Millhouse is infamous among the ‘backpacking’ fraternity. It’s two huge hostels located in the heart of Buenos Aires. It is not more than a few blocks from Av 9 de Julio. So location wise its bloody tops.
The staff here are helpful and friendly. They’ll help you out with anything. Check in took awhile (but it did seem like everyone from our flight was going here) but overall good.
The rooms were adequate. Although my room was right above the road which isn’t so good after a massive night out. Beds were ok, but nothing spectacular. Our bathroom was terrible. Most rooms had an ensuite, but ours was down and outside the room. It proved an absolute hassle to open (something with the lock) and if left unopen everyone else on the floor decided to use it.
The best thing about this place was its atmosphere. It was a place for a rollicking good time. They have a party on each night of the week at one of the hostels (avenue or the older Hipo). And they always take you to a good club that night.
This also leads to the worst thing about this hostel – not much of a ‘chill out’ area. Especially if a party is happening. There is a few couches but most are in the bar area so if wanting a quiet night in, you probably won’t find it here.
Security is pretty good. On arrival you are given a band (a lot of hostels do this and I hate it) and that gives you access to here and the hipo hostel. The door is manned by security at all hours, and there are security lockers. One downside is that there is only one key per room.
The wifi is pretty shoddy too. But that became a recurring theme in most of Argentina. As was the free breakfast. The kitchen needs a good update on cutlery and utensils, they were poor and sometimes unusable.
Another downside, was the ever present “No Alcohol can be brought in” sign and rule. Which is a real hassle when your a backpacker on a budget (those 14 peso beers add up). And if the hostel is hosting a party that night, they shut the lift off so you have to walk up stairs.
Who should stay here….Those who are searching for a party.
Who shouldn’t stay here… Those who are more laid back, couples and those who don’t want chilled place.
I used Hostel Bookers to book this hostel. I find it to be one of the better hostel booking systems. I did review the hostel on there. And here are my scores:
Atmosphere: 8 out of 10
Staff: 8 out of 10
Facilities: 8 out of 10
Safety: 8 out of 10
Location: 8 out of 10 (probably due to most nightspots being in Palermo).
Cleanliness: 6 out of 10.
Value: 8 out of 10.
Total: 7.7 out of 10.
Photos were taken from the Hostel Bookers website.