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EZE

An April 2007 trip to Buenos Aires by panda2

Filippo Café Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina More Photos
Quote: The capitol, port, gateway to Argentina with a European look, brisk walking, culture loving, slow social pace, polite, some nice eye candy.

EZE

Overview

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Buenos Aires, due to its tremendous foreign debt has suffered an economic collapse in 2001 which the US is sure to follow, has become a relative bargain for foreign travelers for the time being. It has a thriving economy but still has the hungry and poor, is crowded, busy, hectic, its people generally European background melded with some local inhabitant's features. Its culture is rich, diverse, polite, genuine, socially connected people, Catholic religion based, some nice eye candy. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is a must see, Buenos Aires Design and Galerias Pacifico for smart shopping, La Estancia was the best place for steak with our experience.Quick Tips: Its people walk briskly, people...Read More

Wilton Hotel

Hotel | "Hotel Wilton"

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Hotel Wilton was chosen and reserved through Hotels.com based on its geographical location then by price. It's near a subway station, restaurants, five blocks away from the Recoleta district, 35 minutes from the Ezeiza International Airport, 10 minutes from the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport.It's a 120-room hotel, air-conditioning/heating, 24-hour room service, snack bar, breakfast buffet included for next morning from 7am to 11am hours, dial-up data port in room, local/Internet dial-up calls ARP0.40, fitness facility Monday-Friday 2...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2007

Wilton Hotel
Av.Callao 1162/64
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 (11) 48111818

Best Western Hotel Embassy

Hotel | "Hotel Embassy"

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Hotel Embassy, no longer associated with Best Western's reservation system was booked using Hotels.com based on location and price. The current owners are remodeling this hotel which has seen better days. There's a kitchenette with a refrigerator, air-conditioning, balcony, complimentary breakfast served Monday through Saturday from 7am to 10am, free Wi-Fi in the lobby area.We found our room with a funky smell in the bedroom, the cover on the air-conditioning partly falling off, liquid soap dispensers have been abandoned - soap bars along with shampoo in little bottles are issued, little flying insects in the bedroom, the...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 2, 2007

Best Western Hotel Embassy
860 Cordoba Avenue
Buenos Aires, Argentina
54 11-4322-1228

Filippo Café

Restaurant

Filippo Café Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Filippo Café is a common type of corner street café mainly for sweets, coffee, sandwiches and snacks, and a friendly but slow service-we didn´t time it, but it seemed like 20 minutes went by before our order came. It´s a slow pace for sitting around to read or socializing.

The coffee is good, salad is decent, sandwich ordered tended to be small but filled tasty enough and curb the hunger. The orange juice ordered was fresh, not at all sweet, served at room temperature, not chilled. No English is spoken, menu is in Spanish though they do have a separate menu with photo selections. Credit cards accepted.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2007

Estancia

Restaurant | "La Estancia"

Estancia Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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La Estancia, established in 1962, serves some really good Argentinian food. We wanted to sample their beef steak, so we didn't go for their set meals of ARP68, and instead ordered à la carte. Their simple lettuce, tomato, and onion salad with oil and vinegar was tasty. There is a bread table service charge of APR5 per person but the rolls were fresh; you'll forget about the bread sticks after tasting their rolls. The 350ml bottled red wine was fruity and tasty. The T-bone steak, which came with fries, for APR27 was excellent, cooked to order. The service was very good. There are Tango and Folk shows on weekends. This restaurant was the highlight of our brief visit dining for Buenos Aires of the p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2007

Estancia
Av. Sante Fe 3954
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 (11) 4831-8015

Galauno

Restaurant

Galauno Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Galauno parrilla al carbon is a little mixed grill restaurant just showing it's grill and a little walkway into a deeper inside for more seating. The place will serve mixed meat, set meals, or à la carte. Our waiter was very good at his job, the food was good, but some of the meats, like intestine, we didn't care but came with the set meal for ARP38. Promo Pollo 1/4 d Pollo (chicken), salad or fries, Coca-Cola ARP11.20. I wanted a Coke-Light, which they wanted to charge ARP5 in bottles, I asked for water instead, no salad nor fries accompany my chicken order. Bife de Costilla (beef steak) ARP26 arrived in a pan with 2 steaks smothered in mushrooms, potatoes, sauce. There is an additi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2007

Galauno
Lavalleja 663 Y Florida
Buenos Aires

The Grants Restaurant

Restaurant | "Grant's Restaurant (The)"

The Grants Restaurant Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Grant's Restaurant is an all-you-can-eat buffet with prices ranging from APR15 for weekday lunch, APR20 for weeknight and Sunday dinner, and APR23 for weekend dinner plus a required drink per person. The service was acceptable. Seating near the front is an artificial waterfall.The food generally wasn't very good, except for the meat pies and the honeydew melon. The meats were generally overcooked, even when requesting lamb rare from the chef. There are some limited selection of dishes from a list in Spanish you may request cook to order. The sample plum was spoiled. Desserts made were generally not very good and much too sweet. The wine ordered didn't have a desirable taste.Save your t...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 24, 2007

The Grants Restaurant
Avenida Gral. Las Heras 1925
Buenos Aires, Argentina
(0)11 4805 6930

Barrica

Restaurant | "La Barrica"

Barrica Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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La Barrica is a restaurant in the Caminito, La Boca district serving traditional meals, drinks, along with tango dance entertainment, at least when we were there. The drink prices are stiff by local standards, but cheaper than a tourist trap tango show.The live dance performance provided are worth the price they were charging for the drinks. This place as well as the area shuts down at 6pm, as it's not a very safe area come nightfall. Be prepared to tip the performers for their hard work. There are local buses that will safely wisk you away for a mere ARP0.80 in coins.E-mail: info@labarrica.com.ar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2007

Barrica
Magallanes 845
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 (11) 4301-9197

Puerto Del Carmen

Restaurant

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Puerto Del Carmen makes good pizza, but also is good at steaks. The atmosphere here is pleasant, the service was good, friendly, and the food for the most part was alright.

We got a small sampling of their cheese and onion pizza and it was tasty. We ordered grilled fillet of chicken thigh but it had a burnt taste, orange juice was a nice large size and ice on the side was provided. A steak was ordered rare but it came medium. The flan was overcooked, the Waldorf salad was alright. Credit cards accepted.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 3, 2007

Puerto Del Carmen
Av. Cordoba 628
Buenos Aires
+54 (11) 4322-1054

Inmortales (Los)

Restaurant | "Pizzeria Los Inmortales"

Inmortales (Los) Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Pizzeria - Los Inmortales is a famous restaurant frequented by stars from the past. The pizza bread served was quite good. We ordered steak rare, but it came out medium well done and it didn't taste very good, fillet of Hack fish also was ordered, breaded, deep fried along with mashed potatoes - the mashed potatoes were good.They seemed unable to cook a tasty, satisfying steak to the correct doneness requested by the customer, namely rare. This isn't an isolated incident. Our limited experience, is that they don't cook meats rare, or the concept of rare isn't the same, or we've been to places where they don't cook steak to the doneness correctly.The restaurant looks visually appealing ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

Inmortales (Los)
Avenida Callao 1165
Capital Federal, Argentina 1425
+54 11 48157551

Caminito Tango Show

Restaurant

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Caminito Tango Show in the La Boca barrio is free with your lunch. Inexpensive limited lunch dishes run around ARP6-11. Dinner show is Fridays only and should reserve ahead of time but the area isn't safe at night so it's not recommended you be in this area after 6pm or call ahead for a taxi agreeing to be waiting for you outside.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

Caminito Tango Show
Del Valle Iberlucea 1151
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 (11) 4301-1520

Santa Maria

Restaurant

Santa Maria Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Santa Maria is a pizzeria, but it was their window display of empanadas which brought us inside to buy some along with some bottled red wine which they gladly opened and recorked for our pending overnight train excursion to Posadas. Email: santa_maria@arnet.com.ar

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2007

Santa Maria
Av. Corrientes 6801 Y Olleros
Buenos Aires
+54 (11) 4553-2763

Bueller Pub & Brewing Recoleta

Attraction | "Bueller Pub & Brewing Recoleta"

Bueller Pub & Brewing Recoleta Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buller Pub is one of two locations with a nice friendly atmosphere, staff, for drinks, food, conversation. Sun-Thurs 12:30pm-2am, Fri-Sat 12:30pm-4am. Happy Hour 6pm-9pm

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2007

Bueller Pub & Brewing Recoleta
Pte. Roberto M Ortiz 1827
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 (11) 4808-9061

Buenos Aires Design

Attraction

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Buenos Aires Design is a smart, trendy, design place on two levels in the Recoleta district for dining, shopping goods and furniture for your home or business including Morph, Puro Diseño Argentino, Hard Rock Cafe for or just to browse for design ideas. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sundays and national holiday Noon-9pm. Telephone: +54 (11) 5777-6000.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2007

Buenos Aires Design
Avenida Pueyrredón 2501
Buenos Aires, Argentina 1113
+54 (11) 45776000

La Recoleta Cemetery

Attraction | "Cementerio de la Recoleta (Recoleta Cemetery)"

La Recoleta Cemetery Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Cementerio de la Recoleta (Recoleta Cemetery) is where the wealthy of one of the fourteen families are entombed in style with one last tribute upon their death. Free admission. Open till 6pm, bell rings 10 minutes prior to let you get yourself out before the gates are locked for the night or you´ll have to find your own way out by climbing a wall, so leave promptly!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2007

La Recoleta Cemetery
Junín 1790 Recoleta District
Buenos Aires, Argentina 1116
+54 (11) 4804 7040

Quique Center

Story/Tip

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Quique Center is a sports clothing store if you are interested in this type of clothing. There was someone fluent in English to help in our inquires for a sports shirt for exercising.The salesperson was able to help us with a material referred to as "Dri-Fit" properties wicking the moisture off where it comes in contact with your body, the pricing, size, color. We purchased an "official" (some of the proceeds goes to supporting the sports teams) sleeveless sports top for ARP110. Credit cards accepted.It closes at 6pm. Be sure to leave this area by 6pm as the area becomes unsafe after this time. Local buses are available to whisk you away for ARP0.80 in coins, tick...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2007

A Full

Attraction

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A Full, men's sauna offers individual relax boxes, Finnish sauna, steam bath, whirlpool not filled with water to the top so jet streams wouldn’t work properly, gym closed, video room, TV, massage, air-conditioning, bar, UV solarium, Internet, soap dispenser in shower was failing off wall. This place has seen better days, it is dirty, generally rundown, slippers are issued instead of cleaning the floors, dark labyrinth has staff coming with bright flashlights to make sure nothing improper activity going on, bear types. Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 3am, Friday-Sunday 24 hours. Telephone +54 (11) 4371-7263E-mail: ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

A Full
Viamonte 1770
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 (11) 4371-7263

Flux

Attraction

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Flux, established 2005, is a gay bar run by an expat partner from the UK with a friendly staff. The no smoking ban was ignored and after awhile, I needed to leave. Happy Hour 2x1 till 10pm. Cool bar and atmosphere. Monday-Saturday 7pm to 2am. Telephone +54 (11) 5252-0258, E-mail: correo@fluxbar.com.ar

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

Flux
Marcelo T de Alvear, 980
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 (11) 5252 0258

Galerias Pacifico

Attraction

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Galerias Pacifico is a smart, tastefully designed shopping mall including a food court within a wonderfully European design architecture building from the 19th century. There is free tango show on Friday and Sunday at 8pm, give some money for their efforts.There's a free 15 minute audio tour available with an acceptable ID like your passport or live tours at the Tourist Information Center, 1st floor - Florida Section, open daily from 10am to 9pm, telephone +54 (11) 5555-5399, email: turismo@galeriaspacifico.com.ar, covering the background of the mural paintings inside its dome....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

Galerias Pacifico
Florida 787
Buenos Aires 1005
+54 (11) 55555110

MNBA - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Attraction | "The Bund Riverside Hotel"

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After arriving in its new Pudong International Airport (PVG), we wanted to ride its Maglev train from the airport, but the ticket person refused to sell any tickets as he was cashing out his drawer five minutes before the last scheduled train at 21:32, but failing to acquire tickets we couldn't go. We inquired at a bus operator's booth informing them of the area we needed, to take Bus No. 5 to get to the area needed where our hotel is located. The fare was CNY 32 per person. The fare collector signaled us to get off at the closest stop for us on the bus. Then we asked the taxi to take us to the hotel but was unsuccessful. There was a second taxi behind him stopped, so we inquired with him, he als...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

MNBA - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Avenida Del Libertador 1473 Recoleta
Buenos Aires, Argentina 1425
+54 (11) 48030802

Sei Tu

Attraction

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Sei Tu is an ice cream shop chain with locations around Argentina with high quality cream to enjoy on the premises or to go. The flavor I tried and like is Chocolate al Rhum for ARP4.50.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

Sei Tu
Lavalle 700
Buenos Aires

Eminence

Attraction

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Eminence is a gay disco with four floors with an old elevator, first floor has a pub and cruising bar; second floor has dark and private rooms; third floor has chill out space and room for private functions; fourth floor has the disco.

Monday through Thursday from 2pm to 3am, Friday through Sunday is 24 hours. Telephone +54 (11) 4328-9089. Email: master@eminenceclub.com.ar

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 7, 2007

Eminence
Lavalle 918
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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El Emporio de las Carteras S.R.L. is a store we noticed leather wallets with reasonably low from their window display as we were in the market a good quality leather wallet but haven't found one so far that we wanted to buy on our vacation trip and was drawing to a close. This place sells leather goods, among them leather wallets, and wasn't one of the tourist trap places. There was a peculiar odor or smell in the store.A woman behind the counter presented us with a few wallets which was of good leather quality, among them, a simple, slender, billfold, large enough to hold Euro currency, ID, credit cards, easy to slip into the pocket, one for ARP69 and was the first one presented and am...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2007

El Emporio de las Carteras S.R.L.
Av. Rivadavia 1553 Y Montevideo
Buenos Aires

EZE - Ezeiza International Airport Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini de Ezeiza Airport is located at Ezeiza 35km (22 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires with three terminals: International Terminal A, the Aerolineas Argentinas Terminal B, and the National Terminal C. Guide for the airport and facilities.ATM's are lo...Read More
Trenes Especiales Argentinos (TEA) Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Trenes Especiales Argentinos (TEA) offers train service from Buenos Aires to Posadas scheduled to take 26 hours which turned to 28 hours with delays. The schedule departs from Buenos Aires to Posadas on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:50am and return from Posadas to Buenos Aires Wednesdays and Sundays at 7pm.We booked a sleeper compartment for ARP150 per person. No reservations are taken over the phone. However, my partner arranged to find someone fluent in Spanish to call from Alaska, the person on the phone was so impressed she made an exception to reserve a sleeper comp...Read More

Subte

Story/Tip

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Subte is Buenos Aires subway lines designated by the letters of the alphabet and a color. Every subway station has an agent to purchase tickets fare is generally ARP0.70, inquire about multi-ride tickets or passes in Spanish. Some stations are very crowded so you may wish to buy more rides to use late...Read More

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