We booked this apart-hotel in Buenos Aires at a travel agent so didn't research it ourselves like we normally do. We were told the minimum stay was 4 nights, although we wanted only 3 nights. We paid the additional.
When we arrived, we walked into the reception and a water dropped from the ceiling onto my face and shirt. I wiped it off and looked at the receptionist/manager (Ayman) who said, "es solo agua." I should have asked for all our money back at that instant, but it was a busy time of year (28 Dec - 1 Jan) and who knows if we could have found another place. We had to wait for an hour because someone else was in our room. Ayman claimed that "the planilla had been changed on him." Even though we had paid for the night before, our room was occupied.
The restaurant was closed. The pool was dirty, but there had just been a storm, so that was somewhat understandable. There is no air conditioning, but it's pretty windy in Pinamar so we didn't need it. The kitchen had new pots, but everything else was very worn. Both of our bathroom doors could not be closed because they had swollen from water exposure. The toilet didn't work in one bathroom. The bare wires were exposed on one of the lamps. The towels had, literally, had holes in them and black stains that looked to be from mascara (so they are not being washed with bleach obviously). The gas valve in the kitchen was somewhat loose so we kept the kitchen window open just in case. Ayman was very responsive, rushing around trying to fix everything. If an investor took an interest in the place, it could be quite nice.
The beach is close, but it's a party beach. I recommend that with a family you go the beaches north of the pier. There is a bus that goes into the town center or you can walk about 8 arduous blocks. The sidewalks are all busted up. Also you can walk along the beach which is the shortest way. We were happy to leave. What a bummer, but a great experience for our four kids who are accustomed to a much more predictable and safer lifestyle.
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