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Decameron Galeon
Ranked #13 of 67 Hotels in Santa Marta
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 October 2011

There are a lot of good things to say about this hotel. It had nice atmosphere, good restaurants and also a great beach and pool. They also had good entertainment at night. The water at the beach was very warm though but that is the Gulf of Mexico in the summer. The hotel is fairly secure so there are no worries at night. The room we ended up having had two bedrooms. It was not the most modern room however it was comfortable and had a great view from the balcony.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

This is one of the best all inclusive vacation places to stay. The rooms are spacious and clean. If your are worried about drinking the water you don't have to they supply you with bottled water and treated ice, (at no extra charge). Their are so many different places to eat, and the food is delicious. When they say all inclusive they mean it, food, drinks and activities. We went during the week which I think is better for a family. There will be less people and less lines.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 May 2011

This is the first time that i purchase an all-inclusive vacation. We were picked up at the airport punctually and zoomed quickly to the hotel. Our bus was full and therefore all wanted to check in at the same time. The service for check-in was very quick and efficient.
The room was ready, not great, but ready. We asked to be upgraded to a room with balcony, should it become available. They changed our room 3 days later...without problems. Although the food was excellent, there was only 3 open restaurants and youbhad to reserve a table as early as possible in the morning to get your choice of restaurant and time. (one morning i decided to wake up early to get our choice and there were appox. 30 people already in line at 7:00 am...). We never had problem finding chairs on the beach, shade or no shade. One of the downside of this resort is that they allow outside visitors on day pass, and when the weather is nice or weekends, i think they allow too many as they do not adjust their number of staff to serve you. Last sunday we had to wait 5-10 minutes everytime to get a drink...only to be told, "we are out of beer, out of pina colada..etc".
Overall it was really a nice week and we enjoyed oueselves...the staff at the reception was really helpful and attentive...
One recomendation to make that would reduce the frustration for dinner reservation would be to provide an open buffet, then people could come as they please.
One additional comment regarding the nighly shows...it was very profesionally done and very entertaining. (speaking spanish is somewhat a must)
I hate to end on a downside, but you had to pay extra for a key to your personal safe in the room. You had to pay for internet and although they say it works throughout the property, its not true...you can only get connectivity in and around reception area.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

Great place with great food and a cool beach, Very easy to visit the rest of Santa Marta from here. Good price. Perfect for couples or families. i wouldn't recommend it to the solo traveller.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 December 2010

most of the employees were nice hard working people except the girl responsible for dinner reservations. She never displayed a name tag, was always late in the mornings and always dictated the hour of the meal not allowing guests any choice- terrible. They also accepted huge groups of adolescent tours that looked like underage kids, who were served liquor and kept the entire place with high noise all night. 3 out of 4 nights we couldn´t sleep and the receptionists didn`t care. Overall not recommended!!!

Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
4  Thank moi1791
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Reviewed 25 October 2010

the beach is not nice due to lots of coal dust in the water. The food is average. The rooms are average. the staff are unhelpful at times.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2010

How true this is. We stayed at the Decameron in 2009 and enjoyed it so much that we broke our rule of never going to the same country twice. We should have stuck to our rule because the hotel was a major disappoinment the second time around. The prices had skyrocketed, the quality of the food had plummeted and management was making things so difficult for the staff that they were all discontented. Management implemented rules that employees were to all take on extra jobs and were encouraged to spy on other employees. The country is still wonderful and individual employees spectacular but management is destroying this property.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Decameron Galeon

Address: Km 17 via a Cienaga, Santa Marta, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 67 Hotels in Santa Marta
Price Range: £134 - £226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Decameron Galeon 3.5*
Number of rooms: 245
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This complete resort is located on the shores of one of the most tranquil beaches bordering the majestic Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, with more than 200 meters of coastal property, villas, a convention center and an enormous tower with privileged views of the Caribbean Sea. The property is located 20 minutes from Santa Marta, one of the oldest cities of America, known as the ‘Most beautiful bay of the continent’, as a result of the exuberant post card that combines a coastal area and a mountain range 5,775 meters above sea level, making it the tallest mountainous littoral formation in the world. From our resort you will be able to visit this tourism area’s main attractions, such as the historic and cultural center of Santa Marta, the ‘Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino’, final resting place of Simon Bolivar, and the Aquarium and Sea Museum that house diverse marine fauna specimens and host dolphin shows. ... more   less 
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