Review of Milhouse Hostel Buenos Aires:
- Dorm: $17
- Double room: $50
- Dorms of 4, 8, , and 12 beds
- Double rooms
- All beds comewith a locker for all your baggage (physical not emotional)
- Clean, well kept bathrooms
- Common room with bar, computers, pool table and TV
- Free Wifi and computers with internet
- Breakfast included (Cereal, toast with jam & dulce d’ leche, juice concentrate, coffee and occassionally cut up fruit)
- Courtyard in the middle of the building for smokers or those who want to be ‘outside’ for a while.
- Kitchen with hot food for sale during the day, including cooked breakfast
- Kitchen with fridge and stove for preparing your own food (no oven)
- Washing service $4.72 per load
- Free labelled maps of the city with staff to help you out with advice
- Free Tango lesson once a week
- Range of organised walking tours, bicycle tours, cooking evenings etc. all for a price according to a weekly and daily schedule
- Hostel internatioal discount
- NB: You will not be allowed to bring in outside booze. The booze from the bar is also, quite frankly, overpriced at $3.50 a can of beer. A six-pack of 500ml bottles from the supermarket 2 blocks away will costs roughly $7.50.
Milhouse is a very popular, clean and very organised hostel built in an old 1890s house. Now with another Milhouse open ±2 blocks away to deal with this popularity, as well as a branch in Cusco, Peru. It’s a busy, and bustling hostel with plenty on offer when it comes to organised tours, lessons, and parties. It is centrally situated, with most of the city easy to reach on foot.
The important thing to remember is that Milhouse is the ‘Party Hostel’ of Buenos Aires. Every night, one of it’s hostels becomes filled to the brim with a massive party, the party is then moved out to a club at around 03h00, with transport organised by the hostel. For those of you who have never been to BA before, this is when the clubs open. Mind. Blown.
Milhouse has a great vibe, and is run like a well-oiled machine, but if you’re not careful, you can end up spending a lot of money here. Milhouse is designed to show you as much of BA as possible while partying your arse off with minimal effort on your part. It is not however planning to save you any money in the process, so depending the location and depth of your silver spoon, take this as you will.
How long should you stay?
- We were there for two weeks, and it felt like too long. I would recommend a maximum of about 10 days and a minimum of four. Buenos Aires is a huge place, with lots to see, you will struggle to get everything in, even in two weeks. If you want to stay for this long I would recommend changing it up a bit with regards to hostels to keep things fresh. Because the same breakfast every morning and the same daily and nightly routine can become a bit tedious after a while.
- Internet connectivity
- Great rooms
- Beautiful building
- Free breakfast
- Central loction
- Helpful, friendly staff
- Nice lockers for your valubles
- Loud porno cinema next door provides a very entertaining soundtrack to your shower, and a great topic of conversation
- Rad parties with your bed in the same building
- Too many people can make the experience impersonal at times
- No outside booze, with expensive inside booze
- Too many rules (but can completely see why these are necessary). The booze thing, strict checkout times, cant leave baggage in the reception while you wait for transport, etc etc
- One big gripe is that the kitchen closes and gets locked at 22h00, with all your food inside, as no food is allowed in the hostel other than the kitchen. This makes things very difficult, a really unneccessary rule
- The bar is completely closed on non-party nights, meaning no booze allowed inside and no booze can be bought at the bar, which means no booze in the hostel at all, which means a very dreary bunch of people. This has to be changed.
- Very few windows and outside areas, some rooms have big windows and a balcony, some have no or very few, tiny windows. The common room, reception and bar has no windows
- Don’t have the rooftop barbeque, we did, we went to the barbeque and were just handed a plate of very average food to eat in the common room. Apparently there was construction going on on the roof, so we coudnt barbecue up there, but no one let us know. Not a BBQ and not cool!
- Rad parties with your bed in the same building – the reasons for this being a con is not only some noise during the wee hours, which is actually really not that bad, but more for the fact that all this partying at different nights for different people can make rooming together in a dorm a bit difficult. There is always at least one person sleeping at all times due to the weird hours, so it is rare to be able to talk at normal volume in your room or possibly to ever see it in the light of day
Milhouse is not a good hostel, it’s a great hostel. And if you are keen for a few big nights, this is the place to visit. The only drawback is the no outside booze rule amongst other rules. And while I understand this is bound to happen with increased size and popularity, it makes for a bit of a clinical, unpersonalised experience. When I travel I prefer the quirkier, family run, and organic places with a bit of soul and personality, and generally try to avoid the generic, Hostel International like the plague. They have become ‘The Man’. But different strokes and all of that I suppose. Milhouse: Please don’t loose your soul and become another Hostel international, I beg you,!
Go and visit Milhouse, you will party your arse off and meet great people in comfort, you wont be sorry, it’s a great place.
Time of review: September / October 2014
Hipolito Yrigoyen 959
(Some of the images on this post were taken from the Milhouse website, they link back to it, and I am in no way trying to claim these as my own)