- Style Relaxing residential retreat
- Setting Buzzing barrio
RUNNER-UP: BEST BUDGET BOUTIQUE HOTEL – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2013
Home Hotel is an eco-design dream of a boutique hotel, based in a simple ivy-entwined structure in residential Buenos Aires. Each room is kitted out in vintage floral wallpapers and with retro Scandinavian furniture. Staying here is an open-air adventure; an outdoor passageway leads you to the restaurant overlooking the gorgeous grounds. There’s no place like it.
Need to know
- Rooms 20, including four suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $195.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Spa, CD/DVD and book library, free WiFi everywhere except the spa, and in-room spa and beauty treatments. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock and Home’s home-made bath products.
- Poolside There’s a heated pool outside in the secluded garden, with decking and trademark floral sunloungers.
- Check–out 11.30am (5pm if you pay for an extra half day). Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Cots for babies are free. Babysitting can be arranged (ask when booking if possible). Children are welcome in the restaurant all day.
- Eco‐friendly The hotel has reusable pump dispensers for toiletries in all rooms, individually controlled central heating and air conditioning, and motion sensors that switch off the lights in communal areas when nobody’s around. If it can be, it’s recycled.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Be seasonal in your selection – in winter, go for the Poolside Suite, for the wood-burning fireplace out on the sunlounger-scattered terrace. It’s also a historical heavyweight – it has a 1968 George Nelson desk and chair, and some original French wallpaper from 1926. In summer, you want the Garden Suite – it has a rooftop terrace with sunloungers and small pool, and vintage Scandinavian furniture. Both suites have Jacuzzis and their own private entrances from the garden.
- Packing tips This is the city’s media district, so fill your case with geeky specs, high-top trainers and graphic-print T-shirts.
- Also The cosy, all-natural spa uses the hotel’s own range of products. It’s open daily between 8.30am and 9.30pm for a whole range of treatments, including massages using techniques from India, Thailand and California.
Food and drink at Home Hotel
- Hotel restaurant The resident bistro takes on classic Latin American dishes such as huevos rancheros (fried eggs with corn tortillas and chilli sauce) and bistec a caballo (steak with fries and a fried egg) with considerable aplomb. The decor features more Scandinavian simplicity – wooden tables, white chairs and rounded garden seating.
- Dress code Hemp dresses and cotton shirts to feel as natural as your surroundings.
- Top table Eat in the lusciously wild garden or take your cocktails poolside.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 8am until 11am; lunch is midday right up to 4pm; dinner is early for the city – 8pm to 10.30pm. The bar stays open from 8am until midnight.
- Room service A selection of sandwiches and snacks can be ordered between 8am and midnight, with a limited menu available throughout the night.
- Hotel bar Hang around for a mojito or Pisco Sour made by master mixer, Daniel Biber – Argentina’s best barman in 2009, apparently. The owner is a DJ and record producer, so listen out for some selective acid house soundtracks.