The quality of accommodations is high, as top teahouses now offer B&B. Options are still limited, though, so reservations are advisable.
Gaiman’s only purpose-built hotel, the aging Hotel Unelem (Avenida Eugenio Tello and 9 de Julio, tel. 02965/49-1663, www.unelem.com, US$22 s, US$30 d) has large rooms with private baths, some with fireplaces.
The Welsh name is misleading at Hostería Dyffryn Gwyrdd (Avenida Eugenio Tello 103, tel. 02965/49-1777, www.dwhosteria.com.ar, US$25–30 s, US$35–38 d), which is not one of those teahouses, but it’s a decent place run by Italo-Argentines.
Rooms vary and some have shared baths at Hostería Yr Hen Ffordd (Michael D. Jones 342, tel. 02965/49-1394, www.yrhenffordd.com.ar, US$31 s, US$36 d, with breakfast), but it’s friendly and helpful.
Hostería Gwesty Plas y Coed (Yrigoyen 320, tel. 02965/49-1133, www.plasycoed.com.ar, US$35 s, US$48 d) is a B&B annex of Gaiman’s landmark teahouse.
Hostería Ty Gwyn (9 de Julio 147, tel. 02965/49-1009, www.tygwyn.com.ar, US$48 s, US$61 d) is a quality teahouse with several stylishly furnished rooms—the beds are handsome, and antique sewing machines serve as desks. Some rooms have balconies facing the river—a mixed blessing, as they also face a playground where families with children play until midnight or even later, and the mosquitoes are ferocious. Breakfast is a delicious reprise of the previous afternoon’s tea.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition