Fierro Hotel very kindly provided me with a place to stay in Buenos Aires. I was over the moon – just look at their website to see why. In return I promised to share my no holds barred opinion on their digs. For this to work, readers need to be able to trust that they’re reading honest reviews.
If you’ve been here for more than about 5 minutes, hopefully it comes as no surprise to you that I don’t do bullshit, and any reviews you see from me are what I genuinely think. So let’s cut to the chase, shall we?
Hello, lover. Huge room to accommodate an equally huge bed and sitting area. And before you think this was some fancy upgrade, let me clarify: this is the basic room at Fierro Hotel. After my early morning flight, it was so very nice to just collapse onto the couch for a minute. I did eye the Nespresso machine and fancy snacks, but knowing Andi and I would be heading out to brunch in Palermo Soho, I managed to refrain.
The decoration was very much in line with my style by being modern and hip without getting too crazy. The pillows and bed were very comfortable, and I had a great sleep (possibly due to the 4:30am wake-up that day, but we’ll give Fierro Hotel some of the credit). I loooooved having free wi-fi and would have taken advantage of the iPod dock as Andi and I got ready for dinner if only I’d remembered to actually bring my iPod.
The bathroom was average-sized, and the white wall tiles did skew a bit toward public bathroom. But there was a heated towel rack, which is one of those little things that just makes me feel luxurious, and the large overhead rain shower was a nice touch.
Nowhere else have I found the “do not disturb” sign to have so much personality that it warranted its own picture. For those who’re reading on a small screen, the “please make up this room” side says “Please help! I don’t know what happened, but I swear I didn’t have anything to do with it!”
Fierro Hotel’s rooftop pool is idyllic. I can only imagine spending some time up here on a summer’s day working on my tan above the city’s chaos. When I found out there was a sauna as well, I was tempted, but my trip was already so short I honestly didn’t have an extra 20 minutes to try it for myself – next time!
The real star here though is the food. Fierro Hotel prides itself on its Hernán Gipponi restaurant. I appreciated the decoration and attached garden area but figured I wouldn’t really get to taste its creative output since my only meal at the hotel was the included breakfast. Oh, how wrong I was.
When I see a breakfast menu listing coffee, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereal, breads and eggs, I think continental buffet. A perfectly fine option but hardly a culinary treat. When I got down to the restaurant, however, there was no buffet in sight. Instead, I was served freshly squeeze fruit juices – two types! – a custom-prepared coffee, fruit salad and a yogurt foam and cereal confection. Impressive.
The best, however, was yet to come. Asked how I wanted my eggs, I expected an average plate of huevos revueltos. Instead I got THE best scrambled eggs I’ve had yet – perfectly done, with little pieces of ham – accompanied with a bread basket that included sweet and savory options. And a crostini with chive cream. You know, because no breakfast would be complete without a crostini.
When you spend the majority of a 36-hour visit outside the hotel, it can be hard to get a feel for its staff beyond generic impressions like friendly and helpful. I did, however, appreciate Nicolás’s general demeanor during check-in/out and help in arranging my taxi to the airport. I was even more impressed when I got back to Fierro Hotel at 5:10 and saw my taxi – booked for 5:30 – already waiting for me. It’s always reassuring to see that a business works with other good service providers.
Fierro Hotel is on a quiet block in Palermo Hollywood. It’s a bit removed from the heart of more happening Palermo Soho, which depending on your priorities could be a downside, but the distance is walkable, and cabs are cheap. For my trip, however, this location was great as it put me between Palermo Soho and the location of my dinner plans.
Do you have to ask? Great room, good bathroom, nice pool, AMAZING food, friendly people, good location. Prices as low as $110/night (although that doesn’t include breakfast, and for $20 more which covers two people, oh my god, get the breakfast). This should be a no-brainer. I loved my too-short stay at Fierro Hotel and do recommend it.