I stayed at Swiss Martinik five nights May 28 - June 2, 2013. The location is good, just a one minute walk from the free Botero Museum. There are many restaurants and cafes nearby. The staff was helpful. There is delicious, free coffee throughout the day. The WiFi was pretty good, though at times it would abruptly disappear; the signal was always strongest in the reception area. Apparently a basic breakfast of bread and granola is also provided, though since it is set up near the reception area -- not near the kitchen area where the free coffee is provided -- I missed the breakfast and did not discover the complimentary breakfast until the morning I checked out.
A couple areas for improvement: I stayed in a single room (#6) upstairs. The room could not have been much smaller. I could literally stand in the center of room and extend my arms and touch the walls with my hands. The room contained a single bed, a small 4-shelf unit, a wastebasket and nothing else. One ceiling mounted light. The bed was okay-comfortable but a rectangular window that admitted natural light also was just above the laundry area and staff did laundry until late at night, past midnight on my last (Saturday) night there. So trying to fall asleep as the washer/dryer ran just below the window was problematic. Does the laundry really need to be running at midnight Saturday?
Room #6 also had a flimsy lock, just a tiny padlock that attached to a clasp that was connected to the exterior of the bedroom door by three phillips screws. Anyone with a phillips screwdriver and three minutes could have easily gained entrance to my room. (Having been ripped off in a hostel in Italy, I am sensitive about hostel security.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our island in the heart of Bogota's historical district - La Candelaria! Within walking distance to the main museums, squares, churches, monuments, and other places of interest, the newly renovated and now under Canadian administration, quality-hostel, Hostal Martinik provides a safe and friendly environment, the ideal place to overnight, relax and enhance your Bogotá experience. ... more less
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