Legado Mitico

Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina Book from

A most sophisticated boutique hotel in fashionable Palermo: elegant in style, with excellent service
This 1920s townhouse in central Palermo has a restrained façade, but from the moment the smiling staff open the door, you’ll feel welcome. An intimate lobby opens into a spacious bar and lounge, beautifully designed to combine classic and modern in equal measure, and all very Argentine. Leather Chesterfields and Mies van der Rohe chairs are given a gaucho twist; chic cushions in indigenous textiles sit on minimalist sofas; there are antiques and fine paintings; and cowhides and Persian rugs on the polished wooden floors. Kick off your shoes, listen to tango, gaze out at the verdant patio, or check your emails (there's free WiFi). This elegant retreat feels like a smart private club, and nothing is too much trouble for the professional staff.

Each of the 11 bedrooms evokes, in the subtlest possible way, a distinguished figure from Argentina's tumultuous past. References to Evita, Gardel or Che in carefully chosen antiques and artefacts bring individuality to a very sophisticated place to stay.

Highs

  • Great location in buzzy, atmospheric Palermo Viejo - BA's SoHo - with boutiques, bars and eateries in the same street
  • Excellent attention from the friendly and professional staff: they’ll remember your name, and help you get the most from your stay
  • Beautiful themed rooms based around historical Argentine figures: a welcome change from bland, neutral hotel rooms
  • Lots of public space - unusual for Palermo - so you can really spread out in the warm townhouse atmosphere
  • Good value for BA: more space for your dollar than most small hotels

Lows

  • You're a 20-minute taxi ride from the centre of town, and the nearest underground stop is 8 blocks away, but you have Palermo Viejo on your doorstep
  • This is a boutique hotel, so it lacks the spa and gym of bigger establishments - but it has everything else
  • No restaurant, but there are superb restaurants and bars all around and you can even order dinner in

Best time to go

Buenos Aires is most delightful in spring and autumn (October / November and April / May), but can be impossibly hot and humid in the peak months of summer (January and February). Winter is usually pretty mild. If you're coming in January, February or July, or over Easter, bear in mind that these are the peak holiday periods for Argentina’s schools, and hotels and flights across the country will be heavily booked: make your plans well ahead of time.

Our top tips

Browse the bohemian Sunday crafts fair in Plaza Serrano (Calle Serrano at Honduras; labelled Plazoleto Jorge Cortázar on many maps), in Palermo Soho.

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 11
  • Breakfast and light meals only (restaurants nearby)
  • Over 12s welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Meal delivery service
Room: Clasica - La Arrabalera

Rooms

Everything in Legado Mítico has been carefully considered by the architect owners to create a sense of elegance and warmth.

Each of the 11 rooms is themed around an important Argentine figure, whether the famous Eva Perón, writer Jorge Luis Borges, or General San Martín, who liberated Argentina. The references are subtle and add a unique touch to each room. Ours was dedicated to wild literary lady Victoria Ocampo, with antique chairs and etchings, a bold felt headboard, and lots of books, clocks, prints and original paintings hinting at her extraordinary life. All the rooms have a very high standard of design and furnishings; colours are restricted to classic creams, reds, browns and purples, with crisp white linen and off-white walls keeping the feel light and airy.

Rooms come in 3 categories: Clasica, Superior and De Lujo, meaning luxury. Even the smallest rooms feel spacious, since there’s plenty of natural light. All have kingsize beds (or twin - just ask), TVs and DVD players, minibars, safe boxes big enough for laptops, WiFi (with extra strong routers to make sure you always have a signal), hairdryers, and a choice of pillows. De Lujo rooms also have bathrobes and wood fires in the bedrooms.

All rooms have wonderfully sleek bathrooms, with polished cream stone walls and floors, powerful showers, and lavish toiletries you’ll happily take home. Don’t expect much of a view from the windows - you’ll be looking out onto the backs of other buildings. But there’s a sun deck on the third floor if you need to be outside, and chairs on the patio downstairs so that you can enjoy the sun within the privacy of the hotel.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Dvd player
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

One of Legado Mítico’s most special features is the airy and stylish area which combines bar, café and sitting room. Here you have breakfast in the morning, can order a coffee at any time of day, and have lunch from a small menu of soups and sandwiches. It’s not a restaurant, the owners clearly point out, because here we’re in the heart of Palermo, and there are excellent restaurants in this same street and block. However, this is a wonderful place to relax and listen to the Argentine music that’s always playing. You could start the evening by ordering a fine Argentine wine from a carefully chosen list with some delicious picadas (cold meats and cheeses).

Breakfast is included, and it’s a generous continental one, Argentine-style. Argentines aren’t into big breakfasts, but here you’ll have good coffee, breads baked here in the hotel, medialunas (croissants) and homemade jams, as well as juices and fresh fruit salad. You could even ask staff for a mate set, if you want to try that most Argentine of drinks, and they’ll show you how to use it.

Staff can advise where to eat in the neighbourhood, and will happily book you a table. We recommend Gurruchaga, the reasonably priced parrilla (steak grill) next door, or splashing out on a really excellent parrilla at La Cabrera (Cabrera 5300). Good for lunch is Cluny (El Salvador 4618), a stylish and airy place with an excellent set menu. Bar 6 (Armenia 1676) is a chic and popular bar with good light meals. Vegetarians should head for Hare Krishna on Plaza Cortázar. Dominga (Honduras 5618) is an elegant place for dinner with an Asian influence.

If you’d prefer to eat in, staff will help you order delivered meals from one of the fine restaurants around, and set up a table for you.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Snacks and light meals
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Palermo is shopping heaven, and the great advantage of staying here is that you won’t even have to take a taxi. The majority of chic shops lie in the area of Palermo Viejo known as Palermo Soho, in the 6 blocks between plazas Cortázar and Palermo. Women should head straight for Rapsodia

  • Great restaurants and bars are all around - see Eating, and buy Time Out Buenos Aires for tips

  • The Palermo parks, where Porteños go to relax, are a short walk or taxi ride away. The gorgeous Parque Tres de Febrero has rose gardens, lakes for boating, Japanese gardens, several cafés, a zoo and a planetarium!

  • Don’t miss contemporary Latin American art at MALBA (Av Figueroa Alcorta 3415, tel: 4808 6500), with a good collection of Argentine painting and sculpture, and a lovely café

  • A real tango show is a must while staying in Buenos Aires. Try La Esquina de Carlos Gardel (Carlos Gardel 3200, tel: 4867 6363), where you can dine before the performance

  • Try learning some steps yourself with a tango class at Dandi (Piedras 936, tel: 4361 3537)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Tango
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Only guests over the age of 12 are accepted. There are no extra beds, but all rooms can be made up as twins on request.

Kid Friendly: Japanese garden, Parque

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
8/
Food
10/
Service
10/
Value
9/
Overall

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