Home was mentioned in two of my most trusted travel guides; The New York Times and Time Out Buenos Aires. Both recommended the hotel but the location had me worried. Home is located on what I thought to be, literally, the wrong side of the tracks. That is to say that Palermo, and I don't recommend staying in any other section of BA, is split by rail tracks into Soho and Hollywood. Soho is more evolved as a tourist destination than Hollywood which is still a bit raw and less discovered by both tourists and locals alike. ( For those that know NYC think the West Village verses the East Village. The East Village being the new place to hang, the West being the place for non Manhattanites).
I decided to split my time between Home in Hollywood and Soho ( I stayed at the Nuss Hotel in Soho). I was not disappointed at all with Palermo Hollywood and Home. It's a small hotel and it does have a home vibe to it. A lobby that is welcoming and a restaurant that attracts locals for coffee during the day and dinner late into the evening. A n Apple Mac in the lobby free for the guests and free wifi through the hotel. An excellent driver to get you any where you want, not just the airport. And a little film and TV industry scene happening in the restaurant.
My only small problem was with the breakfasts that tended to be a bit too avant-garde for me, but still good. At lunch and dinner you'll find locals dining there.
I visited during the Argentine summer and I have to say that the backyard pool at Home was the highlight of my stay in BA. The rooms were comfortable and decorated in cheerful colors ( why do other boutique hotels think gray and brown is inviting?). Avoid rooms that face the street for a smaller interior room for quiet.
As far as it's location. Home is a ten minute walk from the center of Soho. If you prefer not to cross the dark rail tracks at night grab a taxi for $2 or $3. Explore the areas southwest of Home and you will find funky little shops and restaurants. (Olsen, Gorriti 5870). By far my favorite restaurant was RAVELLO, one bloc north from Home. There is very little english being spoken here, a tourist was a rare sight. It's mostly tables of families and neighbors out for a good meal at very fair prices. I have to say that the simple fare is great.
So my advice is leave Soho to the tourists and stay in Hollywood. Stay at Home for the great service, comfortable and clean rooms, and great little scene by day and night.
Explore the neighborhood
Use the hotel's driver. He's friendly and most of all a good safe driver.
Head back to the hotel and lounge by the pool for lunch.
Beware ATMs. I have literally travelled around the world and BA is the only place my ATM card didn't work.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The multi award winning Home Hotel (Conde Nast Traveller Gold List 2015 and Winner of 2007 Best New Hotel Award by Wallpaper* Magazine), set the benchmark for all other boutique hotels in Argentina. The interior design is modern with bespoke furniture mixed with classic midcentury pieces. Home Hotel boasts a lush garden with outdoor solar pannel heated pool, a restaurant and cocktail bar and spa make Home a green oasis in the middle of the city. As they say, there is no place like Home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Home Buenos Aires
- Buenos Aires Home Hotel