged from our daily walking tours. Once you get your bearings you really are in a good spot for walking to other areas.
Roxanne was a joy to work with and so happy I met her...she is from South Africa and has a real joy and passion for helping people. She was there to arrange cars for us and a package I had to send off after we left....they was another young lady who was also very helpful and in the evenings a fellow who was the same. They have good staff here.
Yes a bit quirky but I have stayed in hundreds of hotels over the years and each one makes up our travel memories, for better or for worse. This one would rate 'for better'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a few blocks from the Obelisco, Rooney's Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of Buenos Aires just off the main avenues of this pulsating city.Located in the former residence of the writer and poet, Leopoldo Lugones and amidst numerous milongas, tango schools, cafes, restaurants and theatres, this exceptional building has long been part of Buenos Aires' cultural landscape.Rooney's Boutique Hotel promises a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere with 14 lovingly designed and individual suites, a lounge bar, cafe and tango patio.Thoughtfully decorated throughout by designer Paula Piatti, we promise you an oasis of calm in a city that never sleeps.The exceptional location and the unique building, combined with free tango classes, make Rooney's Boutique Hotel the ideal choice for visitors who want an insight into the real Buenos Aires.Surrounded by the original milongas, Tango schools, theaters, cafes and restaurantes of Buenos Aires, guests will be able to soak up the rich culture of this fabulous city.Rooney’s also offers packages to its guests so that they can enjoy the best destinations of Buenos Aires and its surrounds during their stay at the hotel. Utilising our intricate local knowledge and mindful of the expectations of our guests, we are able to guarantee that you enjoy Buenos Aires to its full. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rooneys Boutique
- Rooneys Boutique Buenos Aires