Written by Vanessa Bell
The area of Recoleta in Buenos Aires has long been synonymous with affluence and sophistication. Historically the home of local aristocracy, the well heeled, and intelligentsia, Recoleta was once a popular hangout for illustrious Argentine writers Adolfo Bioy Casares and Borges.
With its proliferation of luxury boutiques, brasseries, upscale restaurants, immaculate parks and green spaces, Recoleta is the ideal destination for a pleasurable stroll, to window shop or to people watch.
Located on the cusp of Recoleta in nearby Retiro, this stunning hotel was originally a drab 80s concrete high-rise. Thanks to the ingenuity of design duo Cecilia Nigro and Mariana Rappaport alongside architects Miguel Florio and Dolores Biocca, Arroyo Hotel was transformed into the chic incarnation it is today.
The decor is both style-conscious and accommodating, with custom made pieces by young Argentine designers nestling alongside mid-century iconic furnishings. The guest rooms are just as inviting, boasting chinaberry panelling, bespoke wallpaper and zigzag rugs as a common theme throughout.
The family-run hotel spans over 10 storeys and 77 rooms, all managed by the talented filmmaker Javier Nir and his sister Fabiana. The walls display works by the hottest contemporary Argentine artists, with a specially commissioned tropical mural by artist Eloisa Ballivian taking center stage in the versatile lobby.
Martin Rebaudino launched his hotly anticipated first solo venture less than a year ago, yet Roux is already being hailed as one of the best restaurants on the circuit for contemporary Argentine cuisine.
After ten years as head-chef at the much feted seafood lovers paradise Oviedo restaurant, Martin has not veered far from his culinary roots, offering a subtle menu characterised by pescetarian and molecular leanings.
The decor is stripped down and simple, with low-key soft lighting and starched white tablecloths allowing the food to take centre stage. Some memorable dishes to try are the unctuous calamari and saffron risotto and greviche (cous cous with prawns).
Florencia Giordana Braun is one of a crop of young gallery owners who have been making waves for their tireless determination to publicize the work of Argentine artists both locally and abroad.
Rolf specializes in Argentine photography and promotes work that transcends boundaries, showcasing multidisciplinary pieces, videos and installations. In a short time Braun has accumulated an enviable roster, representing some of the most revered Argentine photographers – Marcos Lopez, Graciela Sacco, Jacques Bedel to name a few.
Indeed, the 32 year old former model who hails from Cordoba moved to the capital just 4 years ago. She represents artists in internationally acclaimed fairs such as LA and Paris Photo having recently sold a piece by Marcelo Brodsky to The prestigious Tate Collection.
Fueguia 1833, Laboratorio de Perfumes
Patagonia’s flora and fauna are the principal inspiration behind Fuegia 1883’s bespoke scents. Part shop and part laboratory, the Fuegia range covers everything from room scents to perfumes and candles, with over 1000 notes.
The perfumes are bottled in recyclable glass and packaged in Patagonian “Valdiviano” wooden boxes hand-made by a carpentry school in the region.
Launched in 2010, there are now 50 different perfumes in seven collections, with imaginative titles such as Jorge Luis Borges and Linneo (Carl Linnaeus-inspired, the father of taxonomy).
Written by Vanessa Bell