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a VirtualTourist member from Los Angeles asked on Oct 25, 2008

Colombia

Colombia Hotels?

Hello:

Will be going to Colombia Jan 1 through Jan 10.

Should I reserve all my hotels ahead of time, or once I get there?

I have looked at some of the classic websites...like expedia for hotels....and all seem pretty expensive. I cant find a hotel for under a 100 bucks a night. Although I would like to spend from 100-150 a night for a hotel...I am not sure If I am getting the best value for my money by using these sites. Thus...I have 2 questions:

1) should I reserve all my hotels ahead of time
2) What websites, services would you reccomend I use to find, and reserve hotels for my colombia vacation.

Thanks



7 Answers


answered on 10/25/08 by
a VT member from Delft

Where? If it's in popular tourists areas I advice to reserve in advance.

In Bogota and Medellin and Cali I know good options of USD 100 and less. In those cities not really necessary to reserve beforehand. Own experience, also 1-10 January last year.

Cartagena/Santa Marta probably a good idea to reserve beforehand.

I don't have bad experiences with Expedia-sometimes I reserve with them, e.g. Medellin (Dann Carlton) but normally I reserve direct with the hotel by calling them.




answered on 10/26/08 by
a VT member from Los Angeles

Nhloob:

Your input is very helpful.

I think Im gonna reserve a hotel in bogota so when we arrive we have a place to stay. I am also going to take your adice and reserve in cartagena.....and just for medellin and cali I will get the hotels once I get there.

Can you tell me the names of a few hotels you can reccomend in bogota, calie, cartagena, and medellin.

Thanks




answered on 10/26/08 by
a VT member from Delft

Thanks.

Have a look at my pages.

In Bogota:
Hotel Dann Norte
and
Hostal Bogota Real

In Medellin:
Hotel Dann Carlton
Hotel Nutibara

In Cali:
Hotel Torre de Cali
Hotel Dann

In Cartagena:
Hotel Capilla del Mar (more expensive)
Hotel Costa del Sol




answered on 10/26/08 by
a VT member from Delft

websites:

http://www.hotelesdann.com/
http://www.hostalbogotareal.com
hotelnutibara.com/sitioconso...
http://www.ghl.com.co/hotel.php3?id=7
colombialink.com/hotelescolo...
hotelcapilladelmar.com/index...




answered on 10/26/08 by
a VT member from Delft

Flying to/from Cartagena: also advice to book ahead. Other destinations not really necessary.

I will be in Colombia also those days, mainly in Bogota (but not sure yet).




answered on 10/28/08 by
a VT member from Los Angeles

Thanks again. I have been trying to make reservations in cargtagena directly with the hotels....and it has been kind of hard. A lot of hotels are sold out according to expedia. Anyways i will continue to try.

I will also try ot make reservation at the hotel you reccomended on bogota. If you will be there ate the same time I would like to meet you and thank you in person for all your help.

Thanks again




answered on 10/29/08 by
a VT member from Delft

I will send you an email here on VT.





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