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Buenos Aires: Posada Palermo

1655 Jerónimo Salguero Street, Phone: 54.11.48268792
www.posadapalermo.com

Reviewed by: Digital Traveler Bill from NY, review #1828

When: November 2006

While the number 13 is considered an unlucky number, I felt very fortunate to have stayed 13 nights at this extremely warm and friendly B&B.

Breakfast Table, photo by William C Bert

I stayed at this lovely B&B for thirteen nights in late October – November 2006. I originally booked the single room for $60 USD a night for Posada Palermo but the owner permitted me to stay in two other rooms, which happen to be double rooms. There are only four rooms at this B&B. So I can say I have slept in three of the four rooms of this B&B. I doubt very much you will find anyone that can say that.

I found the rooms and bathrooms spotless. The beds were firm; plenty of pillows and falling asleep was not a problem for me. All the rooms had a TV, a radio and a phone to dial outside numbers. I even had fast WiFi connection for my laptop to access the Internet. One of the rooms I stayed in had a large window facing the street and at night the room was quiet. This is because the area where the B&B is located is quiet at night.

Each room is decorated in its own style, from the furniture to even the walls, which are full of paintings and posters. The day I arrived at Posada Palermo, my first impression when I first entered was that I was in someone’s home. This is true, because the owner lives upstairs; this B&B is her home.

There is morning breakfast and then there is breakfast served the Posada Palermo way. Everyone sits at one large table and usually being the first one up in the morning; I found the breakfast table richly decorated with fresh rolls, jams, cereals, fruits and homemade yogurt. But there is more. I was served a thin toast with cheese and ham that I love to have because it was very tasty and light to eat. Then there were the sweet fresh pastries. Since I was there for almost two weeks I can say the pastries were not the same ones each day. There is tea, orange juice, matte and plenty of hot coffee. The word “light breakfast” is not found at this B&B, because when breakfast is this enjoyable it is hard to stop. You just cannot have one bite of something and in my case, a big coffee drinker, I could not only have one cup of coffee.

I never had the chance to visit a café in Buenos Aires for morning coffee or breakfast. There was no reason because I had Posada Palermo.

Each morning I was made to feel at home from Viviana the owner of Posada Palermo and Alejandro who helps her run it. It was a pleasure each morning to sit at breakfast table with Viviana and Alejandro to talk about what I did in Buenos Aires the day before or talk with the other guests at the B&B what they did or what their plans for the day were. Some morning discussions were about our lives back home. I met people from Utah, Madrid and even my hometown New York City. Some mornings it was Alejandro and I talking about our lives and sharing some matte.

The neighbor where Posada Palermo is located is a residential area of Palermo, were you will see plenty of Portenos everyday. There are an abundance of local stores, cafes and restaurants to visit and 10 to 15 minutes walk to the nearest train station, Bulnes on the D subway line. Also at the Bulnes station is the shopping mall Alto Palermo. Hip looking stores are found inside; I bought some inexpensive jewelry to give as gifts back home. On the top floor there is a Freddo where I had its famous ice cream.

One street in particular Charcas I really enjoyed and it was two blocks away for Posada Palermo. On one side of Charcas street almost every block is lined with small outdoor cafes, restaurants and even an ice cream shop. There was outdoor seating at almost all the places that served food. It seemed to me walking through this street it was very popular with the Portenos.

I would stay here again, because I found it a warm friendly place and a morning breakfast I did not want to miss.

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