Swanky Apt on Defensa in San Telmo

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Defensa, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal 1063, Argentina

Quiet & peaceful, this stylish one-bedroom on the ground floor of an historic building, a conventillo. We renovated the kitchen & bathroom, restored the original pine floors, & added mid-century furniture. It's an eclectic mix of urban & vintage.

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Quiet & peaceful, this stylish one-bedroom on the ground floor of an historic building, a conventillo. We renovated the kitchen & bathroom, restored the original pine floors, & added mid-century furniture. It's an eclectic mix of urban & vintage.

The Space

The Depto is perfect for a couple, but it can sleep three. It's on the ground floor of a famous building called Casa Colectiva Bernardino Rivadavia (and even has its own Wikipedia page).

To update this 100-year-old apartment, we knocked down a wall to open the kitchen up to the living room. Just beyond the kitchen is the patio/breakfast room surrounded by windows. Open them all up and feel like you're having breakfast al fresco.

The polished cement floors in the spacious bathroom feel great on bare feet. There is no bathtub, only a shower with amazing water pressure.

And no need to worry about getting enough sleep after enjoying the famously late nightlife of Buenos Aires. Just close the window shutters in the bedroom to keep out the light and you could easily sleep well past noon.

The best thing about the Depto though is its location. San Telmo is the most authentic neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It's got a bohemian artsy vibe to it. Defensa, the main street, is packed with antique shops, cool boutiques, rustic eateries, and street vendors and performers galore every Sunday. You won't realize it though until you are out on the street, because the apartment is in the third block and set back very far from the hustle and bustle.

The apartment comes with a pre-paid cell phone and a land line for local calls, WiFi, speakers for connecting an iPod or MP3 player, a TV and DVD player (with movies), an AC, two gas heaters, a fully equipped kitchen, a microwave, a hairdryer, guidebooks, maps, books, adaptors for electrical devices, linens, towels, and friendly hosts!

Guest Access

Full access to everything

Interaction with Guests

Angela is in New Orleans most of the year, 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.

The Neighborhood

We love San Telmo's bohemian vibe and authenticity. Though gentrification is definitely happening, it's not pretentious... yet.

In particular, we love that San Telmo is small. No matter which part of the barrio you are in, 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. The card can be used on buses, the subway, and the trains. We also (email hidden) to the bus system which we'll teach you to use when you check-in. Buses are great in BA. They run 24 hours.

Taxis are very cheap compared to other places and you'll pretty much always find one when you need it.

When you book, we will send you directions to us from the airport (or other port of entry) and our thorough guide to Buenos Aires.

Other Things to Note

We have sheets and towels for a third person. Keep in mind though, that the mattress on the sofa is quite thin. It's probably best for a child and not an adult.

We're on the ground floor, but there a small steps up and down between the three blocks of the building so guests in wheelchairs would need assistance.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $455 /week
Monthly Price: $1500 /month
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • A wonderful apartment in the heart of San Telmo! Extremely helpful hosts, too. We would happily return!

    January 2014
  • We were happy with our choice of depto and the San telmo area for our trip to BA. The apartment was just as it appears in the photos. The area was safe and quaint. Many resurants shops nearby. Our plane was late but Clayton waited for us and was very nice about expelling the local area, ect. It was very hot in BA and the electricity went out in that section. clayton and virginie came over with a lamp and offered to refund our money for the last night if we chose to leave.we highly recommend this place and the people involved. Would happily stay again.

    December 2013
  • We stayed in this lovely apartment for one week and can honestly say we could not have asked for anything more. Our email enquiries were answered quickly by Angela and within minutes we had booked they apartment. We did not get to meet Angela as she was out of the country but would like to thank her for letting us stay in her wonderful apartment and for her advice over emails. On our arrival we were greeted by Virginie who explained everything we needed to know about the city and apartment. The apartment itself was very well equip and in a lovely quirky area of the city close to shops, restaurants and bars. We had a fantastic week made even more perfect by our lovely apartment. On our departure Virginie kindly offered to book us a taxi and let us stay in the apartment as long as we needed as they did not have anyone else coming in that day. This was brilliant for us as we weren't leaving for Mendoza til 8pm that night and it would not have been fun carrying all of our bags around Buenos Aires all day. We would like to thank Virginie for being such a welcoming and attentive host. It really did make our trip far more enjoyable. We would definitely recommend this apartment to our friends and family.

    September 2013
  • A lovely apartment that is in the heart of an edgy and upcoming neighbourhood. Highly recommend to anyone who is visiting BsAs for the first time - I felt right at home and very comfortable.

    September 2013
  • This apartment was spacious, warm in winter, had everything we needed for cooking and had an amazing location right in the middle of san telmo.

    Our host spent time with us letting us know of the great places to go out, how to catch buses and the subte and how to operate all the heaters in the apartment.

    Will go back in a heartbeat! Thanks for everything.

    July 2013
  • The apartment is a lovely getaway - stylish, well maintained, and located in a fun neighborhood. It was quite chilly out while I was there, and the heaters kept the place cozy warm. The apartment is off the street, so there's very little noise. Angela and Virginie were friendly and helpful when I checked in, gave me some great suggestions for things to do, and showed me how to spot fake money. They also arranged for a car to take me to the airport at the end of my stay. I had a great time, and would definitely recommend the apartment.

    July 2013
  • This was my second stay at the Depto in San Telmo — I love it there! :^) Angela is amazing host. She's the best host I've encountered in my South America travels. I highly recommend staying at this apartment — great space clean, well-stocked and best location in BsAs (what's better than San Telmo!).

    July 2013
  • Angela is a fantastic host, with all the knowledge and experience (to say nothing of English skills) you could hope for as a newbie American in Buenos Aires. She knows the city, the neighborhoods, and local events, keeps a thoughtful set of conveniences handy (coffee, bus passes, a useful and concise written guide to the city). She helped us with transportation to and from the airport, and we would not have dared to try the city buses without a quick lesson on how to figure out what's going where. The apartments are great funky spaces too!

    July 2013
  • The Depto is a fantastic apartment in what we found to be the most creative and fun neighborhood in the city – especially on a Sunday! The spacious apartment has everything you would need – ample hot water, comfortable bed, perfect location – and it is kept very clean. Furthermore, Angela is a fantastic host and she met with us upon our arrival to help us maximize our visit as well as to navigate the public transport system and currency conversion mayhem. She has many travel books available in the apartment, as well as her own handpicked activity list full of helpful information. We probably would not have seen nearly so much in our short visit without all of her assistance. She’s really a great host that goes beyond the call of duty. Overall: a great place with a great host.

    June 2013
  • Angela was very kind and diligent since the very first time we got in touch with her. The apartment is very nice, perfect location in the heart of San Telmo, clean, well maintained and equipped. Although I did not get to personally meet her I had the best impression of her... I definitely recommend her...

    June 2013
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Founder San Telmo Loft, Photographer, Writer, Educator
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.
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