Caracas is renown for its expensive hotels and this is no exception. However, I got a promotional saturday night rate: 650 Bolivars (100 Euros according to the official exchange rate but only 55 Euros according to the black market exchange rate - guess where I changed my Euros!)
As you enter the impressive lobby you are greeted with the pleasent sound of the piano and beautiful chandeliers. However, during my 24 hour stay I witnessed a police hold up of a suspicious looking car. Three policemen were holding their guns at rather suspicious looking men and this was in broad day light - just 50 metres from the hotel entrance! The area of Sabana Grande is very dangerous and you would have to be mentally disturbed to venture out after 10pm. Luckily the doorman wont let you out if you even try as they kindly warn all guests to stay indoors at night or take a hotel taxi otherwise.
There is a large shopping centre next to the hotel. It has a food court but dont expect to find any shopping bargains. President Chavez has declared war on private enterprise and the hefty taxes he imposes on private business translate to ridiculosly high prices.
The main problem I faced was that despite putting a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door, the cleaning lady rang the bell at 11:30am and immediatly said: "desculpe senor"! That didnt help me get back to sleep and my late check out was, alas, useless.
The pool is big and the views are ok. Breakfast was dissapointing. I got there at 10:15am and most of the food was gone by then. What was left was not tasty either.
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