Hotel Highlights

  • History-focused design showcases Argentina’s rich heritage
  • Buenos Aires’ most-buzzing barrio, with lots of restaurants nearby
  • Calm, exclusive environment – just guests; adults only

Overview

In the bustling barrio of Palermo Viejo, hotel Legado Mitico pays homage to the heroic history of Argentina. Rows of bookshelves and traditional dark hues lend a refined air to this boutique property where the most exertion required is brushing up on Argentine history next to the fireplace.

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A bottle of wine and a typical Argentinian picada (a selection of cold meat and cheese)

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

11, including three suites.

Check–out

Midday, or 6pm if you pay an extra 50 per cent of the rate. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $250.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include a welcome drink and breakfast.

At the hotel

Gardens, book/CD/DVD library and free WiFi throughout, . In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar and Terra bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Pick your Argentine hero and stay in a room named in their honour – the choice includes Evita and Che. And if these two happen to be your favourites, you’re in luck: they both come with open fireplaces. La Primera Dama is luxuriously dripping in cream, olive and gold. Che’s suite, El Idealista, is filled with greys and greens, and has an interesting shower – it’s Scottish, and the water jets switch between hot and cold.

Also

Smoking is allowed in communal areas.

Children

This hotel is better suited to couples - leave the children at home!

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s no restaurant, just the Breakfast Lounge next to the fireplace and library. The cushions made from rich regional textiles are sure to brighten your morning as you munch on empanadas.

Hotel Bar

There’s no bar at Legado Mitico, but every room has a stocked in-room bar. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7.30am and 11am.

Room service

A snack menu of pizzas, pies and sandwiches is available 24 hours a day.

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Dress code

It may only be breakfast but this is a fine establishment; channel Argentine aristocracy.

Top table

Pick a pew along the comfy cushioned bench for a relaxed breakfast.

Local Guide

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

Local restaurants

Freud & Fahler (+54 11 4833 2153) on a cobbled street in Palermo Viejo is a corner restaurant feted for its creative cuisine and decked out with antique chandeliers, art-adorned walls and glass screens. Casa Cruz (+54 11 4833 1112) is the capital’s celebrity hangout, so get your glad rags on for the occasion. The food (rabbit medallions, crispy morcilla, foie gras brûlée) is just as fabulous as the black, gold and red setting.

Local bars

Pop over to Home Hotel’s (+54 11 4778 1008) beautiful garden for a thirst-quenching cocktail or two. In Villa Crespo, locate Ocho7Ocho (+54 11 4773 1098) – it’s hidden behind the huge doors of an old townhouse on 878 Thames, between Loyola and Aguirre. Ring the bell and hope they let you in for a late-night cocktail.

Local cafés

Chill out with the arty local crowd on a chesterfield or battered leather seat at hip neighbourhood café, Bar 6 (+54 11 4833 6807). Mark’s Deli & Coffee House (+54 11 4832 6244) is an outdoor spot is perfect for grabbing a street-side sandwich (and a tasty brownie or cookie for afterwards). La Pasteleria (+54 11 4833 2153) pastry shop is home to best baked goods in town, lovingly made using vintage equipment and displayed on a giant marble slab behind the counter.

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Cobbles of Palermo Viejo

Legado Mitico

1848 Gurruchaga Street between Costa Rica & Nicaragua Street, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1414DIL

Planes

The city’s domestic airport is 20 minutes away by car. From Ezeiza International, the drive will take around 40 minutes.

Trains

The nearest train station is Retiro, 5km, or 20 minutes, from the hotel. The city also has a metro system.

Automobiles

Palermo Viejo is roughly 15 minutes out of the city centre. There’s no private parking at the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Anna Longmore , Greedy gallivanter at Square Meal Venues & Events

We’ve only just arrived in Buenos Aires, but already I’m feeling more Argentinian than Diego Maradona dipped in dulce de leche and rolled in yerba mate. I’m taking a siesta next to the national flag, there’s a polo match on the television, the city’s black-and-yellow taxis are rumbling past outsid...

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Legado Mitico

Anonymous review by Anna Longmore, Greedy gallivanter

We’ve only just arrived in Buenos Aires, but already I’m feeling more Argentinian than Diego Maradona dipped in dulce de leche and rolled in yerba mate. I’m taking a siesta next to the national flag, there’s a polo match on the television, the city’s black-and-yellow taxis are rumbling past outside and one of Argentina’s most celebrated legends is looking down at me from the walls. And did I mention that I’ve just washed my hair in Malbec? (Well, the shampoo is made it. I’ve not completely lost my marbles to the theme.) Welcome to Legado Mitico.

Homing in on the hotel – at some speed – we graduate from the quilombo (utter chaos) of the city centre, to the gentle babble of Palermo, an upmarket enclave of cobbled streets where the lattés, handbags and sunglasses are super-size and the dogs are tiny. And on one of these streets, the mahogany-panelled doors of Legado Mitico open and a man in a cream suit ushers us into the hushed, thick-carpeted sanctum within.

Five minutes and a few soothing words later, we are sipping a glass of wine in the Library. This is not the kind of book-lined enclave that is presided over by an actual librarian, it’s more like the smoking room of a dashing aristo polo player, with helmets and mallets slung casually around among the leather armchairs and ornamental orchids. I half expect him to slink in, martini glass in hand, at any moment. However, he must be out chasing heiresses, because the handsome space is all ours. Ah, and that’s Mr Smith over there perched on the arm of a chair, browsing the shelves, which are full of tomes on the ‘mythical legends’ from Argentinian history – Che Guevara (El Idiolista), Carlos Gardel (El Tanguero), Eva Peron (La Primera Dama) – around which each room is themed.

I’m particularly keen to perfect the Latin art of siesta, so it’s time to meet our legend, El Heroe. The hero in question is not Maradona (to Mr Smith’s disappointment), but General Manual Belgrano, hero of the fight for independence, creator of the national flag and founder of Buenos Aires’ first newspaper. Just like the library, it’s suitably gentlemanly and urbane, with a mahogany writing desk that an Argentinian ambassador somewhere might be missing, antique maps and a portrait of the man himself, over a handsome occasional chair that he would almost certainly have sat in if he were here now. But my favourite part is his bathroom, which is the last word in water closet chic, with a gleaming sink sunk into an antique marble-topped washstand and a gilt-framed mirror.

It’s also the only bedroom I’ve ever stayed in where the reading material on offer includes a full set of encyclopedias. But we’re on holiday, so I settle for Hola! and kick back on the bed. Widthways. Just because I can. Mr Smith is sitting in Belgrano’s armchair with a copy of the local Time Out, swatting up on local restaurants, which, given there are a dozen or so within two blocks, is a serious undertaking. We have plenty of time – we’ve been warned that no self-respecting local will consider picking up a knife and fork before 9pm, even 10 or 11 at weekends. In the end we plump for Moroccan at Bereber, just round the corner, where we sip cocktails and eat excellent chargrilled lamb in the flickering candlelight of a rooftop terrace overlooking a leafy plaza.

So, next day we’re dusting off the city map at 7am ready for a day of sightseeing. Or we would be if the temptations of a bed big enough for the whole Argentinian football team and an 11am breakfast deadline weren’t too much. In reality, we slink down to the library at 10.30 for a fortifying spread of basil and ginger lemonade, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, pastries and cakes. From the wall, Carlos Gardel looks on – a little disapprovingly perhaps – as I sneak a second helping of dulce de leche.

As we’re in the epicentre of Palermo, I’m eager to check out the local boutiques, but Mr Smith is not exactly the Gok Wan of shopping partners, so we decide to wander across the nearby parks to the Museo Evita, to find out a little more about the famous first lady we’ve heard so much about. In fact, we end up more excited about the discovery of the café – postcard-perfect rive gauche salon inside, rambling courtyard out – where we join the area’s artistically coiffed ladies for a late lunch under the umbrellas. It’s a hot day but in this part of town the streets are well shaded, so we loll under the canopy, watching dapper old couples and dog walkers clutching handfuls of leads (15 was the record) trickle past.

However, what’s really occupying my thoughts is a late-afternoon visit to the sundeck back at Legado Mitico. On our return, we only have to whisper the ‘s’ word to one of the now-legendary men in cream and he’s whistled up a stack of fluffy white towels, a bubbling hot-tub and two glasses of sauvignon blanc. As the sun dips on our last evening at the hotel, we soak in the reddening sky from the third-floor deck, listen to the hum of the city below and talk about the night ahead. I am dreaming of a midnight milonga in one of the tango salons downtown, while Mr Smith has more carnal pleasures in mind: a football-sized hunk of red meat at one of Palermo’s parrillas. Will it be tango or tangle? Will Mr Smith eat his own body weight in steak? Who knows? The only certainty is that – like all good stories – tonight will end with our Heroe.

 

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