Once home to Francis Ford Coppola, Jardin Escondido hotel in Buenos Aires’ hip Palermo Soho district is leafy, green and gorgeous, its seven bedrooms decorated with rich Argentine furnishings. Coppola lived here while writing the script for Tetro, but now the colour-drenched garden, luxurious living areas, and seven bedrooms have opened as a small, stylish hotel. Jardin Escondido will definitely inspire you, whether you’re seeking your own Palme d’Or, or just peace, Palermo, and a boutique base camp.
With three days' notice, the hotel can hire a parrilla master to assist in buying local meat and vegetables for a full Argentinian barbecue in the back garden.
Palermo Soho is the heart of Buenos Aires’ shopping district. Browse the boutiques for unique clothes and shoes. Calma Chica (+54 11 4831 1818) is a haven for homewares, including cowhide rugs, tabletop trinkets and locally crafted leather bags. Don’t tell the Italians, but Argentina has mastered creamy, cool gelato. Taste for yourself at Persicco (+54 11 5480 0156), which scoops densely cocoa-packed dark chocolate and tart, icy lemon. With a cone in hand, stroll through the adjacent parks or over to the riverfront.