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SAV - SouthAmerVoyager/California Surfer
Medellin, Colombia

It is what it is, old, broken, dirty, dusty but what a location!

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 Oct 2021
So I live in Medellin and travel extensively throughout all of Colombia and this visit/stay in Taganga has been about my 4th in the past 5 years.

This visit in July 2021 was in the middle of my month long, 3,260km exploration of the whole Carribean coastline and so my travel partner and I needed some relaxing beach days which we got from our 4 day stay at La Ballena Azul Hotel.

Basically the horror stories that you read in the other reviews are all legit, this hotel is run down, things don't work, the 2 spas in the center court have no water but plenty of mosquitos, the service is pathetic and I am being generous.

This all being said the LOCATION could not be better as your on the beach, literally the sand is steps away. So best thing that I can say is have zero expectations and if you get a good promotion deal, like I did as the net cost for our hotel room was very reasonable, only then you can "make do".

It actually looks like they are attempting to do some remodeling to the building. I will check it out the next time I am in Taganga.

Now this is interesting, my good friend, my travel buddy from Medellin, and he loved the place, why? He as a true Colombian has little expectation and goes with the flow which is something you must adapt to in order to enjoy the stay.
Date of stay: July 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Reviewed 30 October 2019 via mobile

Place needs knocked down and a new hotel need built in its place as location is amazing hotel is overpriced and outdated. Rooms were not that clean no pool and was priced as if it was a 5 star hotel. Some of the hostals up the road are a better option. Please knock this old girl down and build a new hotel. In the early 80’s I’m sure it was nice.

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2019 via mobile

We arrived as a couple for vacation and booked 2 nights, after viewing the great photos in Hotels.com, Booking, etc.
Very quickly we realized the real state of the hotel: dirty, old, and absolutely not worth the price of 45$ per night.
The room we’ve got was stinky and with unpleasant smell and really don’t look same as the pictures, with no hot water at the shower. As you can see in the pictures, the “pool” is really not suitable for humans entry - seems like they dis not clean the pool such a long time.
It is much more as hostel of 1 star then “hotel”, and completely not worth the over priced they asking for. We felt like in a trap.
I do recommend for Ocean Hotel instead, which is really nearby to the beach also, very clean and the team is very kind - and cheaper!

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2019

Little hidden gem right on the water with a great view. The fish dishes are excellent and staff is wonderful. The trip to get down to the water is exiting as it reminds you of a costal European town with the mountains and the winding roads. Great place to relax with drinks and food as the sun sets.

Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Probably the best hotel of Taganga, we stayed 3 nights here and was very very good. Clean, good service and worth visiting Taganga. Very relaxed and a great place to visit, very recommended to come to Taganga.

Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

My husband and I had lunch here during a day trip to Tananga. The service was fast (even though we were relaxing and in no hurry to go anywhere) and friendly. It is an outdoor restaurant with a fantastic view of the beach. Our 14 month old son loved watching the birds fly above us while we sipped frozen coconut lime smoothies. We had seafood stew which was served with pressed fried banana. It was fresh and hot! It was an amazing meal and we were happy that we found Azul Restaurant and Bar for our lunch.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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