Sites Hotel Review – Medellin, Colombia
Sites Hotel in Medellin, Colombia
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Medellin is such a beautiful city. I knew this before we arrived but I was still happily stunned when we arrived. The view from the parking lot of the airport was like lush Hawaii with mountains in the near distance covered in dense greenery and the tops were shrouded in clouds. Impossibly large flowers were happily growing in flower beds and pots along the exits of the airport.
I wanted a lovely view from our hotel along with the amenities to make our stay easy and comfortable. This was our second city on our Colombian vacation itinerary so at this point in the trip laundry facilities are a must. (All hotels have laundry facilities but I just have a hard time paying $6 for ONE pair of socks to be washed.)
We chose Sites Hotel in the very nice neighborhood of Pablado. The amenities sold this hotel as our top choice.
PROS for a traveling family
-Self Service Laundry
FREE but you have to purchase a laundry kit (detergent and fabric softener)
The jacuzzi is open air, sometimes crowded at night and at best warm – not hot. Call the front desk to have them turn on the jets and bring towels that are just for the pool. This is a great way for kids to relax and burn off a little steam after the day. Kids like the ‘normalcy’ of it, too. They’ve seen all sorts of new things during the day but a chlorine filled container you can play in makes everyone feel like they brought a bit of home with them!
Do you have allergies while you travel? This was amazing! A steam bath really helps out when you have a stuffy head from allergies.
FREE and quite varied. This is so great with kids because you never know what they’ll eat. This way everyone gets to try new things without ordering a lot of expensive entrees. They had a large selection of breads, too, which is always a go to if you are having any stomach issues or if you have picky kids.
In case you want to exercise while on vacation there is a gym. I guess this is for business travelers because I can’t imagine exercising while on vacation! LOL!
-Kitchenette in the room
I hate the idea of cooking while on vacation. Well, I hate cooking period, but I digress. The refridgerator though is priceless – literally, because we hit the local market and bring back snacks and drinks for WAY WAY WAY less than you would get them any other way. This helps everyone stay hydrated and happy for a song. Also, it is great to have a little snack on hand at night in case anyone has a bad case of the bedtime snack munchies.
-One free water bottle each day per person
This saves $$ and is easy. You start the day off with filled water bottles all around!
Wifi = happy kids. ’nuff said.
The room was large and comfortable. The kids LOVED the fast wifi which was free!
CONS for anyone – not just family travelers
1- The front desk staff is not friendly.
They do not speak to you when you enter or exit the hotel. I have never felt invisible when I entered a hotel, but here…I was. Really? Were you raised in a barn?
2- The front desk staff is slow.
I don’t mean a little slow. I don’t even mean a lot slow. I’m talking about P-A-I-N-F-U-L-L-Y slow. Be prepared for a 20 minute+ check in AND check out process. OMG, I was seething watching 2 staff members ‘help’ a couple check out.
**Avoid checking in time right at 3:00 pm.
The whole world will be there and it will make you want to pull your hair out. We made this horrible mistake and it was terrible after a long day of traveling to get there. The kids were tired and bored and hungry.
**Ditto – avoid check out right at 1:00.
The notes on the bedside table suggest calling down 15 min ahead of time to give them a heads up for check out and you had better HEED THAT WARNING. We did all the paperwork early, about 11 but didn’t actually leave until 1:00 and THAT worked out perfectly.
3- The front desk staff will not help out with issues with noise.
One night there was a party in a room 4 doors down from us. The noise was so loud we could hear squealing and laughing (all female party – birthday? bachelorette party?) inside our room with the TV on. As I was returning with our laundry, I saw the security guard enter the room so I know the staff was aware. Later, the party got louder so we called the front desk about asking the inconsiderate group to hold it down and….nothing. In the end, my husband opened the door to our room when the squealing and giggling became impossibly loud and saw 3 ladies coming down the hall. One stern word from him shut them up for the rest of the night.
*great neighborhood, very pretty and upscale
*cold, unhelpful staff
*cool restaurant across the street and coffee shop next door
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