My last trip to Argentina was an unusual one for me. Rather than travelling on my own or with a friend, this time I had my mother and sister accompanying me. For that reason, when researching where to to stay in Buenos Aires, I needed a room that could accommodate three people, without compromising comfort and space. Searching for accommodation on Booking.com, I came across trendy hotel HTL 9 de Julio, a four star property right in the city centre that was stylish, spacious and great value for money.

LOCATION

Formerly part of the Room Mate Hotels chain, HTL 9 de Julio is located bang in the middle of the Argentine capital, on the corner of Adolfo Alsina Street and 9 de Julio Avenue – hence the name. The Obelisk, symbol of Buenos Aires, is only a 10-minute walk, as are the nearest metro station and Colón Theatre. There are several restaurants in the area and you can reach most of the city’s main landmarks on foot, if you wish.

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires: Room Mate Carlos Hotel

The funky reception area (Photo: Promotional)

CHECK-IN

My check-in was very smooth and quick. I had requested an extra bed, which is charged at USD30+VAT per night, and the receptionist reconfirmed it. I don’t remember her name, but she was very pleasant and efficient, and left such a good impression, that even my usually stern mother commented on.

MY ROOM

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires: Room Mate Carlos Hotel

Our spacious living room

I booked the Deluxe Loft, which was exactly as I saw on the pictures: very spacious, great modern design and comfortable. On the ground floor we had a large living room with design sofa, flat screen TV, a large working desk with phone, a dining table, heaps of storage space and my comfortable rollaway bed. No, that’s not it! On the ground floor, we also had a small kitchenette with utensils, a microwave oven, a fully stocked mini-bar and more storage space.

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires: Room Mate Carlos Hotel

Upstairs there was a double bed, where my mother and my sister stayed, a wardrobe with a safety box and our bathroom. It was very clean, but in need of some light maintenance to keep up with the standard of the room.

FACILITIES & SERVICE

The hotel has an equally stylish bar, which was quiet on most nights, and a breakfast room. Breakfast is served until 12pm, a great plus for the late risers, and consists pastries, fruits, yogurt and different types of juice.

Their free wifi was fast, reliable and I could use in multiple devices – to me, internet is as important as electricity.

Upon checkout, I stored our suitcases in their luggage room and collected them later on, before I took my family to the airport.

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires: Room Mate Carlos Hotel

Our fully equipped kitchenette

MORE ABOUT SERVICE

As a hospitality professional, service is very important to me. After my family flew back home, I went to Colonia del Sacramento (here I tell you how I did it) and returned to Buenos Aires after a few days. This time staying at another hotel, as I wanted to try a few of them. I realised I had forgotten a jacket in the room, so I called HTL 9 de Julio and explained the situation. The following day I got a call from someone confirming the items were safe and I could collect them. That really helped me keep a high opinion of the hotel.

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires: Room Mate Carlos Hotel

WOULD I RETURN?

I stayed a total of five nights at HTL 9 de Julio and we all liked the level of attention we had, which was just right – never too much, never too little. The location is perfect, near metro stations, bus stops and with plenty of taxis on 9 de Julio Avenue. Before I arrived I was concerned about noise, but once we closed the windows, we couldn’t hear a thing. Service, as I pointed out, was perfect, especially the way they handled the items I forgot in the room. Wifi worked throughout the hotel and I didn’t have any issues. The bathroom needed some maintenance, but all and all it was a very positive stay, and the answer is: YES, I would definitely return!

Rates: From USD79 per night + VAT.

Address: Calle Adolfo Alsina, 112 (corner of 9 de Julio Avenue)
Reservations: I made my reservation on Booking.com.
 
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5 Responses

  1. Maripaz Logroño

    Hola Pedro, thank you for this post. It helped decide where I’ll stay in Buenos Aires next September.

    Saludos desde Murcia

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