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De Las Luces, Buenos Aires

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#15 of 60 in Historic Sites in Buenos Aires
Historic Walking Area Historic Site
Step into De Las Luces and immerse yourself in the local history and culture. The plaza and surrounding buildings were erected over four centuries ago by the Jesuits, and the area features multiple entrances to the old tunnels beneath Buenos Aires. Take a tour through the area and see the gates leading underground and learn about the history of the plaza and the city itself. Be aware that tour guides only speak Spanish. The plaza today has many artisanal shops, cafes, and small restaurants. A visit to De Las Luces represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Buenos Aires family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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Buenos Aires offers an impressive selection of budget-friendly and mid-range lodgings, as well as pricier, more luxurious options for visitors who don't mind splashing out. Good rooms are scattered across town, but your best bet for economical hostels remains San Telmo, a neighborhood on the edge of downtown. For boutique establishments and international five-star hotels, head to Palermo, Recoleta, or Puerto Madero, upscale neighborhoods drawing the majority of foreign visitors.
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  • Earliest occupant were the Jesuits and their school in the 1660s. Colonial admin traction headquarters (Procuraduria), home of the University of Buenos Aires(oldest in Argentina), Iglesias San Ignacio...  more »
  • The place has been neglected for year, according to the Argentinian culture of not preserving the past. Vast parts of the building have dessapeared or demolished to make room for a parking lot. So sad...  more »
  • Hosted in the old Jesuit's compound of Buenos Aires built at the end of 1600, this place has been restored in 1983 and offers a simple, fascinating patio with arcades, with a market of local artisan's...  more »
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  • I'm so sorry telling you that Hotel de Las Luces, at 525, Calle Adolfo Alsina, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was the second worst hotel I've stayed in my life. The staff uncapable to help with luggages, very rough and unsympathetic. Ripped towels with holes and smoke smelling, besides malfunction air conditioned, seems to be regular. Staff use to roughly hit plates and cups when picking it up for washing during breakfast, making a loud and annoying sound. Many plates, saucers and cups are splintered and have sharpen edges caused by staff bad handling (not good for children). Wi-fi signal is weak, very unstable and hotel PCs have dirty and damaged keyboards. PCs operational system is an out of date Windows XP which does not allows high resolution picture uploads. My room had dirty walls, with many scratches causing a very bad impression. I love Buenos Aires and I'll be back. Next time, however, UTHGRA hotels will be completely out of my choices. I've got so upset this time because De Las Luces website does not show all these deficiencies obviously. Even a security matter: "not to overload elevator with more than 3 people" is not fullfilled. Hotel staff use to get in your room even when you hang "don't disturb" warning on the door's knob. I've seen many upset other guests from many parts of the world, including Argentina. There is a completely indifferent behavior of the staff on helping and serving. I didn't get a simply "thank you" when leaving the hotel. You never get an UTHGRA hotel! They are dishonest, fallacious and disrespectful.
  • For the price, it could be much better. What saves it is your location, near San Telmo and in downtown Buenos Aires
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  • Fair price. Excellent location. Attentive staff. Cleaning and breakfast very good. Recommend
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  • It is a Union hotel with a nice small coffee bar. acceptable service and very reasonable prices
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