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Hotel Anaconda
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Leticia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 16, 2009

We were looking for a 4 night trip from Bogota, and decided to go to Leticia at the last minute. We trawled travel agents in Bogota and were quoted a variety of prices for a variety of Decameron hotels in the area. Anyone familiar with Colombian travel agents will now that you cannot get instant confirmation on anything , we were told to come back the day before we were due to travel to see if our reservation had been accepted.

We decided to avoid the Decameron experience (even though they seem to have a lock down on all the hotels in the area) and contact the Hotel Anaconda directly. They quoted us a rate of 140,000 pesos per person per night including breakfast and dinner.

We flew down with Aero Republica having picked up a 200,000 peso Internet fare and caught a taxi from the airport to the hotel (7000 pesos). Check in was smooth and we saw a variety of rooms before settling on one with a "view" of the amazon and Peru. Breakfast was bog standard eggs etc but dinner was delicious, fresh fish caught from the amazons served with patacon and rice or salad. The first day we were there we made a few adjustments to the menu such as supplementing patacon with rice and incurred an extra charge. We left a nice tip for the waiter and day 2 we were not charged for any extras, and the service improved.

We lounged by the pool on Sunday, it was busy as the hotel allows outside guests to pay for pool access. The pool snack bar is extremely over priced, we ordered a plate of chips (4000 pesos) and were served a plate containing 8 chips. Potato is the fuel of Colombia and extremely cheap here. We complained to the restaurant manager who was unapologetic but offered to bring a few extra chips (4 in total).

The customer service was a bit tired and as in many Colombian establishments there is a hesitance to 'think outside the box' and be flexible.Employee rights and benefits in the service industry are non existent, the minimum wage pitiful and owner/managers can be a touch tyrannical (we tried to take that into account when dealing with the receptionists/maids/waiters etc ).

We wanted to hire bikes, the reception had no information on this, yet we walked outside the hotel virtually into a bike hire shop (5000 pesos for half a day diagonally opposite the BBVA bank)

Having read reviews here that the hotel tour agent was useful we had high expectations, however we were told by the receptionist that they only open it for groups, despite being three, that was not considered a group. We were directed to the Decameron hotel who had a tour agent selling tours and day trips open 7 days a week. We took a night safari on the Amazon (66 thousand pesos) and went to the Amacayacu national park, This was an interesting experience, Decameron administer this 'National Park' and having visited Tayrona the previous month we expected to have a bit of a wander. We payed the 31,000 foreigners rate for which we received no proof of payment and then were told that we would need to hire the services of a guide (45,000 pesos) if we wanted to go for a walk. The walk we wanted turned into a 2 hour canoe ride and 45 minute walk up and down a hill. A bit disappointing considering we were expecting a national park experience.


The manager closed the pool with no notice whatsoever on our third day, we were a bit peeved as the heat makes the pool a blessing. We complained to the manager who in-fact was not really the manager and had to defer to the owner who lived in Bogota. They offered a 10% discount on the room for that night. n.b you can nip down the road to the Decameron hotel and visit their pool for 15,000 pesos.

Overall I would stay here again for the pool, dinner, location and price.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 21, 2009

We were very disappointed with this hotel. I know you can't expect an emaculate room in the Amazon, but they didnt do a good job keeping the large insects from the room. I wouldn't typically mind, but for what we payed, I would expect the place to be better kept-up. Also, most of the staff was very nice, but we did run-in to problems with some of the managers being particularly rude and they were not very accomodating on even simple requests. Finally, Leticia is full of motorbikes, but the particular location of Anaconda is especially loud at all hours.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2008

Hotel Anaconda is a very good choice to stay when exploring the Colombian Amazon.. Its located in the center of town, 2 blocks from the Amazon. The rooms are large and clean.. Ask for a room with a view of the river..The showers are OK.. especially on the 4th floor.. The hotel has no elevator .. and there in no English spoken by anyone.. Staff are extremely friendly and try to be helpful..

The hotel tour company (Anaconda Tours) were awesome.. They picked me up from the airport and and put together a once-in-a-lifetime 24 hours for me (yes.. thats all the time I had)..

My guide, Alejandro, an accomplished musician, spoke good English and went out of his way to share the wonders of this overwhelming and mysterious river.. Excellent choice too..

And of course, Leticia a wonderful place to begin to explore the Amazon if you want to go off the beaten track..

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 25, 2008

Hotel Anaconda is a rather worn-out hotel with some charm, probably the largest hotel in town with some 50 rooms. It is situated centrally in Leticia, close to the harbour and the market.

The management only speaks Spanish, but people are all very helpful so this is not a big problem. We made the reservation direct by mail to the hotel, including transfer from the airport, and it was all without any trouble.

The rooms are simple but OK. The food is nothing special. In the humid climate you will sure be glad for the pool, with some social parrots teasing the guests.

The best motive to stay here is that is easy to get away to the Amazon using the hotels tour department. Every day a number of excursions leave the hotel, at least some of them with English-spoken guide. We stayed here for five days and followed the same guide every day. We made different tours upriver, to Peru and to Brazil, all very rewarding.

Boots and rainwear are to be lent. Don't forget to bring a good insect repellent.

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  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 16, 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Address: Carrera 11 N. 7 - 34, Leticia 910001, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Amazonas Department > Leticia
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Leticia
Price Range: $63 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Anaconda 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Anaconda, the best and most comfortable hotel of the region, with more than 20 years of experience, it is the ideal place to spend your next vacation, in a family environment, safe and relaxed. Our experience, guarantees you quality in all services. It is located in front of the park Francisco Orellana, 10 minutes from the airport Vásquez Cobo.50 nice and comfortable rooms with an option of looking out towards the river, we have rooms that are single, double, triple, quadruple, quintuple and suites, with air conditioning, mini bar, T.V., cable, hot water and Wi Fi service. ... more   less 
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