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Quiet, Sleeps 4, on Defensa in San Telmo

Bedrooms 1
Space 60 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3

Quiet & peaceful, this stylish one-bedroom on the ground floor of an historic building, a conventillo. We renovated the kitchen & bathroom, and restored the original pine floors. It's an eclectic mix of urban & vintage.

The Depto sleeps four. It's on the ground floor of a famous building called Casa Colectiva Bernardino Rivadavia (and even has its own Wikipedia page).

To update this 100-year-old apartment, we knocked down a wall to open the kitchen up to the living room. Just beyond the kitchen is the patio/breakfast room surrounded by windows. Open them all up and feel like you're having breakfast al fresco.

The polished cement floors in the spacious bathroom feel great on bare feet. There is no bathtub, only a shower with amazing water pressure.

And no need to worry about getting enough sleep after enjoying the famously late nightlife of Buenos Aires. Just close the window shutters in the bedroom to keep out the light and you could easily sleep well past noon.

The daybed in the living room has an awesome mattress (firm). It's a bit small for two adults, but perfect for kids or smaller adults. In the bedroom, the mattress is a brand new queen.

The best thing about the Depto though is its location. San Telmo is the most authentic neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It's got a bohemian artsy vibe to it. Defensa, the main street, is packed with antique shops, cool boutiques, rustic eateries, and street vendors and performers galore every Sunday. You won't realize it though until you are out on the street, because the apartment is in the third block and set back very far from the hustle and bustle.

More Details

Property Manager
Angela McCallum
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian, French and Portuguese by email, not by phone
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Angela McCallum

Gonzalo bought this apartment in 2008 and spent the next year renovating before getting transferred for work and thus putting it in the hands of Angela to rent out.

Angela lived in Buenos Aires for seven years and has recently moved to New Orleans. A Louisiana native, Angela spent 20 years traveling the world. She and Gonzalo met through mutual friends. We have been working together for the past ten years. Friends and business partners. This is a combination that does not always work.

Gonzalo is a chronic adventurer. He has had a bar in Sicily, a cafe in Lima, worked for a tech company for too many years (not doing that anymore), lived in a van in Spain, and more.

Angela is also a world traveler, starting out in Italy as a nanny and then becoming an English teacher. She taught in Italy, Switzerland, Panama, France, Miami, and Egypt before leaving teaching behind to move to Argentina.

Angela McCallum purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Angela McCallum chose San Telmo

Buenos Aires is massive and each neighborhood has its distinctive personality. San Telmo matches the vibe of both Gonzalo and Angela, free spirits who appreciate history, language, music, and beautiful things.

What makes this apartment unique

In Buenos Aires' heyday, San Telmo was home to the immigrants from the old world. They came in such large numbers that there wasn't enough housing. The wealthy families had already moved to the Microcenter, Retiro and Recoleta. Their homes were turned into apartment buildings and the government built tenements (conventillos) to house even more people. This building is a famous conventillo from that era. Originally, two families would have lived here sharing the kitchen and bathroom and each with a room to the side.


San Telmo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 60 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is quite large. There is a walk-in shower, no tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • We have a brand new queen mattress. The bedroom is on the opposite side of the apartment from the kitchen and living room (where there is another bed). There is a door, so it's private.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat


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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Ministro Pistarini - Ezeiza (EZE)
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Bar Dorrego
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Miles
Cafe San Juan
Car: not necessary

Our favorite day is Sunday in San Telmo. There is a huge street fair. In the plaza, there are tons of antique vendors who will be there until around 5pm. Then, all along Defensa Street, there are local vendors and musicians. They'll stay out later. Finally, at the end of the day, starting around 8pm there is an outdoor milonga (tango dance hall) in the plaza.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60

- There is no smoking in the apartment.
- If you break something, please tell us. If it's a big deal, we will let you know how much it will cost to replace it.
- If you lose the keys, we will have to charge for their replacement. Please keep them in your pocket, not your bag.
- No loud noise/music after 10pm on weekdays and after midnight on weekends.
- No parties. Small dinner parties are OK.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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