Melia Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center
What We Love
- Central location, close to Calle Florida’s shops and restaurants
- The Jet Lag Revival Massage at the spa
- Lunch buffet of local dishes, such as empanadas, at the Azorín restaurant
What To Know
- Nine meeting rooms make it popular for business conventions
- Mod cons include minibars, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs
- Pets are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The Hotel Meliá works well for both leisure and business travelers, thanks to its convenient location near Calle Florida, its polished public spaces and its top-of-the-line conference center. The guestrooms are modern, decorated in a light, neutral color scheme, and they feature such mod cons as minibars, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs, as well as full bathrooms with tubs. When you want to unwind, hit the hotel’s spa, which includes a heated pool, hydromassage, a sauna and a state-of-the-art gym. There are four dining options to choose from, including Terraza, where you can watch the city go by — glass of Malbec in hand — from one of the sidewalk tables.
In the Area
Take time to explore the varied neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. See tango dancers, artists and brightly colored tin houses in La Boca, café-hop in fashionable Recoleta, or wander the parks in Palermo. The hotel is also just a short walk from Calle Florida, the city’s main pedestrian street, which is lined with boutiques and restaurants. When hunger strikes, head to Sucre, renowned for its contemporary beef dishes, a must-try in Argentina. Check the calendar at Teatro Colon, one of the best concert venues in the world, for an evening of opera, ballet or classical music.
How to Get There
NEEDS URGENTLY RENOVATION - restoration is not enough. The hotel is quite central, rooms are big and service good (though English language is not spoken well). Breakfast is good, so is the room service.
Only a few minutes walking to Plaza de Mayo and old city.
QUITE EXPENSIVE FOR WHAT IT OFFERS
Hotel Melia, Buenos Aires is situated in the Retiro area closed to the Buquebus Ferry, airport shuttle bus(Tiendaleon) and the Retiro Train Station.
I booked a standard room (#305) and arrived prior to the check in time. The entry area is small but elegant. Adjacent to the hotel is a conference center so the hotel might be busy from time to time. The room is a good size with a large bed, a desk and a couple of armchairs. The furniture is dated but well maintained. The carpets are worn and appear dirty in some areas. They make the room definitely uninviting. The bathroom is small and feels tight with only vanity lights that work. The air conditioning is loud even at the slowest speed. The shower leaks badly which make the whole floor slippery. There isn’t any tea or coffee maker in the room. A bottle of Evian is for purchase as well as a bottle of wine. No frills here, everything is pretty straightforward. The service here was ok. I asked the front desk, Juan , to call the Tiendaleon for a shuttle schedule to EZE, his answer was that he didn’t have any info and that I needed to contact the bus company directly. Not even an effort was made!! I went down to the front desk myself and got help from Yelianny who was pleasant and willing. Later on I requested a wake up call but never received any. All in all it is disappointing to see how the Melia Hotel doesn’t maintain its high standard. I will not stay here again.
We stayed here before picking up our Antartica cruise. The hotel was meant to be 5 star but weft it was barely 3.5. The breakfast was very limited and not a good selection of anything. The bar was just a corner of the lobby and not always maned. One also had to pay for WiFi which today in. 5 star hotel was surprising. The room we had was a good size but agaaim thenare minium of everything. It was clean and the beds comfortable. Needs a little TLC.
The same day I checked in I was locked out of my room for 30 minutes because the electric lock was malfunctioning.
The next day I was taking a shower before going to bed when the drainage overflowed. I opened the curtain to find water EVERYWHERE, including the carpet of the room. They gave me another room at 11 PM.
Last but not least, one night I was sleeping at 1 AM when somebody started knocking on my door, repeatedly so I decided to get out of bed and see what was going on. It was maintenance saying that I had called them (hint: I didn't). I then called front desk and they said the maintenance guy got the number wrong (701 instead of 703).
I spoke to front desk the next day and explained everything that had happened during my stay. They apologized and said they were going to see what could be done to make my stay a little less painful, but never heard back.
The last time I stayed here on night I returned to my room at 12 AM to find the toilet broken and the water running (must have happened while it was being cleaned), but at least they decided to move me to a better room (upgrade).
Not going back.
This hotel is right in the middle of the action in Buenos Aires. It was walking distance to the office, great nearby restaurants and local attractions. The rooms were well appointed and clean. The front desk, and other staff up front were professional and polite. The breakfast was also really good with lots of variety.