Luxury apt. in historical bldg

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Av Pueyrredón, Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lynn

Totally up to date and lovingly restored 1928 french historical apartment. Filled with antiques. It's like stepping back to Buenos Aries Golden Age. Glamorous and comfortable. It really adds to your Buenos Aires experience.

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Totally up to date and lovingly restored 1928 french historical apartment. Filled with antiques. It's like stepping back to Buenos Aries Golden Age. Glamorous and comfortable. It really adds to your Buenos Aires experience.

The Space

House of Chanel
Elegant Luxury -- by Design
2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths...fabulous ambiance
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Lovingly restored to its former grandeur, it is located in the exclusive “La Isla” neighborhood of Recoleta, the safest and most exclusive part of Buenos Aires. The building’s entrance is on Pueyrredon and the flat faces Agote, a charming, quiet, tree lined cobblestone street.

The flat is housed in a special historical building that has just ten private homes. It was designed by the architects, Gelly Cantillo and Moy. Several of their buildings are published in the 2008 book, Buenos Aires Art Deco y Racionalismo. It was built in 1928 in the French Art Deco style. You’ll know you’re somewhere special when you walk through the stylized Art Deco doors and enter the marble entry with the period wrought-iron elevator.

The elegance of the flat harkens back to the 1920s in Europe -- and in Buenos Aires, the Paris of the New World -- a gracious period when this flat's ten-foot ceilings and the three balconies with floor-to-ceiling French doors were the norm for luxury homes.

I did a complete remodel, paying careful attention to restoring the original floors, doors, and door hardware. I incorporated all new luxury conveniences and materials into the restoration: granite counters in the kitchen and classic black-and-white granite floors in the kitchen and bathroom.

To achieve the feeling of high elegance, I used quality materials throughout, from the faucets to the light fixtures. An important antique chandelier glistens in the entry. Several French Art Deco antiques and light fixtures enhance the entry vestibule and other parts of the flat.

Many conveniences are right at your doorstep. There are deli’s on both sides of the building and a bakery two doors down. Several small grocery stores are within a few blocks and a supermarket with drugstore is down the street. Walk just a few blocks to the famous Recoleta cemetery and Buenos Aires Design Center which has wonderful designer home stores. Stroll through the fabulous weekend Recoleta Artisan Arts and Crafts Fair. The renowned Bellas Artes museum is practically in your backyard

These are some of the wonderful features on this unique flat:
·Three floor-to ceiling French doors that lead to period wrought iron balconies
·Wi-Fi internet (high-speed)
·42-inch flat screen TV
·Cable TV
·DVD player
·State-of-the-art Surround-Sound speaker system
·Black lacquer dining table with 6 chairs
·Several crystal chandeliers
·French and Art Deco antiques throughout
·Kitchen: eating bar with barstools, stove, dishwasher, frost-free refrigerator
·Dramatic gray and red streaked granite counter-tops, window for fresh air and pantry
·Washer and Dryer
·Bedroom #1: French doors leading to balcony, full size bed set in a brass antique head and foot board. Full wall of closets with mirrored closet doors
·Bedroom #2: French doors leading to balcony, queen size bed set in an antique Art Deco head and foot board. Walk-in closet. Safe. Antique desk and chair for your computer useage
·Half Bath: A dramatic toilette with red lacquer walls. Glass-etched sink with below counter lighting and Art Deco wall sconces
·Full bath: Le Chanel bathroom with vanity area. Oversize shower with Art Deco window. Bidet.

The Neighborhood

It's safe and convenient. Situated between the Micro-center and Palermo.

Getting around

Buses everywhere

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $875 /week
Security Deposit: $200
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Cancellation: Strict
  • Lynn, the property host, was quick to the confirm the reservation, and she was very friendly and responsive. The greeter, Azucena, was there to greet us at the property right on time, and she was very friendly as well. The Diego studio was clean and well-stocked for a comfortable holiday. The studio is extremely convenient to all the highlights of San Miguel de Allende. It's just enough space for 1 or 2 people, especially if you plan to spend most of your time exploring the town. The rooftop terrace (shared with other studio) is lovely with a spectacular view of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel.

    It rained the first night we were there and a couple of the electrical outlets next to the bed leaked so much water that it created a very large puddle. The water soaked my wife's suitcase, and we had to put towels down to absorb the water. The next day (Friday), I reported the leak to the office and they said they would send someone to check it out. The repairman didn't show up until Saturday (a full day later), and he didn't even knock before trying to enter the studio. The repairman said he would report the issue to management. Needless to say, the leak wasn't fixed before our departure on Sunday.

    Lastly, the guest staying in the other studio locked the outside door (that opens onto the street), and we were unable to open the door with our key on our last night. After trying to alert the other studio guest to open the door (to no avail), we called the rental office, but they didn't have an emergency number recording. We were only left with the option of finding a hotel room or trying to open the door however we could. Luckily, I was able to open the door with a few sturdy shoves (thanks CrossFit!).

    In summary, the studio is well-stocked and in a great location, but beware of the possibility of leaking during rainy season and the possibility of being locked out due to the lack of consideration of guests in the other studio.

    June 2014
    Lynn
    Response from Lynn:

    I have followed up with management to find out why it took so long to fix the leak. they are normally quite prompt.

    The guests had a key to the front door (all our guests in the building receive one). Perhaps the door was swollen due to all the rain, and thus difficult to open. But open it they did with a "swift kick" and so their key did work! I don't know why they reported it as a problem if they were able to get it open.

    June 2014
  • The apartment was well equipped and well maintained. The maid service was great. It is located very close to the Jardin, a short flat walk. It is on the top floor so the light and ventilation are really good. The pictures make it appear somewhat larger than it is. It is quite small.

    April 2014
  • The suite was very comfortable and had a lovely gas fireplace, which was much appreciated, since the temperature went down to 3 Celsius. The neighbourhood was peaceful and truly Mexican, and I felt like I fitted in. The walk to the Jardin was an easy 10 minutes.
    All in all, I would recommend the Actor's Studio for it's location and value for money.

    January 2014
  • I am so happy that we had the opportunity to stay in one of Lynn's place in San Miguel de Allende. They were very helpful...even booked bus tickets for us from Guadalajara when we were struggling to do it online. Also had groceries there for us when we arrived on Christmas Eve. Anytime we needed something, they responded promptly.

    I would definitely stay with them again. And the view IS spectacular!

    January 2014
  • We didn't meet Lynn but were greeted by her sweet housekeeper who showed us everything we needed to know. The Frida suite was perfect for us with a rooftop terrace that overlooked the city. Beautiful! The suite itself was beautifully decorated and very roomy with many extra amenities.

    December 2013
  • San Miguel de Allende is a magical place and we are so grateful to have had the chance to stay at Lynn's lovely home nestled in the hills above this charming town. The home itself has incredible views from the top floor balcony and was located convenient to town --- everything within walking distance.

    The home has been completely remodeled with everything new and clean and nice in the home. The rooms are large and well appointed, each of them very comfortable. The master bedroom is especially nice with an incredible bathroom and a large deck that looks out over San Miguel and the entire area.

    The rental company was very thorough in our arrival and provided us with a ton of information about getting to San Miguel and making sure we got to the house with ease. If you've never been to San Miguel, it's always good to have a really good rental company that makes sure your journey into town is smooth. The town has old world charm and the streets can be a bit tricky at first. So we really appreciated their help.

    The house itself comes with a purified water system which was great because it's always a concern. The beds were very comfortable and the house was complete with everything you need. Well appointed kitchen, great living space and plenty of privacy for couples or small groups of travelers.

    However, there were a few things that need to be considered when renting this house.

    The house is beautiful, but stuffy. There are no windows on the back side of the house so air doesn't flow very well at all inside. When you walk in, you can feel that it's stuffy.

    It's also located on an extremely busy street that is VERY noisy. Even with the double-paned windows and doors, the noise is always present. And in order to combat the stuffiness, you have to open the windows and deal with busses and cars all going up and down a main artery that leads in and out of town.

    The balcony is lovely with sweeping views, but you have to access it through the master bedroom so that is also a consideration. Anyone and everyone that wants to go to the balcony and soak in the views have to pass through your bedroom. And again, the noise is extreme.

    Finally, location wise, everything is within walking distance, that's true. And it's all down hill. BUT, coming back it's all UP HILL and I wouldn't recommend this place for anyone who isn't prepared for a serious uphill hike. Of course, you can always take a cab for 30-40 pesos back to the house, which was never a problem. But for those who come with the idea of walking be prepared because the walk itself is a bit strenuous.

    Also, the internet didn't work in the house.

    November 2013
  • Had a great (website hidden)'s Studio: "Ricardo Montalban" is amazing. Great location, excellent services.

    September 2013
  • We had a lovely time in San Miguel de Allende. The studios are close to the main attractions. A lot of little shops and grocery store are nearby.
    The place has a beautiful decoration and the terrace has a great view. You have everything you need: glasses, cups, forks, even a coffee maker.
    We stayed in Frida's Studio, the bathroom is big and the tiles are very colourful. We had an amazing experience.
    Our only problem was that the place is very warm. We had a fan but it was not enough. We had to open the windows and leave the door open in order no make the room cooler. Other than that, everything was perfect.

    May 2013
  • Pros:
    Excellent Location.
    Comfortable Bed.
    Internet (though unstable)
    Quiet despite being in the center.

    Cons:
    Tiny little windows and no ceiling fan (a very good floor fan though).
    No hot water in shower, despite letting it "warm up" for 10 minutes.

    Overall this is a glorified posada, not a hotel or B&B. As long as you expect that you will be content here.

    April 2013
  • Saw three of the places, actually. I have mixed feelings about these places. The decor is really cute- but they are not as clean as they should be- and there is little direct access to fresh air, unless you are on the top floor (anthony quinn, i think?). SMA can be warm and when your one window opens to a 2x2 (approx) space that is enclosed except for an opening three stories up, it feels claustrophobic, and like you can't get access to the cool breezes of the night time. Beyond that, however, is that they need more attention to detail in their cleaning.

    April 2013
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I have always loved to fix and design. When I began my real estate career, selling new construction homes, I soon realized that the best part of the job was meeting with interior designers and architects and watching as the more artistic elements of the construction fell into place. After 13 years of owning a real estate company, I built two spec homes on magical Orcas Island in Washington State. Then I undertook a major remodel of a cabin on the water. Something clicked in me during that process of transforming the cabin; I knew I had found my passion….remodeling. Throughout the next twelve years, I transformed some 30 rather creaky homes into fresh, livable residences, all in the Seattle area. Then I decided to turn my attention to designing and remodeling vacation homes; vacation rentals with personality. In 2005, I moved to Mexico, the land of color and craft, and began working there. In 2010 I did a remodel of a 1928 two bedroom apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Then back to Mexico in 2011. The most exciting phase of building a new place is when everything gets pulled together. I love the details, making sure that one thing plays with another in perfect harmony. I’m always on the hunt for that specific hand-selected ingredient. The beauty of Latin America is being able to design a particular piece that can be made by one of the many talented artisans. Seeing it all come together like a glorious puzzle is very rewarding. Be my guest at one of eight different and individually unique accommodations in San Miguel de Allende: ●“Casa Artistas” on San Francisco Street has a one bedroom casita and two studio apartments with kitchenettes, the Frida and Diego Studios. ●”Casa de la Vista, a movie star hide-away” is a three bedroom view home on Salida a Queretaro. ●“The Actors Studios” is on Animas Street. It consists of four apartments with kitchens and fireplaces…the Salma Hayek, the Ricardo Montalban, the Dolores del Rio and the Anthony Quinn. And while you’re at it, check out the “House of Chanel”, a historical, art deco two bedroom apartment in Buenos Aires.
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