Staying in Barrio Norte has long been considered a no-go for visitors to Buenos Aires, however the recent opening of Arenales Hotel is set to change all that.

Located an easy stroll from Alto Palermo shopping mall and the busy Santa Fé Avenue, the property brings some much-needed respite to a mixed commercial and residential area that has - until now - been woefully devoid of design hotels.

Owned by Daniela Mourente - third generation in the hospitality business- Arenales owes its stylish ‘contemporary and retro’ interiors to one of the leading names in the local design industry, architect Julio Oropel, who entirely renovated this 10 storey 1970´s building using three main materials: Slavonian Oak, mirrors and white steel sheets.

The simple and harmonious interiors are graced in a neutral hue dominated by soft greys and white. Each of the 36 rooms are adorned with laser-cut metal, leather or mirror headboards, Oropel´s custom furniture, locally produced pieces and vintage items rescued from the proprietress’ family collections. ‘It’s been a nice experience to stir into the several family warehouses, which are cluttered with tons of great design pieces and objects gathered by her father,’ says Oropel. In the cafeteria and reception, for example, Knoll´s Max Pearson leather chairs are combined with Thonet Bresso chairs, while mirror tiles cladding the ceiling and walls create a dazzling hypnotic effect.