Stylish One-Bedroom on Defensa

The Depto on Defensa


Quiet and peaceful, this adorable one-bedroom is perfect for a couple but can sleep three. On the ground floor of an historic building (Casa Colectiva Bernardino Rivadavia), The Depto has been completely renovated. We knocked down a wall to open the kitchen up to the living room and desk space. Just beyond the kitchen is a patio/breakfast room surrounded by windows.

The decor is an eclectic mix of urban and vintage. In the living room, the sofa is a mid-century modern twin bed (where the third person could sleep) and the chair is a matching crib.

The original pine floors, heavy doors, and window frames were important to restore. This is a famous building, after all. We updated the kitchen and bathroom for modern standards while leaving the solid bones that are common in 100-year-old structures. They don’t make buildings like this anymore.

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 the soft hues in the bedroom make it much easier for you to enjoy Buenos Aires nights and sleep in. Just close the shutters on the windows and you’ll never know the sun has risen.

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 on Sundays.

For additional photos and information, read our blog post introducing The Depto to our collection.

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Each apartment is different. Read through these details to make sure you’re choosing the one that is right for you.

Type Entire Apartment
Bedrooms One
Bed Type One double bed and a daybed sofa with thin mattress
Bathrooms One with shower
Accommodates Two, a third person can sleep on the daybed/sofa
Kitchen Fully-equipped, pantry often includes spices, herbs, vinegar, oil, coffee, tea, and mate
Internet WiFi
Elevator No
Floor # Ground floor (elevator not needed)
Air Conditioning Yes, in living room
Heater Two, one in foyer and one in breakfast room
Fans Yes, floor fan in bedroom and desk fan in living room
Rental Includes Greeter, Guidebook to Buenos Aires, sheets and towels
Amenities TV, DVD player, CDs and DVDs, cell phone, land line, hairdryer, speakers
Notes There is a step up between the three blocks of the building which make it difficult for wheelchairs

All rates are in US dollars. For each rental, there is a $30 USD charge for cleaning and laundry. It’s a one-time fee. There are no administrative fees.
Period Rate Per Night Notes
1 night $70 USD $70 USD 3-night minimum
1 week $455 USD $65 USD
1 month $1500 USD $50 USD

Methods of Payment

Cash – We prefer that you pay in cash (US dollars) at the moment of check-in. There are no transaction fees or banking fees when you pay in cash, so this is the cheapest route.
Wire Transfer – You can pay by wire transfer to a US or European bank account. In this case, there is a $10 US banking fee to be paid by the renter in addition to the full rent. This should be paid before your arrival to ensure that it has reached our bank account by the time you are checking in.
Credit Cards – Credit cards can be used through PayPal. There is an additional 5% transaction fee charged by PayPal that will be added on to the rental amount. If you’d like to use your credit card or pay through PayPal, you will need to let us know in advance so that we can send the request (rent + 5%) to you before you leave home. You’ll have to pay this before leaving home because PayPal blocks access when you try to use your account while overseas.

We ask for a $100 USD deposit for short-term bookings. Please see our Rental Terms and Conditions for further details.

The location is amazing. The Depto is on Defensa, the main street here in San Telmo, just four blocks from Plaza Dorrego, the main square here in San Telmo, and about six blocks from San Telmo Loft. Depto Location

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It’s right at the top of one of the most picturesque streets in the neighborhood, Pasaje San Lorenzo, where you can visit the tiniest house in the city (La Casa Minima).

La Casa Minima

One of the best pizzerias in the city, Sr. Telmo, is right on the corner of Pasaje San Lorenzo and Defensa. On Sundays, the San Telmo street fair packs the neighborhood and stands fill even Pasaje San Lorenzo (video of the street fair).

Or, for the history buffs in the group, take a tour through the beautifully renovated El Zanjon (right next door to The Depto), the underground tunnels once used to smuggle goods from the port to the city.

We consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have had such amazing guests over the years and we’re delighted to know they’ve loved our spaces and our services.

Allie and Annie

“My friend Annie and I stayed at the Depto twice during the past two weeks. Angela went above and beyond to make sure that we had an enjoyable and comfortable stay, and we’d highly recommend renting one of her properties (she has several). Not only did she provide her own go-to guide of vetted restaurants and sights around Buenos Aires, but she also gave us helpful tips about exchanging money, finding credible taxis, and general guidelines about Argentine customs.

We traveled around Argentina in between our stay in San Telmo, and since the apartment had not been rented during that time, Angela even let us store some belongings at the apartment. When you’re traveling for days at a time, it’s so nice to have a home base to come back to at the end of your trip, and Angela’s cozy, spacious apartment certainly fit the bill!

We had an amazing stay and can’t wait to return next year!”

Los Angeles, California, USA


“This apartment is great and looks even better than the photos. The area San Telmo, is the best place to stay in Buenos Aires and although in the old part of town, it feels safe and has an amazing buzz about it. The location of this apartment is in one of the main streets of San Telmo, and everything you could possibly need is within a few blocks. Angela, the host, makes the stay even more enjoyable. From the guide books, tourist information booklets, dvd movies, novels, filtered water jug, nice linen/towels, carefully placed antique decorations, fast free wifi, teaching me to use the bus system, and the handy use of a local prepaid mobile, my stay was like being welcomed into a friends place, where I felt they had put alot of effort into making sure I had everything I could want or need. Angela has a travellers heart and guaranteed, if you have the chance to stay at one of her properties, she will make your stay.”

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Will and Emma

“This truly is in the heart of San Telmo. It’s a quaint, clean apartment in a apartment complex that feels like you’re living in BA. If only I knew spanish better I could talk with the neighbors about their favorite places to go for dinner/drinks.

Angela is great. She’s got a little cheat sheet she’s made up so you can go do the things that locals do instead of what the guidebooks say. She was helpful and kept the place in good condition. It’s a cute place that’s decorated wonderfully and is comfortable to hang out in after a day of site seeing. Highly recommend.”

Wadsworth, England, United Kingdom

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32 Comments To This Article… add one

  • laura martinez January 14, 2014, 10:06 pm

    hola me interesa alquilar por unos días estos depas ..,podrán contactarse conmigo.vivimos en mexico df y seriamos tres adultos y dos niños ( con dos cuartos de cama matrimonial nos acomodamos .gracias

  • olivia quesnel October 24, 2013, 1:51 pm

    I would be interested to know your availability for the last two weeks on January and the first week of February 2014. An email with more information would be appreciated. Gracias.

  • Sonia K October 4, 2013, 7:52 am

    Hello :) I have also sent an email but wanted to post a note just in case the email didn’t go through. I am from Sydney, Australia and my boyfriend and I would love to stay in the Depto loft from the 23-28 November. Please let me know if this is possible and what the process of booking is. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Angela October 4, 2013, 5:21 pm

      Hello Sonia,

      Thank you for contacting us and for your interest in The Depto. I’ll send this via email, as well. We are completely booked that weekend in November. We do have one room in The Guesthouse available from the 23- 28. It’s the one we call Caseros. My email will have more details.


  • Keith HOWDEN September 1, 2013, 9:17 pm

    Cheryl Quiron has recommended I book Depto or The Loft with Virginie or Angela for my stay from November 3rd to 8th this year. I am an Australian guy travelling alone. Is either available ?
    Thanks in anticipation of your response.

    Keith Howden.

    • Angela September 1, 2013, 9:19 pm

      Hi Keith,

      Thank you for your interest in our apartments. The Depto is available from the 3 – 8 of November. We’d love to have you stay with us and say hi to Cheryl for me!

      I’ll send you an email with details.

      Many thanks,

  • Grace McCaffrey August 13, 2013, 6:55 pm

    Hello Angela, I’m so impressed by each of your apts. They look beautiful. Myself and my boyfriend are planning a visit from Ireland in October from the 2nd for either 6/7 nights. Would The Depto be available for these dates.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Angela August 14, 2013, 12:32 am

      Hello Grace,

      Actually, yes. The Depto is available from the 2 – 9 of October. We’d be delighted to have you guys stay with us. I’ll send you an email now with the details.

      Many thanks,

  • Carolina Henriquez August 10, 2013, 2:18 pm

    Hi again! It turns out we’d prefer to stay at The Depto for our three night stay (09/05-09/08). It’s hard to choose between such beautiful options, but the location makes a difference for us. Please let me know if you have availability. Thanks again! Carolina

    • Angela August 10, 2013, 2:26 pm

      Hi there, Carolina…. I’ll email you now. The only apartment we have available from Sep. 5 – 8 is The Hideaway. It’s a great spot and has a lovely outdoor terrace. An email is coming shortly. Thanks!

      • Angela August 10, 2013, 2:28 pm

        Oops. I spoke too soon. The Pad is also available… I’ll send you the details now.

  • Helle Hasle September 5, 2012, 8:10 am

    Hi Angela
    My Husband and I are going to B.A from the 18.october untill the november. Is it possible to rent the Depto for that period, and if what will be the price. If it is not vacant do you have other possibilities in San Telmo
    Yours sincerely Helle Hasle

    • Angela @SanTelmoLoft September 5, 2012, 1:45 pm

      Hello Helle,

      Thank you for your interest in The Depto. We already have a booking from Oct. 18 – 22, but after that The Depto is available until Nov. 14. I’ll send you an email now. Maybe you could begin your stay in The Gallery and then switch over to The Depto on Oct. 22 when it becomes available.

      More shortly,

  • Ulla from Denmark November 1, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Hi Angela`!
    My son, husband and I are going to BA to visit our daughter – !! And looking very much foreward to it !!!!
    We arrive on dec. 19. 2011 and leave on the 30. – which makes 11 days.
    Do you have any vacancies ? Preferably something with a balcony.
    Thanks Ulla

    • Angela @SanTelmoLoft November 1, 2011, 7:39 pm

      Hello Ulla,
      Thank you so much for your interest in our places. We are completely booked up in December. We only have a few vacancies here and there, but nothing for 11 days from Dec. 19 – 30. It’s a great time to be here. I’m sure your family will have a wonderful stay in Buenos Aires.
      Again, many thanks!

  • Mia October 26, 2011, 12:30 am

    Hi Angela,
    I’m wondering if any of your apartments are available this weekend for three nights (preferably from Thursday, 27th through the 29th). Please let me know if any this available this weekend – I know it’s a bit last minute but I’m crossing my fingers… Your apartments look incredible!!

    • Angela @SanTelmoLoft October 26, 2011, 9:42 am

      Hi Mia,

      I’ve just sent you an email. We’ve had a cancelation in The Hideaway so it is available this weekend. Hope you’ll come and stay with us.

      Talk soon,

  • Donna October 4, 2011, 10:36 pm

    Hi Angela,

    My 2 friends and I are interested in renting the Depto for the period 23rd – 27th October 2011. Please let me know if it is available and the total cost?

    • Angela @SanTelmoLoft October 5, 2011, 9:57 am

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks for your interest in The Depto. We’re completely booked that week in all of the apartments and in the guesthouse, we only have one room available on the 25th and 26th. I’ll reply to you by email, too. We hope you’ll keep us in mind for a future trip to Buenos Aires. This is our busiest time of year and we do tend to book up early.

      All the best,

  • Oliver September 13, 2011, 6:13 am

    I’m holidaying in BA with my girlfriend for a week either from 28th December 2011 or 2nd January.
    I was wondering if the Depto was free and if so what the rate would be for 7 days?
    Many thanks,

    • Angela @SanTelmoLoft September 13, 2011, 9:06 am

      Hi Oliver,

      Yes, The Depto is available at that time of year. We’d love to have you stay with us. I’ll send you an email with the details.


      • oliver September 17, 2011, 3:35 pm

        I hope you are well.
        So we are now coming out to BA on the 28th January 2012. Just checking the Depto is available for then?
        Our holiday will now be slightly shorter so hoping we could book it for 5 nights. Is that possible and can you please confirm the price for me?
        Thanks again, almost there!

        • Angela @SanTelmoLoft September 17, 2011, 4:03 pm

          Hi Oliver…. just sent you an email. The Depto is available. And January is a great time to be here!

          Talk soon,

  • Jennifer Cuva August 22, 2011, 3:25 pm

    Hello there,

    My husband are I visiting Buenos Aires from February 25th and will be staying a week, what properties are still available for those dates?

    Thank you!


    • Angela @SanTelmoLoft August 23, 2011, 8:21 am

      Hi Jennifer,

      I’ve just sent you an email. We hope you’ll stay with us.


  • oliver July 11, 2011, 10:27 am

    My sister Katie stayed in your lovely Depto flat last year and I’m visiting BA with my girlfriend sometime in Jan / Feb 2012 so wondered if it was free.
    Exact dates are TBC but what do you have any current bookings in Jan – Feb?

    • Angela @SanTelmoLoft July 11, 2011, 11:17 am

      Hi Oliver,

      We have some bookings in other apartments but not yet in The Depto. That’s a pretty busy time of year and a beautiful time to be here, so the sooner you guys know your dates the better. We’d love for you and your girlfriend to stay with us. Tell Katie hello. And thanks so much for your interest in The Depto!

      Talk soon,

  • Margarita March 28, 2011, 7:05 pm

    Hola, Is Depto available for the month of April/11? let me know. gracias Margarita

    • Angela @SanTelmoLoft March 28, 2011, 8:28 pm

      Hello Margarita,

      Thanks so much for your interest in The Depto. It’s actually booked until May 11. The Pad, our 2-bedroom with a private terrace is available from April 7 – 30 if you’re interested in more space. Please let me know if you have more questions.

      Wishing you the best,

  • Maureen Parry January 29, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Hello, My husband and I are planning a trip to Buenos Aires at the end of March 2011. We are interested one of your units; our first choice would be the Depto. Our dates are somewhat flexible but plan to arrive around 3/22/11 and would like to stay 5 or 6 nights. Is the apartment available for these dates?
    Thanks. Look forward to hearing from you. Maureen

    • Angela @SanTelmoLoft January 29, 2011, 9:02 pm

      Hello Maureen…. Thanks so much for contacting us! The Depto is booked all of March and April, but The Loft is available in March. I’ll send you an email with the details and options.

      More shortly!

  • Marie Laberge October 6, 2010, 5:53 pm

    Hi! Would the Depto be available for one month starting on 21 October? Thanks! Best, Marie


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San Telmo Loft is a boutique vacation rental service in Buenos Aires. We've hand picked each apartment in our small collection so that you don't have to spend hours weeding through the blah and mundane. Quirky and stylish, comfortable and quiet (a big plus in this noisy city), each listing is well-located and comes with our stamp of approval.

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"We have rented many excellent apartments around the world during our travels, but The Loft may just be our favorite. It is situated perfectly in the heart of San Telmo, where a Bohemian vibe is tangible. Angela was always accessible and extremely helpful. We highly recommend the apartment and can not say enough good things about Angela."

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