I think this is the best choice in Barranquilla for business travelers, and I prefer it over the Estelar (which is also very good, but doesn't seem to have the same personalized touch). The hotel is very new and modern, both the lobby and the rooms. The Royal chain of hotels seems to be making a big push across the entire country of Colombia in the past few years, with several brand new and high-quality hotels aimed at business travelers.
The rooms are clean and modern, neat design and layout. Comfy beds and nice touches in the room-- big flatscreen TV, free and fast wifi, etc. Breakfast in the lobby is great from 6-10 am. There's a nice little pool and lounge area on the room as well as a small gym (mostly cardio equipment, not so many weights).
Good location in the safe, upper-class Altos de Prado neighborhood. Walking distance to several restaurants, grocery stores (Olimpica or Carrulla), nightlife and bars (Bourbon, la 84, etc), ATMs and shopping malls (Villa Country). Always felt very safe walking around the areas surrounding the hotel at all hours of the day and night.
One evening I bought a nice bottle of wine from a nearby grocery store and the staff at the hotel was very kind in helping me cork the bottle and loaned me two wine glasses from the bar. My girlfriend and I were able to watch the sunset from the rooftop patio, a great view atop Barranquilla and some nice red wine.
Highly recommend this hotel for travelers visiting Barranquilla for business or pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Smart Suites Royal Hotel is the best located hotel in Barranquilla, at the exclusive Alto Prado neighbor. It is located in front of Mc Donald's of the 80th street and its proximity to the best restaurants, bars, malls and well-known private hospitals of the city make it a wonderful place to stay for business or pleasure. This modern hotel has a terrace with a great view of the city, and swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, massage and game room. It counts with the best technology on its 4 kind of rooms, 3 meeting rooms and 3 event rooms. Its Bocas de Ceniza restaurant and the Puerto Colombia bar have a nice and Caribbean environment to enjoy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smart Suites Royal Hotel Barranquilla