About this listing
Bohemian, soulful, loved. The Loft is our most romantic apartment. It’s an intimate space with a cozy upstairs bedroom. Soft light and vibrant colors mixed with antiques from our neighborhood remind you that you are on vacation in Buenos Aires.
The Loft is on the second floor of a fabulous turn-of-the-century building. For the design, we started with the sofa, which we found in a thrift shop and had reupholstered. From there, we used the colors of the sofa and our neighborhood San Telmo as inspiration.
It's perfect for a couple, but it can sleep three with one person sleeping on the downstairs futon. If you are three people, keep in mind that the mattress on the futon is hard. I love it, but it's not for everyone.
This building is what they call chorizo-style (sausage) because they are long and narrow. Back in the day, the entire floor would have been one apartment for one family. There was even a bakery on the ground floor. In the 80s, a developer made the rooms into individual apartments. There are five per floor (three floors in our building).
We don't think this is the right place for people with small children because the loft space upstairs has a metal grate that opens up onto the living room and there isn't a railing or wall there. Have a look at the pictures of the bedroom as it looks out over the yellow and red wall to see what I mean.
You have access to everything.
Interaction with Guests
Angela is splitting her time between New Orleans and Buenos Aires so if she is not there, so you'll be greeted by Grisel or Andrew. We're all available for you and happy to help. You'll have our email addresses and phone numbers.
We're just 2 blocks from Plaza Dorrego, the heart of San Telmo and 2 blocks away from Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires' most modern neighborhood. It's a fantastic location.
We love San Telmo's bohemian vibe and authenticity. Though gentrification is definitely happening, it's not pretentious... yet.
You'll want to explore San Telmo's casas de tango, small traditional restaurants known as bodegones, old-fashioned bars called Nares notables, antique and vintage shops, and the trendy new restaurants, cafes, and fancy boutiques. Day or night, San Telmo is full of activity.
In particular, we love that it's small. No matter where you are in San Telmo, you'll find a cool place to eat, great bars and cafes, some lovely boutiques (though fewer than in Palermo or Recoleta) and you will mostly hear Spanish.
We provide you with a SUBE card that you can top off in the kiosk below us. The card can be used on buses and the subway. We also have a local guide to the bus system which we'll teach you to use when you check-in. Buses are great in BA.
Below us, on Paseo Colon, there are several useful bus lines with stops right on our block. You can get to most parts of the city from a bus right outside of the door.
The closest subway stop is 8 blocks away, but we tend to walk 15 minutes to Plaza de Mayo where you can catch the green line and then change to any other one stop from there.
Also, on Paseo Colon, you'll pretty much always find a taxi and they're quite cheap in BA. Just make sure you take one that is either Radio Taxi or Taxi Premium.
Other Things to Note
Regular check-in times are between 2pm and 8pm.
We cannot accept check-ins after 11pm.
If you are arriving between 8pm and 11pm or on a Sunday, our greeter will charge $20 US. Please write to me before you book so I can be sure she can be there.
We have universal adaptors, a hair dryer, a bunch of DVDs and CDs for the nights you want to chill, and our kitchen is equipped for cooking your own meals. And there are speakers you can plug your phone into for some music.
The upstairs loft section is a metal grate that opens up to the living room below. If you suffer from vertigo, you may not feel comfortable in this apartment.
- There is no smoking in the apartment.
- If you break something, please tell us. If it's a big deal, we will charge you for it.
- If you lose the keys, we will have to charge for their replacement. Please keep them in your pocket, not your bag.
- No loud noise after 10pm on weekdays and after midnight on weekends.
- No parties. Small dinner parties are fine, but please respect the above quiet hours.
- You are on vacation but your neighbors are not. Please keep your voices low when you’re coming in late (both in the hallways and around the elevator). Others in the building are sleeping and its easy to forget that voices travel.
A juicer, spices, oil and vingar, mate, sugar, coffee, tea, a few things to make you feel at home.
I've begun splitting my time between New Orleans and Buenos Aires, so if I'm not there in BA when you stay with us, my friends Grisel and Andrew will be there to take care of you.
I taught writing in universities around the world for most of my life (Italy, Panama, France, Miami, Egypt). Now I run my own vacation rental business.
My husband John is a filmmaker. He makes family films. The actors are often our three cats: Felipe, Cortado and Bonzie.
John and I both love cooking, music, and, of course, travel. In 2015 we took a five-week trip in South America, so if you have any questions about traveling you think I can help with, let me know. I'm happy to help.
We've been renting out our spaces since 2008; we've made friends all over the world and learned so much. A bunch of them even came to our wedding in April 2015. Talk about an inspiring group of guests.