These hotels become attractive if you plan to stay for more than one night and want to enjoy some relaxation time with your sightseeing.
Colony Park Plaza Unique Hotel (Rambla de las Americas Tel: 052-26280)
This is a relatively new, well-decorated and attractive place with a difference. The decoration style is hard to understand. There are beautiful art objects mixed with plastic flowers arrangements. The rooms were small, but atypical, which made it interesting. The walls in some instances seem thin because you can hear conversation from the adjoining room.
The hotel is set on the edge of town so there is space around you and the views are nice. The hotel provides bicycles to ride to town, or you could walk. The hotel has a car to transport guests to and from the port. Going into town for dinner may not be particularly attractive, however, because the streets are poorly lit and lonely. The hotel realises this and sometimes provides a social hour with free drinks in the evening. There is a cute bar with a piano player, a band in the dining room, and a full buffet of excellent food. There is a pay for service spa, with $30 massages.
Sheraton Colonia Golf and Spa Resort (Continuación de la Rambla de Las Américas, Phone: (052-29000)
The hotel is a ten minute drive from downtown Colonia and it’s about one kilometre to the city bus stop to get to the old town. Taxis to the city are expensive and not always readily available. You definitely need to rent a car if you're staying here and want to sightsee. A car costs about $50 per day and it will make the trip a lot more convenient.
The hotel site is attractive but a bit barren. The design of the hotel is mediocre, with some nice features, but without much inspiration. We found the decor very bland. The pools are lovely to look at, and are at varying temperatures. It offers golf and a sort of resort feel to it, although the ‘beach’ is a river-beach and not particularly attractive. The hotel is quite new, so the general state of maintenance is good.
The rooms are large, well presented and comfortable. They have all the usual facilities. There is a nice modern bathroom and toiletries are provided. The food was a disappointment. It is tired, uninspired, and really below standard in many cases. The dinner buffet was mediocre at best - plenty of bland, boring, average food. Food charges are very high even by hotel standards.
The spa looked nice but it was overpriced. It offers a fully equipped gym, an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and massage room. The computers in the business centre are free for unlimited use. There were swamps of kids everywhere, lots of noise during breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner and of course at night. They have a kids' club, but it seems kids are allowed to check in and out at will.