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“Not what I expected. Please read if you are a US traveler.” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Decameron Galeon
Ranked #11 of 68 Hotels in Santa Marta
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not what I expected. Please read if you are a US traveler.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2008

The Decameron is not the place that I envisioned from the previous reviews. While it is a relative value considering it is an all inclusive deal, the place is really mobbed. The food is OK. But I think the biggest dissapointment was that the beach is located between two coal conveyors, so that when you look out, all you really see is coal 'barcas' and the cranes which load the large coal barges in the bay. It's really a shame. The swimming areas are small, and the music is pumping all day. If you are looking for a place to get drunk and all you can eat, this is it. If you want a romantic or relaxing vacation, I would look elsewhere. We found the beaches in Tayrona to be very nice.

  • Liked — Free drinks
  • Disliked — Location and horrible beach.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2007

This property self-advertises as three stars, which is about right.

The main building could use a facelift; some of the window AC units sound like they’re in their death throes; the advertised in-room hair dryer was nonexistent, and try getting Guest Services to answer the phone after 6 p.m.

Bring your own shampoo and washcloths.

The value of this hotel and its above-average room count attract lots of package and corporate tours that keep the joint jumping even during the off-season, so don’t plan on solitude or lots of quiet.

Also be aware that there’s practically nothing within walking distance. El Rodadero and Santa Marta are 15-20 minutes away by taxi ($5 each way), which the staff will be happy to summon for you.

However, there’s lots of healthy food and drink (and far easier to get refills than on your average cruise), decent service, good staff-to-guest ratio, attentive security, and free airport transportation.

And the No. 1 attraction – this property occupies a spectacular stretch of beach. The beach's swimming area has a lifeguard on duty, is protected by buoys, and is tranquil and free from dangerous currents.

Though it's the Caribbean, this portion of the coastline faces west, making for a fine sunset. The staff is careful to constantly be carrying away trash, because a few forlorn stray dogs do occasionally wander in.

Stayed September 2007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2007

we just came back from this hotel last week and we were very satisfied with the service , the food and all the amenities that the hotel has to offer . the service was excellent from the front desk to the shows performed daily , the food was excellent breakfast and lunch are buffet style with so many choices you had the chance to try a little bit of everythingh , fruit , soups , desserts meat , this buffets were complete with juices made from differents kinds of fruits.
Dinner time we have the chance to try all four types of restaurant the italian , the seafood , the meat and the asian and let me tell you all of them were excellent service excellent you could really eat all you want , I was kind a hesitated at first because I visited decameron mar azul y san andres island and m y experience there was horrible but this decameron santamarta is different in one word excellent . congratulations to the staff everybody thanks for a great vacation .

  • Liked — air conditioning works great
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Decameron Galeon

Property: 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 #11 of 68 Hotels in Santa Marta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Decameron Galeon 3.5*
Number of rooms: 243
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