Bordering Ecuador, southern Colombia has hotels as diverse as its terrain. Despite the military checkpoints, guerrilla and terrorist activity is a significant concern for travelers in the region, according to the U.S. Department of State. The quality and safety of hotels in southern Colombia vary by location, so it best to choose a hotel with a reputation for high safety standards.
San Juan de Pasto
Located on the Pan-American Highway in the financial and commercial district of San Juan de Pasto, Hotel el Dorado focuses on providing hospitality and accommodations that are safe and professional. Surrounded by downtown plazas where locals hang out and colonial-era architecture that reflects the city's history and early settlers, the hotel is near the well-known Museo de Oro (Gold Museum). On a clear day, guests can see smoke billowing from the Galeras Volcano. Standard rooms have Spanish decor, large pieces of wood furniture, paintings by local artists and safes. Superior rooms have a modern interior design and separate living and sleeping quarters.
Famous for its Holy Week (Semana Santa) processions in the streets, the colonial city of Popayán is home to the Hotel Dann Carlton Quito. This hotel serves the needs of tourists, honeymooners and business travelers equally well with its various accommodation packages, and places visitors to this colonial city near museums, archaeological sites with painted caves and hiking trails. The decor is modern and elegant, and guests can enjoy the on-site casino and the fitness club with a Turkish bath. Rental computers are available. Room options range from standard sizes to executive suites.
Located near Colombia’s busiest Pacific seaport, the Hotel Estelar Estación is on Calle 1 (1st Street), the safest street in the busy town of Buenaventura. One of Hoteles Estelar's “superior” hotels, the Estación is not for those looking to pinch pennies on a trip to southern Colombia. However, the rates pay for peace of mind, as the hotel has integrated security services and on-site recreational activities. Guests wishing to do some sightseeing will find the beach only steps away, where they can admire large boats coming into the the harbor and watch humpback whales as they migrate. The look of the hotel mimics the colonial-plantation style of architecture found on the Caribbean islands.
Founded by 16th-century Spanish explorer Sebastian de Belalcázar during his search for El Dorado, the City of Gold, Cali is a popular tourist hotspot famous for its nightlife, multicultural museums, prime shopping opportunities and coffee and sugar exports. The Intercontinental in Cali gives guests views of the Cali River and easy access to the city’s attractions. Alfonso Bonilla Aragon Airport is only 7.5 miles away. As expected from the Intercontinental Hotel chain, the Intercontinental Cali offers standard rooms, suites and rooms on the Executive Club level. Guests can enjoy an on-site spa, gift shop, casino, live entertainment and business/travel services.