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Hotel Nutibara Conference Plaza
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Cl 52A 50-46, Medellin 1094, Colombia (Formerly Hotel Nutibara)   |  
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Won't go back”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

We arrived on a Sunday evening. They do not have a hotel restaurant. Only several options that are part of like a food court. This is a cerca 1945 hotel, with a couple of new bed spreads, and towels.
The morning breakfast "buffet" is a joke.
The Metro runs right next to the hotel, and very noisy.
We will never stay here again, no matter what kind of deal they offer.

Room Tip: Not the place to stay if you need a good nights sleep, or safe place to walk during the day. We regu...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Malmo, Sweden
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This hotel is in downtown Medellin. If you for some reason can't find an hotel or B&B in Poblado you can book this hotel in Downtown Medellin. However take care particularly after dark there are rougher areas just two block away from the hotel (behind the hotel). Otherwise the hotel has very serviceminded staff, very good VIFI connection, a Safe in the room, TV and clean room with a good bed. The hotel seems to be under a meantanence phase after the hotel looks a bit worn down. In the morning you will be treated with a very good breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, NC, US
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The hotel Nutibara is a beautiful building that feels like it's about to collapse at any moment. I normally enjoy a great balcony, but every time I stepped out to the balconies here I felt like it was going to give out under me. My shower door wouldn't close, so I was stuck either holding the door closed while I showered or having a flooded bathroom floor afterwards. The rooms were generally clean, but there were plenty of indicators that a mop hadn't been run over the floors in a while. Windows were so dirty they couldn't be seen through. The cheap drop ceilings in the shower didn't exactly hide the pipes and guts of the building. More importantly, it did nothing to stop steam from collecting in the ceiling.

The staff at the hotel were generally friendly although not exactly outgoing. I was told that there was a breakfast on the third floor, but I never found it. In fact, I never even found a cup of coffee. Their site states that "some" rooms have internet; mine did not.

I would only recommend this place for people who enjoy the nostalgic aspect of older hotels (this one from the 1940's but horribly managed), or for people looking to stay close to really cheap drugs and girls.

There are some really nice views from this hotel, but they don't hold any sort of monopoly on nice views in Medellin. The hotel also has very hot water and decent security.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

This hotel is located in the heart of the city, close to the town square. It also employs some very helpful and friendly people. Based on these two factors I give the hotel 2 stars, but that's being very generous!! The hotel is in need of a major overhaul; the problem is, that's being done 'as you sleep'!! Arriving near midnight from Bogota, exhausted, I hardly noticed the filthy bathroom (horrible smells!!) and the ancient fixtures, not to mention the concave mattress that appeared to be nearly as old as the hotel itself. What scared the living daylights out of me, however, was the jack-hammering that began sometime around 2:00 a.m. Yes, you read that correctly, 2 a.m. I thought I was having nightmares or we were experiencing an earthquake, but it was only the hotel's renovation project taking place during the middle of the night. There was no air-conditioning in the room I had on the 6th floor, so shutting the windows was not an option. Other than the bubbly-friendly staff, from reception to the waiters at our conference, I cannot find much else positive to say about this hotel. I'm hoping that the remodeled Nutibara will be a better place, but until that renovation is finished, I'd highly suggest staying away if you really want to use the hotel for resting!

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms that has already been renovated! Several of my colleagues got newer rooms t...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I operate Ecotours in Colombia and figured I would try this hotel in Medellin. I arrived with a large group in time for dinner after talking to the staff about our arrival time. They had instructions to do pre check in and I had sent them all the information they needed for pre check in. They had nothing ready, and this was one of the busiest weekends in Medellin. It took us an hour to check in. They had decided to close the kitchen and serve our meals in styrofoam containers in a room the size of a closet. Nobody in the group was able to eat the horible food. They had also screwed up my reservations so some of us had to share rooms.
The staff did not seem to care about the screw up, and when I asked to speak to the manager they said it was not posible. I was finally able to speak to the manager and he was apologetic, but tried to explain that it was not their fault. In all, the manager was not helpful and did nothing to make our stay a pleasant one. Please DO NOT go to this hotel, the staff and manager have ZERO customer service skills and showed no interest in fixing their mistakes.

Room Tip: Do not stay here
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

First off this is not for the person who wants to enjoy the hotel. It is ideal for someone who wants to get to know Medellin, be in the center of the city, and be walking distance to a lot of nightlife and shopping. I enjoyed my stay, the hotel is a little old but so is the neighborhood. The reason i stayed here is because the bus to the airport picks up right behind the hotel, which saved me about 40 dollars instead of taking a taxi and was very convenient. The hotel staff was friendly the bellman Gonzalo became my best friend afteR I gave home a three dollar tip and recommended one of the best restaurants I've eaten at anywhere called hatoviejo which is walking distance in the city. The hotel is across the street from a tourist info booth which was very helpful in giving me directions provided me with a free map and is two blocks away from the train which goes everywhere. The turibus which is a 4 hour guided tour of the city picks up right outside the hotel at 9am and 1pm and costs 11 usd. Very nice. So to sum up if you want to stay in a resort it looks like the poblado area is a safe bet. If you want to be in the city and feel the liveliness of the city and don't mind a run down hotel then hotel nutibara is not a bad choice.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

We arrived (a group of 30) at the hotel at 9:00PM to live our worst nightmare. The area is located is filthy, they had a guard that would keep the beggars away by hitting them with a stick. Staff was not polite, did not want to provide the food service included, when food was finally given to us in a plastic container . When we opened the container we had rice, with an awful meat on top and a jello dessert on top of the meat. We requested the manager appearance, which never arrived during the two day stay. Rooms were ugly, old, and not well cleaned. We complained at the front desk and they just did not care to provide any apology. I do not recommend this hotel to anyone, and I am speaking for the group of 30, unless you may want to stay in the worst nightmare.

Room Tip: Do not stay at this hotel.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Nutibara Conference Plaza

Address: Cl 52A 50-46, Medellin 1094, Colombia (Formerly Hotel Nutibara)
Location: Colombia > Antioquia Department > Medellin
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #61 of 91 Specialty Lodging in Medellin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Nutibara Conference Plaza 3*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located within walking distance to: the Sculpture Park, Museum of Antioquia, Metro Park Station Berrio, Plaza Mayor, Botanical Gardens, Explore Park, among others. ... more   less 
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Nutibara Hotel Medellin

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