I booked the Art Hotel for a recent business trip to Medellin. The modern, hip, artsy concept is a great idea, but this hotel miserably fails to carry it out well. Instead, expect a small, dark room (mine makes me think of a prison cell) that is just way too HARD to be comfortable: cement floors, brick walls, wood blinds, and painted metal ceilng. The concept is so overdone that even the bed feels stiff. What they needed to do was mix it up a bit, and add some soft curtains, even a shred of carpeting to dull the reflective noises and make it feel like home. Even with every light on, and the small (again, prison-like!) windows open, you simply cannot find a darker hotel room anywhere. Additionally, the rooms are laid out very oddly, and there is very little storage space and even less privacy.
On top of that, the service is average, and on this trip the internet service has continuously worked for a few minutes, and then drops the connection. It is like CLOCKWORK - about 160 seconds and no more. It has been a major annoyance! I would NOT reccomend this hotel for business trips if you need any type of connectivity to the world. Maybe that just goes along with their "prison" concept??
While the public spaces are OK, they too cannot escape the dark, cold, hard feeling of this place. On a good note, it is in a safe, centrally located neighborhood, and the bar area serves decent drinks. But that's the best I can say. You can certainly do much better for this price in a city like Medellin!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Art Hotel is a boutique hotel in central Medellin, featuring exposed brick and modern art. It is 1700 ft from El Poblado Metro Station and one mile from Medellin Convention Center.Rooms and suites at Art Hotel are stylish, with designer lighting and chaise lounges. All rooms have TVs with a DVD player. Some rooms have extra living space and luxurious bathrooms. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the building.Art Hotel has a wine bar, as well as an art gallery and movie theater. Guests can also use the Turkish bath and sauna.Located in the Poblado area, the hotel is near Lleras Park, where there are many restaurants and bars. Parking at Art Hotel is free. ... more less
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