— Please tell us a bit about how Home Hotel got started.
Our friends would come visit us in Palermo and they were always looking for hotels when they visited. We were trying to find a place where everyone could stay but there wasn’t a suitable hotel in the area. Argentina in 2002 was so cheap. The properties had come down in price, which is not that common in Argentina, so we decided to do a hotel.
We were the first boutique hotel to open with all the services. Now there are dozens of boutique hotels, but at the time it was a very new idea. We were sort of the pioneers of it in this area.”
— Home Hotel Garden Suite
— I love the interior of Home Hotel. How would you describe it?
One of the things we insisted upon was working with vintage wallpaper. It was 2003, when wallpaper wasn’t as fashionable as it is today. Every single room has vintage wallpaper — anything from 1923 onward. We’ve got French, German, 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. We had been collecting them for years and they’re all original.”
— Garden Suite terrace
— Please tell us a bit about the facilities, the rooms, the spa and restaurant at the hotel.
We have twice-a-day maids and a concierge service, as well as having our own restaurant. We have a heated pool, which is not that common in Buenos Aires, and a small spa with some of the best massage therapists using organic jojoba oil.
We have a cocktail bar tended by an Argentinean cocktail maker who won the 2010 barman of the year and went to represent Argentina at the world cocktail championship in Singapore. Our liquor is high end with good quality ingredients. You won’t get Smirnoff or Absolut vodka here. Our bar is always voted one of the top 10 cocktail bars in Buenos Aires within the local community. It’s also in a beautiful garden and is very quiet, which people like.
We’re a small hotel but offer a lot of services. We try to get the best of everything and not cut corners.”
— What would you describe to be the spirit of Home Hotel?
— Home Hotel bar and restaurant
— How would you like your vacation guests to remember their stay?
We offer some of the things that remind you of home—you feel safe and warm. It’s not cold. Everything is done with clean lines and green and lots of light. That’s the difference to other hotels, and most people get it because they choose to stay here.”
— Home Hotel superior room
— Tell me a bit about ‘Green Home’ please.
All Home staff receive training about running an environmentally-conscious business and we inspect the factories and offices of our suppliers, such as laundry services, to ensure a good level of cleanliness and that the workers are treated well.
We also play an active role in our community and support our local food shops when we put together our natural restaurant menu.”
— Home Hotel zen patio