Be Jardin Escondido by Coppola
What We Love
- A warm staff, including an in-house sommelier
- 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
- Free WiFi
- With all the nice public areas, you'll see a lot of your fellow guests
- Free WiFi
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.
How to Get There
I stayed in the Francis Ford Coppola’s Studio on the first floor at the back of the hotel. I was travelling alone so suited me to a ‘T’. I stayed there for a week. In front of the studio there was a small terrace with table and chairs, but adjacent was a large plant filled terrace also with a table for six at the end under cover of a pergola. This terrace buzzed with insect and bird life during the day. Nobody used it so was like a bonus for the guest in the studio.
The hotel consists of just 7 bedrooms, and feels like you are staying in someone’s house from the eighties or nineties, which you are. Lots of antique and artistic finds by Coppola’s wife are married up with large comfortable pieces of furniture and lighting.
Breakfasts are healthy or not as you wish, with lots of fresh cut fruit, ham and cheese, toasted breads, cooked breakfasts, pastries, coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and a yoghurt made on the premises etc. All freshly prepared for you.
The staff are excellent and friendly. They are also a mine of information on good local and not so local restaurants, and places of real interest to visit.
I enjoyed my stay so much I didn’t want to leave. I can’t remember the last time I felt that about a place.
This is a house remodelled into a boutique hotel - and therefore it is not for everyone. However, if you wish to avoid a big box hotel, or desire to be in the thick of things in the uber-cool Palermo Soho neighbourhood, then this is for you.
Small number of rooms, all a bit different. We stayed here twice, a week apart, and for the second stay we asked for a garden-facing room. The different rooms are not clear on the online booking sites such as Agoda or Booking, so perhaps you would choose to peruse the property's own website. They have 2 rooms facing the street, and these are perhaps a bit noisy on the weekends, one has to keep the windows closed - the aircon works well.
The garden facing rooms are really quite serene - we had the Sofia room, which is upstairs, next to Roman room.
There is an adequately stocked minibar in each room, prices displayed are moderate.
The concierge/receptionists are happy to book cars, restaurants, or give advice on near-by sights. It is a short distance to some nice parks where I enjoyed a picturesque jog,
Again, this is almost a home-stay (at breakfast there is but one long table to share) and so people wanting all mod cons from a branded hotel should probably stay elsewhere - this is a lovely little boutique establishment, uncomplicated and warm, stylish and friendly. Most of all, the location is superb - it is a way to stay really locally.
The small boutique hotel is a little gem hidden in the Palermo district of “B A”. Staff are attentive, friendly and always willing to help. The lounge/breakfast room is beautifully furnished in a colonial style, with a lovely courtyard garden outside.
We stayed in room Sophia, comfortable bed with a view of the garden. The only slight downside was the bathroom was a little tired.
Breakfast was perfect with a good choice of fresh fruits as well as the cooked.
If staying again we would go for one of the suites overlooking the courtyard.
The staff at the hotel is wonderfully attentive. They made sure all needs were met. Breakfast was delicious and the staff very accommodating to my early departures. I stayed in the studio which was small and quaint but was perfect for me. The public areas were nicely decorated. The location was great. Lots of shopping and restaurants within walking distance.
We so enjoyed our 2 night stay at this beautiful boutique hotel( only 7 rooms) that was once Francis Ford Coppola’s house. Located in heart of Palermo Soho neighborhood , this is a vibrant up and coming area frequented by Argentinians for popular restaurants, shops and now craft beer pubs. Named for its similarities to New York Soho. Short cab ride into downtown BA. Great service by all, but special thanks to Gladys and Camilla who helped plan our days