I began and ended my South American journey at the Design Suites Buenos Aires. Having two different rooms, with slightly different views and feel, gave me a pretty good feel for this small boutique hotel.

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The Design Suites Hotel is situated in the popular Recoleta area, and is very close to a Metro stop and central sights in the city. It also has small grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants and convenience stores right beside it. It’s fairly quiet (except for our first night here, when there was a party in the park across from the hotel until all hours – kinda tough after about a 20-hour journey and an early morning transfer back to the airport for our next stop in Bariloche)! After having a bit more time the second time around, I can honestly say this is a very nice area and a safe vibe all around.

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On my first visit, I was only there for one short night, and didn’t really get to enjoy the fairly large room and balcony space I was given. I was also frustrated because the safe didn’t work and the balcony door didn’t lock, but I was in such a rush I didn’t give it much thought.

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Even without the balcony in my second room to end the trip, I think I preferred the layout of this room. I can’t tell you why, but it felt a bit cosier I guess. I slept like a baby on my two last nights here – very comfortable bed and nice and quiet outside. The wifi can be a bit sketchy – it works fine for checking email, but was difficult at times to download or email photos.

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The staff at Design Suites Buenos Aires was always very hospitable and helpful, and the breakfast was also pretty good (mostly cold dishes). The only head scratcher for me was the “pool” in the centre of the main floor. It didn’t seem to serve a purpose at all (and isn’t used by guests) – but must be a design feature. Even so, I enjoyed my time here and would recommend it if you are looking for a smaller hotel in a fairly central location.

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