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Hotel Restaurant Catimar
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Catia La Mar
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

I was looking for a cheap hotel in Caracas to stay one night during my trip to Los Roques. The preference was for a hotel close to the airport (that is located in Maiquetia, 25km from Caracas) and that included transfer from and to the airport. Hotel Catimar presented both conditions and it was also cheap! But don't get excited... The hotel staff said that there would be a guy inside the airport with a sign waiting for us. When we arrived, where was he? We waited for almost an hour, with many strange guys offering money exchange! When the guy finally appeared, with took the van and got scared with its itinerary. What an ugly place to stay! The neighborhood is very, very simple. We didn't feel safe at all. End of the story: we stayed 16 hours inside the hotel room eating Pringles with Coke as we also didn't feel comfortable with the restaurants nearby, including the hotel one. Yes, it's close to the airport, it offers transfers and it's cheap. But I definitely won't stay there again!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nykoebing, Denmark
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

we had the same experience as others on this site. We were going to stay one night in Hotel Catimar between flights and had a reservation for the 12th to the 13th of Feb. We arrived late 0400 during the night and just wanted to go to our room and sleep from 0400 to check out 1300. We got a very nice man in the airport to call them, but they were not interested to fetch us or give us the room at all. The man found us another room in Hotel Aeroporto ( not very good, but better than to sleep in the airport). We payed 120 Bolivar for the taxi each way and 650 Bolivar for the room, and 190 Bolivar for a visa each to get into the airport again. In total 150 Euro. Our helper also changed the money into bolivar ( 0400 in the morning, and at a good price, 900 Bolivar for 100 Euro, the official is 600 Bolivar ) He said that if we had payed with credit card it would have been very expensive. Thank you to our helper without whom we would still be in Caracas. BUT no thank you to hotel Catimar.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

... absolutely without problems. Perfect service, lovely employes, good place, nightbours and rooms are corresponding with price. Thnx a lot :)

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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DESSEL BELGIUM
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

i ve been one night between two flights overthere, price was 400 bsf for a room, if you are 2 persons, its a good deal, rooms are small but clean, the bar and restaurant is okay, normally the tranfer from and to the airpot are included, but we had to wait more than an houre to get there, although better take a taxi, costs 150 bsf, its mayby a nogo area, but there are not really go areas in caracas, I have a girlfriend in venezuela who works for a travelagency and she recomanded this places because her boss puts everyone overthere in cas of problems with flights, trust me, there is no better solution in that pricerange . . . . 400 bsf whas last week in change on gray market about 35 euros (for 2 persons !!)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Warsaw, Poland
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed December 25, 2011

The official name of the hotel is: Hotel Catimar Puerto Viejo. We (4 people) stayed there for 1 night before flight back to Europe and 1 of my friends had to stay 1 day longer. We reserved the room over the phone (in Spanish) a couple of days earlier. Rooms were really small with tiny window, the air-conditioning quite efficient, the sheets were clean. The price was really low comparing to other hotels close to the airport. There is free internet near reception. Arrived in the morning (the night bus from Carupano on the West Coast), we were greeted and acomodated shortly- we were offered rooms just after they were cleaned, before noon. The staff was really helpful- they reserved the second night for my friend without any prepayment as we were not sure if she can get on our flight or not- finally she had to fly 1 day later. We asked the receptionist what was the best way to get to Caracas centre- we wanted to get a glimpse of it. And we were given the best (safest) option: to get a free lift to the airport and then to take an airport bus to the city centre. The free airport transportation is so convenient: when You are at the airport go to the in formation office and they will find a person from Catimar that will assist You to the small bus. When planning the trip from a hotel to the airport allow more time- there is traffic and You should always allow more time in Venezuela, also for airport formalities. But the distance hotel-airport is really short. The restaurant in the hotel is overpriced but You can get a decent food. The whole area seemed safe during the day, but You should be cautious everywhere in Venezuela and especially when visiting Caracas area. The beaches of Catia La Mar are awfully dirty; one should not visit this hotel for sunbathing or swimming, this is a perfect spot for an overnight stay when You fly to/from Maiquetia (Caracas) airport.

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2011

I had emailed Luis to make the reservations for 11/21/2011. one night, 2 rooms and he told me I could pay in cash when we arrived. We arrived in the airport late because every flight we took (that was associated with Venezuela) was delayed for more than 2 hours.
No one pick us up, so we took an over priced taxi to the hotel. There was 2 night people there and they said we did not have a reservation and there was no more rooms. Then they would not give us other options. They finally help us find another place but I had to fight with them in Spanish and they were reluctant to say the least. Word to the wise- I have traveled been to many countries in South and Central America and have never found people to be soooo lazy and reluctant to give service. I guess it has something to due with the socialized system and the fact that they will still have a job even if they don't really work.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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White Rock, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2011

airport pick-up was excellent,10 minutes away, 390 Bsf per night,very polluted beach across the street(tiny) would not swim, nothing in the area,rather unsafe to walk around,lots of noise at night,rooms basic 16" wall mount(tv) satellite channels, wake up call 0445 hrs,shuttle on time, had room #109 ,2 windows no view, top of the stairs

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Restaurant Catimar
Address: Av. Principal de Puerto Viejo, Catia La Mar 1162, Venezuela
Location: Venezuela > Capital Region > Catia La Mar
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Catia La Mar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Restaurant Catimar 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It's a hotel near the airport. The hotel is in front of the beach. We have a restaurant. We have Wi-Fi and TV in each room. ... more   less 
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