Recommendable clean and save hotel not far from the historical center and the Metro. Inside there is a good italian restaurant with bar. Paid 75000 Bs./double in Jan. 08; room had TV, telephone and quiet aircon. English is spoken.
Hotel Santiago is about 20 minutes drive from the airport in non peak hour. The rooms are fairly basic. Yes there is airconditioning but it is loud and rattly. The standard of cleanliness is not that great. My room had supposedly just been cleaned, but when i turned on the shower you could see the dirt washing off the floor. The resturuant supposedly specialises in sea food but the fish I had was dry and not that tasty, the salads are huge and you get veges with your main anyway. The second meal I had was spaghetti bolognaise, basically they tipped some tomato sauce over some mince and stirred it around with out actually cooking the meat. It took one bite to realise this, but that was enough to give me food poisoning for 5 days.......need I say more.
In my last trip I had some problem of conncetion so I had the need to find a hotel near the airport, cause I did'nt want to go in Caracas ( It take 2hours now that the freewaybridge is destroyed).
so I took some info on the nearest airport HOtel form the airport web site....fortunately I had my connection but rememeber that in the airport there are some Hotel shop that provide for u the room and the transport like Ole Caribe.
I think that the nearest is PUerto Viejo HOtel, not cheep for Venezuela but the fastest location.
The other Hotel are in Macuto, La Guaira, or Catia La Mar.....20/30 minutes by taxi!
I have some friends who have stayed here, people from Poland, Germany, Netherlands have been for more than a month in this house for a very very low price. About 150$ a month (if you compare it to a hotel...)
Very close from Metro (subway), nice family, nothing fancy, but useful!
I definitively recomend 100% this place, is not central but buses all the time take you to central caracas in 20minutes except in rush hurs)
Very good location, clean and tidy, superb breakfast, internet access, two minutes to El Hatillo, pretty town, and they give you loads of information.
Though its cheap hotel, I would not complain much about its service. The rooms are spacious, and toliets are cleand and well-equiped. People are helpful at the reception.
Almost all over South America you pay for a double bed as there is no single bed. At some places you pay a little less if you are staying alone. Another advantage of travelling by two!
A little difficult to find out though it is in a very busy area of Sabana Grande. You have to look upward to see the sign. As I found out, Footprint guide gives you a wide choice of accommodation with different price ranges and locations. Specially the one quoted as good value or great value are the ones who are cheaper but good quality. I have found a nice room here including attached shower and tv and air-conditioning. The address… Staff are helpful and friendly (repeating the guidebook!). But the location may not be safe at late evening. Price 35000 Bolivares single per night.
Trully NICE small hotel, great food, tiny pool, huge dance room, confortable rooms, plants, trees, birds (tucán, tucanes all over), noise less, secluded, private, confortable, etc... But if you are a turist, you dont want to come here. This is away from it all. There is no Metro station, nor bus, nor anything around. Only taxis. And this is not a hotel for dynamic tourist. This is for people who want to rest, relax, get away from it all.
Its most famous guest has been Vladimiro Montesinos, an ex minister of ex president Fujimori. He came from Peru, with another identity, and he hid in the hotel El Avila during months. He was caught when he moved somewhere else. He is now back in his country...in jail.
About a year ago I wrote a short story/article for one of the local news papers. It was called "En El Avila es la cosa" (It happened at The Avila) and it started like this:
“Señora Melba, usted no me conoce, pero yo me llamo Gisela y desde hace año y medio soy la amante de su marido. Si hoy me he tomado el atrevimiento y la libertad de venir hasta su casa es para informarle que estoy embarazada de Edmundo”.
"Mrs Melba, you dont know me, but my name is Gisela and from a year and a half ago and your husband's lover. If today I've dared to come to your house is to inform you that I'm pregnant of Edmundo"...
(If you read Spanish and want to laugh, you can come here www.chovet.com/nojile and look for the whole article)
But believe me, if I was a 50something years old lady, and the door rings, and there is this gorgeous 20something years old girl, even younger than my own daughters!, telling me she is pregnant of my husband... believe me, I would trully dissapear in Hotel El Avila, at least for a week, and would dance every night with all of the handsome caballeros. Oh yes.
Well I lived in an actual apartment during my time in Caracas. I did not pay the rent because the apartment was contracted out for my company but I was told that those apartments went for a pretty penny. I lived on the 6th floor and had an excellent apartment with a view to die for. The apartment had 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, a living room, kitchen, dinning area, utilities room, and maid's quarters! Yes I said maid. She was like a mother and would, aside from her cleaning duties, wash, dry, Iron, and hang my clothing for 5000 Bolivares or about 5 dollars. Getting back to the view, during the day you could see the Andes tower in the distance and at night the city line and mountains are riddled with lights.
The community between the landlady and her tennants were outstanding. You were made to feel at home right away.
Many tourists come to Venezuela, arrive at the Simon Bolivar International Airport and the very next day depart to Margarita Island, or Los Roques, or Canaima, or Los Andes, etc through the national airport (that is attached to the international one).
So... everybody has to spend one night in Caracas.
Well, I just stoped in a travel agency near by and asked them if there were any hotels near the airport.
Yes they are! At least two of them!
phone number: 58-212-3317011
phone number: 58-212-3502500
The unfriendly girl at the tourist agency didnt give any more information. Period.
Whenever I have time, I will find out about these places. I shouldent be posting this, I should investigate first. But there are 3 VT members coming to Venezuela and they need this information now. I will update and improve a.s.a.p.
In # 6. Satisfaction and # 7 Price Per Person, and # 8 Comparative Price, I'm going to mark "not aplicable" just because I dont know anything about these places, but if they are mentioned in a travel agency they cant be bad... and it is just for the night...
This is a place where you go to have sex. Unfortunatelly I havent been there, so all of what Im about to tell you are other people stories.
This hotel pretends to be an Aladdin "palace" that offers couples (man and woman, I've havent found out if they accept gay couples. I'm dont think so. I dont think they are so "advanced" for this) a variety of rooms and erotic "packages" for sexual purposes. It goes from Sex 101 to... who knows what. Depending how much money you want to spend, you can get a simple "package" or "combo" with: a bag of rose petals; a blue bottle of very sweet liebfraumilch wine; candles; inciense; fruty oil. (Condoms... optional).
(I suggest that you always stick to the condoms. Save sex. Did you know that 90% of the latinamerican women who have AIDS have been infected by the only man in their life, that is: The Husband? Did you know that? 90%!!!).
Back to the "package" or "sexy combo"... as you see, you dont have to get too creative, here. Let them do the mise-en-scene... you have sex.
(A question just popped into my mind... Would they also offer Viagra pills?... I wonder).
The best rooms (4 or 5) have a cristal roof for you to see the stars while having sex (if you can do both things at the same time, that is).
Also, they have a transparent over-the-floor level jacussi (right in the middle of the room, next to the bed). You have to climb some stairs in order to get into the jacussi.
And... they have these strange looking furniture, something in between a bench and a table, that -if you are really candid- makes you think about torture machinery and devices. But that also is for sex purposes.
I havent found out either if you can stay all night long (or all day long) or if they charge you for extra hours.
I'll never find out. A lady, in Venezuela, will not call to one of these places in order to ask questions... (but that same lady will happily go there if she is invited by the man she loves).
Be sure to check the www I'm writting below. And the erotic adventure continues!!! There are other Aladdin Hotels in other cities in Venezuela.
Venezuela is one of those countries in which you have to arrive to the capital (Caracas) and, from here, depart to everywhere else. (With very few exceptions, like Margarita Island, that has direct flights).
So imagine you arrive late at night: Plaza Venezuela Hotel is the place to sleep.
It right in the middle of town. Is clean. Is safe. Is not very expensive.
Do not walk around happily and freely like if you were Little Red Ridinghood. This is a so-so kind of place, kind of dangerous area. But you are here to sleep and to continue your travel next day.
There is a very kind lady at the front desk (now on Jan 2004), her name is Ramona, and when you tell her: "thank you very much", she answers back: "Oh, dont you mention!"... (I like this expresion a lot).
I would stay in a neighborhood ("urbanizacion", in spanish ) called "El Rosal " since it's location is perfect: close to all the happening places of Caracas (La Castellana, Las Mercedes, etc ), it's relatively safe and near the Metro (subway). At El Rosal you can find a Marriot Hotel, an Embassy Suites and the Lido Hotel . They're all very nice, although I'd stay at the Lido because it has a mall attached with the same name, where you can conveniently do some shopping.
Avenida Casanova is a parallel road to Sabana Grande (pedestrian zone)
Hotel Broadway, Av. Casanova, Tel: 02-9511922, 9511738, Fax: 02-9516939
***Hotel Coliseo, Av. Casanova, Tel: 02-727916 up to 19
**Hotel Escorial, Calle Colegio (Seitenstr. Av. Casanova), Tel: 02-7619621, 7628820 and 7624034
***Hotel Luna, Calle Colegio (side street. Av. Casanova), Tel: 02-725851 up to 59, Fax: 02-725850
*Hotel Odeon, Tel: 02-7931345 and 7931322
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