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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
First, I should say that I would have given this a good rating (3.5) if I could have. The hotel is in a good central location, and caters mainly to business travelers. As we were tourists, we noticed certain features typically found in tourist hotels missing, mainly a concierge to assist with arrangements. That said, the front desk was very helpful when we needed it as were the bellmen in the entrance, although it helped with the latter to speak some Spanish.
The hotel is very clean, and I don't know why people complain about the rooms - mine was not outdated at all, was large and well equipped. The room was cleaned in a timely fashion every day, and there was no issue with towels, other than there were really no facecloths (really, who cares). My one issue with the room was the bed and pillows, which were quite hard and took some getting used to - I am sure I could have got other pillows but did not bother to ask.
I agree with some of the criticisms about the breakfast buffet -there was no variety from one day to the next (we were there 6 nights) and for those of us who don't eat pastries for breakfast, it was trying to find something I wanted to eat. That said, I then stayed at a hotel twice the price and found I had more or less the same issue. This is Argentina, not San Francisco, and should be judged on that basis.
The pool was clean, and water pressure in our hotel room was terrific.
Staff at the small lobby bar were wonderful to us - very prompt and pleasant.
Check in (at 5 am, ouch) was very courteous and prompt, and check out was also hassle free.
I would say that this is not a hotel for someone who has trouble getting along without any Spanish whatsoever, or feels that people in non-English speaking countries are there to accommodate them. We have a little Spanish and got along fine, and staff were happy to practice their English or assist with our Spanish lessons. The area is business, with great access to phenomenal, inexpensive restaurants, and the wonderful Galleria Pacifico. I would go there again - the price and location could not be beat.
Fantastic hotel with staff that can speak good English. Nice central location with a fabulous restaurant and good buffet breakfast.
The room was spacious, pity there was only limited English TV channels available.
Definitely a very good hotel.
I stayed at Melia a few days. The room was large and very clean. Breakfast was good, with nice selection of food. Staff was very friendly and helpful. It is walikng distance to touristic places. The only downsite I saw was the gym, which is a little bit outdated and some equipment was out of order, but despite that I would recommend this hotel.