From Hetero-Friendly to Gay-Friendly, Axel Hotel Buenos Aires Changes Hands

Author: , October 13th, 2013

Buenos Aires, Argentina

BeHotel Entrance

BeHotel Entrance

By Roy Heale

In a surprise move during the first week of October the Spanish Axel Hotel Group announced the sale of their Buenos Aires property to a group of Argentine investors and henceforth it will be known as the BeHotel. The former owners did not give any reasons for this unexpected move but local travel industry speculators blamed the decrease in LGBT visitors to Argentina during recent years and the national Government’s foreign exchange controls. However, the new owners and management assured that LGBT visitors will still be welcomed with a gay-friendly reception at the new BeHotel. No major changes or renovations are planned for the facilities but the food and beverage plus customer services will be upgraded for a more enjoyable stay.

Outdoor Pool and Sun Decks

Outdoor Pool and Sun Decks

The Catalan Group, based in Barcelona, commissioned the design and construction of the hotel and it opened as the Axel Hotel in 2007 developing into a major institution of the Buenos Aires LGBT community. BeHotel Buenos Aires is the first establishment of the Argentine investment group, which plans to expand in 2014 with another location in the City of Buenos Aires and other main tourist destinations like Iguazu, Bariloche, or Mendoza.

Designer Rooms and Suites

Designer Rooms and Suites

Uniquely designed with the guest rooms located around a large central atrium and a spa on the top floor, the spacious designer suites and rooms with the creative use of glass and mirrors have proved extremely popular. The large heated swimming pool at the rear of the building offers plenty of sundecks on multi-levels for summer outdoor enjoyment. Whilst the top floor spa includes fitness equipment, two jacuzzis, sauna, and a swimming pool with a translucent floor.

Indoor Spa

Indoor Spa

HOTEL FACILITIES:
Outdoors:
Terrace, Outdoor pool (seasonal)
Activities:
Sauna, Fitness centre, Solarium, Spa and wellness centre, Hot tub, Turkish/steam bath, Indoor pool (all year)
Food & Beverages:
Restaurant, Bar
Internet:
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking:
No parking available. Other parking garages are close by.
Services:
24-hour front desk, Luggage storage, Room service, Meeting/banquet facilities, Business centre, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Ironing service, Tour desk, Shuttle service (surcharge)
General:
Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Design hotel, Air conditioning
Languages Spoken:
Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, Italian, Hebrew, French

Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lobby

The hotel’s location in the heart of San Telmo, close to the subway (Subte) and buses (colectivos), is perfect for exploring all of the Buenos Aires tourist attractions. Nearby are the numerous cafes, bars,and restaurants of historic San Telmo and of course Tango shows. The world renowned San Telmo market occurs every Sunday, all year long, and the BeHotel is just a five minute walk to all of the merchants and antique vendors.

So whether straight or gay, visitors will enjoy any stay for leisure or business at the new BeHotel in the heart of all the excitement for which Buenos Aires is famous.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.behotel.com.ar

Carlos Melia learns Tango at El Querandi Tangueria

Author: , January 13th, 2012

Carlos Melia learns Tango at El Querandi Tangueria  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Aside from being my favorite tangueria (aka. Tango House) in Buenos Aires, today, once the show was over, I took my own private lesson of Tango with one of the leading dancer of the prestigious El Querandi Tango Show. I know I know… Argentinean, Porteño and I do not have a clue on how to dance Tango, shame on me. Well that is why El Querandi Tango has came to my rescue to give me the basic steps of my native dance. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Aldo’s Vinoteca Restoran Buenos Aires

Author: , January 8th, 2012

Aldo’s Vinoteca Restoran Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina | Let me start this post with a basic and straight THIS IS A KEEPER. If I would be leaving back in Buenos Aires, I would come to Aldo’s at least once a week. The concept is very basic, but at the same time unique, the star of the night are the wines, the Argentinean wines, which by the expert guidance of your sommelier, will be matched to perfection with your food choices. Located at the least expected area of San Telmo, below the Moreno Boutique Hotel, without a doubt after seven month of opening has become the hot spot of taste, cool ambiance and wine culture of Buenos Aires. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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EVITA Vive Show and Dinner Buenos Aires

Author: , January 7th, 2012

EVITA Vive Show and Dinner Buenos Aires  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |   Whether you are a great fan of Evita, a tourist looking to learn more about her myth, passion and love or a local that either hate or love her, EVITA Vive is a good show to see both sides of an iconic international personality that has captivated the world with her charisma. In one hour and a half you will learn about the largest and most controversial female icon in Argentinean history. Located in the heart of San Telmo neighborhood on the ground floor of Moreno Boutique Hotel.
Great dancers, good multimedia and costumes, and fairly good overall show with a few moments where even I that I know the full story got lost or a bit dispersed. Food is OK, but sorry to say that the services was not up to the standards and the glamour of such a figure like Evita. I would recommend the show to those really interested in her life or to learn more about her, also you will enjoy bits of great danced tango. Now I would only suggest going for the Show Only (from USD 70 x person) option with drinks, the dinner and service were not worth it. CM

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