Palermo, Buenos Aires
The first thing to understand about Palermo - the northern neighbourhood or barrio - of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires is that it is not one neighbourhood but a collection of several small zones and all with distinctive atmospheres.
We stayed at Home Hotel, Honduras 5860, C1414BNJ, Buenos Aires - a boutique hotel. A hotel that manages to make the unfamiliar feel familiar - as if you belong there. Maybe small in size but big on friendly, hospitable service and hugely cute! It's style is boho chic with lots of mid-20th century design charm - stripped concrete floors, rescued and restored Ercol furnishing, retro wallpapers and colourful blousey glass objects d'art! So far so good - best of all are the staff - young, friendly, helpful, chatty, efficient, talkative, your new best friend....will I go on?
Rooms vary in size from standard doubles to garden or rooftop suites. The garden is fabulous with native trees, jasmine, flowers, fruit trees and ferns all surrounding a clear water, solar powered heated pool. Breakfasts are a work of art!.... and served in the garden room or poolside. Home Hotel makes it easy to get to know the neighbourhood by providing you with their very own guide of local boutiques, restaurant and bars, bric-a-brac markets, bus routes, bike hire and even suggests local barbers - all personally vetted and recommend. Nice touch!
So Palermo? - what a fabulous tree lined place especially in the southern hemisphere Spring sunshine. In the mid-1990s TV and radio producers installed themselves in Palermo Viejo. For that reason this part of the neighbourhood began to be called "Palermo Hollywood". It has retained a “barrio” feel, mixing the old and the new, the traditional with a Shoreditch kind of vibe - and some!! This vibrant area is best known as the city´s gastronomic hub with some of Buenos Aires best restaurants. Lots of boho cafes and quirky independent craft shops mixed into local traders, design shops and markets.
Eating out is easy - you're spoilt for choice. We ate at Las Cabras, Fitz Roy 1795, C1414CHY CABA, Buenos Aires - a bustling, no-frills Argentinean eatery known for parrillada (grilled meats) served in big portions. Also try Adorado Cafe Bar, Honduras 5999, | intersecting Arevalo, Barrio Palermo - a very cute breakfast and lunch cafe with homemade pastries and great coffee.
If you're travelling to Argentina and plan an stay-over in Buenos Aires (BA) this is a great place. It's not downtown - that's about 20mins on public transport but it's well connected by bus and underground routes which are easy to access. Palermo is a quieter choice than the more well known downtown residential neighbourhoods of Retiro and Recoleta so its perfect place to recover from a long trans-Atlantic flight. Check-in and chill-out.