We booked Krista on the back of the Tripadvisor reviews. Our expectations were high, as the other three hotels we stayed at on our trip - all chosen using Tripadvisor - were excellent. Having arrived from El Calafate, where we stayed at the excellent Los Sauces, we found Krista disappointing.
Perhaps it is not fair to compare it to the ultra-lux Los Sauces, as Krista does not lay claims to luxury. However, it misses some basic comforts that you would expect at this price point.
It is very noisy: the echoy halls and patios devoid of soft furnishings bounce he slightest sound all over the building. The walls between rooms are surprisingly thin for such an old building: I was woken up in the middle of the night by the bathroom sounds and was about to moan at my boyfriend when I realised that he was sound asleep, and the noise came from the next door room!
The only window in the room lead onto the internal patio, so there is no source of fresh air. There are no air con controls in the room, it is controlled centrally. The room gets very stuffy during the night, and there isn't much you will be able to do about it. Oh, and guests are allowed to smoke on internal patios (even roofed ones), and the smell gets into rooms.
On the subject of cerntral control: for some reason, the guests do not get keys to the front door and have to ring a bell. On two occasions we were left waiting for about 5 minutes, and with the reception desk hidden out of the view, we were standing there in the middle of the might with no certainty of being able to get in, which is not a nice feeling.
There was no bottled water provided with the room: I am sure BA tap water is safe to drink, but it is not very nice, and we were on a different continent from our own and did not want the risk of our trip being interrupted by stomach upsets.
The rooms were cleaned daily, but unsympathetically: anything left on the bed would be chucked in a pile on top of our suitcase, including our travel-sized Tempur pillows.
The breakfast was very basic, with hardly any choice.
On the bright side, the food that was available at breakfast was of fine quality. Staff are friendly and helpful. The period building is very nice, and decor - interesting, even if a bit Spartan and not exactly in keeping with the building. There is not much management can do about the noisiness and other issues which are integral to the building, but quality of guests' stay can be significantly improved by more attention to their creature comforts.
The hotel has some strong things going for it, unfortunately they are counter-balanced by the negatives, resulting in the "average" overall rating. Management can very easily, at little cost, improve it to "good" wih a little thought and effort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is placed in a privileged area, in a bohemian and charming neighbourhood, surrounded by very good restaurants and boutiques of Argentine designers. Krista came to be in a house of the early twentieth century with all the grace and charm of that age. The hotel has kept to the original layout of rooms giving on to patios, thus taking maximum advantage of sunlight for all its rooms. The furniture chandeliers and stylish decor also contribute to a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The hotel has 10 exclusive rooms, all of them have bath suite. The elegant decoration, the height of the ceiling, the combination of colors, textures and wood reflects the fine distinction and warmth in right harmony Krista Hotel is a combination of French 'savoir faire'and Argentine tradition, with exquisitely decorated areas, and delicate perfumes, which arouse the senses, inviting the guest to enjoy. The hotel has a lively area for pleasure and rest, where you can enjoy an special therapeutic massage. This is excellent way to relieve your stress. It stands out for the quality of contact expressed through the gentleness and sensivity of the hands, whilst the highest quality pure natural oils are being use. The Hotel has different saloons where you will find elegance, service and consulting at the time to plan a social or business event. They are ideal for business breakfast, lunches, presentations, and small cocktails. The Principal saloon stands out for its French style elegance with delicate moldings on walls, high ceilings, and antique chandeliers lighting up the space. It's communicated with the lobby of the hotel and can be used both spaces at once. The permanent care of every detail makes Krista Hotel Boutique the place to choose for small business and social events. ... more less
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