This hotel was booked for us last minute by another hotel we were staying at in Cartagena. We didnt hold out much hope, considering we would be staying there on New Years Eve.
However, upon arrival the staff were so incredibly helpful, welcoming us with a juice or coffee or water. They went above and beyond our expectations. The room was nice with 2 single beds and a nice bathroom. There was a TV with access to free films within the hotel. The location of the hotel is outside the centre of Medellin which, given the 3 million people living within Medellin, is a welcome retreat away from the overwhelming busyness of the centre. It costs about 6,000 pesos to get a taxi. However, when we checked in at the hotel they presented us with a metro voucher to get us in to the city. We got to see all of the sites in Medellin within 5 hours and even got to see the beautiful Cerro Nutibara which was lit up so beautifully at night it was breathtaking.
When we returned at 7pm there was a knock at the door and we were presented with a glass of champagne each and some grapes and wished a Happy New Year.
The only unfortunate thing was in the area where the hotel is there were no open restaurants, as all places were closed for the New Years Eve celebration. So, it was with a beer that we stayed in and watched the countdown on the Television. Initially it was dissappointing to not bring in the New Year with a party. However, after a great nights sleep, despite the multitude of fireworks, the breakfast was good and again as much coffee and juice as we wanted.
They also provided a laptop and have free WiFi to check mails.
Colombians overall are incredibly friendly and helpful but the staff of Hotel Laureles 70 were even better.... truly fantastic! Thank you!
I would highly recommend this hotel and would definitely come back myself.
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