My wife and I, and a mutual friend, stayed at this property during December 2012. We booked through booking.com and got a rate of COP$ 150,000 per night. We ended up here due to a "navigation error" on my part. After one night, we move out of centro, and to another tourist-oriented hotel on the malecon of El Rodadero.
During our very short stay at the hotel, the three of us shared a 12 SQ MT triple room with three small, hard standard beds. There was no room to move around, so we took turns walking to the closet...LOL. The bathroom has adequate dimensions, is clean, but has no hot water. There are no eye-level windows in the unit... probably because the vista is a field of tin roofs. There are lots of barking dogs outside the hotel, but they seemed to pipe down after 11 pm. The bedroom has a small closet, and a nightstand with three tiny drawers, so we kept most of our clothes in our luggage. The condition of the rooms and common areas is very good, and the hotel was clean throughout. The staff was friendly and courteous.
Hotel San Miguel Imperial is in one of the centro barrios of Santa Marta... at least 7 long blocks from the ocean. I would describe the neighborhood as dicey, and would not be out and about during night time. There is NO hotel security at the front door/reception area. On the plus side, the hotel is a few blocks from the main shopping district and an Exito and Gino Pascarelli outlet is only two blocks away.
In short, we ended up at San Miguel Imperial by "mistake," but recovered nicely, and moved to another hotel on the beach, and enjoyed the rest of our short vacation. I would not stay at this hotel again. I am also VERY disappointed with booking.com's pricing for this hotel. The value of this hotel is about half of what we paid.
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