Classic Two-Bedroom Apartment on Defensa

The Gallery on Defensa

The Gallery is in an elegant turn-of-the-century building that housed the elite of San Telmo during Argentina’s heyday. You can tell it was built for the wealthy when you step into the lobby. Gorgeous staircase and birdcage elevator with stained glass windows, heavy wrought-iron door, and beautiful mosaic tiles. Of all of our vacation rentals, The Gallery on Defensa is the most refined.

This is a two-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms, a large modern kitchen, and two small balconies that overlook Defensa Street, home to the fabulous street fair on Sundays.

From the foyer, the living room and dining face the street and towards the back of the apartment are the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and breakfast nook.

The guest bathroom has a tub and a shower. It is the larger of the two. The master bathroom has only a shower. There is a walk-in closet with a safe and the bathroom is en-suite.

For additional photos and information, have a look at our blog post introducing The Gallery on Defensa to our collection of gorgeous, historic apartments in San Telmo.

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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 queen bed, one double bed
BathroomsTwo (shower and tub)
KitchenFully-equipped, pantry often includes spices, herbs, vinegar, oil, coffee, tea, and mate
Floor #Third
Air ConditioningYes
Rental IncludesGreeter, Guidebook to Buenos Aires, sheets and towels
AmenitiesTV, cell phone, land line, speakers
NotesThe bedrooms do not face the street so while Defensa is bustling day and night, you won't hear it while sleeping.

All rates are in US dollars.

$100 per night (3-night minimum)
$630 per week
$2400 per month

Methods of Payment

Credit Cards – All major credit cards with the exception of 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: $630 USD
Booking fee: $63 USD
Cleaning fee: $50 USD
Damage Waiver: $20 USD

Total: $763 USD

The Gallery is on San Telmo’s main street, Calle Defensa. It’s a fabulous location. On Sundays, step out on your balcony and watch the street fair which takes over Defensa Street from Avenida San Juan all the way down to La Casa Rosada. The Gallery is right in the middle of it. Head towards Plaza de Mayo for the local vendors and artisans or head towards Plaza Dorrego for the antique stands and tango dancers.



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.


“I cannot speak highly enough of our experience in Angela’s apartment in Buenos Aires, everything was absolutely perfect. The apartment was so beautiful, we woke up every morning happy to be there. The kitchen was very well stocked and even had all the spices, oils and vinegars you may need. Angela was the perfect host and gave us the best check-in introduction I’ve had. The hand book she’s created has all the information you may need, including maps, plus some very good tips about the city (where to eat, where to drink, where to shop etc.) and how to avoid being scammed with fake notes. The apartment has a metro card to be recharged and used by guests, as well as a mobile phone that can be charged with credit and a landline. There really is nothing that she hasn’t thought of. Staying in this apartment made our time in Buenos Aires all the better and I will definitely stay here again next time I’m back.”

London, England, United Kingdom

Andrew and Peter

“This place was perfect. Nice, clean, and a great price! The apartment is cozy and very interesting! A lot of cool art work and unique found items adorn the walls and decorate the rooms of this place, but it’s not all form over function. It was a very comfortable stay in a great location in San Telmo. We were able to walk over to La Boca from where we were. Some bonus features of this apartment were drinkable, filtered water from the kitchen tap, and a power bar that fits North American electrical plugs (no need to bring/buy a dongle for conversion). WiFi connection was strong (great for updating friends and family back home).

Easily the best part of this place was the host, Angela. Friendly, and ultra-knowledgeable of the area and city! Angela met us when we came, gave us our keys and sat us down to let us know what was good in the area, and in the city. She provided us with her own guidebook (also sent as a PDF file before we got there), and books for bus routes. She was very quick to respond to any curiousities we had while there, and even called us a driver to get us back to the airport when we left. Definitely recommend!”

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Monique and Paul

“My husband and I decided to start our 7 week exploration through South America here in this Artsy 2 bdrm San Telmo apartment and we could not have been more satisfied about it. Art adorns the walls, the perfect amount of light shines through the windows, the kitchen is completely functional, there is enough yerba mate to energize a small village, and it’s located in one of the most beautiful districts, in our opinion, in BA. But, what makes this place so special is Angela. Angela helped make this experience one we will always remember. She went above and beyond to make sure our stay was plenty enjoyable. She is more than knowledgeable about her city and the surrounding areas. Did I mention she speaks English and Spanish and like 5 other languages?! She had an answer to just about any question we could conjure up: “where do we get good local cuisine?” Angela Knows; “where do we catch the bus to Palermo Soho?” Angela Knows; “where do we find the best coffee and salami nearby?”, “how do we find an atm…but this atm is out of cash where do we find a another atm?” Angela knows where all the atms are! Our experience here and with her as our host was so pleasant we compared the rest of our hosts during the duration of our trip to her. 5 stars!!”

Los Angeles, California, USA

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