“A sumptuous boutique hotel in the northwest colonial city of Salta, with space and sophistication in spades”
Legado Mítico’s 11 rooms come in 3 categories - Clásica, Superior and Lujo (meaning ‘luxury’) - though in truth they’re all, without exception, large and luxurious. The architect owners have created a refined signature style, combining expertly chosen antique furniture with slick modern comforts (impressive 32-inch black LCD TVs, top-of-the-range bathroom sanctuaries and free WiFi throughout), and employing robust woods and thick fabrics in classic reds, blues and browns to provide warmth. What separates Legado Mítico from other boutique properties is a strong sense of local culture and history. Each of the rooms is themed around a revered local literary or historical figure, whether writer Juana Manuela Gorriti in the La Escritora room, the famous salteño political and military leader Martín Miguel de Güemes in the El Caudillo room or Martina Silva de Gurruchaga, a key female figure in the struggle for independence, in the La Capitana room. Themes are revealed in subtle and stylish ways: perhaps a small library of relevant books, a painting or a framed poem, or local artisanal accents such as colourful woven rugs, traditional handmade dolls or bowls of multi-coloured corn cobs. All rooms have kingsize beds (all separable into twins, except in the Lujo rooms where they’re four-poster), minibars, phones, safes, hairdryers and huge bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. More exceptionally, all rooms boast some outdoor space, be it a balcony, a patio or a terrace - or both in the case of La Capitana.
There’s no restaurant in the hotel, but a small menu of local specialities (humitas, tamales and locro stew), snacks (soups, sandwiches and pizza) and simple puddings is available all day. It’s fine for a light lunch, though you might prefer to explore the wealth of local eateries nearby. The handsome bar area is the perfect setting to sample a fine Argentine wine from the carefully stocked cellar (by the bottle or the glass), accompanied by picadas (nibbles) of local cheeses and cold meats. An abundant continental-style breakfast is included in the room price: freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit salad, cereals, freshly baked bread, medialunas (the local take on the croissant), pastries, cold meats and cheeses. Eggs can be cooked on request, and there are excellent leaf teas in muslin bags, including Earl Grey, Darjeeling and Legado Mítico’s own blend. Staff can advise on where to eat out in the neighbourhood, though their knowledge might be limited. The nearby street of Calle Balcarce has a number of good restaurants and peñas (clubs where the local folk music is sung). La Antigua and Las Leñitas are pretty touristy, but the food is excellent and they’re popular with local people as well as visitors. José Balcarce (on the corner of Mitre and Necochea), serves inspired high-Andean cuisine and fine wines in a reworked 19th-century corner property. At the other end of the scale, authentic local food at rock-bottom prices is dished out on plastic plates at the food stalls of the local market (along Calle San Martín and Calle Florida). What it lacks in sophistication, it makes up for with huge portions and a lively atmosphere.