Buenos Aires - Hotel Claridge

Old Oct 25th, 2004, 11:16 AM
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Buenos Aires - Hotel Claridge

Author: grego04
Date: 10/25/2004, 03:05 pm
Message: We are traveling to BA for the first time in November for a friends wedding. I must admit that our hosts are not much help in the sense of where to stay and what hotel. The bride is a native and seems very very cautious about the "dangers" of BA. Strikes on the Fedral Plaza and unsafe neighborhoods at night, etc. We are a group of guys who have travelled the world extensively and generally know how to handle ourselves in foreign cities. After much back and forth about where to stay, we came across the Claridge. We looked at Amerian, Design Suites, NH City and NH Jousten. Except for Design Suites - which has not received good opinions here, the other hotels are where we want to be. The Claridge seem to fit the location concern, was at the right price point $105 to $130 USD and had a pool and fitness facility.

I am reading reviews here that say that the Claridge may not be as good as its web photos depict it?? Fleas in the beds?? C'mon - for real?

Anybody stay there recently? We have time to change hotels and our criteria is as follows:
Location for dining and access to cool spots
Price point - below 150USD incl taxes
Fitness Center
Pool a plus but not required

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Old Oct 25th, 2004, 02:49 PM
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I stayed at the Claridge in March 2002. the entrance and lobby are wonderful....my room was small, the carpet was stained, my bed sagged and, yes, there were fleas....pulgas...

I have no recent information, since I chose not to go back to the Claridge.......even though I found the staff to be quite helpful and friendly.....

The NH Hotels have a good reputation....Another option in the same general area as the other hotels you mention is the the Intercontinental a five star deluxe hotel... www.octopustravel.com has a really good rate for this hotel....about 110pernight including taxes (at 21% per night tax adds up!)...

I posted this earlier, but I will mention it again here....the brand new Sofitel Madero is nearby in Puerto Madero and has a grand opening special of 80dollars per night...www.hotelmadero.com.
This hotel is located in one of the coolest spots in town in terms of restaurants and night life.........

The LoiSuites Recoleta hotel is almost in the center of all night night life in REcoleta....and is a nice hotel that should fit in your under $150 a night budget.....

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Old Nov 7th, 2004, 07:24 PM
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thanks drdawggy

Picked up reservations at the Hotel Madero for the 80USd rate you tipped me off to. Great deal but it sounds like hotel is still being completed (and still working out the bugs)and certain amenities are not yet open. The outdoor pool and deck for example. Anyway, I called the hotel direct and got the reservations. Now - my friends fiance thinks we are better located at the Claridge stating that the Dique area while in the happening Puerto Madero area is quiet by night and bars and restaurants are loacted far apart, etc. Man - this is giving me a headache! So the question is this; is it worth giving up brand new accomodations at the Hotel Madero for being more "in the city" at the Claridge? Given the amount of time I plan on being awake in my hotel room, the location weighs in over the crsipness of the hotel. Having said that, we are still looking for a clean, upscale, well attended accomodation.
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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 02:53 AM
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The docks of Puerto Madero form an inland waterway. On one side are the old brick warehouses, which have been converted to restaurants, bars, and shops. They run the entire length of the docks (diques). There are 50-100 of the best restaurants in town...eg. Cabanas las Lilas, Rodizio, Happening, Rosada, Puerto Cristal, and on and on....

The hotel is on the other side of the water, connected by a bridge. This side of the waterway is under development...anchored by the Hilton at one end and the Madero at the other end....The Hilton has a really cool disco/restaurant, Asia de Cuba. Very near the Hotel Madero (across the bridge) are La Bisteca and Porteno Gourmet, upscale all-you-can-eat restaurants (about 25pesos pp) and the and a cinema complex.

The Madero is also near San Telmo, where there is a thriving nightlife...Museum is a great nightclub, especially on Wed. nights. Gibraltar is another nice bar.

The Casino of Puerto Madero is within a few pesos cab ride from the Madero....In the other direction, not far away is the Kilkenny and several other bars near Reconquista and Marcelo T De Alvear (Marcelo T to locals).

I suppose the downside is that except for restaurants nearby you will need to take a taxi to go out at night...but you are within $1-2dollars fare away from anyplace I just mentioned.

The Claridge is located in the central commercial district,on a side street not far from the pedestrian mall-- Florida Street.....great for daytime shopping and commerce, but not really near that many night clubs and the restaurant choices are not as good as in Puerto Madero...This area is not as active at night when the shops close and the office workers go home. It is also a grimier area of the city....

For upscale restaurants and night clubs you will probably still want to take a cab and the fare will be about the same.

The Claridge is closer to Recoleta,another area you might want to explore, but not within walking distance.

I don't know if this helps or not....Wherever you decide to go, enjoy yourself....

I am staying at the Madero later this month, 19-22, so I can give a more detailed evaluation after my stay...but for now, I know enough about the area to say that at least for me I like it better than the Claridge, in terms of location as well as newness.....just my thoughts.....

Another thought...if you really want to be in the center of night time action, try the LoiSuites Recoleta....Recoleta is very active at night and Loisuites are just around the corner from everything a group of guys might want.....food, nightspots, beatiful women (some are, uh, how do I put this politely,..."for rent by the hour"so be wary of women who are just a little too friendly).







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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 02:00 PM
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Thanks for the right on response. We are moving to the Madero - no doubt. Sounds like it has all of the amenities in the area that we need - great food and bars plus the rate of 80USD cannot be beat. We will just miss you as we are checking out the 19th for some travel and on to Mar del Plata to close the vacation - hopefully with some sun and a little bling in our pockets from the casino! Have you been to the BA casino or in Mar del Plata? I hear its not Vegas but I also hear its not the depressing river boats that have saturated North America. Are we to expect something more like Europe? Monaco perhaps? We can deal with it if its not Monaco as my James Bond wetsuit/tuxedo is at the cleaners.

Thanks for all the night spot tips. This is exactly the agenda we are looking for - we will even have to spend some time in the cafes of Recoleta just to verify your story about those friendly girls you warned us about!!
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LOL. A couple of additional comments about night life in Recoleta.....Several of the bars in the area are filled with chicas de la noche--Black (near the Alvear Palace), Afairre on Guido, and Madahos on Azcuenaga. Girls sometimes solicit guys on the street as they are on their way to work in these places... and after work late at night they hang out at Newport, a sports bar......I have been propositioned as I left an internet cafe at the corner of Junin and Vicente Lopez and as I left a restaurant near McDonalds in the Village de Recoleta....but there have been many more times when I have not been propositioned...kind of hit or miss, unless you go to the above mentioned clubs....
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OOps...I started thinking about Recoleta and forgot to respond to your question about Casinos....The Casino in Puerto Madero is a very busy place, but not Vegas-like....a blue collar establishment, with poker, Black Jack and quite a few slots....a fun way to spend the evening.

The Casino in Tigre is larger and nicer, but it is about a 25-30 peso cab ride away and probably not worth the time or expense with Puerto Madero nearby....

Mar de Plata is a nice enough place....overrun with people in the summer, but you will be hitting it before the peak season. I have only played the slots in the casino, so I can't really comment a lot about the overall quality....other than it is small by Vegas standards and not as elaborate......

I have won more than I have lost in Puerto Madero, so I have a fondness for the place, apart from the roulette tables....stay away from the roulette tables, you can lose a lot in very little time....I speak from experience
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