Salento is a small town but a big name on the Colombian tourist trail. Whether you’re a backpacker on a budget or looking for a comfortable a quiet place with a few extra amenities, there’s no shortage of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses in Salento to choose from. You can try your luck when you get there but it may be difficult to find accommodation to your liking on a busy weekend or a holiday, so I recommend booking ahead to get what you want.
The absolute best place we’ve stayed at is Gran Azul, which is a short 10 minute walk down a country road from the end of Calle Real. This boutique hotel has only five rooms and an apartment that sleeps four, all with a spectacular view.
The rooms are modern and spacious yet cozy and simple (no TV!), allowing for a comfortable rest. The shower is among the best I’ve had in Colombia, with water heating up quickly and amazing pressure.
The owners, from Barcelona, make an excellent breakfast and are able to help guests plan a wide range of tours and activities in the area.
If you aren’t worried about a budget and want to have one of the best hotel stays on your trip to Colombia, this is THE place to stay. Double rooms are COP$240,000 (as of April 2017).
La Posada de la Plaza
On our very first trip, we stayed at La Posada de la Plaza. It’s located directly above the SuperCocora supermarket in the plaza. Rooms were spotless and comfortable, but the wifi didn’t work at all. On top of that, it wasn’t very quiet. Noise and music from the street affected our sleep quality quite a bit.
The service was friendly and helpful and the COP$80,000 price per night (as of November 2014) was fair. They don’t take credit cards so we had to pay for the room in full via a bank transfer the day after booking.
Hostal Los Guaduales
On our second visit, we stayed at Hostal Los Guaduales. It’s located just a couple blocks from the plaza. Again, the room was spotless and comfortable but this time the wifi worked! They also have a laundry service for COP$5,000 per kilo, a kitchen, and make great suggestions for activities in town and nearby. The only negative was the noise level, but it was much lower than staying near the plaza. I appreciated the efforts and kindness of the staff and the price was unbeatable for the quality of the room. It cost COP$52,000 per night (as of February 2016).