Spent three nights here with spouse at end of our 2 week vacation in Colombia. Checked in with Laura who speaks perfect English. Was friendly and efficient.
Received room 415, a king bed. Room size is a tad small for two people, but otherwise has everything you need for a comfortable stay except an alarm clock, wash cloths, hand towels, bath amenities, electric water kettle (for coffee/tea making), and a comfortable chair. Oddly, for a hotel seemingly committed to conservation and protecting the environment, the only trash can was in the bathroom next to the toilet-forcing us to commingle our waste with our paper, glass, etc.
Here are the pros: flat screen TV; large safe that holds laptops, tablets, and much more; excellent light making reading in bed possible and enjoyable; right across the street from the Museum of Modern Art; friendly and capable staff; cafe/bar in lobby with reasonable prices; restaurant on mezzanine with reasonable prices. Pastas are about $15,000 COP. Buffet breakfast is $12,000. Two computers with printer available for free guest use (get 30 mins password code from front desk) and free wifi in your guestroom. We had two devices and received two codes for use in our room. Just ask and ask nicely, they're happy to accommodate you. Odd numbered rooms have a better view looking south and towards the Poblado Metro. Exito Express grocery store is a block away selling all manner of fruits, vegetables, snacks, beverages, breads and more. Larger Exito store is at Poblado Metro. There's also a Subway restaurant and lovely bakery in the building next door to the Ibis to the north. There's another bunch of restaurants in the building across the plaza to the south.
Cons: no washcloths, hand towels or bath amenities (only two liquid soap dispensers-one by sink, the other in the shower); limited space and seating in the room with an office chair and padded bench that doubles as a luggage rack. Just know you'll spend your time sitting on your bed if there are two of you. While there's no kettle in the room, the bartender in the lobby was always happy to give me a cup of hot water so I could make a cup of tea or instant coffee in the room.
We took the bus from MDE airport for $8,600 each to San Diego Mall (Centro Comercial San Diego) and then took a taxi for $6,000 to the Ibis. On our way out of town we took a taxi from the Ibis to MDE airport for $60,000 at 6:00am. This was a flat rate.
We were quite pleased with our stay at the Ibis and should we return to Medellin we would certain stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located between one of the most important neighborhoods of the city and the downtown. Five minutes away from Plaza Mayor, the city's convention center. A few steps from The Museum of Modern Art of Medellin and a 7 minute walk from our nearest train station. Olaya Herrea Airport is 3km away. ... more less
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