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In the heart of San Telmo, a bohemian neighborhood with some seedy parts, but close to major tourist attractions
The Axel stands on a narrow street smack-dab in the heart of San Telmo, a few blocks from some of the main thoroughfares in Buenos Aires, like Avenida 9 de Julio, Avenida Belgrano, and Avenida de Mayo, and close to the subway ("Subte"). There are cafes, shops, restaurants, and a couple of small museums within a three-block radius.
San Telmo is the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, home to some of the best tango shows in the capital. Its cobblestone streets, popular weekly market, antique shops, and bohemian vibe, along with its numerous restaurants and bars, and its fading grandeur, make it one of the most visited places in Buenos Aires. It might sometimes feel a bit of a tourist trap, but only in the main areas -- others can be somewhat seedy at night.
This area offers easy access to most of the major tourist attractions in the downtown area, like the Casa Rosada, the Obelisk, and Puerto Madero, plus proximity to four subway lines.
The Be Hotel (formerly Axel Hotel) is a cosmopolitan hotel located in San Telmo, a bohemian neighborhood in central Buenos Aires. It has 48 contemporary rooms with plush king beds, glass-enclosed bathrooms, and up-to-date amenities, such as flat-screen plasma TVs and iPod speakers. The rooftop pool with outdoor shower, the stunning spa, and the rooftop lounge are definitely the highlights of this hotel. Just make sure you get a room facing the pool area, and expect to see some minor wear and tear throughout the property.