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. We're both 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
We provide you with a pre-paid 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 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. ).
- 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.
We had a wonderful young woman meet us at the loft to let us in and show us around. The loft was adorable and we will very comfortable there. There was music blasting from the hotel next door until 2:45 am. I had stopped in before we met up with Gisel and thought that it was a disco. I was going to demand my money back and stay at a hotel. We stopped by the hotel the next morning and they were very apologetic. It was a wedding and very unusual. Certainly not our host's fault. After that, we had a great time. The loft was well-maintained and clean. I would definitely recommend it to others.
Location: The Loft is two blocks from Plaza Dorrego and all of the other great things to see and do in the San Telmo neighborhood. A number of useful buses stop right outside. The street itself is a large busy boulevard that feels a bit empty at night.
Hosts: The written guide provided is fantastic. It never steered us wrong. Angela and Grisel promptly answered our questions before our trip, and Andrew helped us get set up and oriented when we arrived, which was a huge help.
Apartment: The apartment is spacious and quiet and we were comfortable, but others might have a hard time with the small bathrooms and metal spiral staircase. The apartment is colorfully decorated, but slightly less polished than portrayed in the photos. For example, the lock in the only door broke, locking us into the apartment one evening. Andrew resolved the issue with the help of a locksmith at night on a holiday, which we appreciated.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would recommend the loft.
This house was the PERFECT place to explore san telmo from. This area was by far my favourite in Buenos Aires. Angela has put in a lot of effort to help individuals staying at her apartment around the city, the PDF she put together was fantastic, the maps were very helpful and tips on fake money were great as well. The kitchen was useful during my stay, my boyfriend and I bought lots of groceries and cooked in the loft over christmas. The entire apartment was well stocked with every possible item. The area surrounding the apartment was super bohemian and relaxed, we got a chance to explore the famous sunday market during our stay which was incredible. The Gran Bar Danzon around the corner was a fun area to spend a friday night at. Overall, fantastic location and house. Would recommend for everyone!
Absolutely beautiful and very comfortable apartment in a really convenient place (about 2 minutes walk from MAMBA and MACMA, the modern and contemporary art galleries, 5 minutes from the San Telmo market and cafes, and 30 seconds from a bus stop). Angela and Grisel were hugely accommodating, Grisel organising taxis from and to the airport and meeting us late to let us in, as well as giving loads of helpful information about bus routes, how to purchase bus fares, and restaurants in the area (we really liked both San Juan and Aramburu). Highly recommend with no reservations! And thanks to you both for a lovely stay.
Fabulous apartment in wonderful San Telmo. We were greeted on arrival by Angela who took the time to take us through everything we could possibly need for our stay; where to change money, subway and bus card, mobile phone to call her and recommendations for local eateries, bars and attractions.
Apartment itself was quirky, comfortable and cool in a part of San Telmo that felt safe. The shower was excellent, bed was comfortable and the whole place was very clean. There were also all the necessary amenities to cook for yourself.
Overall, a great place to stay and highly recommended.
My stay at Angela's Loft was fabulous. From the moment I made contact with her expressing interest, Angela was extremely kind and patient with all my requests and queries. Angela was always prompt in her replies and she even provided a guide once I made my booking. That guide was like its very own TimeOut/Lonely Planet - it was easy to read, with accurate and updated information for all kinds of questions & filled with useful tips from where to eat to where to find a good money changer!
There was no problem with late check-in and Angela made sure I had all I needed in the Loft. The place was clean, cosy, gorgeous and accurate as in the pictures. I did a lot of chilling in the Loft when I was coping with the jet lag in the first few days.
San Telmo is a lovely district to be in. The Sunday flea market hits the spot for the vintage lover in me, there are so many meal options in the area, many of them listed high on the Tripadvisors' restaurant list. It's easy to walk to most places. And many major bus services are just right along the street outside the apartment.
With the help of Angela's minder, I also received help to get tango lessons - one of my objectives for the trip.
I left Buenos Aires with many fond and happy memories - a major reason being my communication experience with Angela & her lovely Loft. I would highly recommend her place to any traveller and return to stay when I visit the city next time!
Agradecemos a Angela y Gricel para el servicio que nos entregaron en San Telmo. Todo funcionó muy bien. La ubicación del loft es buena y el departamento cuenta con todo que buscamos. Todo funcionó exactamente como esperábamos. Muchas gracias!
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Since July 2013, 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 friend Grisel will be there to take care of you.
I taught Composition in universities around the world for most of my life (Italy, Panama, France, Miami, Egypt). I quit teaching to focus on photography and writing. My partner 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.
We've been renting out our spaces since 2008; we've made friends all over the world and learned so much. It's been a fabulous experience.