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Hotel Miramar
Edmonton, Canada
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“hotel miramar-random but great!”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Very helpful staff!!! (especially diana-she will sort anything and everything out for you)... very accommodating! good spot to leave the bags for a few days ane head off via Minca, Tayrona or Palomino. Rooms are basic bit comfortable. The secret here is in the service, lots of helpful info for buses, hostels, and tours, plus laundry service and a cafe right inside (very friendly staff there too and happy to lend you a few things if you need).

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Qormi, Malta
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We had a private double room without Air-con for 20,000 pesos and with Air-con for 30,000 although the fan was so powerful we frankly could have done without air-con. Yes the water is cold but not as cold as in Tayrona or Ciudad Perdida. Once I asked the owner to give me some hot water for the shower and she gave me a bucket full of steaming water - I had so much leftover that I washed my clothes in it afterwards! It has a warm atmosphere and is a little social but you can get a very quiet night's sleep. The in-house snack bar/restaurant comes very handy when you've just woken up and don't feel like changing to eat a quick breakfast or have a cheap wholesome dinner. I felt very safe here, we even left our solomons outside to dry and they're not cheap shoes. And yes it's not exactly in the best area of Santa Marta but I don't think there is a really good area in Santa Marta to be honest. All I can say is we walked out at night and didn't have any problems. It's a hostel and it's one of the cheapest in Santa Marta so I can give it a good rating.

Room Tip: I am not sure of the number but either room 18 or 20 is huge so go for it.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Zealand
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192 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2012

After reading the reviews before visiting Santa Marta we didn't consider this hostel at all, but when we did a walk through on hostels, we gave Miramar a go. We got a private room with bathroom and air-conditioning for $30,000 COP - if we had just used the fan it would have been $23,000.

This is half the price of all other private rooms available, except perhaps at Casa Familar which had fairly nice cheap rooms without AC.

The room and bathroom were clean but the mattress on the bed was comfy enough but very old. They spray this weird smelling stuff in the room between guests which nearly had us move out and between that and the reviews we saw here about lice etc. our minds drove us crazy the first night!

But after that first bit, we stayed and enjoyed our time there! We were in Santa Marta for 4 weeks and stayed at Miramar for 2 weeks.

Pros:
The food is ok for the price & juices are great
Definitely try the lunch special fried fish
All the staff were extremely fun and lovely and a bit mad! We had a real laugh with the woman who cooks. There is the younger guy who is less friendly but he wasn't a problem for us.
Laundry service is ridiculously cheap - the old cleaning lady is mad as a hatter and we think permanently on the sauce! But catch her eye and you can't help but have a good moment.
Wifi is strong and reliable (you need to let them know if you want it on overnight)
Main pro: It's crazy cheap to stay there.

Cons:
Mattresses are old and our room had a funny smell for the first day
Rooms are small and the building is old
The sheets were thin and no top sheet (seems to be common in Colombia)
Bathrooms are as basic as a bathroom can get
If you run out of loo paper, the cleaning ladies don't seem to pick it up, so you have to ask reception
The street has character! I wouldn't want to walk in this street at night by myself as a woman but as a couple it was fine.

This place would suit long term travellers who have seen it all. The only reason you would stay here is that it is really cheap. If you are doing short term travel and have the cash then go somewhere else, but if you just need a cheap place to base yourself then check it out.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reno, NV
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

Yes it is close to the beach and has some colonial charm. The restaurant was not bad and is cheep and convenient in the morning, but this place is a total dive. I was quoted 20,000 pesos per night for a little tiny room without A/C or TV. Upon checking out, the kid at the reception desk attempted the over charge me by 10,000 pesos. I said no way and he backed down The same kid was on the guest computers playing games most of the time. I felt the need to lock up my netbook , Ipod, camera and passport in the hotel's safe. You can get a much better place to stay one block away on Calle 11 - for a couple of dollars more. There is a helpful tour booking business associated with the hotel - I would recommend them without question. One last thing - essentially in the red-light district of Santa Marta.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Vegarshei Municipality, Norway
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106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2012

...but very cheap, close to the beach ( two minutes walk), restaurants, shops and near to the city. The hostal has a nice, huge hall with restaurant at daytime, and the hotelkitchen is at the guests disposals in the evenings. I had a single room, 5 Euro per night, for four nights in November 2011. Internet, nightportier and serviceminded and friendly staff. I liked it!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

Ok so this was a really cheap stay in Santa Marta, but most places were really. Muggy, dirty, only cold water (from a whole in the wall) and mosquitos. Not my cuppa, but yes it was cheap.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Santa Marta, Colombia
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

This place isn't for everyone, but it offers good value. I'm currently staying in a large room with private bath, large desk, ceiling fan, and window to the outside for COP12.000 per night. Before that I had a smaller room with private bath for COP10.000 per night. These are the best prices I've found in Colombia. The wifi internet connection is reliable and fast (Skype works great; download speed is 4 Mbps according to speedtest.net), and I've gotten along great with the staff.

I'm in Santa Marta for research, not for partying, and I've found that Miramar suits my needs well enough (although there are moments when I wish I had AC and I also miss having access to a kitchen) . It's clean enough for my standards, but then I've done lots of travelling in the so-called "third world". If you're on the dainty end of the spectrum, this place may not be for you (see the other reviews), but if you're someone who doesn't mind "roughing it", Miramar offers excellent value. I recommend having a look.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel Miramar
Address: Calle 10C, Number 1c-59, Santa Marta 472, Colombia (Formerly Hotel Miramar Santa Marta)
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 172 Specialty Lodging in Santa Marta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Miramar 2*
Number of rooms: 23
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