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by Kauai Boy
August 13, 2004
As you approach the corner of Suipacha and M.T. de Alvear, you see a sharp contrast between modern and classic architecture, as older buildings seem to merge into this daunting glass box of a building. Unlike many of the other "modern" hotels in the downtown area, the Bisonte Palace didn’t even attempt to blend in with the surrounding architecture – in fact, the name itself is misleading. With the word "palace" in mind, I was expecting some kind of classic luxury. Instead, I was greeted with a cold rigidity that just didn’t fit in.
The front desk staff was OK – not overly enthusiastic, but not rude. A brief (and I mean BRIEF) look at the rooms didn’t impress me although the standard room was quite spacious, though blandly decorated. In fact, it gave me the same sufficient, but undoubtedly budget-feel that the Hampton Inn in Manhattan, Kansas threw at me a few summers ago.
Now for the positive – the rooms do provide many valuable amenities for the business traveler: desk, internet connection, international calling, etc., as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet (Wow! Just like the Hampton Inn!).
A block to the north is the business stretch of Avenida Santa Fe (banks, airline offices, etc.) – the shopping stretch starts on the other side of Avenida 9 de Julio which is just one block to the west of the hotel. There is no on-property restaurant (or at least I didn’t see one) but there are numerous cafes and diners in the surrounding area. Access to public transportation is excellent here – the Subte Linea C, Gnrl. San Martin station, is just a couple of blocks away, and numerous bus lines pass the hotel on M.T. de Alvear or Suipacha. The Manuel Tienda de Leon station is just a block and a half away with shuttles to/from both of Buenos Aires’ airports.
From journal Buenos Aires Hotels
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