Elcielo

Considered one of the most elegant hotels in Medellín, the family-run hotel Elcielo’s architecture has a contemporary, minimalist, modern ambiance. Located in Medellín’s vibrant, upscale El Poblado neighborhood, the 28 ultra-modern rooms and suites have marble floors, Italian-style deep soaking bathtubs, and luxury amenities with perfect attention to detail. They also have desks, air conditioning, closets, and TVs in every room.

From the lobby, there’s a stunning central spiraled staircase that leads to the rooftop—and the fifth floor has a retractable ceiling where the sky is exposed on a blue-sky day (there is a whole lot of those in this city!). The rooftop has a pool and gym and provides 360-degree panoramic skyline views of the city (fitting for its name which translates to sky, or heaven). The hip pool has a clear glass bottom whereby swimmers can be seen (very clearly–we tested it) down to the restaurant and bar on ground level.

There’s also a fitness center, 24-hour front desk, business center, snack bar, room service, and free WiFi throughout the property. Breakfast is delicious, healthy, and robust including fresh juices, mimosas, delicious local coffee, and a hot breakfast menu, complete with some energizing options.

Plus, the award-winning Elcielo restaurant is on-site (we’ll make reservations for you in advance) It’s renowned for its Avant-garde dining experiences that include molecular gastronomy, blending scientific techniques with local ingredients for a truly sensory experience. We highly recommend the tasting menu, which features 22 ‘moments’ including a sensory experience with warm chocolate and cinnamon sugar hand rub that you’re encouraged to lick off your fingers, and you may experience dry ice poured across the table to set the stage.

The restaurant and hotel’s proprietor—Juan Manuel Barrientos whose hometown is here in Medellín—will be familiar to foodies as his restaurant of the same name in Washington D.C. earned a Michelin star in 2021. There are also locations in Miami and Bogota.
El Poblado Park, Lleras Park, and The Dancer’s Park are very close to the hotel and Olaya Herrera Airport is just 1.9 km from the hotel.

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