The Holiday Inn Express in Medellin was the type of hotel you feel lucky to have discovered. This was my first time in Medellin, but I quickly discovered that El Poblado was the most upscale (as well as safe) neighborhood to be in. Within steps on the same street are older full service more 'luxury' hotels, plenty of shopping opportunities, and a variety of restaurants. Yet this Holiday Inn Express is finished to such a high standard, it does seem every bit as luxurious, and when word gets out, this place will be very competitively placed in the industry . The room interior is modern, very spacious, comfortable, and has a well thought out floor plan. I always like having a separate living room area and kitchenette in my hotel room, and for the price, this is a real find. My reservation was originally only for 2 nights, but I ended up staying for over a week. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking the city, and the views from my 15th floor room were very pleasant. The included breakfast buffet, enjoyed with panoramic views of the city from the 21st floor, is a beautifully maintained spread with plenty of variety.
They do not have room service, but there are several restaurants, a Burger King, and a Pastry/Coffee shop on the main floor of the building. Also, the restaurants deliver to the room, so its very close to room service.
They have other services I would expect to see in better quality hotels such as same day laundry, a free business center, and free wireless internet throughout the hotel. On top of that, the staff at the front desk is bilingual and the friendliest bunch of people you will come across in a hotel. Whenever I had questions or needed assistance, they impressed me over and over with personalized attention. They had the time, whatever it was that I needed, especially Adriana and Jessica. The rest of the staff was also very pleasant and always greeted me. There are a lot of people working hard to make this a great place to stay, and they won me over!
The one and only down side was the noise I could hear from the bar below the hotel, which was especially loud on Thursday and Friday night (I'm a very light sleeper.) The big gorgeous windows spanning the entire suite do have this one downside, but running the A/C helped diffuse the noise significantly. A room facing the south might be quieter. There were clubs throughout the El Poblado neighborhood, so the noise might be the same at the other hotels.
This hotel is newer and is not prominently seen from the road, even though it is on the main stretch of El Poblado neighborhood. The taxi drivers typically didn't know about this hotel, so I always kept a hotel card with me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Medellin Hotel's Location is Convenient for GuestsLocated in the El Poblado district of Medellin, the Holiday Inn Express(R) Hotel Medellin offers visitors to Colombia an enviable location and top-notch services. This Medellin hotel's location is near area attractions and businesses, and guests can enjoy convenient amenities.Business guests find themselves near Plaza Mayor, the area's premier conference and convention center. The hotel's central Medellin location is convenient to many major banks and international businesses, and guests find it easy to stay in touch with clients using the complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Medellin Hotel Medellin
- Holiday Inn Medellin