Hotel Condor

, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Hotel Condor

, Buenos Aires
1 star
La Rioja 258 - Buenos Aires - 1115 - Argentina | (5411) 4932-7626
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Quite nice little hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed here on our last night in BA at the end of a two month honeymoon. We found it quite pleasant, front of house staff on arrival were very helpful and welcoming. Room was small, but then we expected that on the cheapest rate. Yes the lady in the cafe is glum and could do with some happy pills, but the breakfast was good despite that. We did find that the next morning there was a change of staff and they weren't quite so friendly, although still perfectly ok. I quite liked the area the hotel was in, we'd already been staying in Palermo and it was nice to explore somewhere a bit different. There is a fantastic eclectic antique shop if you head down the road towards Recoleta Cemetary.
However if you do find this a problem hotel, head to BoBo Hotel in Palermo instead, why? Check out the excellent reviews on trip advisor and you will soon see why!

Nice Place, Horrible Service

from A TripAdvisor Member
I loved the atmosphere, decor, price, and location...but, the service at this hotel was the worst I have ever experienced...and, I stay in hotels 100+ nights a year. I can't tell if the staff are trying to be "cool", arrogant, or, they are just very unhappy people. They were cold and acted as if just coming in the front door to return to my room was a bother to them. This comment is not isolate to 1-2 people working at this hotel...they are all unfriendly. I am not a high maintenance guest...just a smile and "hello" would be enough for me. No such luck.
Management Response from yannickloop
Art Hotel is a “Hôtel de Charme”, which implies that we give a particular focus to service and how our customers are treated. As a consequence, it didn’t surprise us that in the previous reviews, the helpfulness and the friendliness of our staff have been pointed at, almost systematically, as one of the key values of the hotel.


The extreme contrast of this review with the overall response we get from our guests, makes us believe that the review might not be totally objective. Possibly the reviewer is expressing a frustration with something specific that happened and that – unfortunately - we don’t know about.

Disappointing Stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Art HOtel over the Christmas holiday. While we loved its central location, and didn't mind the size of the small rooms, we were very unimpressed with the staff. They were completely indifferent and unhelpful. Their only contribution to our stay was to suggest a tango show which was not only a rip off, but provided by far one of the worst meals we have ever had (the rest of time, we ate exceptionally well in BsAs; try Bar Uriarte, Sucre, Sudestada, La Brigada, Gran Bar Danzon). Unwilling to make reservations on our behalf, directing us to the Internet when we asked questions about things to do around town...I don't understand what their function was, other than to sour our stay. I wish we shared the great experience of some of the other reviwers here, but unfortunately, Art Hotel was a big disappointment.
Management Response from yannickloop
Art Hotel is a “Hôtel de Charme”, which implies that we give a particular focus to service and how our customers are treated. As a consequence, it didn’t surprise us that in the previous reviews, the helpfulness and the friendliness of our staff have been pointed at, almost consistently, as one of the key values of the hotel.

The Art Hotel might be one of the only hotels in town that does NOT send its guests to commercial tango-shows. We have an internal policy of NOT taking commissions from restaurants, cultural attractions and other services aiming at tourists. We systematically advice places to eat, to have a drink, to watch or dance tango, etc… in function of the authenticity of the experience… the less commercial, the better… Something our guests value a lot.

The extreme contrast of this review with the overall response we get from our guests, makes us believe that the review might not be totally objective. Possibly the reviewer is expressing a frustration with something specific that happened and that – unfortunately - we don’t know about.

Hard to Beat for Location and Value

from smacdvanbc
I stayed at the Art Hotel on Dec 10/11 and will be returning for two more stays between Dec 26th and Jan 3rd. Perhaps I should wait until after the 3rd stay but I was so impressed with this hotel that I feel compelled to post my two cents worth. It is probably not for everyone but it sure suits me. The Art Hotel is small, elegant, and tasteful....the queen rooms are perfect for solo travellers who are made to feel very welcome. It is well located on a quiet residential street. I found the staff to be extremely helpful and patient, and very willing to please. I like to travel by underground during the day whenever possible and the hotel is located less than 10 minutes from the nearest Subte on the great to use Line D, and a mere block from Avenida Sante Fe with great shopping and street life.

If only it had a swimming pool for those steamy Buenos Aires summer days, it would be absolutely perfect.

Loved the Art Hotel

from 516
The Art Hotel -- what a great experience! The warm ambience, the outstanding hospitality and helpfulness of the staff, and the artistic quality of the design make this a very special place. My partner reminds me to mention that breakfast is terrific -- and I agree. During two nights when there were no vacancies at the Art Hotel, we stayed at the Ayres de Recoleta. The Ayres was pleasant and the rooms were larger, but it felt a bit sterile to us and the street is noisy. We were so happy to return to the Art Hotel. I give it an unqualified recommendation.

Good for the price, but stay away from Room #17

from robmin
I am a big fan of design hotels and have stayed in many of them around the world. Definitely, the Art Hotel is not one of my favorite: too small and impersonal for my taste. Also, the service is not as excellent as I thought (I am a native Spanish speaker and can distinguish between a very nice Argentinian and a not-so-nice one); personal there is polite but does not go the extra mile to help you (also, I have never seen the lady at the cafe' smile). There is one Internet station that, needless to say, gets crowded at "rush hours" (after breakfast, before dinner).
The area - Recoleta - is safe and very residential, but empty and dead in the evening. Next time I would rather stay in Palermo Soho, the hippest neigborhood in Buenos Aires, full of nice restaurants and great shops.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay, but would not return. If you decide to stay there, make sure to avoid ROOM 17, the smalles room I have ever stayed since I stopped backpacking - a two single bed room where you can barely move.
Last but not least, a room for "less than a hundred dollars" is not a steal in a country where prices are extremely low.

Five Star Service

from criostal
Good location on a relatively quiet street within walking distance to Recoletta and Av. Santa Fe. Queen sized rooms are not huge, but decent size with high ceilings and good closet space. Bathrooms are on the smaller end, but well-furnished. Breakfast was buffet-style and had a decent selection. Best part was the service at the front desk. I can't imagine that the service is better at any other hotel in town. The staff seem committed to ensuring that guests have the best possible experience both in the hotel and the city-at-large.

Would definitely stay there again, even if the price goes up from $80/nt.

Great Value

from mcnrx
We stayed at two different hotels in two different barrios of BA and liked this one much better. We got one of their "small & cozy" rooms which was perfectly fine. We were nervous it would be too small but it was just "cozy". The nice thing was we were on the front of the building so we had a balcony onto the street. The street is not a busy one, so not too noisy. The only complaint about the room is there is no in-room internet connection (only the queen & kings have it in-room) -- but there is free internet in the lobby. The breakfast is light but good. Some of the front desk people were more helpful than others, but they were all willing to make calls for us for reservations to events. All speak English well, too. It is in walking distance to Sante Fe Ave which has a lot of shopping. It's a bit longer walk to the city center, but if you live in a city like us and are used to walking, it's no problem. Very cute rooms & nice atmosphere to hotel. We would definitely recommend this hotel to others.

Loved the Art Hote!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Love, love, love this place. This place is superb. Conveniently located to a major shopping blvd. The rooms are beautiful, modern meets cozy. Clean lines. Beautiful gallery downstairs with different artist's work displayed every couple of weeks. The staff is extremely helpful and speak excellent English. Always ready to lend a hand. On-site computer to check email for free. Cleaning service is outstanding. Will do laundry onsite, but I did mine down the street. The place was so nice to come "home" to after a day of shopping. Tell Javier, the main staffer that Tonya sent you. I told him how much I loved the place and want others to know. I would stay there again and again. It felt like home, I spent 2 weeks there. Happy travels in Buenos Aires! I've included photos

Beautiful Boutique Hotel

from vicbatch
My boyfriend and I stayed here on the first night of a 3 week trip to Argentina and Brazil. I found the Art Hotel searching the Internet for a boutique hotel and was so glad I did. The hotel is amazing value for money, gorgeous rooms and super helpful staff. The restaurant recommended by the front desk was absolutely the best food we had on our whole holiday. The roof top of the hotel has a cute courtyard with gorgeous lights and rooftop views of the surrounding buildings. I cannot recommend this place enough! it's cute and gorgeous and I wish we had a few more days there. We tried to find something similar in Rio but no such luck.

Top Local Tips for Buenos Aires

Port When arriving at the Port by ship it is very difficult and time consuming to get from the luggage area to the taxi waiting area. Suggest that you don't stand in the long line but try and make your way along the walkway. We were probably more than an hour waiting for a taxi. For such a large city we were quite dismayed by the poor service provided. It was pouring rain which didn't help matters any but there wasn't much control over the crowds of people waiting for taxis and tempers were beginning to flair. There really needs to be a review of the Port arrival area. There may have been 2 ships at the same time and perhaps to give them the benefit of the doubt it may not always be this hectic. Also, watch making withdrawals from the ATM machines as we lost $100 CAD at an ITAU machine. Would suggest using HSBC or Citi Bank for withdrawals.

Rent a Driver to see the City The hotel arranged a driver to take us around the city. Taxis are said to be dangerous and most hotels won't work with them. Our driver, Omar, was an older gentlemen who knew Buenos Aires very well. He took us to many places and would wait as we did some sightseeing. Our trip to La Boca was a highlight. He took us by the Racing Futbol Stadium and for 5 pesos got us in to see the stadium. That made the whole trip worthwhile for my son. The 6-hour tour cost $60 USD and was worth every centavo.

beware unmarked taxis Tourists should NEVER get into unmarked taxis that you didn't call or with someone who approaches them offering a ride -- there are frequent stories in the news about criminals using taxis to trap tourists. Make sure the street taxi says "Radio Taxi" on top, or ask the hotel to call you a car.

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  • Address: La Rioja 258 - Buenos Aires - 1115 - Argentina
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