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Hostel Gaden House - Buenos Aires - Argentina
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (CNN) -- Vegetarians, beware. It's Wednesday night at the Garden House Hostel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the unmistakable scent of juicy slabs of meat on the grill is wafting through the halls, luring guests to its source.
On the patio, where the grill master is preparing the asado, or barbecue, an assortment of foreigners -- Aussies, Americans and Latinos -- sit around a faded wooden picnic table and in circles of plastic garden chairs, sharing liters of Quilmes beer and stories of their travels.

Inside, we fill a makeshift dining room set of folding chairs and tables, where bowls of salad and bottles of wine and beer compete for space with our plates, loaded with thick cuts of sirloin and plump sausages (grilled vegetables are an option for herbivores). Glasses clink amid salutations of "que aprovecha," or enjoy, and the silence of determined eaters quickly falls over the room.

The scene plays out weekly at the hostel, near Buenos Aires' market and antiques district of San Telmo. The buffet cost about $10 U.S. for all the meat, salad and wine I could manage -- a steal when you throw in the hostel's convivial atmosphere and hospitable staff. Anyway, my friend and I were paying only about $30 a night for a private double, and beds in a dorm run about $10 a night.

In a time of declining currencies and global financial crisis, hostels are no longer strictly the domain of weary backpackers and college students. With the money saved, even a middle-class American with a crumbling stock portfolio can enjoy a city like Buenos Aires -- known as the Paris of Latin America -- in a manner befitting a profligate jet-setter.


This friendly and relaxed hostel is recommended by just about everyone. It’s mainly thanks to the lovely couple who own and run it; Anna and Javier go out of their way to make everyone feel at home. The first floor has a Book-Stocked library and a great couch for reading or watching films, while above there is a large terrace with hammocks and chill-out hammocks where guests share beers and stories. As for sleeping, there are brightly painted, unfussy dorms and double rooms with shared bathrooms.

“Your home away from home” REVIEW Owned by a friendly, well-traveled staff, Garden House instantly feels like home. It's far from flashy (in fact, the office-style carpet and modern layout almost give it an apartment feel), but it's warmly comfortable. The cozy library, sunny terrace and Saturday asados (barbecues) notch it up to excellent.



With only 25 beds, it's one of the smallest hostels in BA. Its one drawback is its location on the busy and less than attractive Av San Juan. You'll have to cross Av 9 de Julio (don't worry, it's only the widest street in the world) to get to the heart of historic San Telmo. That said, there's plenty to explore in this non-touristy area. Besides, the all-you-can-eat breakfast is a rarity in hostels. One dorm has four beds, the other has eight, and there are six comfortable private rooms. All of them share baths. The common area is lovely; it fills with afternoon sunshine, and colorful couches make lounging around before heading out for the night a pleasure in itself. There are plenty of chairs up on the terrace, but you'll have to challenge your mate to rocks-paper-scissors to see who gets the hammock. LONELYPLANET.COM

This isn’t your typical hostel – it’s much more intimate and personal. Anna and Javier, along with their friendly staff, offer six doubles and two dorms (all with shared bathroom) along with some comfortable and welcoming common spaces. It’s a bit far from center, but the good vibes are worth it. Excellent weekly asados
(barbecues) take place on the terrace, and guests receive free Spanish class.

Quienes lo pensaron pusieron en practica su experiencia de largos años como mochileros y se nota. Tienen habitaciones compartidas e individuales ( no son mixtas) y están bien puestas, son luminosas e incluso hay algunas con terrazas. La sala de estar es pequeña, pero sumamente agradable y tiene un completo cuarto de juegos con una nutrida biblioteca. En la terraza se organizan asados. La cocina no destaca por su amplitud, pero esta completa y el staff es simpático y bien dispuesto.
Por persona U$S 7, incluye desayuno, internet y ropa de cama. No se aceptan tarjetas.

Includes all you can eat breakfast. Excellent value, homely, comfortable, helpful.

PETIT FUTE 2006-2007

Station de métro: San Juan (ligne C). Javier et Anna sont aux petits soins et l´ambiance est particulièrement sympathique. Les voyageurs qui y ont séjourné ont tous passé un bon moment. Un dortoir très convenable de huit lits revient à 21$ par personne, une chambre de quatre lits à 24$ par personne, une chambre double à 42$ (pour une personne) ou 60$, et la matrimoniale (avec un beau parquet) à 51$ ou 66$, avec une petite terrasse. Petit-déjeuner inclus. Petite cuisine très bien équipée. Bien sûr, toutes sortes de services et d´informations touristiques… C´est bien fait, l´atmosphère est détendue, à l´intérieur dans le joli salon comme sur la terrasse où l´on peut prendre le soleil

Dortoir au même prix qu’ailleurs et doubles autour de 60$Ar.
Encore une auberge pour routards avec toutes les commodités, mais dont le joyeux désordre pourra finir par lasser les lecteurs hésitant à enjambrer sacs à dos, bouquins et affaires de toilettes qui trainent de partout.
Pour ceux que ça ne dérange pas, une bonne option quand meme, mais à reserver car il y a seulement un dortoir de 4 ou de 8 lits, ainsi que 6 chambres doubles à disposition. Peuvent venir vous chercher à l´aéroport pour pas cher.


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