The Barrio Historico is the area of most interest to visitors so it makes sense to find accommodation in town. Fortunately there are a number of choices from luxury through to budget. The following are some suggestions in the upper end of the market.
Radisson (Washington Barbot 283. Tel: 052-30460).
As expected, the Radisson is a very solid, comfortable choice close to the historic sites. It's not in the middle of the shopping and restaurant area so you do need to walk a bit - not long, but the street uphill is unlit at night and the sidewalk is very uneven from tree roots. The hotel is chic and very modern, the infinity pool is clean and attractive and it was great to relax in and watch the sunset after a long day of walking around Colonia. The whole pool deck is scenic overlooking the river.
The rooms are clean and amply sized with nice solid wood furniture but the furnishings are a bit outdated and generic. The top floor rooms have a nice view of the pool and the river from the balcony. Some other rooms have a sliding door to a tastefully decorated Mediterranean-style courtyard. There are also some street view rooms. All seem to be fitted out with a king bed or two twins, flat screen TV and large bathroom. From a safety point of view the room doors didn't offer either a peep hole or safety chain. There is a casino right next door to the hotel for those who need this distraction.
Posada Plaza Mayor (Calle del Comercio 111. Tel: 052-23193).
The Posada Plaza Mayor is a small inn housed in a landmark building, and is centered on a courtyard with a lovely fountain. It is situated right on the main plaza of town and there are several restaurants all literally within steps of the hotel. In addition to the central courtyard, there is a pleasant patio/backyard in the rear with comfy chairs and shade trees, for those seeking more peace and privacy.
All staff were very friendly and helpful, and the rooms are atmospheric but most are small and those on the road would be noisy. Most feature stonework and have high ceilings but we thought some smelt of mildew. The suite has a large sitting area, decent-sized bathroom and a big window that opens onto the street. Breakfast is in a river-view room on the second floor. It is a nice continental set-up, with pastries, croissants, fresh orange juice and coffee but there is a large sign forbidding you from taking any food out of the room. Very strange!
There is a guest internet terminal with a good connection. We thought the place had considerable charm but had reservations about the rooms and the price which seemed very high for what you got.
Posada del Virrey (Espana 217. Tel: 052-22223).
This elegant, historic place has a good location with lovely river views. The rooms are air-conditioned, have cable TV and some have Jacuzzis. The buffet breakfast is excellent and the room prices are not outrageous.