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
This is an excellent place to stay in Buenos Aires! In the heart of Palermo which is lively,trendy and has a profusion of interesting individual shops and eating places, and is a safe district to stroll around day or nighttime.
The hotel is very small with a calming atmosphere, very quiet and has a lovely courtyard. Gladys is an excellent front of house and couldn’t be more helpful in every way. All the staff go out of their way to make ones stay enjoyable.
We stayed here for 4 nights to enjoy the sights and sounds of Buena Aires. It’s a lovely house and certainly somewhere to escape to after a busy day of sight seeing. It’s is very peaceful and sitting around in the courtyard or lounge is a pleasure.
The staff were fantastic and a fount of knowledge re where to go and where to eat and are happy to make bookings for you.
The rooms are adequate and the breakfast good. However, overall we felt it was somewhat expensive for bed and breakfast in what is now quite a “tired” house in need of some attention.
A beautiful spot in Buenos Aires. Wonderfully decorated old mansion and with extremely helpful service - a perfect hotel. Will from now on be one of my favorites. The location is also great, in the middle of good restaurants, cafés (Ninina next door) and shops.
The rooms are small with minimal storage but very simply, lovely decor. You feel as if you are in someone's home. The staff is great, preparing breakfasts, cocktails, tea, coffee, whatever you need. The pool is a small dipping pool in a lovely courtyard. If you want privacy or complete quiet opt for rooms off the street and behind the courtyard. If you need late checkout or other special requests, they may not be able to accommodate as they are very small.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Cozy and colonial stylish environment. Bountiful boutique garden with comfortable chairs. Excellent breakfast with exotic fruits, croissant and eggs to your choice. Room with nice “grandma” furniture. Bathroom equipment was not in excellent condition and air-conditioning was too noisy and not effective at all. District is full of interesting spots. Cheap taxi takes you to downtown in 15-20 min.