First off, this hotel is wonderful. The staff is exceptional. They are very helpful and kind. The breakfast was great, a lot of food, but don't get there after 9am or it won't be as plentiful. The rooms are laid out really well, a true apartment with two bathrooms, a kitchenette, a living and dining area, and a bedroom with a small closet with a safe. The bed, however, is terrible -- hard and extremely uncomfortable. It's funny because the malls nearby have MANY bed stares -- perhaps it's time the hotel bought some new beds. If you like a hard bed, you're fine, but we're talking HARD, literally.
And free Wi-Fi -- super convenient.
So, for the hotel itself I would recommend it. Bed not withstanding, the staff and the layout, the breakfast, the internet -- all things that have me recommending it.
Here's the rub -- if you don't want to exclusively travel anywhere by anything other than a taxi, you're kind of screwed. The location is somewhat isolated for the city. Yeah, there's too huge malls, one directly next door. Two supermarkets convenient located nearby. And there is a bus system right off Avenida 6, but I was never able to find route maps either in town or online. So, I didn't feel I could take a bus and get to where I was going. The subway is a good walk away, up and down hills. It was fine for me and my husband, but someone older than me would have a difficult time, and there are NO SIGNS whatsoever. And every time you asks someone where it is, they gave contradictory directions. You just kind of find it, but not without having to going down the wrong way again and again. It just isn't convenient in any way. But hey, that's what we got, so we used it all the time -- and the subway is really great, super clean and totally safe (if that's an issue for you).
Overall this just isn't a walking portion of the city. I guess if this is a business trip and/or all you want to do is bank and shop, you're fine. The mall has a bunch or mediocre restaurants and fast food outlets. The restaurant next door demands a reservation, even when it is practically empty, or they were lying to us and what they really had was a dress code (we were vacation casual) and only told us we needed a reservation -- or they just didn't want to serve Americans, period.
So we were left to take cabs everywhere -- that's a not the best way to really get to know the people except the cabbies. We wanted to walk, and truly this is not the place to stay it's that's your thing.
People keep commenting "Safe Neighborhood" but I would say Medellin is extremely safe overall, so that didn't seem to be an issue. Of course watch your purse, but that's normal most big cities.
This more than anything seemed like the "rich" part of town, especially in the mall which was definitely the "haves." Too bad there aren't more true restaurants nearby, at least ones that welcome a couple who traveled from California and wanted to eat dinner that wasn't served by a place that looked like a Columbian version of Chili's (I'm talking about you, La Cafetiere de Anita -- really, you needed a reservation when there was NO ONE inside your restaurant??).
So, totally enjoyed staying inside the hotel, but really the location is only good if you like going to eat in a mall and shop. And we loved the staff -- especially David who was really helpful (then again they were all good and friendly).
Or you're on a business trip. Not great if site-seeing is what you're in Medellin for.
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