My husband and I spent three days in a standard twin room on the second floor (first floor = ground floor). We chose the hotel because it offered the most conveniences for U$S 80 that we could find in Colonia and because it was new. We did not choose the third floor rooms because there is no elevator in the building.
LOCATION: Two blocks from the entrance to the port where the ferries and catamarans from Buenos Aires dock. One block away from a main avenue with lots of hotels and restaurants. Nine blocks away from the gate to the colonial historic area. A bus stop at the corner is handy because you can go to the bull ring, the bay beaches (rocks, sand and shallow waters), Ferrando beach (best beach for bathing, wide stretch of white sand) and the new shopping centre (the only two movie theatres are located here).
ROOMS: Rather smallish, but containing two twin beds, one night table and lamp, a wood shelf to lay a small piece of luggage on, a mini fridge under the shelf, two wood stools. A 21" TV set mounted on the wall, just beneath the ceiling. The closet contains a safety box which opens with a key that you take with you. Air conditioning of the silent type,worked fine.
The room overlooks a small garden and the wall of neighbouring building. The rooms overlooking the street have a small balcony and a view of the river: try to get one.
Mattresses and pillows were new, firm, clean and good quality.
The bathroom is large, with a shower. No hair dryer. Flushing the toilet is noisy, as it takes a long time for the tank to re-fill. You can hear the re-filling of neighbouring toilets as well as yours.
SERVICE: There is no beverage or food service other than at breakfast. There is a reception counter manned by one person (we saw three different people working shifts). As we were settling into the room, we discovered the fridge was not working. The reception girl came up to check and, since it did not work, changed us to another room. Although it had recently been made up (the window was open to try to mask the strong smell of rancid smoke), the bathroom had hair conditioner but no shampoo or soap. We called reception and the nice girl (Melanie) came up with soap bars and a shampoo bottle. Melanie and the other girl at reception gave us directions and suggestions. Rooms were clean.
BREAKFAST: Plentiful, replenished regularly, fresh food. Standard fare: yohgurt, two cereals, fresh fruit, slices of ham and cheese, bread rolls, croissants, toast, pound cake, jam, honey, coffee, tea, cocoa. The breakfast room ("Cafeteria") is a long narrow room on the first floor, right next to the guest rooms.
TO SUM UP: Best value for money, considering the mini fridge, the safety box and the new building and fittings. I believe one of the reasons for the reasonable price is that it is not within the historic district. Hotels in Colonia are either very expensive or sub-standard. This is a very good middle choice.
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