Although the situation has improved a lot in the past few years, the hotel industry in Colombia is, in many aspects, still in its infancy. This is particularly owing to a blurry set of rules regarding the stars rating, and the local widespread – and mistaken- perception that any property that bears less than four stars or the word “boutique” in its name is little more than a dumpster. There is, therefore, a large amount of local hotels that call themselves 4-5 stars (or boutique) and are not at all worthy of the rating by any international standard.
Here at See Colombia we strive to standarize our services to international requirements and hand-pick hotels that reflect the class of service we want to provide. We wish to classify them based on each client’s distinct type of traveling – regardless of how many stars they claim to have.
Here’s a list of 4 Hotels in 4 colombian destinations that we define as hotels with “unique personalities”. These hotels come with great service, are very comfortable, well-located and have characteristics that make them outstanding in comparison with simirlaly priced/located ones.
Bogota Hotel Gaitan Cortes
Location: Bogota’s Zona G , the gourmet district of the city in Chapinero which is lively but not noisy and very pleasant to walk around. .
Outstanding characteristic: The beautiful 50’s Bogota chic decor and architecture that tells a unique story by itself.
Medellin Hotel The Charlee
Location: Parque Lleras, close to Medellin’s best restaurants and bars.
Outstanding characteristic: The place to be in Medellin if you enjoy art and fashion, and the incredible rooftop terrace.
Santa Marta Hotel Casa de Isabella
Location: Centro Historico, the Old City of Santa Marta which holds buildings that reflect traditional Mudejar architecture.
Outstanding characteristic: Perfect blend of the simplicity of Santa Marta’s natural settings and elegant tradition with modern comforts, Including a personal rooftop pool, complimentary I-Pads, and Apple TV,
Cartagena Hotel Delirio
Location: Right in the heart of the old city, walking distance to everywhere.
Outstanding characteristic: Its immaculate, minimalistic and stylish decoration that enhances the beauty of Cartagena’s traditional and colorful sorroundings.
Some tips to find the hotel that fits your requirements in Colombia
– Look for more information apart from each hotel’s own website – remember the stars classification is not always on par with international standards.
– Check traveler generated websites like Trip Advisor, taking into account there have been reports of fake tripadvisor reviews in the past. Check the past reviews from the same person. If they have just one bad review for a specific property they’re probably fake.
– Check hotel finder websites such as Trivago to have a full spectrum of your options.
– Trust a reliable Colombia travel agency, such as yours truly, that actually has inspected and classified properly every property.
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