El Beso and after…

IMGP7146cropLast night I had alot of fun. I could wait no longer. I just had to try the experience of a ‘telo’ in Buenos Aires. I am a ‘periodista’ after all, and one who is hungry to understand everything I can about this great city.

How appropriate that Carlos and I chose to dance a couple of hours at El Beso (The Kiss). I always think that El Beso has the feel of a very ‘porteno’ Milonga. The room is small, the dominant colours are red and green , the lights are dim, the atmosphere is intimate. Men are seated in one area, women in another and couples or groups in other parts of the room. This makes it easy to practice the ‘cabaceo’ and be rewarded with great tangos. The standard of dancing here is high, as is the proportion of portenos dancing. It is a unique experience and a sensual one.

El Beso ends at 1am on Tuesday nights and we found ourselves walking in the street, waiting for a taxi, kissing ‘en la calle’ as the Argentines do… somehow it just seemed the right moment to do something different, and it was not by chance that we ended up at ‘Dallas’. Earlier in the day, while exploring other great tango blogs, I came across a link to a site that lists many of the ‘telos’ in Buenos Aires. Some have photographs of the rooms, and I had chosen this one as possible research material (Great excuse eh?). We had the address in our tango shoebag – just in case.

I don’t know if we have places like ‘telos’ in England. If we do, I have never visited one. Usually here they are called ‘Hoteles Alojamientos’ or ‘Albergues Transitorios’ and basically they are places to go for a few hours with a lover, perhaps before or after a Milonga – in the case of the tango world. We stayed all night. It was mid week and so it was possible to do so. I am told that at the weekends couples often queue to use the rooms, and so they are only available for three hours at a time. We had all night until 1pm today…

The door to ‘Dallas’ is heavy and solid and the outside of the building is lit with blue lights at night. It really does look like a place for secret assignations. Once through the door, the decor is modern and a man sits behind a glass panel on which is displayed a list of the rooms, their attractions, and the prices. We paid $75  pesos (£12.50) for a suite with a hydro-massage hot tub. We could have opted for themed rooms such as ‘Caligula’ or rooms with a ‘sillone (sofa) electronico’ I think it said. (I didn’t like to take my camera out to take a photo of the price list at this point – somehow not appropriate…). From memory, I think the prices went up to around $95 pesos for the night, and about $20 less if only staying for three hours. The whole transaction took about five seconds – all very discreet.

IMGP7145 The room was great: big hot tub (which worked and only slightly had a mind of its own), good bathroom, shower big enough for two, big bed, mirrors everywhere – on the ceiling of course, well stocked fridge, free condom (only one), a price list of various extras for sale such as vibrators and skimpy garments, TV with free porn channels. Everything for the bathroom was provided – except toothbrush and toothpaste, which seemed a bit odd to me, but maybe I’m just obsessive about ‘minty’ teeth! We didn’t try everything, but I did feel a bit like a kid in a sweet shop: I just love new experiences, and this was a fun one. The room service made me laugh. We ordered coffees, pizza, licuado de banane, breakfast, more coffee. Everything was delivered to a box built into the door of the room. The box had its own sliding door mechanism so that we never saw the person who brought the items, and they never saw us.  I loved this idea. I felt like we had been transported to another planet. Yes I could hear traffic outside in the street but there were no uncovered windows. We saw no-one, heard no-one – the sound proofing must have been good – and I have to say that for these few hours I relaxed into an ‘otro mundo’. 

When we finally emerged into the street this morning, or should I say this afternoon, the reality of the city was a shock: the traffic, the people, the noise, the daylight. In the cab on the way home I couldn’t help remembering the many rooms in ‘Dallas’ that we haven’t yet tried, and wondering about all the other available ‘telos’. I’ve got a feeling we might be escaping to an ‘otro mundo’ on a regular basis…

 See some of the Hoteles Alojamientos available in Buenos Aires

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10 Responses

  1. What?! No toothbrushes?! Cheapskates!

  2. Hi Sally

    Wow, what an adventure you are having! I am completely addicted to hearing what you are up to, and am very jealous! It’s great that you are setting down roots in BA and I sincerely hope that the process goes smoothly for you.

    I have a question, if I may? Were you learning Castellano before you left the UK? I want to find somewhere to learn in Southampton, but all that I can find is Spanish Spanish (if you see what I mean!).

    Abrazos

    Charlotte 🙂

  3. Castellano is Spanish Spanish!

    Most of the local schools run adult education classes that teach Spanish (Castellano) but it’s often limited to “holiday” Spanish at the beginner levels. In the past I’ve taken classes in Romsey (Halterworth School), Wyvern college (Fair Oak) and at the University. The university class was a bit too advanced for me at the time, but it did offer conversation practice with some good Spanish speakers. Check out the university as they may offer some intensive courses over summer which would give you a good start.

    David

  4. Hi Charlotte. I learned a bit of Spanish before leaving the UK using CDs – the Michael Thomas CDs, which are great. But it is different here. I am no expert but the main difference between Argentina and Spain is that ‘vos’ rather than ‘tu’ is used for the second person singular familiar ‘you’, and with it the conjugation of the verb is changed. Some pronunciation is different eg. ‘ll’ is pronounced ‘j’ as in ‘jungle’. Some words are specific to here too. I would recommend learning Spanish any way you can but why not get hold of the book ‘Buenos Aires Experience Enjoy the Tango of Learning Spanish’ by Demian Gawianski, ISBN 9872304106. It is perfect for tango fanatics like us headed for BA. It includes CDs and throughout is related to tango. I love it and use the grammar summary section frequently to check I am on the right track. Suerte sc.

  5. Hi Sally,

    I have several Argentinian students in my yoga classes…one of them teaches Castellano in Soton. Am happy for you to get Charlotte to contact me if she wants details.

    Meanwhile, Vaya chica!

    Abrazos y besos,
    Yasmin
    xxxxx

  6. Hello again

    I’ve just read the comment by Yasmin. I would like to contact this teacher that she has mentioned. That book you recommended looks good too!

    Charlotte 🙂

  7. Oh, so that is where this gal I met at Florida mall took me to…

    Yes, it was an interesting experience, though I didn’t order anything… 🙂

  8. Hi Sallycat,

    I’ll write in spanish because by living in argentina I forget my english.

    I remember…Me recuerdo mi primera noche en un telo… en 2003… que emocion… que experencia nueva….como mi acompanante tenia un novio, pedimos solo un turno de una hora… no sabia que confort pedir (1,2,3, 4 estrellas?)… después de una hora, pedimos otra hora y otra…

    en fin, ahora voy menos seguido a telos porque tengo mi departemento pero conozco a una pareja amiga que sigue yendo a telo una vez por mes, como rendez-vous imperdible.

    France should have telos too.

    un beso (and after?)

    Hi Sallycat,

    I’ll write in spanish because by living in argentina I forget my english.

    I remember…Me recuerdo mi primera noche en un telo… en 2003… que emocion… que experencia nueva….como mi acompanante tenia un novio, pedimos solo un turno de una hora… no sabia que confort pedir (1,2,3, 4 estrellas?)… después de una hora, pedimos otra hora y otra…

    en fin, ahora voy menos seguido a telos porque tengo mi departemento pero conozco a una pareja amiga que sigue yendo a telo una vez por mes, como rendez-vous imperdible.

    France should have telos too.

    un beso (and after?)

    http://bookolivier.hautetfort.com/

  9. Yeh I miss the telos in Buenos Aires, I spent my teens there, Jardines of Babilonia is a classic one because it has all these egyptian themes.

    Here’s another video about the telos that I found online:

    http://current.com/items/76970592_no_tell_hotel

  10. Hi Ray

    I think it’s high time I tried out another of these places.
    Need to grab C. and drag him into one pronto!

    SC

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