The library of art, architecture and film books, plus classic films
The eponymous hidden garden, with its lush foliage and leafy nooks
Peruvian weavings, regional decorations and art from Coppola’s own collection
What To Know
No garage and no guest parking
Rooms might feel small – Deluxe and Superior Rooms both start from 269 square feet
No pets allowed
With all the nice public areas, you'll see a lot of your fellow guests
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Seven-room hotel in the hip Palermo Soho neighborhood with lush urban gardens, a nice terrace, and a heated pool
In Buenos Aires’s hip Palermo Soho neighborhood, the Jardin Escondido is named for a lush little garden that lies behind the main house on the property, which is owned by Hollywood royalty.
This is the place where Francis Ford Coppola wrote his latest script, and when I visited on a leisurely four-day vacation, it was easy to see why. The trellised garden simply dripping with ferns, herbs and brilliant red impatiens lining a brick patio is a perfect place to work or relax and pieces from Coppola’s own art collection and an outdoor solar-heated pool make the townhouse feel like home.
In the living room, hand-woven rugs and calfskins, leather couches splashed with red Peruvian pillows and willow lamps all give a modern feel to the space. Guests gather here to investigate the ample library or select a movie to watch. There is also a long table set next to a floor-to-ceiling window looking out onto the patio, a welcome space for projects — something you won’t find in most hotels.
With seven bedrooms in all, the Jardin Escondido has the feel of staying at a friend’s well-appointed city apartment. Friends and families gather on the patio for wine tastings with the in-house sommelier or around the grill for a Sunday asado, or barbecue (at an additional fee). Nigel Tollerman, the sommelier, is one of three full-time staff members who offer personalized, thoughtful service. Nigel can tell you the best wines in each restaurant and which wines to buy and take home, and he’ll even create pairings and arrange delivery for dinner parties.
Although the guestrooms are small (Deluxe and Superior Rooms start from 269 square feet) the open-air public areas of this hotel are where you’ll spend most of your time (my husband took a daily siesta right on the terrace, while I plotted our exploration at the large table in the living room). And with one of Buenos Aires’s trendiest neighborhoods right outside the door, you shouldn’t expect to get too comfortable; hundreds of boutiques, sleek cafés and culinary adventures await.
Be Jardin Escondido by Coppola
Buenos Aires, Argentina
How to Get There
Flights are available to Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from EZE, which is about 21 miles away, are approximately $50 (for up to 2 people) and $70 (for 3 to 4 people), each way (plus tax), and can be arranged through the property. Taxis are approximately $34 to $50, plus tax.