Fun, Hip, Friendly San Telmo Loft

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Av Paseo Colón, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal 1063, Argentina

Bohemian, soulful, loved. The Loft is our most romantic spot. It’s intimate. Soft light & vibrant colors, a cozy upstairs bedroom. You'll know you’re on vacation in Buenos Aires, on vacation in San Telmo, the oldest & most authentic barrio of all.

The Space

The Loft is on the second floor of a fabulous turn-of-the-century building. In terms of design, we started with the sofa, which we found a thrift shop and had refurbished and 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. 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 divided the floors into apartments. There are five per floor (three floors).

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.

Guest Access

We will have a greeter meet you at The Loft at the pre-arranged time to give you the keys, walk you through the space, and delight you with our fabulous guidebook (the insider's take on BA).

Interaction with Guests

Angela is in New Orleans most of the year, so you'll likely be greeted by Grisel or Virginie. We're all three available for you. You'll have our email addresses and phone numbers.

Lots of guests write to us with questions about the rest of their trip (tips for traveling to other parts of the country), questions about exchanging money, etc. We'll happily answer your questions and guide you when we can. And if we don't know, we'll do our best to find out.

The Neighborhood

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.

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.

Getting around

We provide you with a SUBE card that you can top off to not have to find coins for the buses. 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

Most of the people in this building are locals so it's really important to remember that your neighbors are not on vacation. Keep your voices down when coming in late after a night out (especially during the week when your neighbors have to wake up for work the next day).

We provide you with a cellular phone that you can top off at the kiosk below us. There are speakers you can plug into a device because no one should have to spend their vacation without music.

We also have a filtered water pitcher. There is no recycling in BA and while there are two supermarkets on our block, most of our guests appreciate not having to buy bottled water (the tap water in BA is fine, but filtered is healthier).

We have universal adaptors, a hair dryer, a bunch of DVDs for the nights you want to chill, and our kitchen is equipped for cooking your own meals (we even try to provide spices, mate, sugar, salt, pepper, etc. ).

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $455 /week
Monthly Price: $1500 /month
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • Beautiful loft in a beautiful location! Really good place to stay. Location is very convenient, less than 5 minutes walk to one of the main squares in San Telmo and felt very safe even at night. We did not meet Angela but her friend Grisela met us to let us in. She was happy to meet at any time, spoke fluent English and was very helpful in giving us lots of tips and advice about San Telmo. In the loft there are plenty of maps and books to use too. Bathroom is nice, good shower!! Kitchen very well equipped, even had an orange press! Very spacious living area, nice for relaxing. All bedding and towels were clean and we slept very well.

    Only downside was that there was no internet at any point in our 4 nights there. Just did not appear on list of available wifi, rather than being a connection problem - Grisela has endeavoured to sort the internet out so hopefully will be fine in future.

    Would we recommend it to a friend? Yes.
    Would we stay here again? Yes, a lovely romantic start to our trip!

    Tom & Anna.

    March 2014
  • Great location, fun loft and very responsive hosts! The loft has an extensive guide to everything you need in the neighborhood, and the hosts answered email questions within minutes. In the middle of summer, the A/C was a godsend.

    January 2014
  • The loft is really special. The location is great, just 3 blocks from Plaza Dorrego. It's really easy to get to by bus and taxi. We absolutely loved it. We did not get to meet Angela but were more than impressed by her email availability and manner. The guide she provides is outstanding and I recommend reading her informative blog too. Virginie came to met us and when we left. Outstanding.

    December 2013
  • This loft was amazing, and in a great neighborhood. Virginie met us with keys, bar/restaurant suggestions, some advice, and was beyond helpful. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!

    November 2013
  • Muy encantadora Virginie, el loft es un muy buen espacio, se disfruta, muy acogedor, está en el barrio San Telmo y las anfitrionas se han preocupado de tenerlo muy bien equipado, incluso con celular y tarjeta de transporte....

    en cuanto a la ubicación, si bien no está cerca del metro, está muy central en transporte público, de todas partes de la ciudad encuentras un "cole" (autobus de transporte píblico) que te lleva a la zona.

    hemos quedado encantadas y con ganas de volver, no solo a la ciudad sino también al piso....

    August 2013
  • Very good stay at this location ! very well located in the city and very cosy place!
    And it was great to have the information and the good tips from Virginie : buses, change, restaurants, feria, ...
    Definitely a great place to stay and discover this charming city of Buenos Aires! Many thanks

    August 2013
  • Angela was away when I arrived; however, her virtual presence was consistently here the entire time I was in the loft, by virtue of her friends who took wonderful care of me and checked-in regularly, in addition to the wonderful introduction and orientation to the loft.

    I'm actually just back from Uruguay and staying in The Pad this time for three more nights. I loved the homey feel so much I needed another dose of it before I left! I highly recommend any of these funky, comfortable, amazing and let's not forget HIP spaces for anyone looking for a welcome first time visit to Buenos Aires.

    July 2013
  • Some details about our stay:
    Reception: Angela was on vacacion so we were received by her friend Virginie. She was extremely kind and helped us a lot during our stay. She was available everytime we needed her help. She even look after our daughters one night so we could go to the restaurant.
    The appartment: the appartment is nice, exactly like the pictures on the web. The decoration is in the style of San Telmo, very tipical of the area. Trying to get the atmosphere of a place is also one of the reasons for travelling... The kitchen is well furnished with everything you could need for a short/medium stay. Only the fridge seems to not be working perfectly but maybe it was because we couldnt close it easily. Anyway it was winter and we didnt use it a lot. The entrance of the building and the elevator (old style elevator, very nice) is a little narrow for the luggage and the baby stroller. But it is not a real issue, just more time to get in.
    The location: perfect spot to visit the San telmo market on sunday, a must-see in Buenos Aires. Then it is a little bit far from other main BA attractions but buses are just in front of the building and if you dont feel like using public transport, taxis are very cheap.
    In conclusion it was a very good stay and we definitely recommend the loft for a visit of Buenos Aires.

    July 2013
  • We loved our stay in the San Telmo Loft! Angela was very kind, very helpful, well organized and gave us a great orientation to staying not only in the apartment but in Buenos Aires. The apartment had all the tools and creature comforts one might need and it's decor is beautiful! I have no reservations at all in recommending Angela and the San Telmo Loft!

    July 2013
  • Angela was such a fabulous hostess. With her huge smile, she welcomed us as soon as we arrived. She was very helpful, sharing important information and tips, as well as giving us so many ideas of *very cool* places to go...she definitely is in the know as to where to go, as well as can be reached via email or cellie at anytime if need be. I took many of her recommendations and they were PERFECT! The loft was super cozy, stylish, happy, and SO CONVENIENT to everywhere we wanted to go. I highly recommend the loft! We LOVED it! Great hostess and great space! Thanks, Lovely Angela!! :)!!

    June 2013
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After 20 years abroad living in various countries, I've moved back to Louisiana where I am originally from. My friend Grisel is the person you'll meet in Buenos Aires. She takes care of checking guests in and out and giving you our very thorough orientation to Buenos Aires. John and I spend most of our time making family films. That's why we moved from Buenos Aires to New Orleans. I taught Composition in universities around the world for most of my adult life. Now I am an entrepreneur, a web designer, photographer and writer. John and I both love cooking, music, and cats. Our apartments are quirky and seem to attract the kind of people we would be hanging out with all the time if we lived in the same place. We've been renting out our spaces on AirBnB since 2010; we've made friends all over the world and learned so much. Many of them have even come to visit us here in New Orleans. It's been a great experience.
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