Legado Mítico Buenos Aires: understated elegance in Palermo Soho
Even for frequent travellers accustomed to hotel excellence, it is always a pleasure to stay in a property that gets everything right. The extraordinary Legado Mítico is one of these rarities. Buenos Aires has seen a spate of small, upscale hotels open in recent years; almost all of them are very nice, but there is only one where everything is perfect.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, this discreet boutique property in the city’s effervescent Palermo Soho neighbourhood exudes style and class thoroughly enjoyed by the select guests lucky enough to secure a reservation. Dispensing with a traditional lobby in favour of a foyer, as a house would have, the first room seen behind the unobtrusive façade provides an intimate entrée, literally, into Legado Mítico‘s world of serene luxury. Beyond that foyer is an enormous living room opening to a private patio. A dining area off to the side is the place for relaxed breakfasts serve each morning by a member of the exceptionally accommodating staff.
If these public areas are impressive, they are exceeded in beauty by the eleven guestrooms, each different from the others. The hotel’s owners, a pair of talented architects, have considered every detail in perfecting their property. Along with the internationally famous Argentines Evita Perón and Che Guevara are nine other personalities who have exerted a lasting influence over the country’s culture. These are the mythical legends who give the hotel its unusual name and give each of the rooms their individual themes.
Buenos Aires is one of the most attractive and enjoyable cities in the world, and even people who have never visited recognise the famous Avenida 9 de Julio and its towering Obelisco in pictures. The innumerable monuments, parks, and museums large and small make Buenos Aires a favourite destination for travellers seeking cultural stimulation in a beautiful location. Like their fellow Latin Americans, Argentines love to go out at night to enjoy a vibrant bar and restaurant scene or dance the night away in a chic club. Buenos Aires is famous for its late dinners and even later nightlife, though even a few museums are open until 8 o’clock, 9 o’clock, or even midnight to welcome nocturnal visitors. Palermo Soho is one of the city’s most agreeable neighbourhoods, with an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries that provide places to go day and night. Ever considerate of its guests, Legado Mítico‘s triple-glazed windows ensure the nightlife stays outside and the inner peace of the hotel remains unperturbed.
By day, Palermo Soho makes a fine base for sightseeing. Just up the street from Legado Mítico is the lovely Jardín Botánico, a botanical garden designed by a French architect and populated by several statues, including the infamous Saturnalia that was keep out of public view for decades due to its lascivious theme. Just beyond the Jardín Botánico is the Museo Evita, a surprisingly introspective presentation of Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina whose mythical legend retains a place in the collective Argentinian psyche to this day.