Lime House Youth Hostel is a small and sociable hostel in central downtown Buenos Aires, with a good range of communal spaces and its own bar.
You certainly wont struggle to find the central Buenos Aires location -- nine de Julio is one of the main thoroughfares downtown and is home to the landmark Obelisk. There are ample buses that pass by (from many parts of the city) and it is also accessible by all the subway lines.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Theres a few dorms, sleeping four, six, or twelve people, with prices varying according to size. There are also a handful of private rooms. The dorms have big, backpack-sized lockers (bring your own lock), wall fans for the warm summer nights, and slightly rickety bunk beds. They have nice, big windows which open out for street views; though the morning traffic can be very loud.
Bathrooms are numerous and vary between ones with or without showers, which is useful for the mornings.
Lime House takes its dcor inspiration from its name, with bright, lime green sofas; paintwork; and trinkets across the common area/bar in reception, which give it a vibrant and perky feel. Also in the front of the building there is a pool room and a space with a book exchange and a couple of computers for guests to use. The back part of the building doesnt get much light and doesnt have the same splash of colour. The dining room and kitchen are painted the same industrial grey as the bathrooms, but they are a good space nonetheless. The kitchen has a big fridge and two sets of gas rings for cooking, but it lacks some basics in terms of crockery and cutlery, most of which is locked away after breakfast. There is a separate TV room with a fantastic table made from an old railway cart and the worst, saggiest, cushion-less sofas.
Wi-Fi is limited to the front common area. There is a free, filling breakfast of fruit, croissants, and cereal until 10 a.m.
Lime House is a fun and sociable place but its a lot smaller than some of the neighbouring hostels, so its easy to get acquainted with the other guests, especially in the bar at night. While its not a "party hostel" as such, some of the rooms are accessed from the bar area (which can be a bit smoky) and in Buenos Aires people to like party until the early hours, so it can be difficult to sleep. During our visit, we arrived back late at night and found one of our beds had been mistakenly occupied by a drunken reveler, but the staff were very kind and swiftly arranged for us to move into a different room.
Rooms are clean and functional, though some of the bunk bed frames are very flimsy and check-out is a little early at 10 a.m. Check-in time, though, is a little better, at noon. Tours or trips to football games can be arranged here too, and staff are helpful.