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Hotel Highlights

  • Seven-room villa overlooking lush gardens
  • Hip, city-central location hidden from noisy streets
  • Sleep in rooms where Francis Ford Coppola once sought inspiration

Overview

Set in the hip Palermo Soho neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, the former home of Francis Ford Coppola is now the seven-room hotel Jardin Escondido. The space that inspired the filmmaker is a retreat rich with Argentine textiles where a leafy, colourful garden and inviting living areas welcome guests seeking local flavour. For peace or a stylish peek into Palermo life, boutique Jardin Escondido is an ideal base-camp.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Jardin Escondido with us:

A bottle of Francis Ford Coppola's own label wine

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Seven.

Check–out

Noon, or later if you pay for an extra half day. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $274.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.

Also

With three days' notice, the hotel can hire a parrilla master to assist in buying local meat and vegetables for a full Argentinian barbecue in the back garden.

At the hotel

DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player.

Our favourite rooms

Each room is named for a member of the Coppola family and features terracotta tiles and weighty salta blankets. We prefer the privacy of the largest room, Francis. Set apart from the main building, it has a king-size bed and private garden balcony with a breakfast table. Pen your own Oscar-worthy screenplay at the dark-wood desk.

Poolside

The small, unheated pool is perfect for a cooling dip, and though there's no room for loungers, it's a welcome addition to the garden.

Packing tips

Pack lightly to leave room for finds from Palermo Soho’s posh boutiques. Bring mosquito spray for the garden and floral prints to complement the blooms. Riding boots will help if you plan to make off like a gaucho across the grassy pampas.

Children

Cribs for babies are free. With two days’ notice, babysitting can be arranged for $15 an hour.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

 None, though the hotel does serve breakfast in its lounge. Good food is never far: surrounding Palermo Soho is home to some of the city’s best restaurants. The garden parilla is available for guests’ use.

Hotel Bar

 The honesty bar boasts an extensive wine selection from Francis Ford Coppola’s vineyards and nearby Mendoza. The hotel's on-call sommelier is at your service to dispense advice on pairings, tastings and great bottles to bring home as gifts.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 8.30am and 12.30pm.

Room service

None.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Greet the day in bold, garden-inspired prints.

Top table

On sunny mornings, opt to take your traditional Argentine breakfast under the garden trellis.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

 Palermo Soho is the heart of Buenos Aires’ shopping district. Browse the boutiques for unique clothes and shoes. Calma Chica (+54 11 4831 1818) is a haven for homewares, including cowhide rugs, tabletop trinkets and locally crafted leather bags. Don’t tell the Italians, but Argentina has mastered creamy, cool gelato. Taste for yourself at Persicco (+54 11 5480 0156), which scoops densely cocoa-packed dark chocolate and tart, icy lemon. With a cone in hand, stroll through the adjacent parks or over to the riverfront.

Local restaurants

 A towering, glassed-in wall of wine lines the back of the stunning Casa Cruz (+54 11 4833 1112) on Uriarte, a few blocks from the hotel. Pair a bottle with urban-Argentine dishes such as shrimp tamales and foie gras brûlée next to tables of Buenos Aires’ most glamorous diners. When in the land of beefy asados, be sure to bring your appetite for meat. La Cabrera (+54 11 4832 5754) is one of the best and most popular, due in no small part to its plate-dwarfing portions of steak, sausages and ribs.

Local bars

 Behind the enormous doors of an old town house 10 minutes from the hotel lurks the hip little Ocho7ocho (+54 11 4773 1098). There’s an element of surprise involved – you have to ring the bell (the ideal time is around 1am) and hope to be let in. If you are allowed past the threshold, you’ll find elegant cocktails and a cool crowd.

Local cafés

 Tote your travel books or free reading to an artfully distressed armchair at the bright and relaxed Bar 6 (+54 11 4833 6807) on Armenia. Around the corner from the hotel, this café is also a good place to break for a coffee between visiting shops.

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Downtown Palermo

Jardin Escondido

Gorriti 4746, Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1414BJL

The property is slap bang in the middle of the Palermo Soho barrio of Buenos Aires, which is about a 20-minute drive out of the city centre via Lavalle.

Planes

Ezeiza International Airport is a 50-minute drive away; the domestic Jorge Newberry is 20 minutes away by car.

Trains

Walk eight blocks and you’ll reach the Metro, from where you can take line D to the centre of Buenos Aires.

Automobiles

There is a public parking lot two blocks away.

Other

The concierge will book taxis for you and provide the numbers for trusted local firms.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

 Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this gaucho-glam boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their malbec and leather satchels, a full account of their Argentina luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick snapshot of Jardin Escondido in Buenos Aires … There’s no way you can forget your Argentine settin…
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Jardin Escondido

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

 Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this gaucho-glam boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their malbec and leather satchels, a full account of their Argentina luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick snapshot of Jardin Escondido in Buenos Aires …

There’s no way you can forget your Argentine setting, thanks to Jardin Escondido’s scattering of texture-rich locally made cushions, rugs and wall hangings, and sultry South American colour scheme. Russet reds, earthy hues, pinks and mustard yellows enliven the neutral tones. The interiors blend comfort and style – sink-into leather sofas, vintage trunks, terracotta-tiled floors topped with traditional rugs and cowhide, and beds dressed in velvety sheets and weighty hand-woven blankets. No wonder Coppola kept this place all to himself when he wrote the script for Tetro. Jardin Escondido is an idyllic setting for your own masterpiece; its peaceful, quiet quarters coloured by plants and flowers, and the comfortable but cool interiors decorated with antique wooden furniture.

The property’s ’hood, Palermo Soho, is as hip a barrio of Buenos Aires as you’re likely to find. Stylish locals and travellers flock here for the laidback day-time tempo and lively late-night scene. But this boutique hotel is relaxed, secluded and reinvigorating.

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