ArteBA Paints Beautiful Picture of Buenos Aires
Jardin Escondido is a stylish refuge, largely unknown to fans of the larger, glossier hotel names present in the city such as Four Seasons and Park Hyatt(H) . Like the chicest bed and breakfast you've ever stayed in, the Jardin Escondido property is available on a per-room or wholly reserved basis. Its meandering compound is covered in vined foliage along three levels that frame a main courtyard, pool deck and outdoor kitchen with parrilla. Rooms capture cinematic Argentine at its best, from their rustic hardwood or terra cotta floors to step-out balconies where a sommelier kept on staff is more than happy to deliver you one of Coppola's own bottles.
Those staying at the Faena Hotel + Universe during ArteBA will find convenient access to the Faena Arts Center, one of the city's newest modern art destinations. Having already made Puerto Madero one of the city's hottest and most expensive neighborhoods with a famed hotel by Philippe Starck and nearby residential projects such as El Aleph by architect Norman Foster, hotelier Alan Faena has spearheaded a namesake project that looks to root further development in the area with cultural landmarks built around art. A member of the Tate's Latin American acquisitions committee and benefactor of the Faena Arts Prize, Faena plans an Arts Center exhibition of large-scale installations by Cuban artists Los Carpinteros during ArteBA.
There's no shortage of high-wattage dining options to satiate VIP art buyers, but look for newcomer Unik in Palermo Soho to be one of the toughest reservations of the weekend. Unik's architectural storefront houses the work of owner Marcelo Joulia, including dark hardwood floors that contrast with exposed concrete beams and a lofty design that connects a rear garden and dining room arranged with '60s and '70s midcentury items from Denmark, France and Italy. Upstairs are the design offices of Joulia, who in addition to Unik has penned more than 20 restaurants worldwide, including in Paris.