If your search for a place to lay your weary head for a few days in Armenia*, Colombia crosses paths with the Mirador del Quindio Hotel, you could do worse in Colombia’s 22nd largest city.
The rooms are small –and some without outside-facing windows— and basic but clean, with roomy private bathrooms and plenty of hot enough water pumping through the electric shower. (If that concept is foreign to you, here’s a picture and brief discussion on my personal Facebook page.)
There is free and fairly fast wifi access throughout with an extremely friendly and helpful staff on duty 24 hours. Breakfast is an added bonus at this budget price, with eggs made to order along with a bottomless cup of coffee. All things considered, a solid value at $US 25-35 /night via Booking.com.
I enjoyed the front balcony but it’ll probably be too loud for some. For those there’s a garden and another more rustic balcony in the back atop the second floor. Ask politely to gain access.
Situated north of the city center, the Mirador de Quindio lies in the heart of a lively university area, meaning that there are plenty of eateries and pubs within walking distance. So are bakeries, cafes and groceries, too.
It’s about a 10-15 minute walk to the pleasant and sprawling central Parque de la Vida Park, about a 10-15 minute drive to the main bus station, and 35-40 to El Eden Airport.
Summary: It’s not the lap of luxury, but it’s clean, comfortable, convenient and safe. Given all the same circumstances, I’d stay here again.
Cash only; there are several ATMs nearby.
Mirador del Quindio
Avenida Bolivar # 12 Norte – 58
* Yes, Armenia, capital of Colombia’s Quindio province is apparently named after the country of the same name to honor those who were systematically slaughtered in the Armenian genocide by the Ottomans one hundred years ago.
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