Jardin Escondido is Spanish for hidden garden, and that is exactly what you’ll find at Francis Ford Coppola’s Buenos Aires house—a secret oasis tucked away in the heart of the city. Coppola stays here from time to time when he writes, but the rest of the time his house serves as an exclusive 7-room boutique hotel that can be rented out by the room or in its entirety.
The experience here is intimate, like you are staying at a good friend’s home—if that friend had a sumptuous luxury villa right in the middle of the trendiest part of Buenos Aires, that is. The house is filled with quirky South American touches like woven Argentinian fabrics and exotic wooden animal heads on the walls. A big picture window showcases the lush, tropical gardens and a deep blue plunge pool.
The living room is set up for lounging, filled with books stacked on every surface ranging from Argentinian picture books to unexpected surprises like an Annie Leibovitz photography book inscribed with a private message to Sofia Coppola from Leibovitz herself.
You can lounge at all hours in the living room, stroll into the kitchen for a midnight snack, watch Coppola’s collection of movies, and enjoy his hand-picked wines. There’s even an on-call sommelier and Sunday asados (Argentinian BBQs) cooked right in the garden parrilla. Best of all, breakfast—or brunch if you prefer—has no time limit here. In addition to dulce de leche filled macaroons, homemade banana bread, fresh tropical fruit, and all the full breakfast trimmings, the friendly staff will also cook you up hot dishes on request.
The Secret Garden
The showpiece of the house is the splendid garden, enclosed in a rust-hued interior courtyard. Plants spill from the upper balconies and drape downwards, bursting with bright blooming flowers. You can counter Buenos Aires’ steamy summers with a dip in the garden plunge pool, surrounded by lush tropical flowers.
The Neighborhood: Palermo Soho
Palermo Soho is by far Buenos Aires’ most stylish location, and I wouldn’t recommend staying anywhere else. This upscale neighborhood is filled with design boutiques, trendy restaurants, craft fairs, and abundant street culture. Buzzing with artistic energy and brimming with beautiful shops and cafes, the neighborhood is youthful, safe, and filled with plenty of parks and gardens as well as great nightlife options.
In Buenos Aires your experience of the city is so easily determined by where you stay since each barrio, or neighborhood, is vastly different from the next. Coppola discovered the best slice of Buenos Aires, and this peaceful escape is a truly splendid way to experience it. I can definitely say that staying at Coppola Jardin Escondido was one of the highlights of my trip.
Gorriti 4746, Buenos Aires, 1414, Argentina
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