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“Had a great time - needs some refurbishment”
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Irotama Resort
Ranked #9 of 66 Hotels in Santa Marta
Bogota, Colombia
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“Had a great time - needs some refurbishment”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

It is a great place to get away! My husband and I stayed at the Bohios by the sea, the rooms were big, nice and clean, but the bathroom and furniture could use a more modern remodeling, taking into acount the fares of the lodging. The balcony is excellent and very relaxing with its hammock. Food was a little pricy but good. The service is excellent and all the stuff is very nice and friendly!! The beach was immaculate and you don't get constantly annoyed by insistent sellers, they are registered so they just offer and leave.

Room Tip: Choose the bohios in the second floor with balcony, sea view and hammock or the ones in front of the...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

a perfect hotel to get away! we stayed at the bungalows with sea view (first row). the food was ok (expected) for Colombia is not really known for its cuisine. the beach was clean and they had security staff at the beach at all times. the staff is friendly and helpful. I do think the bungalows need some remodeling but just some minor things, in general it was amazing. had a great time! took a tour with their company and it wa a excellent.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

I been there a few times and I can tell that is the most relaxing place in Colombia. There is always someone with a smile willing to help you and make your time even better. The rooms are excelent and well equipped. You can ask for an apartament in one of the three buildings to enjoy together with your family. I strongly recomend this awesome resort.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

This place is really nice, great pool, by the beach; close to Rodadero where you can find restaurants and shops. You can also drive to the city of Santa Marta and visit "La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino" where Simon Bolivar died, then go to clear water beaches such as Taganga, Nenguaje, Playa Blanca and of course Toyrona Natural Park. Ask the hotel to find you transportation directly from there. Lots to do nearby but if you just want to stay at the hotel and relax this is the perfect place for that too. Great food, great view and atmosphere.

Room Tip: Rooms with view to the beach are great
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Katy, Texas
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Great resort, excellent for coming with senior citizens and small childrens. They have great gardens with small natural fauna including squirrels, lizards, crabs, all kind of birds. They have a great resort style pool and my 8 and 5 year old loved the waterslides, the different playgrounds that hey have all secluded around the resort in different nicely batiral shaded areas for the tropic weather. My inlaws hat are senior citizens enjoyed taking a swim in the ocean early in the morning and i got a great massage in he beach. We went one night to one of the well organized party events hey do every night and have a blast. They always have a doctor in house...in my mind this is the best hotel in colombia and i know pleny of hotels there.

Room Tip: I've chosen a bungalow in the beach. He only bad was the mosquitos so bring plenty of mosquito r...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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New York, United States
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

This has been one of my favorite vacation experiences in Colombia. I booked at Irotama mostly based on tripadvisors reviews and I am glad I did. I went with my mother and father and we stayed in a Villa, which is practically a two bedroom apt. with each its own entrance, bathroom and two queen size beds. Each room perfectly fit four people so the rooms felt spacious enough for only one person. Overall I was satisfied with the rooms, I was not expecting luxury but a typical carribean hotel room and that is exactly what we got with a modern tv, controlled ac, and normal bathroom. The actual resort in itself is huge, I would have loved to stay in a bungalow because it is the closest to the beach but they were all booked when we went. Also the apts were too big for just us 3. The villa we stayed in was about 5 minute walk from the restaurant. We included breakfast and the food was decent. I was actually expecting the food to be worse based on most of the tripadvisors reviews, but I was pleasantly suprised to find the food was much better than expected, I guess a lot of people on here are just extremely picky, because I did not find anything wrong with the food. In fact the first day we got there we ate at the seafood restaurant and I must say it was one of the best seafood Ive ever had. I had fried fish with coconut rice, and it was just delicious. We also ate pizza at the Italian restaurant one night and it was also declicious. The beach itself has been one of the best beaches Ive been to. Ive been to Cartagena and stayed in El Caribe, and IVe been to Santa Marta previously and stayed at the all inclusive Decameron, but this beach at this resort has got to be my favorite beach thus far. It was so clean, the sand and the water were very welcoming. The beaches in Santa Marta are not prestine carribean waters but this beach was warm, and inviting because it is a private beach only for hotel goers, which keeps it from becoming polluted. There are prestine beaches in Tayrona park, which can be visted by going on one of the tours. There were a few vendors that walked up and down the beach but with one simple No they walked away, which is not often the case in the public beaches of Cartagena or el Rodadero. The pool is huge and has a slide with a bar that is close by. My only complaint was that the time I went in the pool the water was very warm, but I went in in the late afternoon so it was fine, but I could not imagine going in the pool while there was a blazing sun. Most of the nights we spent away from the hotel, but one night we stayed and watched the typical dances show and it was very entertaining and engaging, everyone in the crowd seemed to have a good time. Overall most of the tourists seemed to be visitors and non native colombians. I myself am Colombia but I live outside of Colombia, there were alot of English speaking people from Europe and USA. I also noticed a lot of children and families. In conclusion, my experience here was such a great one. I completely recommend this resort and the only negative thing I can say is that I wish I had stayed longer to enjoy more of the ammenities of the hotel. Dont expect luxury unless you are staying at one of the suites in the apt. but do expect comfort, good food, a nice beach, a relaxing atmosphere and an accommodating staff. If I go back to Santa Marta I will look no further and for sure stay here again! I am almost in tears because I wish I could go back already!

Room Tip: If you can stay in a Bungalow then do so they are literallty on the beach! The villas are bigger but...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Irotama Resort
Address: Km 14 Via a Cienaga, Santa Marta, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Santa Marta
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Marta
#4 Family Hotel in Santa Marta
#5 Spa Hotel in Santa Marta
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santa Marta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Irotama Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 356
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Pozos Colorados area, 20 minutes from Santa Marta, Irotama captures all the magic and enchantment of a luxurious Caribbean hotel. This breathtaking resort is surrounded by nature and has tennis courts, a golf draving range and a kilometer long beach. Come discover it! ... more   less 
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