Had a great time at this hotel. Originally booked a room over the phone at the cheaper place, Hotel Villa Colonial, but they were doing minor construction, and offered to move us here. The price was higher, up from 90,000 to 120,000/night for a room with two beds and AC, but being tired from the flight we decided to just take it and once we saw the place we decided to stay 5 more nights. Nice rooms, lovely courtyard, and very secure as there's a locked front gate and a 24 hour desk clerk who buzzes you in. Everyone who worked there was very nice and super helpful. Not a lot of English spoken here, I don't think, if that's gonna be an issue for you, but it seems like a few of the staff members are taking English classes, and they're so patient and friendly, I suspect that if you bring a pocket dictionary and some patience of your own you should be alright.
Location wise, we loved the neighborhood. This stretch of Calle Media Luna is known for its nightlife, so in the evenings there's some "colorful" characters that go along with that (as in any city) but it basically seemed like a normal colombian working class neighborhood. Lots of good, cheap places to eat, and there's a great little plaza down the street where the locals hang out in the evenings, just sitting around talking and watching kids kick a soccer ball around. You can grab a cerveza Aguila from the corner store, and a snack from a food cart and enjoy a warm Caribbean evening lazing around with the friendly locals. I suppose some would call Getsemani "sketchy," but then I could call the Old Town (as beautiful as it is) sterile, touristy and overpriced, so I guess it just depends where your coming from and what kind of experience you're looking for. All around great hotel, though.
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