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I am leaving by boat tonight for BA. I'm actually writing this on my phone's browser in my bunk
i'll be there in 28 days and would love some advice on places to stay when we arrive. Bike parking a must of course. I have some parts that failed to arrive in time and a mate can send them on so if anyone can suggest a place so cool they would allow them to be delivered?
we can recommend DakarMotos. It's a hostel and a workshop in one, so no problem to store the bike. You'll find them in the internet: DAKAR MOTOS-HOME OF ´OVER-LAND BIKE´ TRAVEL IN SOUTH AMERICA
We stayed there for three weeks last october, Sandra and Javier, the owners, are really nice!
Christine & Tom
I m staying at giramondo s hostel in Palermo (in Buenos Aires) and they have a closed garage for mortorcycles.
The advantage over Dakar Moto are :
- it s located in Buenos Aires , not in the Province, so you have an easy access to all public transport and services ( restaurants, cinema, swimming pool, administrations).
- it s a wide 3 floors house with a large patio and all maid services, so you avoid the clostrophobic disconfort some might experience while staying in a garage with 4 dorm beds, the lack of intimacy and eventual conflicts about the chores. In other words, you are not invited in a private place, you are a customer with all the benefits of this status.
- receptionists change every day so if you dont click well with one of them, you wont be "punished" for your whole stay. They are available for helping all the time (it s their profession)
- you are free to compare prices for bike services or other import export services.
- the use of internet is a service that is included in the night price, not a favor that the owners are willing to give you..or not..depending on their own needs. It s a real highspeed connection (1 megabits/s, not ISDN 128 kb/s) with several computers.
- you are mixing with other travelling populations, which allows you to explore different worlds and mix with different age groups..and avoid the occasional redundancy of bike travel reports on the same continent.
Editing since i forgot another important feature : this hostel is open 24/24 so you wont get stuck or awake anybody if your flight gets you to B.A after the garage closes..and get embarassed with the taxi driver wondering if you gave him the wrong address after he searched for the street for half an hour and nobody responded to your calls after 10 mn...and you dont have to deal with key issues while you stay there... you dont depend on anybody else than yourself. You can awake at the time you want not at the time the garage opens...
You are right.
-Dakar Motos its not an Hotel or a Hostel, Maybe because you don’t understand that you don’t click on there.
-We like to treat the travellers like mates and friends as we feel this. No like a customers.
-Nice need to pay to be helped all the time.
-You always are free to do whatever, but NOT to be nasty rude tide or impolite.
-In DM the Internet Wi-Fi it’s a FREE service.
-Our Sleeping facilities was a require for a lot of real Moto-Travellers than was passing over our older shop from years a go (many was staying in our family home), people who don’t wont to stay with backpackers and non bikes relative travellers in hostel and hotels.
-Dakar Motos is always open. You only need knock the door or make a phone call.
Only one doubt, if you think than Dakar Motos is so bad place, Why you are so angry with us to don’t be allow to stay there anymore? And why you spend so much time talking about us?
Location: Golden, CO USA...on the road since Sept 2005
So everything is free then, because friends don't charge friends for helping them out? Or do you charge people to sleep in your garage?
That's what I thought.
Not everyone clicks with everyone else, but based on this antagonistic response to a pretty valid and informative post, I think anywhere would be better than Dakar Motors.
Wow, "pretty valid and informative post." How would you know it was valid? Have you been there? Have you ever been sick and needed some help there? Have you ever had your bike worked on there? Have you ever sat in the sun enjoying lunch/coffee in the little back-yard there, enjoyed a meal with the crew there- or watched a hailstorm with them? Dakar Motos is what some US citizens would call: "the finest kind." There. (By the way- "anywhere would be better than Dakar Motos," unlike Johnny Cash- you haven't been everywhere, man!) Ride safe, H.
The purpose of the post wasnt to encourage any kind of dispute here but to report a personal experience about the service offered and give an alternative solution to the posters needs.
For the same price (24 pesos for the hostel), a customer can enjoy accomodation that offer similar bike safety with more convenience. Since Dakar Moto advertise here, they should be able to accept any kind of customer reports, be they supportive or..comparative.
Regarding the bike services, i would also, as a previous customer, nuance the comments here, based only on my experience. My motorcycle was leaking some oil and i decided to leave it for some service, while aware that the hourly price was twice to three times the actual average price in Argentina based on informations i got from hosts there who had been travelling in the country (which were confirmed by my own experiences later). After i brought the motorcycle to the nearest gas station to get the engine cleaned and got it serviced, the motorcycle was still leaking oil. I had to get it serviced again to get it fixed.
Dakar Moto certainly fits some travellers expectations but imho a professional service shouldnt depend on the emotional relation you develop with the service provider but on how much he feels responsible for the quality of his service.
Actually, i regard myself as privileged while staying at DM, since i did get one of the 4 bunk beds, while some had to camp for the same price.
Being given different choices, the poster can now freely choose what suits best his personality, expectations and budget.
How would you know it was valid? Have you been there? Have you ever been sick and needed some help there? Have you ever had your bike worked on there? Have you ever sat in the sun enjoying lunch/coffee in the little back-yard there, enjoyed a meal with the crew there- or watched a hailstorm with them? Dakar Motos is what some US citizens would call: "the finest kind." There. (By the way- "anywhere would be better than Dakar Motos," unlike Johnny Cash- you haven't been everywhere, man!) Ride safe, H.
I have been to Dakar, and eaten there, and had a mate'... bla bla bla... But when I take my bike to be worked on, I ask the local people where to go, and you will never get a recommendation for Dakar from the motoqueros in BsAs.
I believe they serve two clientèles extremely well, those fresh off the boat and overwhelmed by Buenos Aires, and those at the end of their trip and running on mental fumes. It is a one stop shop when you aren't in thinking mode
Because the only recommendations they get are from foriegn travelers, they have to make all their money off these travelers, which seems to be working. But this is why their rates have to be so high, in comparison to every other shop in Bs.As. They don't get local business.
The clique that seems to have developed around Dakar is just another example of why this site has lost it's relevance for real overlanders, who instead go to advriderDOTcom and the yahoo mcadv list for accurate realtime information.
Location: Golden, CO USA...on the road since Sept 2005
Hey Spar- I'm not sure where you're from, but DM does get local business- I've seen quite a bit when I've been there. Certainly DM caters to overlanders- as we from the EU/US/CAN/AUS/NZ tend to carry a bit more cash than some other folks. But make no mistake about it, DM has a great reputation- and it is well deserved. You must know that many repeat customers of DM have been visiting for many years (I'm referring to foreigners). Ride safe, H.
This thread is the first time I have ever heard anything but glowing recomendations for Dakar Motors. I have seen Javier work on bikes and he is a good mechanic. The hostal wasn't open yet and my bike didn't need any work when I waas there, but those guys did tons of favors for me- and not for money.
Sure, if you want the privacy of a hotel with secure parking, the recomended hotel sounds great- the original post WAS asking about places to stay in Bs As. If it was me though, I'd stay at Dakar.
Dakar Motos is great place to stay. I had a blast while I was there (10 days ago) as did everyone else that stayed in the bunks or in the yard. Most people were there for extended stays and enjoying the camaraderie.
If you want your own space, or traveling two up (intimacy), then you should probably stay at a hotel. If you are a bit dusty from the road, traveling alone, and feel like hanging out with some bikers stay at DM. There is a ton of info to be gathered from Javier and Sandra's shop. Keep in mind that it is a BUSINESS this is what they do to earn a living. (don't whine about being charged for a bunk!?!?!?!wtf!).
It is in reality a nice garage with 4 bunks, a yard, and a hot shower. That is just what I needed when I got into town.
As a general rule it's best to get along with the people who's establishment you are staying at. Especially if the quarters are tight. If you haven't figured out how to do that then you should definetly stay at a hotel with a new front desk clerk every day.
Don’t make of this a suppose comparative of services.
I’m glad to know that travelers talk each others and make his own compare. You know and we know that all of this is because we didn’t allow you to stay any more in our place. And you know exactly why. I think that this kind of things are private that’s why we didn’t mention it.
If you want we can tell everybody which are that reasons but we think is not the way.
There is people who think that Dakar Motos is a good place and others that no. That’s life .And we are Proud of what we are doing here. We don’t has to prove you anything.
We don’t know who you are. You never sign a post with your name. You says you was with us sharing mate or whatever . Usually we know the people who came to our place.
But this time we don’t have a clue.
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