My wife, my daughter and granddaughter stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cali, Colombia from Oct.9th to the 12th.
This time of year is a school break and since we live in Manizales, we thought it would be a nice getaway to go to Cali which is warmer than Manizales.
We took the bus from Manizales at a cost of 30,000 pesos (about $16. Cdn) each for the 4 1/2 hour trip. The bus was comfortable, showed a movie and had a bathroom.
Check in at the hotel went smoothly as we had made reservations and we were happy with the rooms. The rooms are pretty standard but very clean and well-appointed. Of course, they should be for $140.00 a night but that did include a buffet breakfast.
The hotel has a large unheated swimming pool suitable for laps and is open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. although I went down on our second morning and I was asked to get out as they were cleaning the pool at 7:00 a.m.
They provide towels poolside and you sign for them and there is a building beside the pool which houses a spa and a steam room, sauna and jacuzzis with tepid water.
There is also a small area with children's playground equipment.
The Hotel is located very close to the old part of the city and there were several restaurants within a short walking distance as well as a famous park with many larger than life statues of cats. One restaurant I must mention which is only 2-3 blocks behind the hotel is a Japanese style restaurant called WELCOME. It is very tastefully decorated, reasonably priced and the food and service is excellent. Try the ginger pork!!
The Front desk staff at the hotel speak English if you don't have Spanish and were very accommodating and helpful. Service in the buffet was very spotty and slow and downright snail-like in the Pizza restaurant attached to the hotel although their pizzas were excellent.
One thing that does bother me and I think is mean-spirited with these higher-priced hotels is the accessory charges for items they supply in the room. I know about the bar and the goodies they have in the tray by the TV but when they have a razor by the sink and they don't indicate that it is gratis, you end up paying $4.00 for a disposable razor or $3.00 for a tiny tube of toothpaste. That bugs me.
Overall it was an OK experience but not a rave review.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the synonym of excellence in hospitality. Located five minutes away from downtown and nearby the best restaurants and bars, Intercontinental de Cali, an Estelar Hotel, was built with the highest hospitality industry standards. Complete infrastructure with ample spaces and different ambiances are available for your pleasure and business events. ... more less
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