Now Medellín offers a hotel that is inspired by sensorial luxury experiences. The Elcielo Hotel is the new luxury option in Medellin, opened in March 2021, with a small inventory of 28 boutique-style suites.
The project expanded despite the pandemic and with the success that the Chef and entrepreneur Juan Manuel Barrientos in Colombia managed to extend his vision beyond Colombia onto Miami and Washington DC with his restaurant. Owner of many bars and casual restaurants in Colombia. He also opened a foundation, 11 years ago, targeting violence in Colombia that offers support to soldiers who have been wounded in war, ex-guerrilla, and victims. He has also published a book in July 2019 called “La Receta del Exito” (The success recipe), which over 8000 copies sold in the United States. Its restaurant in Washington DC earned a Michelin Star this past April 2021.
Its restaurant’s a must-visit, even if you are not staying at the hotel. Just as if you were at a spa, their 13-course tasting menu starts with melted chocolate being poured over your hands at the table after you have cleaned your hands with a soft wet towel. The soft mixture cleanses your skin and leaves you with a wonderful smell for the rest of the meal and soft skin. Great way to start this unique dining experience and taking your senses on a wild tour. Among the selected courses you will delight in traditional street food such as buñuelos and arepas to beautifully decorated dishes with coconut, shrimp, and pork. No meal is complete without dessert and you will enjoy their petit fours over a fresh brew of coffee or tea.
The hotel has a beautiful inside garden decorated with different native plants. The rooms are equipped with extra-long comfortable beds, smart TVs, cable programming, rainfall showerheads with separate bathtubs, a safety deposit box, and air conditioning. The basement has a clandestine bar, with a design inspired by the North American prohibition era.
In the evenings pamper yourself at their spa or just relax at the outdoor pool. There is a complimentary reception daily where you can mingle with other guests while trying local signature cocktails.
Published in June, 2021