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“A small hotel that feels like HOME” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sirius Hotel & Dive Center

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Sirius Hotel & Dive Center
South West Bay Beach | South West Bay Beach, Providencia Island 57000, Colombia   |  
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Cali, Colombia
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5 hotel reviews
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“A small hotel that feels like HOME”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

I´ve been several times to Providence Island. Different hotels and different seasons, but the best experince that i´ve had was spending a long time in Sirius Hotel. It becomes yours home. Paulinos´ service makes the diference. Island tipical cousine, beach walks, horse back ridding and diferent tours on boats or walking. Totally recomended!!

Room Tip: Ocean front, first two balconies.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

I decided to stay in this hotel as it was one of the best rated on the island. However, I was totally unimpressed with it as well as with the beach across from the property. For a rate of over 100 USD a night one could expect better.

Location: The property is located across from one of the three beaches on the island. I visited all three and that beach was the less nice of them: It is quite rocky but the worst part is the sand you walk on the water. Indeed, it feels mushy, which gave me the feeling of walking on mud, However, most unpleasant part was when I grabbed a handful of that sand and felt the smell, which was akin rotten eggs. Given that there isn’t a sewage treatment system on the island who knows what goes into that sea. The hotel is also located in an area with few restaurants and quite far from the downtown.

Property: The rooms have a fridge and a TV (flat screen) but other than that they were pretty basic. The shower water at lukewarm at best. There is a safety deposit box in the rooms but you need two keys to open it, one that is given to the guest and another one that is in possession of the hotel manager. This can be inconvenient, especially that there is no staff working at night. In that regards, the safety of the hotel consists on closing the entrance door with a rock from the inside. The island is supposed to be pretty safe, but that feel kind of unprofessional. The hotel has apparently dial-up internet access that you can borrow but most laptop computer nowadays don’t even come with phone jacks for that. The ceiling of the room had some slots and some lizards sneaked in and out from them. They are hard to avoid but the noise they made at night was nevertheless annoying.

Service: The staff was courteous. I was, however, unimpressed by the fact that they only took cash.

Had that hotel been the only one on the island I would have most likely left after the first night. However, I decided to move to the Sol Caribe hotel -which I had ironically avoided because it had some negative reviews here- and that made the whole difference in my stay on the island. For pretty much the same money I got a much better room and location, a swimming pool, internet access, professional staff and the best beach.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

The Island is a real peaceful place, the tourism is still quite and where you will have the opportunity to relax. In Providencia food only arrives one per week in a ship that comes from another island: San Andres. Therefore food there is really precious and there is no way to waste it in huge buffets. Restaurant quality is very good in this hotel. Dont forget to get one of the diving packages with Carolina Osorio... The best diver with all kind of certifications around the island...

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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9 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

I traveled to providencia for the scuba diving and fell in love with the Island! After exploring the island, I have decided that South West bay is the best beach to stay on. The Sirius hotel is located right on the beach and has the dive shop a few steps from your front door. I could not have had a better experience here. Everyone who worked at the hotel and dive centre were awesome, friendly people and made my trip unforgettable. The rooms were better than I expected - basic, clean and comfortable. Make sure you travel around the island - take the boat tour, go to Roland's bar (awesome!), and go diving. I will definitely be back to Providencia and the Sirius hotel is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

This is a really lovely place to stay. If you are wanting all day cocktails and rowdy music this place is not for you, but then, probably neither is Providencia. This hotel is the sort of place where guests chat away to one another over breakfast (for which you can pretty much choose what you want to eat each day and it's made freshly for you) and ALL of the staff are ALWAYS lovely, such a friendly group of local people who are very proud of their island (as they should be, it's beautiful). This is a local business rather than the Decameron domination. The rooms are cleaned thoroughly every day - not just between guests. The beach in South West Bay is just beautiful and anything that you want to do can be arranged - snorkelling, car-hire, diving, horse-riding, boat trips, hiking.... all of this can be arranged seemingly at the drop of a hat by Paulino. Paulino and Alvaro can't do enough for their guests, really lovely people who know the names of look after their guests, Alvaro will meet you off of the Catarmaran with a taxi already lined up for you. Providence itself is an incredible place and part of me wants to keep it a secret to keep it special. A wonderful hotel and a wonderful island I will return!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wien
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed at Hotel Sirius for six nights and just came home to Austria two days ago. If we went back to Providencia we would stay there again for the following reasons:

- it is located right on the nicest beach of Providencia. Freshwater Bay is pretty, but South-West is even prettier.

- the suites are expensive but they are worth the money, as they come with a VERY big bed, AC, minibar, and a balcony facing the sea + they are quiet. We also spent two nights in one of their cabana rooms, which are slightly cheaper, but which are way less comfortable: The room is much smaller, the aircon could only either be turned on (freezingly cold) or off. What is more, the rear window of the rooms face a local school, where the kids started to play the drums at eight o'clock (which you don't hear in the suites "Luna" and the opposite suite)

- the staff is nice. If you don't dive, ask for a snorkeling tour with Roger and Caro. They showed us pretty snorkeling spots at the reef, they went snorkelling themselves with us, they showed us sharks, barracudas, and talked a lot with us. Really nice people. Alvaro ( the hotel manager) speaks little English, but he's nice too.

The only thing that the owner should think over is the fact that they want you to pay a huge deposit (USD 200 for three nights) before coming - which we didn't, because they wanted us to do this through Western Union (be aware, they don't accept credit cards, you have to pay cash) . This would have meant paying a fee of USD 23 . I do see the point in a deposit, but they should accept VISA to prevent guests from paying fees.

If you are interested, here's some more information on Providencia:

- If you are at South-West Beach, go to "Richard's place". Richard is a unique rasta, having his bar right on the beach which closes, when the last guest decides to eventually go to bed. Richard can tell you a lot of interesting stories - we had a great time there. Right next to Richard's place is "Arturo's place": He's funny too, though he seems to open his bar just when he feels like it. :-)

- It's quite hard to get around the island if you don't have a scooter, bike or golf car. We didn't, so we took the Chiva ( this is fun too!) or a mototaxi. But still, next time I'd rent a scooter to make sure I can go wherever/whenever I want to.

- Roland of Roland's Roots Bar is not on the island at the moment, unless he has come back in the last two days. Apparently he has won a TV show (or starred in a movie), so at the time being he's in Bogota, but according to the islands, he's about to come back.

- Cafe Studio serves the best seafood - Check out!

I have been travelling a lot and Providencia is one of the nicest places I have ever been to! :-)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kristinehamn, Sweden
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

The hotel is located in one of the nicest beaches of the island. It's easy to go to the other ones from there. It could be handy to rent a bike to go around. There are very good restaurants on that beach. Also Cafe Studio is close, where you should try the lemon pie. Very good and nice atmosphere.
All the balconies have hammocks where you can just rest and enjoy the lovely view to the sea. Our room was one of the best. It was very big as well as the balcony. The bed was huge and very comfortable.

The diving center is just there so it's pretty easy. We took a snorkeling tour with Carolina, and it was an amazing experience. They can also help you to find other tours.

The best thing about the hotel is the service!. The managers are always trying to help and they care about you. Extremely service minded :D. We would definitely go back!!

Tack så mycket för allt! Ni hjälpte till att göra vår resa oförglömlig. Hoppas att vi kan åka tillbaka snart! Hälsningar från Sverige ;)

//Lida & Henrik

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: South West Bay Beach | South West Bay Beach, Providencia Island 57000, Colombia
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Location: Colombia > San Andres and Providencia Department > Providencia Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Providencia Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel and Diving Center Sirius is located in front of the south west bay beach, where are the local restaurants and the departure point for various tours the island has including diving and esnorkelling. This beach is longer and more beautiful of the island. Our spacious rooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, safe, and some have views of the crystal clear ocean and at night you can enjoy the sunset on a mat hang on your balcony or taking a drink on the beach and enjoying the sunset colors. ... more   less 
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