Helen Morgan

Stylish and Sustainable Home Hotel is Ahead of the Green Movement in Buenos Aires

by , 02/22/11
filed under: Architecture, Eco Travel

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Among the first of its kind in Buenos Aires, Home Hotel is a ‘green’ beacon leading the way in the Argentine hospitality industry. Opening over five years ago when the environmental movement was just a whisper in the city, the beautifully designed hotel reflects an air of tranquility and a calm space amid pollution and chaos. In a country where sourcing sustainable and environmentally-friendly goods can be problematic — or worse still a logistical disaster — co-owners Patricia O’Shea and Tom Rixton have persevered with their objectives of creating a hotel as green as the country will allow.

Eco tourism, sustainable tourism, green hotel, buenos aires, chic hotel, green design, stylish hotel, responsible tourism

The airy spaces of the hotel focus on bringing in as much light as possible, and the interior spaces are accented with clean lines and shades of color that hint towards the 1950’s. Intriguing areas are playfully decorated with collections of kitsch artifacts, and illustrative hand-printed paper adorns the walls.

The couple is well aware of how much waste is generated by the tourism and hospitality industries, so they do what they can to curb their impact — providing bath products in refillable bottles; using energy-efficient light bulbs; and trying to get around the problems of toxic battery waste. The couple also encourage their staff to be educated in green issues and are intent on working with local food vendors and organizations arranging bio-fuel reuse.

As Buenos Aires continues to have no government-implemented recycling scheme, Home works with local organisation El Ceibo to separate garbage and recycle where possible. The hotel does what it can to meet environmental challenges while featuring an immaculate design, complete with guests lounging poolside in the serene and lush secret garden.

+ Home Hotel Buenos Aires

Photos: © Helen Morgan for Inhabitat; © Home Hotel

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2 Comments

  1. sustentator February 23, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Hi Helen,

    I am Rodrigo one of the founders of Sustentator.com. I would like to get in touch with you.

  2. paualvarado February 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Ahead of the green movement? I mean, they have good initiatives and the hotel is lovely but the green movement in Buenos Aires has more than five years. Also, I think they implemented the green measures over the past years and not from the launch five years ago.

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