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.

TypeEntire Apartment
Bed TypeOne double bed and a daybed sofa with thin mattress
BathroomsOne with shower
AccommodatesTwo, a third person can sleep on the daybed/sofa
KitchenFully-equipped, pantry often includes spices, herbs, vinegar, oil, coffee, tea, and mate
Floor #Ground floor (elevator not needed)
Air ConditioningYes, in living room
HeaterTwo, one in foyer and one in breakfast room
FansYes, floor fan in bedroom and desk fan in living room
Rental IncludesGreeter, Guidebook to Buenos Aires, sheets and towels
AmenitiesTV, DVD player, CDs and DVDs, cell phone, land line, hairdryer, speakers
NotesThere is a step up between the three blocks of the building which make it difficult for wheelchairs

All rates are in US dollars.

$40 USD per night (3-night minimum)
$245 USD per week
$750 USD per month

Methods of Payment

Credit Cards – All major credit cards except American Express.
E-check – For US guests or guests with a US bank account.
Wire Transfer – Bank fees for wire transfers to a US bank account are paid by the renter.


Booking fee – 10% of the rent due
Cleaning fee – $50 USD
Damage Waiver – $20 USD non-refundable, or $400 USD refundable security deposit


One-week rental: $245 USD
Booking fee: $24.50 USD
Cleaning fee: $50 USD
Damage Waiver: $20 USD

Total: $339.50 USD

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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