Cyan Recoleta hotel is situated in a prime location on Junín, the best street of the glamorous neighbourhood of Recoleta. My husband and I were guests at this hotel and thoroughly enjoyed the short walk to our favourite gelateria and the vibrant nightlife.
Our room overlooked the inner gardens and courtyards of the other buildings on that block. We had plenty of light and air. The room was decorated in stark black and white, very modern and minimalist. We had a lounge area with a couch and a kitchenette with a microwave oven, a mini fridge, and a coffeemaker.
Our bedroom, separate from the lounge, wasn’t very large but it had all we needed: a comfortable bed, a TV, and a closet. The bathroom provided the necessary amenities, including a hairdryer, which came in handy because I didn’t have mine. It was all functional, clean, and practical.
Tip: don’t forget to bring adaptor plugs for your electronics.
Breakfast is included and is served from 7 to 11 am in the basement. The breakfast hall opens up to a lovely little courtyard, where guests can sit when its warm and sunny.
The spread was great: fresh juices, cereals, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, milk, cheeses, deli meats, bread rolls, bread for toast, jams, pastries, and medialunas, tiny empanadas (my favourite treat!), jelly served in glasses, you name it! The attentive staff was on hand to replenish trays and generally help guests.
Tip: pace yourself!
- Unlike other 4 and 5-star hotels, Cyan Recoleta doesn’t charge extra for internet access.
- The business center is located in one corner of the basement, handy for checking your flight or printing tickets while having breakfast.
- Check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 10 am. They’re rather strict with this, which makes for a smooth operation.
- Laundry, shuttle, and massage services carry an extra charge.
- The front desk is open 24/7.
Why choose Cyan Recoleta hotel?
I would say mainly for its location. It’s surrounded by trendy bars like Buller (which opened in 1999 and where I used to go back in the day), gelaterias like Freddo (gelato in Buenos Aires is almost a religious experience), restaurants, and cafes. The traditional La Biela café, on the corner of Junín and Quintana, is the place to see and be seen, unfortunately, with prices to match.
Recoleta Mall is a few yards from the hotel, with its shops, cinemas, bookshops, and trendy cafes like Pani or Le Pain Quotidien. If you’re in the mood for pizza, head to Romario, across the street from the mall. You’ll find pharmacies and all kinds of shops on nearby Avenida Las Heras, where you’ll also find bus stops if you prefer to use public transport.
Tip: avoid the tourist traps along Junín Street. If you see someone outside a restaurant with a menu in his or her hand, trying to corral people inside, just say No, thanks and keep walking, even if they insist. I loathe this practice and make my feelings clear to these people.
Recoleta Cemetery is one of the must-see attractions in the city for its art and history. Independence heroes, presidents, Nobel prize winners are buried here; however, the main draw for visitors is Evita’s mausoleum.
Nuestra Señora del Pilar church, right next to the cemetery, is the second oldest temple in the city and a magnificent example of colonial architecture. The colonial baroque altar is solid silver and has exquisite carvings. I’ve seen this church in its full glory for a wedding, an unforgettable sight.
The Centro Cultural Recoleta, adjacent to the church, is housed in an 18th century former Franciscan convent and is the home of art shows, concerts, art installations and the like.
The Buenos Aires Design Mall is devoted to all things design and decoration. Do have a meal or a drink on the terrace overlooking the beautiful parks. If you’re a Hard Rock Café fan you’re in the right place.
Take a stroll around Plaza Alvear and the arts and crafts fair on Plaza Francia.
If you walk down Avenida Alvear and turn left onto Avenida del Libertador, you’ll find the Fine Arts Museum (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes). Admission is free. Behind the museum, across Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, you’ll find one of the most famous sculptures of the city, Floralis Generica, a gigantic metallic flower that opens and closes depending on the time of day.
If you’re in the mood for a bracing walk, keep going down Figueroa Alcorta to the MALBA, the wonderful Museum of Latin American Art.
Tip: make frequents stops for coffee or ice cream along the way and enjoy the people watching.
Disclaimer: Even though we were guests of Cyan Recoleta Hotel, the opinions and images are mine.
Hi, I’m Ana. I’m originally from Argentina but I’m currently living in Dallas (USA) with my British husband. I’d like to share my experiences as an expat and as a traveller.