La Menesunda: Travel Off the Beaten Track to a Premier Buenos Aires HostelOct 29, 2009 2 Comments Print
If you are looking for a friendly, cozy place to stay that is away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist barrios of Recoletta and Palermo, La Menesunda is the place for you! It is located in Boedo (Subte E), a tango neighbourhood, close to San Telmo, Palermo and the microcenter and also has good transport links to other points of interest in Buenos Aires. There is a supermarket opposite and many other grocery stores close by along with a number of banks, cafes and no shortage of places to wine and dine or order a lazy take away.
The word “Menesunda” comes from the tango slang meaning fusion, mix or even disorder.
Recently, a new surge of energy has been injected into La Menesunda by the new owners, an enthusiastic couple, Damián and Celina.
The hostel is bright and colorful with luscious green plants and candles dotted around along with comfortable seating. There is a mixture of spacious private rooms and dormitories. A four person and 2 six person dorms are available and some private rooms are en-suite. The shared bathrooms are particularly nice as they are roomy and well maintained. Each is fitted with a toilet, shower and sink and offers complete privacy to the individual. One is equipped with a hairdryer.
Dorm rooms start at AR$37 and private rooms at AR$85. Generous discounts are given to long term residents, students and guests attending conferences.
There is also a large fully equipped kitchen with two fridges and a freezer to store your food along with a microwave. Soft drinks, wine and beer are also sold on site.
Breakfast is included in the price of your stay and is served from 8 am to 11am. It includes coffee, a variety of tea, bread rolls, a mixture of jam and the obligatory dulce de leche. At the weekend there is also a delicious selection of facturas- Argentine pastries.
La Menesunda´s guests are a mixture of long term residents, backpackers, romantic couples and occasional families. It is not uncommon for guests to take it upon themselves to share their national dishes by cooking for each other. You will discover that language is no barrier to making friends and it is these moments that will make your stay memorable.
Formerly a conventillo in the 1920s, a specific type of housing where immigrants from different cultures cohabited, the building typically has a large central courtyard. This area still continues to be used as a communal space today, where mate is shared and guests gather round to listen to the latest resident guitar player. In true Argentine style, there is also a barbeque on the first floor to cook those delicious asados.
La Menesunda is a sociable hostel but without the noise and sleepless nights. It is tranquilo with a comfortable living room for chilling and a good sized satellite TV and DVD player. There is also a good selection of international films available to watch free of charge.
Peace and quiet is enforced by the friendly receptionist on duty from midnight onwards on weekdays and 2 am at the weekend. The reception is 24 hours. The hostel´s staff are all multi-lingual with at least a knowledge of English and Portugese. As well as being helpful they are also very security conscious. Watch out, La Menesunda is indeed a hostel with buena onda and once you check in you may never want to leave!
Computer with internet, wi-fi
Laundry AR$10 per bag
Room Cleaning Service
Luggage Storage (Free of Charge)
Useful Transport Links
Subte E: 15 minutes to the centre and San telmo
Bus 126: 20 minutes to San Telmo
Bus 53: 45 minutes to El Caminito, La Boca
Bus 86: to La Boca and Ezeiza Internacional Airport
Subte Combination E and D: Palermo and Belgrano
Subte Combination E and C: Retiro (Buenos Aires bus and train terminal)
Bus 128: Palermo
Bus 160: Palermo
LA Menesunda Hostel
742 Boedo- Buenos Aires
54 11 49570946
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