Review: Intercontinental Hotel Buenos Aires

Posted on December 18, 2013 by in Hotel Reviews

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Book the Intercontinental Hotel Buenos Aires here.

The Intercontinental Buenos Aires is located in the heart of Buenos Aires downtown. It's close to trendy San Telmo and just a couple of blocks from the main shopping drag 'Calle Florida' and the main government buildings. It accompanies almost half of a city block and has a small 'french inspired' outdoor area.

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IHG Rewards Club Platinum members and Ambassadors are treated equally by the hotel. Check-In is at the club lounge on the 17th floor. They get an upgrade to a superior room and club access. However the check-in in the club lounge has never been a benefit for me really. First they almost check you in – then they realize you should go somewhere else, get an elevator and drop you with another agent who does the same thing again. I would have much preferred to get a room key quickly but no dice – I had to wait out 20 minutes without internet connection until the whole procedure was completed.

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The club lounge is small but was never crowded. There are good appetizers as well as wine, beer and liquor from 6-8 PM and there is a decent breakfast as well.

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The superior room was rather large. The age of the hotel shows but it's maintained well – all the appliances worked and the bathroom was in a good condition. The cooling system is very efficient and it's super quiet (until house keeping starts at 9 AM).

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The gym has weightlifting equipment and a number of cardio machines. There is also a small pool but it's nice for lane swimming if you catch it at a quiet time.

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The hotel provides free Internet to IHG Rewards Club members. However the speed is atrocious and it takes 10 minutes to download your emails. The faster, premium Internet is better with around 3 Mbit but it is being charged for Platinum members. If implemented IHG-wide this way the policy change of free Internet is ridiculous.

The breakfast has a number of delicious pastry items and lots of fruits. I did not like the the hot items too much.

There are a number of good restaurants in the San Telmo area which is just a 10 minutes walk away.

As may have read here before – Argentina has two exchange rates – an official one and an unofficial one. Make use of it! Ask before you stay if the hotel can quote in Argentine Peso and if you can pay in cash (usually you can). The unofficial rate is often 50% better.

Argentina is the country where using your credit card is a really bad idea!

The Intercontinental hotel faces strong competition in Buenos Aires saturated hotel market. It's on par with the two Sheratons in town. It's a good hotel where I'd be happy to stay again.

Book the Intercontinental Hotel Buenos Aires here.

About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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