“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 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.
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.
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)
One of the suites connects with a Standard-Plus room, and The Loft (but not The Other Loft) has a sofabed.