“A stunning retro-chic enclave with a pool garden, spa, inventive bar and fabulous service in trendy Palermo Hollywood - home to BA’s media crowd”
The 18 spacious rooms and suites, originally an old factory, are filled with natural light and decorated in bold uplifting colours, with deliciously sumptuous beds and slick bathrooms. For those who want to live like kings for longer, there are now also 2 lofts - thoroughly equipped and airy apartments with abundant wow factor. The design throughout mixes contemporary minimalism with lovely classic furniture, fresh flowers and vintage wallpaper. Step through reception and you’ll find a fragrant garden with a pool, as well as a long and sleek ‘resto-bar’ where inventive cocktails are served by candlelight and the soundtrack blends Billie Holiday classics with haunting tango. There’s even a spa in the basement offering Ayurvedic massages. It’s a very easy place to call home.
- The stylish décor is contemporary yet warm and inviting, with classic 20th-century design furniture and funky wallpapers
- The atmospheric ‘resto-bar’ has 22 hand-infused vodkas, inventive cocktails created by the city’s top-rated bartender and a great wine list. The breakfasts are fabulous too
- There’s a delightful pool and garden, where the birdsong is louder than the street noise
- The enthusiastic owners and helpful staff make you feel like treasured guests
- The small in-house spa has an excellent range of treatments, from jet lag recovery massages to seaweed wraps
- Palermo Hollywood (the other side of Avenida Juan B Justo) still has a real neighbourhood feel, with abundant restaurants and bars within walking distance
- You’ll have to cross the railway tracks to reach the greater concentration of shops and restaurants in Palermo Soho; it's perfectly safe during the day, but take a cab after dark
- It’s not ideal for young children - this is an intimate place best suited to adults
- Home Hotel is very popular (it’s appeared in lots of glossy mags since opening in December 2005), so it’s best to book months ahead
- There’s a 3-night minimum stay from October to March, though you'll want to stay longer anyway
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 18 rooms + 2 serviced apartments
- Restaurant and bar
- Accepted but not ideal
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
The 14 rooms and 4 suites are designed around swatches of wallpaper from Patricia and Tom’s personal collection ("Each room has a different design and vintage," Patricia explains). The overall effect is cool minimalism warmed by unexpected details: a needlepoint square marks your room number, a soft rug covers the polished concrete floor, and there are voluptuous swirls of arty glass.
All rooms share the same creature-comforts: crisp cotton sheets, colourful llama-wool throws, individually controlled air conditioning and heating, cable TV, CD players (you can borrow CDs or a DVD player from the lobby), phones, WiFi, iPod docks, minibars and safes. Bathrooms have sleek industrial-style sinks, fluffy robes, Home’s custom-blended verbena, sage and mint bath products, artisan soaps, and hairdryers.
The Standard Rooms (which face the interior courtyard and are a tad small) have queensize beds and walk-in showers, but no tubs. The more spacious Standard-Plus Rooms have desks, window seats and flower-filled window boxes. In the Superior Rooms you also get coffee tables and views of the garden or the quiet street below. Some have showers, others bathtubs.
If you’re staying for more than a night, opt for one of 2 upstairs suites, with kingsize beds, Jacuzzis big enough for 2, classic 1950s Scandinavian furniture and private terraces. One can connect with one of the Standard-Plus Rooms - ideal for families.
Our favourite room is the 2-storey Garden Suite, which has a private entrance. The floor-to-ceiling windows in its living room and bedroom wrap around a private pool. Fall asleep with reflections from the water dancing across your walls, or press a button to lower a shade for complete darkness. Both rooms have a CD player and a TV; one has a DVD player too. Uncork a bottle of Malbec and climb the spiral stairs to your own roof terrace with its dining table, chairs and cushioned loungers. The large bathroom has a walk-in shower and a whirlpool tub.
The 2 Lofts are ideal if you plan to stay longer (there’s a 5-night minimum stay). Split over 2 floors with 40m-high living rooms, they have full kitchens and private patios. The Loft measures 103 sq.m., with a double sofabed in the living room and a queensize bed upstairs. The Other Loft is similarly spacious (92 sq.m.), but sleeps only 2.
- Air conditioning
- Cd player
- Central heating
- Ipod dock
- Safe box
- Satellite tv
Tired looking buffets are banished here. Instead you get a unique spin on the continental breakfast: a small selection of beautifully presented tapas-style offerings packed with flavour. The mélange of tastes changes daily and you can eat in the bar-café overlooking the garden, on the deck, poolside, or in your room. Begin with 2 slim cylinders of juice - ours were grapefruit with a dash of cinnamon and apple with basil - then dip your pastries into the delicious homemade spreads: chocolate ganache, butter laced with caramel dulce de leche, cream cheese and kumquat marmalade. Move on to a small dish of seasonal fruit (perhaps banana slices sprinkled with mint) and the revolving 'Home Surprise' - our dab of honey-lemon yogurt aerated to a light froth is still on my mind. If you’re accustomed to a heartier start you can order additional items such as cereals and omelettes from the menu.
Home’s social heart is the 'resto-bar', where head barman Daniel Biber - voted Argentina’s Best Barman 2009 - creates Home’s signature cocktails and pours tipples from the superb list of Argentine wines. Local media moguls and designers stop in throughout the day for lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and evening tapas and the 6 different menus combine old stand-bys (hamburgers and toasted sandwiches) with creative tapas dishes (maybe salmon cakes on greens with basil mango, or crispy rice with goats cheese and sundried tomatoes). Guests staying at least 2 nights receive a free cocktail and plate of tapas - we enjoyed ours fireside at the back of the garden. Happy Hour runs from 7pm to 9pm and patio heaters and table-top votive candles keep the deck cosy. On Friday nights in summer Tom and his DJ friends spin tunes while guests sip on killer Martinis.
Round-the-clock room service is also available (with a limited menu after 11pm) and the hotel can arrange an asado (traditional Argentine barbecue) for up to 30 people. Weekend brunch is served from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.
Unless you’re intent on eating light and turning in early, ask the concierge staff to recommend a restaurant for dinner. Home prides itself on steering guests to insider (not tourist) favourites and each guest is provided with the ‘Home Guide to Buenos Aires’, an ever-evolving list of recommendations for bars, restaurants, tango clubs, shops and art galleries which is updated every few months. But staff will happily suggest more places according to your preferences and are genuinely interested in your feedback afterwards. We particularly enjoyed Don Julio (Guatemala 4691 and Gurruchaga) for steak and Azema (Angel Carranza 1875) for more exotic delights, from Indian to Vietnamese.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Hang out at the hotel: sunbathe by the infinity pool, lounge on your own roof terrace (in the Garden Suite or lofts), linger over tapas and one of Home’s signature infused vodkas in the bar, select a CD from the music library or browse through the art books and novels in the small lobby library (where I stumbled across Motorcycle Diaries, the story of Argentina’s native son Che Guevara’s life-changing journey with friend Alberto Granado)
- Indulge in a 4-hands massage, a Patagonian seaweed mask or a 90-minute ‘wine therapy’ wrap in the spa (a cool aqua-coloured space with white pine boards rescued from the factory's wooden floors). The spa manager, Adriana, is an Ayurvedic therapist and handpicks herbs from the hotel garden to prepare tisanes and aromatherapy oils, with a new menu of treatments prepared every season. Treatments can be tailored to your needs - if you've just arrived after a long-haul flight the 90-minute jet lag recovery massage is a must - or you can try the private whirlpool bath with rose petals and essential oils
- Shop the boutiques of Palermo Soho (just 4 blocks away), where the wares of local and international designers are concentrated in an area approximately 6 blocks square, and check out the bohemian Sunday crafts fair in Plaza Serrano (Calle Serrano at Honduras; labeled Plazoleto Jorge Cortazar on maps). But don’t neglect the small interiors shops, artisan bakeries, bookstores and cafés on the way (note some shops don’t open until noon)
- Explore the museums and parks of Palermo-proper (south of Avenida Santa Fe), including the Evita Museum, the MALBA Collección Constantini (a stellar collection of contemporary Latin American art) and the botanical and zoological gardens
- Book tango lessons, a city tour or a day trip - the front desk can recommend a wide range of personally-vetted activities, including football games, polo clinics and catamaran trips along Río de la Plata to Uruguay
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Language courses
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
- Wine tasting
Because of its design (lots of concrete floors and expensive glass), the hotel isn't well suited to toddlers and young children. Older children are accepted, however no extra beds are available.
Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
One of the suites connects with a Standard-Plus room, and The Loft (but not The Other Loft) has a sofabed.