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Rooney's Boutique Hotel
Ranked #188 of 440 Hotels in Buenos Aires
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We stayed at the hotel twice - at the beginning and end of our trip to Argentina. The hotel occupies the 3rd floor of an old and rundown building in central BA (but no worse than other buildings in the old center). The street does not feel safe at night. The old elevator did not work part of the time, or was stuck on a different floor with its door no fully shut (luckily not when we had our luggage). The lobby and most rooms are beutifuly decorated, in early 20th century style. Very high ceilings. However, the shower was basic, and in room 4 we had to move the wardrobe forward to find an electric socket for the mobile charger. Breakfast was minimal, but that's what we experienced elsewhere in Argentina. A mixed view on the people at reception - some were clueless, whereas others were helpful. For our second stay we booked a specific room, and called 2 hours before arrival to make sure they are still keeping it for us. They promised to do so, but didn't. Would I stay there again? probably not. Would I recommend it? maybe for one short stay.

Room Tip: Room 13 has 2 floors and fits 3. However it is tight and characterless. Rooms 4 and 6 are beautifu...
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Rooneys_Boutique, Front Office Manager at Rooney's Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2017

Dear Gad H,

Thank you for choosing Rooney’s Boutique Hotel on your recent visit to Buenos Aires and for taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor. We have noted your opinions and comments and will use them to better our service in the future. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We hope to see you in the future to give you a better experience and share the improvements we strive for daily.

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Management at Rooney’s Boutique Hotel

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Reviewed 9 February 2017

It's a little difficult to write this review as for every good part there was a possibly irkesome bad part. The possibly part being dependant on your level of tolerance. To précis it: would I stay there again - yes, absolutely. Would I recommend it - that would depend very much on the person. If you're looking for sterile, functional, anonymous rooms you'd find in any city worldwide then for sure, this is not for you. If you like something with a little style, character and lots of quirky add-ons this is the place. I was given a lovely large room at the front with a great bathroom. After 12 days trekking and camping in Patagonia I desperately needed a quiet undisturbed sleep ( we did have a puma through our camp one night, yippee!) My new room at the back was smaller, just as cute with an "interesting bathroom". The bathplug sort of fitted, the water didn't exceed blood temperature and flush for the loo I finally found a metre about the seat. Couple that with the enigma of the lights, eventually worked out they needed the modern card system, which then started the air con which you couldn't switch off with the remote.......etc, etc. In the end you just have to smile and go with the flow. On a really positive note, the staff are amazing, so helpful, they really make the place. The breakfast is more than adequate and the coffee is good ( big plus). The location is really good, very walkable to all the main areas. Go there with an open mind, embrace its quirks and like me, you'll have a great stay.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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1  Thank annie m
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to stay, we had a room that was not facing the street and frankly it was the most peaceful nights sleep I've had in Argentina. Don't stick around for the breakfast, it was a very poor showing.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Nathan V
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

Stayed in December for 3 nights as tourists.

At the outset I have to say that the staff were awesome, having arrived late in the evening after a very long delay, lengthy re routing and without our luggage we were greeted with a friendly staff, speedy check in and helpful guidance as to where we would go out to dinner and get a drink. The next morning, the owner Keron heard of our plight and asked us for the lost luggage details which the reception staff chased up with the airline. To cut a long story short my wifes case arrived a day after we landed and mine, after reception chased again, a day later. I am convinced that had it not been for their intervention at the very least my case (which if the tags on the handle where anything to go by had gone back to Europe where we had arrived from) would not have arrived, a big thank you.

Re the hotel, located on the three floor of an old apartment and it’s got bags of character from the “bird cage” escalator to the décor, wooden floors, high ceilings and antique furniture. The room was spacious and clean, the bathroom was small but perfectly adequate. A few reviews have mentioned the night club across the road, we had a room at the rear of the hotel and did not experience any noise at all.

Good location in a safe neighbourhood and within easy walking distance to many of the major landmarks and with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.

Breakfast is good with pastries, cereals toast, fruit, yoghurt, no hot options other than the toast and coffee.

Good free Wifi in the room and air conditioning worked well.

I would definitely recommend Rooneys

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

This place has all the charms. Huge high ceilings with old school shutters. Moldings. And it's nestled into one of the great, energetic neighborhoods of Buenos Aires that is made all the better by the fact that it's not one of the overrun tourist parts of the city. Staying here felt like it must have felt to be in BA in decades gone by. This is the kinda place I want to find when I travel to cities around the world, and the owner, Kieran is one hell of a good man.

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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rooney's Boutique Hotel

Address: Sarmiento 1775 | 3rd Floor, Buenos Aires CP1042, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Capital Federal District > Buenos Aires > San Nicolas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#53 Family Hotel in Buenos Aires
#59 Romantic Hotel in Buenos Aires
Price Range: RM 389 - RM 662 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rooney's Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a few blocks from the Obelisco, Rooney's Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of Buenos Aires just off the main avenues of this pulsating city.Located in the former residence of the writer and poet, Leopoldo Lugones and amidst numerous milongas, tango schools, cafes, restaurants and theatres, this exceptional building has long been part of Buenos Aires' cultural landscape.Rooney's Boutique Hotel promises a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere with 14 lovingly designed and individual suites, a lounge bar, cafe and tango patio.Thoughtfully decorated throughout by designer Paula Piatti, we promise you an oasis of calm in a city that never sleeps.The exceptional location and the unique building, combined with free tango classes, make Rooney's Boutique Hotel the ideal choice for visitors who want an insight into the real Buenos Aires.Surrounded by the original milongas, Tango schools, theaters, cafes and restaurantes of Buenos Aires, guests will be able to soak up the rich culture of this fabulous city.Rooney’s also offers packages to its guests so that they can enjoy the best destinations of Buenos Aires and its surrounds during their stay at the hotel. Utilising our intricate local knowledge and mindful of the expectations of our guests, we are able to guarantee that you enjoy Buenos Aires to its full. ... more   less 
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