Melia Buenos Aires isn’t the most luxurious hotel in Buenos Aires but it is a comfortable, modern business-class hotel in a good location, at a reasonable rate. Expect to pay about $150 per night for a standard room, with breakfast and spa access included.
I recently spent 2 nights in the hotel. I also spent a week there in 2007. Both times I slept well, felt comfortable, and believe I got good value for money.
Melia Buenos Aires is located at Reconquista 945, just a few blocks away from Florida (the main shopping street), Plaza Libertador San Martin and the San Martin subte (subway) station, which is on the C line. It’s a great location for business or tourism.
Reconquista is in process of being converted to a pedestrian-only street. However, I still recommend requesting a room on the opposite side of the hotel, away from Reconquista. That side of the hotel, which faces Puerto Madero, is dead quiet. On the Reconquista side there is a pub across the street that can be quite loud.
Buffet breakfast and spa access is generally included with the room. The gym isn’t large but the equipment is good and modern. The pool and whirlpool are indoors, next to the gym on level -2. It’s a good place to unwind.
If you stay here, see if you can squeeze another $30 out of your budget for an upgrade to a deluxe room. It has a nice king bed, excellent desk, good plasma TV and a stylish spa-like bathroom. (Both times I stayed here I tried to talk the front desk into giving me a free upgrade without success. I must be losing my touch.)
My one gripe with this hotel is that they charge 45 pesos for in-room internet connection, or 15 pesos for an hour or two of wifi access in the lobby. I don’t like paying for wifi but it seems pretty standard to do so in Buenos Aires hotels.
Also, this hotel needs a good cocktail lounge.
Nonetheless, the Melia Buenos Aires is the best hotel I have found in Buenos Aires in the under $200 per night category. I expect I will stay there again.
By the way, there is another Melia hotel in Recoleta on Posadas so make sure you book the right one.
Here’s a link to the hotel’s official website.