Twin beds in bedroom with work desk and chair
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Once just another soulless shell in the bustling Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Retiro, a 1980s concrete high-rise has been transformed into a chic hotel by design duo Cecilia Nigro and Mariana Rapoport (of local agency The Wow Factor) and architects Miguel Florio and Dolores Biocca. Set over 10-storeys, the 77-room, family-owned property - now in the hands of second generation filmmaker Javier Nir and his sister Fabiana - is a soft, cosy and calmly utilitarian haven dotted with bespoke pieces by up-and-coming Argentine artists and fitted with a mixture of modern classics and furnishings by the hippest porteño designers. The chinaberry-panelled guestrooms have custom-made zig zag wool carpets and Acapulco chairs, while the lobby is a flexible continuum of café, breakfast room and working area, highlighted by a 10 x 4 metre tropical mural painted by artist Eloisa Ballivian over a period of two months.

Tropical bar design with bar stools

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Dining space with dining table and chairs

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Arroyo Hotel
Suipacha 1359
Buenos Aires


Lauren Ho is the former travel editor at Wallpaper*. Now a contributing editor, she roams the globe, writing extensively about luxury travel, architecture and design for both the magazine and the website, alongside various other titles. She is also the European Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Hotels.