This small, chic hotel came into being after an Argentine PR director and her English record producer husband couldn’t find the perfect place for their visiting guests to stay during their Buenos Aires wedding. They needed a place with a bar, a spa, a nice pool, good cocktails in a friendly environment—and so in 2005 they opened Home, one of the pioneer boutique properties in Palermo Hollywood. Strategically located within blocks of much of the city’s nightlife, Home has become something of a base for those coming to the city looking to indulge in it.
Generally though, Home’s reputation is quite positive. Few modern design elements have been left out, from the Scandinavian furniture and vintage wallpaper to the Chilean wool rugs and tech-friendly amenities like iPod-ready stereos. A spacious walled garden area is the focal point of the property, holding the heated swimming pool plus deck chairs and ferns, alongside a bar and restaurant.
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Though Palermo Hollywood is lined with mostly quiet, leafy streets that make it one of Buenos Aires’s most charming neighborhoods, great nightspots can also be found here. Nearby is Frank’s, one of BA’s original speakeasy-style bars, with its bow-tied mixologists and secret code entry system. The intimate Niceto Club stages live music from both national and international acts. For dinner, there’s Japanese-Peruvian spot Osaka or the modern Argentine Tegui, which is Argentina’s highest-ranking restaurant on Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Need to Know
Rooms: 19 rooms, 4 suites. From $165. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Seasonal and local produce is emphasized at Resto-Bar, the garden-facing social center of the hotel, which is open from breakfast until late evening. The menu is more snacklike than hearty, with pizzettas, nachos, and salads, plus a steak. There are even weekend brunch and afternoon tea menus, plus signature cocktails and a list of Argentine wines. Spa and gym details: A small but well-equipped spa offers signature facials and body treatments, plus there’s a pool and solarium.
Who’s it for: Design-conscious hipsters wanting quick access to Palermo restaurants and nightlife. Our favorite rooms: The Garden Suite has its own rooftop terrace with small pool and loungers, plus a Jacuzzi, a private entrance, and vintage Scandinavian furniture. Good to know: The solar-heated outdoor pool is seasonal, opening from November to March only.