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All reviews del sol coco's bar kids club new construction the beach is great shaded areas multiple options beach vendors nice pool ocean view air conditioning tayrona park breakfast was included bohio iguanas bungalow xxi
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

I have stayed at various hotels in Santa Marta, this one was much better than the others. From an international perspective, most hotels in Santa Marta are quite average. At least at this price. The bungalow was nice enough, the bathroom was by no means 5 star quality though. The water was hot though, which is not a given in this part of Colombia. A/C was fine, flat screen TV with cable TV. The cleaning lady was wonderful. She actually cleaned, not like in other places like the U.S. where they just pretend to clean. The food was actually good but a bit pricey (for the country, 15-25 USD per dish plus drinks and tip). The hotels offers free transportation to/from Santa Marta and El Rodadero twice a day. They also have a free airport shuttle. Conclusion, very good option, considering the circumstances (there are not many good options around). If this hotel was in Cancun or the Dominican Republic, I would not stay there because there would be much better options.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Together with my wife and our two children, we´ve spent one week at the Irotama Resort in Santa Marta.

The first inquiry regarding lodging options we made by email - and never got an answer.
We then tried it by phone (using a no in Bogota) and received information by phone and email.

The Irotama resort is located very convenient - just 10 minutes away from Santa Marta airport; the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle.

Currently, there are five lodging options:
a) Irotama XXL hotel
b) Irotama del sol hotel
c) Irotama del mar hotel
d) Villas (2 levels) and Bungalows (one level; cabanas)
e) Suites Bohio - next to the beach

No matter what option you take - you´re free to enjoy the amenities (pool, restaurant) of every of the other places.
All of them are located close to the beach.

We went for option d) and were put into a bungalow upon arrival.
As the bungalow did not match what we were told on the telephone (2 different bedrooms), we called reception and were switched to a villa about 2 hours later.

All buildings are located in an extensive green area with lots of plants, trees, flowers - nature pure!
All plants but also the beach(!!!) are very well maintained - lots of staff who try their best to keep things clean.

Whereas the hotels are relatively new and modern, the bungalows and villas as well as the rest of the infrastructure is old.

The villas/bungalows might be two to three stars maximum; lots of small details to improve and for maintenance.

The bungalows have one level: one front room; a bedroom and a bathroom.
The villas have one main door and inside like two independant appartments - each of them with one bedroom and one bathroom. Plenty of space for the family.

The number of palmtrees and the breeze from the sea make provide a nice climate.
Plenty of chairs, tables and canvas chairs all over the beach invite to take a break and enjoy your holidays.

Internet (wifi) is free; high speed (up to 5mbit/second) - but not everywhere you´ll have a signal.

The basic (minimum) plan includes accomodation and breakfast - which can be taken either in one of the restaurants or the buffet.

Other plans include half-board or even 3 meals per day.

There are different restaurant options - but not every restaurant is open every day.
You better have a look at the one-page daily "activities" that are placed into your room every day - to see, what restaurant is open and when.

In General, food and especially drinks are expensive and overpriced for Colombia:

Paying aprox. $6900 (colombian peso) for a bottle of local beer exceeds the regular shop price more than 5 times!
Food quality varies a lot - the worst place to eat was the Chiaru di Luna/pizzeria:
aprox. $ 30.000 for a small hard pizza that tasted like a microwave pizza.

A kids club offers activities (aprox. 1-2 hours in the morning and afternoon);
several pools and jacuzzis provide options to those who don´t like swimming in the ocen.

A gym is also available - unfortunately only equipped with a few ventilators and without airconditioning - which makes exercising very hard.
Equipment is basic and maintained in working conditions. Don´t expect the latest equipment!

Sauna and steambath: also available; the day we chedked it out, the sauna was extremely hot.
Everyone who entered complained - but there was no personnel available to turn down the temperature.

Some sports (ping-pong, volleyball...) are free of charge; others are charged for.

If you disregard the high prices for food and drinks, accept the defects of your bungalow/villa,
can live with an old infrastucture, it´s a nice place in a tropical environment and lots of nature everywhere.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

We just returned from a trip to Irotama XXI-excellent time. Accommodations very clean and lots of things to do. Beautiful pools- very warm ocean! Staff very friendly and helpful. If visiting Santa Marta- well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank kcretired
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

My husband, two children, and I were there for 5 nights this past week! They describe this resort as 5 star but please remember you are not in the US, you are in Colombia. You cannot expect to get the service you would receive in the states. That aside, we really enjoyed our stay. They have soccer, volley ball, and ping pong on the beach, all you do is request the balls with the activities department. Breakfast is really good, a buffet, with an egg station( not omelet). They have aerobics on the beach every morning. Family game time every night at 9pm. Nanny service is available at your cost. Nice pool, as pictured. We stayed at the bungalow, which is the most economic stay. They have 3 building available for the more higher paying guest. Several restaurants on site. Pools on the hotels are also available for all. Free transportation to and from Santa Marta and El Rodadero which are the 2 nearest cities. There are many many more things to brag about but you can just try out yourself. Very very very family friendly. I didn't see many American guest mainly guests from other parts of Colombia. ( lots of women with plastic surgery)...just some extra information for you, je je!

Room Tip: I stayed at the most economic, the bungalow. Nice and clean.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank URTRVLGRL
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

there is a ton of activities and things to do, there are a lot of restaurants and bars which gives you a nice variety. the hotel is a little far from the actual city of santa marta which can be nice but also could be a pian if you want to get to know the city.
there is recreation for the kids and a lot of plants and animals.
the semi-private beach is definitely a plus

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank xsv_66
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