The Ritz by Hostel Inn
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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The Ritz by Hostel Inn Buenos Aires Reviews
The Ritz by Hostel Inn May 12, 2016
The Ritz Hostel… how that can be bad… Well, everyone has their way of choosing hostels but for this one, attractive name made me make a reservation without even checking the images of the place. It does look like there was once a hotel called The Ritz on the premises, because they have an old neon sign that is not a hostel works. I am not sure if it was THE RITZ but the building is definitely on the attractive corner, in the center of the town, neoclassical style 3 or 4 high ceiling old school beauty. Bottom of the building is a restaurant with some serious sweets selection, and the door is on the Mayo Street. Doors are glass, ugly, with a ring so you can call reception to let you in. You enter through double door “security” and then you are climbing up to the mid-level small door that don’t have any label or information, and through the narrow passage you will arrive to the reception. It is very unusual setting for the hostel to have reception so far away from the entrance and honestly due to lack of the entrance control, I think that security is horrible. Anyone can sneak in and access the elevator and the room floors without being seen by reception. There is an old school elevator (one of those turn of the 20th century caged old boxes that go slowly and make noise) that takes you to the floors, but it does not stop on the mid level where reception is located.
Reception area doubles for the hanging out place and features a bar, poll table and chairs that have seen much better days. Benches are so uncomfortable that you can’t sit there for more than 10 minutes without your ass falling off… literally. Internet is available in this area but not through the floors. Maybe the chairs are the way to limit the internet use heheheh
Breakfast is consisted of basics, dulce de leche cream, some other spread, butter, cereal and the coffee. Next day I figured out that you can get eggs to, but you’ll have to ask for it. Anyway, don’t waste your breakfast in here but go to any of the small caffe’s around the area and get fresh traditional pastries and tea. Buenos Aires is fantastic place to find great food. Only issue is to figure out the “hours of operation” because all of the restaurants run on siesta time and late night stuffing with meat, which is a bit against my way of food consumption.
Rooms are spacious, and beds are sturdy. I was in the room with nice cast iron bound balcony with the view over the “largest street in the world” (it has 16 lanes…). Bedding has seen better days and it is so thin that you can probably see through it. There are solid lockers for your belongings and you get a key for your room. Community bathroom is clean, nice hot water, but it is incredibly dark. Maybe that is why I think that it is clean heheh
Generally speaking, it is an alright, cheap hostel in the fantastic location.
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