IN THE WRITE PLACE
I AM in the room of El Escritor, the writer, at Legado Mitico, a funky 11-room hotel in the arty Palermo Viejo district of Buenos Aires. The room honours Jorge Luis Borges who grew up hereabouts, although he died long before the hotel was even thought of. Its themed rooms celebrate the respective lives of Argentian notables, from first lady Eva Peron (La Primera Dama) and tango singer Carlos Gardel (El Tanguero) to Che Guevera (El Idealista).
The design touches are subtle but appropriate. In El Escritor, there’s a nod to Borges’ love of mirrors, an oil painting of a library collection and an old Royal portable typewriter on an antique desk. Borges rubs shoulders with Victor Hugo, Leon Bloy and Henri Troyat on the chummy bookshelf.
The hotel opened in November 2007 and its young staff are courteous and helpful. Breakfast is served at individual tables in a long room stuffed with comfy furniture, piles of magazines and books; it feels like eating in a library, a notion of which Borges would have approved.
There’s a solarium and patio and light evening meals can be organised upon request. Diagonally opposite Legado Mitico is a gorgeous little shop, Bed and book: Legado Mitico, Buenos Aires Sabater Hnos, which sells handmade soaps in fun shapes (stars, figures, flowers and flakes) and big bath cakes with block-printed lettering. Fragrances include vanilla, citrus and coconut; these are perfect souvenirs that will also perfume your suitcase. Susan Kurosawa
Legado Mitico, Gurruchaga 1848, Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires. From $US190 ($288) a double, breakfast included. More: www.legadomitico.com; www.kiwicollection.com.