Tucked away on the quiet street of Charcas in Palermo Soho rests the Hostel Suites Palermo, just 15 minutes away from downtown Buenos Aires. The chain, Hostel Suites, has locations throughout Argentina in Obelisco, Florida and Mendoza.
The Palermo location is set in a charming, restored house in a bustling neighborhood home to various bars, galleries and restaurants. A quick stroll around the corner reveals convenient stores and cafes, while a ten minute walk in either direction on the main avenue of Oro will take you to a slew of cozy eateries.
During my stay in Buenos Aires I spent the first half of my trip staying in a private bedroom at the Hostel Suites Palermo. As a first time solo traveler, I had relied on reviews when choosing this particular hostel in hopes that I would find it easy to make friends abroad. With an open air terrace, common area and calendar of activities to partake in, I was surprised to find the hostel relatively quiet and anti-social. In all fairness, this might have been a direct result of the winter weather but days later when I moved to the Eco Pampa Hostel I found a setting much more conducive to friendships.
While the rooms at Hostel Suites Palermo were spacious and comfortable (as well as cleaned daily–something I definitely appreciated!) my experience with the private shower was comical. To say this shower had no water pressure would be a gross understatement; it was like attempting to bathe under a painfully slow trickle of water that took upwards of 30 minutes to wash away soap. Thankfully, I quickly realized that the floor’s communal bathroom and shower was a godsend as it seems all the water pressure was reserved for this one restroom. Bathing shenanigans aside, the hostel was quiet and clean, safe and secure and in the end I ended up making some incredible connections.
During my stay, the staff always proved helpful and accommodating and were an awesome resource when it came to navigating Argentina’s dual currency exchange or simply needing directions. While the Hostel Suites Palermo wasn’t as social as I had hoped, it did offer a comfortable stay and complimentary breakfast.
Book this hostel if…
You are traveling with companions or as a couple. While the Hostel Suites Palermo is by no means a “party hostel,” it does offer comfortable accommodations, spacious private rooms and is well located in one of Buenos Aires’ best neighborhoods. It’s worth noting that the hostel does have free WIFI although it is only available in the common areas; likewise the hostel has computers available (though, to be honest they should be on display in a museum rather than in use). Dorms start at $16, while private rooms start at $25 (depending on the day/high or low season).