It took Ian and Aiden six months to oust the squatters of what was once a San Telmo slum building before they invested every penny they had on its reconstruction and redesign. The hotel is named after Rocco, their chirpy cocker spaniel, who sniffs guests up and down as they wander around the piano room, kitchen and sitting room. For those guests with allergic reactions to canines, rest assured that Rocco has not yet learned to scale the al fresco metallic staircase to the roof garden, where movies are projected onto the wall of the neighbouring building during the evenings.
Pop downstairs for a glass of wine in rustic wooden kitchen with Ian and Aiden, where they’ll describe to you the state this building was in when they found it – you will be amazed.
It is now a hotel fit for the most stylish of guests – the Garden Suite is pimped out with a four-poster bed over which a contemporary glass-walled bathroom is built. Meanwhile, the bed in room 26-02 is made out of the building’s recycled staircase and 17-04 has a specially fitted conversation pit piled with fur and cushions.
With seven rooms from US$65 to US$85 per night, Ian and Aiden could charge at least double. But that’s not their style. This is a quality piece of design soaked in a chilled, warm atmosphere. The rooms do not include televisions or radios, so think up some stimulating chat on the plane. If not, Ian and Aiden will eke something interesting out of you. The entrance is a small door beside a flower and vegetable shop on Avenida Juan de Garray. Your local bar is 647, Gibraltar is near for a game of pool and La Brigada for steak.