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Hotel Plazamar
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Macuto
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We are 2 English girls travelling in South America and Caracas was our first stop, Hotel Plazamar welcomed us with open arms. The Manager Giovanna speaks very good English and all the staff especially Jimmy were fantastic and so helpful! Elias, the hotel driver (our Venezuelan papa) really made sure we felt safe and went out of his way to help us. Our flight was even delayed for nearly 3 hours and he was still there waiting to greet us, which was reassuring as we were worried we would be stranded!

We are so grateful for all the help and advice Hotel Plazamar gave us and would recommend this as a place to stay without a shadow of a doubt!
With the free internet, ensuite bathrooms and service with a smile you'd be a fool not to stay!

Chelle and Laura :) x

Room Tip: Rooms are nice and cool, but feel free to ask Jimmy for an extra blanket if it's chilly through...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Our stay at Plazamar started off badly, some language issues meant that the hotel didn´t organise a pick up for us from the airport (2am - not a great time to be arriving in an unsafe airport). When a lady at the airport rang and explained to them that we were expecting a pick up and we couldn´t withdraw money from the cash machine they pretty much said too bad get a taxi. After struggling to sort out money for a taxi at 2am (thank god for a nice Venezuelan lady who helped us), we finally arrived at the hotel at 4:20am. We were still charged a full night´s stay in our crappy room. (They did discount us to 200 per night (still double the amount quoted in Lonely Planet - pretty sure this was still more than the prostitutes and their johns using the hotel paid for a few hours).

The next day we tried to organise to go in to the bus station to get a bus to Merida in the evening. They made a play of trying to get hold of a taxi for us and said no one was available to get us to the bus station in time (it was 1pm and the bus was at 6pm). The taxi driver at the hotel picking up some other people for the bus station (who we later realised was some friend of theirs) said not to worry, buses leave every hour from 8am for Merida - I´ll take you first thing in the morning. So we were stuck at the dreadful hotel for another night.

The next morning we left for the bus station at 6am - arrived at the station to find that no buses go until the evening. i.e. the hotel and taxi guy lied to us so that he´d get as many fares in as possible! So we were stuck at the station for 12 hours if we still wanted to go to Merida. As we had so far found Caracas particularly unsavoury and we were now running out of time in venezuela we decided to get the hell out and head straight to colombia. So thanks to this crummy hotel we missed out on doing the stuff we wanted to do in Merida.

The hotel itself is not particularly nice: moldy, prison style bathroom, beds with some weird stains on the sheets, and a constant parade of prostitutes and their johns. It is definately a love motel, and not a very nice one.

The neighbourhood doesn´t really have anything going for it, we were warned it wasn´t very safe. The beach was disgusting (rubbish everywhere, dead fish heads lying around). There isn´t really anywhere to go to eat apart from a panaderia (bakery) a few blocks away. The food there was nice but expensive. No cash machines within safe walking distance of the hotel (we had to get money out at a cash machine for which we needed a taxi to drive to).
HAVE NO IDEA WHY LONELY PLANET WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

After spending some time in the city, I decided to make my way out to Macuto. I had an excellent experience at this hotel. The staff are extremely honest and helpful. The rates are incredibly good - 180 for a small room with a double bed with no AC. The hotel is only a couple of minutes away from reasonably enjoyable beaches. Getting to and from Caracas is not too challenging - bus to/from Gato Negro, and then you're on the subway line.

If you're coming from Caracas, get to Gato Negro on the subway, get on one of the buses to Macuto (anywhere from 7 to 15 Bolivares depending on the bus), then get off when you see the beautiful church (San Bartoleme) to your left in Macuto.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

We had tried another hotel for a night before flying out of Caracas; we much preferred this one. The airport pick-up worked perfectly and the hotel was clean and efficient. TV in the rom and free Internet. We were there on one of the last days of carnival and the beach (2min walk) was packed with people enjoying themselves. Our hotel, however, was very quiet. Thouroughly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

This was really good choice to choose for the first days in Venezuela. The service is really helpful and competent, rooms are comfortable. Location is also really good - just 2 minutes from the beach. Definetely can be recommended!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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5  Thank DariuszDariusz
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 31, 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hotel Plazamar

Address: Plaza Andres Mata en la Calle 3, Macuto 1106, Venezuela
Location: Venezuela > Capital Region > Macuto
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Macuto
Price Range: $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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