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Exquisite palaces and luxurious apartment buildings combine with art galleries and exclusive boutiques to make Retiro the perfect spot for those who enjoy sophistication. However, the non-stop foot traffic to and from Retiro train and bus terminals, accompanied by the myriad of trucks leaving and arriving at the port, mean this neighbourhood is never truly at rest. One minute you are walking down a street dotted with ornate mansions and luxurious shop windows and the next you find yourself surrounded by a sea of people racing to catch their train or bus. It is this juxtaposition of never-ending comings and goings and quiet, elegant luxury that defines Retiro, as well as Buenos Aires, a city where sharp contrasts are all around.
Very, very much so. We always try to visit a couple of churches and cathedrals when we are in a new city. Glad we did this time. We found this to be a truly spectacular piece of art. No other way to put it. It is art.
We were extremely lucky to gain admittance to this quite breathtaking palace.
We took the Spanish speaking tour as the English one was booked out . The tour and the guide showed this extraordinary palace
We are so pleased we had the opportunity to partake
"An ornate colonial building in central Buenos Aires"
reviewed 8 April 2019 by chiangmaicharlies
One of the best preserved old colonial style buildings in Buenos Aires. Impressive exterior and very photogenic.
It would have been nice to see inside, but this did not prove possible when we visited.
Not worth going out of your way for, but nice to see.
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
"The crown jewel of three adjoining parks"
reviewed 1 week ago by AlpinerHut
Plaza San Martin is the crown jewel in a string of parks near Estacion Retiro, Buenos Aires' main train station, the others being Plaza Fuerza Aerea Argentina (home to Torre Monumental) and Plaza Canada (which features a totem pole and lots of homeless people).
The park and its centerpiece (but not centered) monument (see my review, "Keep looking. It's there!")...
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
"STILL IMPOSING DECADES LATER"
reviewed 29 October 2019 by Terrance M
When built in 1936, it was the tallest building on the South American continent at roughly 400’/120m high. Art Deco in design, it was a residential structure. You can get good views of it from the area near the San Martin statue. On clear days, Montevideo can be seen across the Rio de la Plata. Its design looks a little...
$$ - $$$ • Barbecue, Argentinian, Steakhouse, Latin
"Excellent place for lunch"
reviewed 2 weeks ago by abusluka
A small and great place for a very tasty lunch.
The meat cooked to perfection and the girls serving are just amazing, fast and very polite.
Being there for the third time ,the quality and service is continuing being the same
My wife and I had a wonderful evening at this restaurant. The SERVICE was truly outstanding and my steak was delicious. The dessert was beautifully made and divine- - - Dulce de Leche pudding with a chocolate arch!
We went based on reviews on trip advisor. Felt the reviews over sold it a little compared to other venues. Very busy but the waiter found us a table and generally the service and waiting on staff were excellent. The steak was good but not fantastic as we had hoped.
$$ - $$$ • Latin, Bar, Argentinian, International, Gastropub
"Fabulous, affordable food in the red bistro! Don't Miss It"
reviewed 1 week ago by nbchris
This is an easy walk, about one block off of Florida. Menu in Spanish and English and the waitstaff speaks English too. Don't be put off by the small size or artsy feel. It was very comfortable for an older couple. The food was excellent with a wide variety of dishes. Just ask the waiter to recommend his favorites. Inexpensive....
My friend and I had a very nice and pleasant stay at this hotel! The room was big and clean. The breakfast was good. Most of all, the hotel personell was very kind, answered many question and helped us to get around in Buenos Aires.
I've never had better service than at the Casa Calma Hotel. The staff went out of their way to help me - including recommending restaurants, a place to purchase electrical converter, arranging transportation, and suggesting tours.
"Reasonably nice but many mistakes made that reduce the value"
reviewed 3 weeks ago by scrapabc1234
I am currently staying at this hotel. Generally a good hotel and what you would expect from a five star hotel, but not an exceedingly nice experience. It’s just my first night, and we have already had several issues. For example, while sitting in the lobby with my husband and baby a security guard came to confirm that I was...
This is a very small hotel on 6 floors. Our room was 604, small but very comfortable. Large bathroom and shower. Breakfast is served in the basement and has a very good selection, both hot and cold. There is an exercise room on the top floor. The hotel is near Plaza San Martin. Very easy to walk just about anywhere....
The Algodon Mansion is a beautiful boutique hotel with personal service. Everyone working at the hotel makes you feel at home as soon as you walk into the hotel. From the service at the wine/snack bar to Oriana at the front desk, everyone is extremely helpful. The rooms are well appointed and spacious. The rooftop outdoor deck and pool is...