Pereira has hotels in both the city center and the entertainment district of Circunvalar. The budget options are very reasonable and even the luxury options can be affordable at times. I’ll rank them here from our best experiences to our worst:
When my dad came to visit, we stayed at the Hotel Movich. This five star hotel is located right at the beginning of the Circunvalar district near several restaurants and bars. A standard room cost us COP$215,000 and a suite COP$330,000. The hotel is immaculate. Everything was clean, staff was excellent, and the restaurant has good food but very high priced for Pereira. It’s a very good deal overall.
GHL Abadía Plaza
A great option for luxury is the GHL Abadía Plaza, conveniently located in the heart of the city. It’s an affordable five star hotel with an excellent staff who greeted us by name and went well out of their way to make us happy. Rooms are a bit small but they’re super comfortable, soundproof, and the air conditioning is amazing (although it was sometimes quite hot in the hallways). Breakfast has a lot of options and the restaurant serves good food. For both stays, I paid COP$157,000 per night. It’s often cheaper on the weekends because it caters to business travelers during the week.
Hotel Castilla Real
A more affordable hotel near the Movich and in a great location is Hotel Castilla Real. It’s at the beginning of Circunvalar and short walking distance from Plaza Victoria. They have a friendly and attentive staff who go out of their way to help guests. An ok breakfast is included in the rate.
There’s also a very good restaurant on the ground floor, Salón Inglés, and a balcony on both the 2nd and 3rd floors with nice views.
The rooms are very comfortable and modern and feature soundproof windows and good air conditioning. Wifi is excellent, and the showers are amazing. The only drawback is that the beds, although comfortable, are quite small for two people. Also keep in mind that there’s no elevator. We paid COP$134,000 per night, which is a great deal for the quality of the room.
Olaya Plaza Hotel
On some occasions, I stay at the Olaya Plaza Hotel. It costs between COP$70,000-85,000 for the night. It’s located next to the government offices. At first glance from the street, it doesn’t look like much. In fact, it’s a little hard to spot. There is a staircase under a sign with an “H” on it that indicates the hotel. Once inside, it’s pleasant and modern. Rooms are clean and comfortable and a nice small breakfast is included. Wifi is hit or miss. Sometimes it can be great other times it’s a bit choppy. The hotel isn’t in the best area, so take a taxi after dark. It can also be very loud from the street noise outside and it often sounds like the cars are in the room. Sleeping with the fan on can reduce some of the external noise.
Hotel Soratama is another hotel that looks nice on the surface but needs a lot of work. It’s located on Plaza de Bolívar and features a very nice rooftop lounge with a jacuzzi and great views of the plaza below. A very nice buffet breakfast is included as well as a welcome drink at the lounge.
The hotel staff was a mixed bag. The front desk staff was a little snooty and both check-in and check-out took an unnecessarily long time. They also tried to charge us for items that were never in the minibar to begin with, but it was cleared up by some paperwork done by the doorman who showed us to our room after check-in. The room we got was a suite and was a bargain at just COP$187,000, but it was dated and the bathroom definitely needed an upgrade. The air conditioning was great and the bed was comfortable, but the street noise was unbearable at times. I was also surprised that as a business hotel there was no iron in the room, although they provided us with one when we asked.
Gran Hotel Pereira
Gran Hotel Pereira is located just a block south of Plaza de Bolívar. It looks nice on the surface but it’s well past its prime. The best things about the hotel were the wonderful staff and the absolute silence at night. I enjoyed being able to sleep without the traffic noise. After that it was downhill. The room had no air conditioning, was very dated, and the bathroom was a serious problem. The shower flooded the bathroom, the shower head could have used an upgrade, the sink was clogged, and the toilet seat was loose. The towels were also very thin. In the morning, breakfast was included but it wasn’t very good. The juice was more like flavored water, and there was nothing else other than a choice of eggs and bread. For a four star hotel, there are much better options for the price we paid at COP$153,000.
Hotel Parque Lago
For budget accommodation, I sometimes stay at Hotel Parque Lago. It’s extremely basic. Actually, things are often in disrepair, the walls are paper thin, there’s no hot water, and some rooms don’t even have power outlets, but the staff is wonderful and friendly and do everything possible to make your stay comfortable. The best rooms are on the very top floor and are very good. Single rooms run from COP$35,000. A double costs me COP$55,000.
Hotel Luxor Condina
Hotel Luxor Condina is located just a couple blocks from Plaza de Bolívar. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and completely silent at night. We paid COP$104,400 for a double with breakfast included.
I have two issues with the hotel that will prevent me from staying there again. The first is that we argued with staff for 10 minutes over the hotel tax that shouldn’t be charged to foreigners on a tourist visa. We won in the end, but they kept insisting that the law changed the week before our visit. The other is that the man who showed us to the room took an inventory of everything in it, including towels, the minibar, pillows, and the TV remote. We felt like we were being booked into a prison, not checking into a hotel. Those incidences left us with a bad taste in our mouths.