The look: Fresh and breezy. Barcelona’s Contemporain Studio maximized interiors with nautical space-saving techniques—steel-trimmed modular furniture, myriad mirrors, trompe l’oeils of latticed woods and backlit louvers—and acres of virginal-white paint offset by bold aquamarine and black. Pinstripe acoustic wallpaper and double-glazed windows keep Microcentro’s commotion at bay.
The experience: As with its Pulitzer properties in Barcelona and Paris, Regina Hoteles emphasizes sleek design and good value. All but 9 of the 104 rooms are standards, with a rack rate that undercuts competitors by some $50. There’s an outdoor pool, room service until midnight, and a hearty breakfast served until noon on weekends. At night, guests sip Mendoza-produced Urraca chardonnay and nibble piquant prawns on blue-velvet easy chairs in the Scandinavian-style lounge, or listen to music on a stool-with-a-view in the rooftop bar. After breakfasting on walnut tarts and well-cooked eggs—unusual treats in breakfast-shy Argentina—they emerge a block from Calle Florida’s clothing stores and a short stroll from the Casa Rosada.