After Bogotá it was time to stay at Medellín for 4 days, we had a lot to do and needed a nice hotel where we could relax after a busy day working and having meetings. My business partner booked rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, we had high expectations.
ARRIVAL: We arrived late at night, the rooms were ready and the reception staff was very friendly, like most of Latin America they tried to be as helpful as they could and we went to our room straight away, I had requested high floors on the phone a few days earlier and they got us rooms at the top floor of the hotel facing the whole city.
HOTEL/CONCIERGE: The hotel itself is great, the rooms are more like studio apartments, complete with a kitchen, real-life-size refrigerators and a large desk for working. Free wifi internet was available, it was fast and stable, and the view, wow, we had an amazing view with large windows seeing the whole city of Medellín (that's like one big valley) from the 20th floor of the hotel. They also had a top floor where they served breakfast and the view was great, there was also a fitness center for those who like working out. There was no concierge but the staff tried their best to be helpful when asked, they also provided us with late check out on request.
SERVICE/STAFF: We didn't use much room service, I think the hotel is more like on a "help yourself" mood, the breakfast was served and what finished wasn't much replaced, the breakfast was kind of below regular I have to say.
LOCATION: The location is flawless, the hotel, besides being in the main avenue of the whole city, is also sort of inside a shopping center complex (don't worry, it's not crowded and it has independent entrance way) and they have all kinds of restaurants on the first floor. The hotel also has a small but nice casino, named Portofino, where we had a lot of fun. The casino staff is very friendly and sometimes nicer than Vegas when it comes to getting you what you ask when you're gambling, maybe also because it was small and not so crowded.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: When it comes do Medellín it was among the best, I also visited the InterContinental, but it's more of a spa hotel, for those who want to feel the city I suggest the this Holiday Inn Express, it feels like the kind of apartment I'd have if I lived there. The beds are really comfy and the bathroom is modern and kind of oversized, the whole room/suite is oversized. If you're looking for specialized concierge service and family vacation amenities don't even think about it, but if you're on business looking forward to a warm welcome to Colombia, go ahead! Either way make sure you visit the Botanical Garden of Medellín, the Botero Museum and if you want to party I'd advice you go downtown and party like the locals at Oz by Trial or B Lounge, because hotel staff will only suggest horrible enormous clubs featuring weird music and even more weird people, avoid those at all costs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Medellin Hotel's Location is Convenient for GuestsLocated in the El Poblado district of Medellin, the Holiday Inn Express(R) Hotel Medellin offers visitors to Colombia an enviable location and top-notch services. This Medellin hotel's location is near area attractions and businesses, and guests can enjoy convenient amenities.Business guests find themselves near Plaza Mayor, the area's premier conference and convention center. The hotel's central Medellin location is convenient to many major banks and international businesses, and guests find it easy to stay in touch with clients using the complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Medellin Hotel Medellin
- Holiday Inn Medellin