Francis Ford Coppola's Secret GardenJune 18, 2009 By: Luxury Travel Advisor
Legendary filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola, of Godfather fame, released his latest film Tetro last week to limited audiences. The family drama is set in Buenos Aires, where Coppola spent a significant amount of time during production. “When I’m in a place for so long, I like to make myself comfortable, and that’s hard to do in a rented house—so I bought a villa in the heart of a popular neighborhood called Palermo Soho,” he says. “The whole time I was making the film, I was also turning the house into something wonderful, a sanctuary. By the time I finished, I had not only made a film but had also set down roots in a vibrant, lively neighborhood.”
The director’s villa was turned into a hotel—the Jardin Escondido, offering guests the choice to rent out the entire hotel, sections, or single rooms. The refurbished house has multiple bedrooms, numerous nooks, terraces, secluded gardens, balconies, pieces from Coppola’s art collection, several of his books, a little heated pool and, of course, an Argentine parrilla (grill), which apparently Coppola broke out on many an occasion with the help of a local asador (cooker).
Additional movie star treatment includes a full-time housekeeper to keep the spot clean and cook you breakfast (complimentary), a concierge to cater to your every need and an on-call sommelier, no doubt ready to serve up a bottle of Coppola’s own wine as well as some of Argentina’s best.
Guests can enjoy Coppola’s latest masterpiece with rooms starting at $550 per night with a three-night minimum stay.