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“Very cheap”
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Hotel Metropol
Ranked #7 of 15 Ipiales B&B and Inns
New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Very cheap”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

We stayed two nights on our way from Cali to Otavalo. This hotel is very cheap at 21,000 peso's ($11 dollars) a night for the two of us. For the money it is great value, but you wouldn't want to linger!

The rooms are small with TV and cupboard space, the bathrooms are tiny, everything is cold but there is plenty of bedding. The showers are supposed to be hot but at best were warm. Maybe it was the odd times I had a shower but I never got to enjoy hot water.

The wifi is ok, but would drop out from time to time - better in some parts of the hotel.

The man who works nights is moody and unhelpful, little things like toilet paper are a huge effort, hot water - impossible, even though we saw a kettle the day after we asked.

The woman during the day is only slightly less surly!

We had breakfast in the hotel which was fine, but no veggie options for lunch or dinner. Across the road in the terminal there are plenty of little breakfast/lunch spots that had great meals super cheap.

On the second day we were kept awake from 5am - 6:30am with a constant stream of noisy guests leaving to catch early buses. One girl stood near our door and spoke to her Mother in the US for 20 minutes on speaker phone. We got to hear the whole story of her recent travels, with plenty of repeats as the reception was not great.

All in all, this is a cheap and safe place to stay when you are crossing the border and very handy to the bus terminal. But don't stay longer than you need to.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Great place to stay if crossing the border. The bus station is right across the street from the hotel. You can get a 20,000 pesos or a 25,000 pesos room. Rooms are clean. It does get cold but blankets are provided. The reception sells little snacks and drinks. The meals at the restaurant are decent.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2013

If you are travelling between colombia and Ecuador there is a good chance you will be doing an overnight stay in either Ipiales or Pasto. For someone arriving and departing by bus the Metropol is perfect. It is right cross from the terminal so there is no need for taxis. For 20000 pesos a night you get a private room with a private bathroom. There s no need to make a reservation unless you are arriving in holiday season. The room was clean and bed was comfortable. The room was quite cold but they give you plenty of blankets so we weren't actually cold. The hot water took a long time to get warm but once it warmed up it was fine. It can get a little noisy between other guests and traffic but nothing too bad. The area is not the best for dining options but there is a restaurant by the lobby which serves reasonable typical Colombian meals for about 5000 pesos. The reception also sells water, yoghurts, chocolates etc. A visit to Las Lajas cathedral is a must before you leave. A collectivo from the front of the bus station will cost 2000 per person. A taxi to the border will set you back 7000 pesos. Overall, it's a good value option.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed December 14, 2012

While crossing the border of Colombia into Ecuador this was one of the only hotels we could find in Ipiales.
But it was perfect and for 20,000 pesos only a night for a private room and bathroom it was a complete bargain.
It was across the road of the bus station which was good after the long transfer over the border.
There is a restaurant he ground floor which was cheap and good value.
There are a few shops and restaurants near by.
The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because our room was sooo cold at night but it was clean and had cable TV and the Foxlife channel which had English programmes.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2012

my boyfriend and I needed a place to stay for the night before crossing the border to Ecuador. We didn't book in advance as we were told we could just turn up and they would have a room. That was correct. We turned up and asked for a room. The lady said yes and asked if we wanted to look at the rooms first. We weren't bothered though so just took a key and went up. The room cost 25000cop which was approx £8.50 for the night! Bargain!!! The bed was fairly comfortable and the shower was hot. we even had cable tv with English channels. We didn't have a toilet seat but the bathroom was clean so I had no complaints. Our room was quite cold however we had plenty of blankets. There is a small restaurant in the hotel which doesn't look like much but the food was delicious. We had the menu of the day which was home made soup, a meal of chicken, rice, chips, salad, beans and plantain and also a drink. This cost us £2 each! We got up early and left for the border so there isn't much else I can say about the place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2011

At less than five pounds a night per person for a double with private bathroom, this border hotel was an amazingly pleasant surprise. Room spotless, bed very comfortable with plenty of bedding, shower luke warm. Ideally situated opposite bus station and taxi ranks. Arriving from Popayan late afternoon we took taxi to Las Lajas and then into town for dinner. Taxi to border next morning cost 7,000 COP.

  • Stayed November 2011
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3 Thank IXQUIC
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london
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2011

I am writing this review from the hotel and I just don't get the nice review.
Clean? i just found some hair in the bedding.
Nice and new? if you like rococo decoration from the 60's
They only give one old towel per room no matter if you are two or not.
The receptionist is as moody as a moody teenager can be.
The rooms are freezing and no chance to get a water bottle.
Have I mentioned that there are children playing in the corridor and music blasting ?
we wish we had gone with the Lonely planet recommendation instead of the tripadvisor one.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank SOSOLondon
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Property: Hotel Metropol
Address: Carrera 2 # 6-10, Ipiales, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Narino Department > Ipiales
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Ranked #7 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Ipiales

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