Services and Activities
Breakfast is included in the room rate and is normally served from 9.00-10.30. It includes standard Argentine breakfast items plus yogurt, fruit, freshly squeezed juice and cooked items on demand. Please note that on Sundays we don’t provide a full breakfast in The 5th Floor but instead allowing our guests the flexibility to enjoy a lie-in and then take breakfast like a typical porteño.
Free Wifi – we have invested in 3 separate wifi services so there is normally coverage throughout the property. The 5 larger bedrooms also have Smart TV’s that allow you to surf the web, operate Youtube and connect your laptop wirelessly.
Telephone – we have a telephone for guest use where you can take advantage of free local calls.
Water and Fruit– Filtered water is freely available throughout the day and for those in need of a snack, a fruit bowl is situated in the dining room.
Bicycles – the government scheme “Mejor en Bici,” (Better by Bike), is presiding over an ever-expanding network of bicycle lanes. Now tourists can take advantage of free bike hire. Simply present your passport (along with a photocopy of the details page and the entry stamp) at the bike station in Plaza Guemes, two blocks away.
Gymnasium – daily passes can be purchased for a very pleasant, well-equipped gymnasium a few blocks away Aires up.
Massage and Alternative Therapies – we work with a number of trusted providers. Services can be provided in-house (if there is space in your room, or another room free), or within a few blocks.
Wine Tastings – Argentina isn’t just about the Malbec. In fact it is producing an ever-widening selection of varietals across a diverse range of climatic conditions. We are keen wine drinkers and count on the services of various sommeliers. Tasting prices vary according to group size and wine quality.
Traditional Asado (Argentine BBQ) – Held in great reverence by the Argentines, the Asado is a focal point of family life. We offer our guests the opportunity to try a variety of meat cuts that they are unlikely to find in a restaurant while (optionally) participating in the whole process of making the fire and cooking over the embers. Asados can be organised for a minimum of six people at a cost of USD 60 per head, wine included and we may throw in a tango lesson on the terrace.
Tango Lessons - We know a number of excellent tango teachers, who can provide private lessons or escort you to the Milongas
Dinner Parties / events – we benefit from a fully equipped catering kitchen should you wish to hold a special event at The 5th Floor.
Cooking Lessons – Buenos Aires’s cuisine derives from a wide range of influences. Learn to cook the famous empanadas, make chimichurri sauce to go with your steak, handmade pastas, sweet alfajores and a range of traditional Argentine delicacies. Strangely in a land of meat, we can also arrange sushi making lessons.
Art and Antiques – High quality, well recognized, 20th century artists (many post impressionist in style) sell for surprisingly accessible prices in the auction houses. Modern Argentine art can be accessed through galleries and dealers. In our experience, antiques and decorative items can vary in price by as much as 2000% between different dealers in San Telmo for instance (though still be below the price for similar items in New York). If there is something special you are looking for (especially if it relates to Art Deco) we can offer a bespoke service. Otherwise, we can normally point you in the right direction.
Polo and Estancia Breaks – If you want to visit a polo estancia close to Buenos Aires, we highly recommend Puesto Viejo, just 50 minutes out of the city. They have a lovely 10-bedroom hotel, impressive clubhouse and a range of horses that can cater for the complete beginner to the experienced amateur. If you don’t fancy learning to play, you can always watch practice matches or tournaments, while sipping a drink from the 1st floor terrace of the clubhouse or lounging in the pool. Even previous non-riders can participate in their polo experience days that take you safely from zero to a first practice match and include a traditional asado at lunch.
Social Events – We are invited to numerous private events each week and can normally extend these to clients. Some bars have “hosted” evenings and where we know the host this can be a good opportunity to get introduced to some of the locals.
Please note that many of the above activities may take a few days notice to organise.