Dance to cumbia music and embrace the carnival spirit with a stay at one of these hotels in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Known as Colombia’s Golden Gate, Barranquilla takes you to another world of carnival celebrations and the magical realism that inspired authors such as Gabriel García Márquez. Bed down among the best in the posh El Prado neighbourhood, or bunk up in one of Barranquilla’s budget hostels. Whatever you decide, we have our picks for the best hotels in Barranquilla for every traveler.
As you go up to your room, let the Hotel Boutique M’s floating staircase to take you to another world. Rooms are clean and modern, plus you can eat breakfast downstairs on the leafy garden terrace. There are personalized touches – in-bed picnics and carved-wood keychains – along with its prime location near parks and shopping paradise.
Looking for something a bit more traditional? El Prado is a historic and cultural treasure in the heart of Barranquilla. The neoclassical arches have been greeting guests since the 1930s, while the newly renovated interiors, pool bar and pizzeria provide a temporary oasis from the crowds outside.
Party lovers will find a home at Hotel Movich Buró 51, whether that’s at a ball, a banquet or a carnival bash. Events are held round-the-clock at this spot in north Barranquilla, with more fun to be had at the bar Iraka or the pool-side sunroom. The hotel nods to Colombian culture throughout, from the attention-grabbing sculpture in the lobby to coffee breaks and canapes served in the Ebano restaurant.
Design lovers can jump right into the shine, shape and textures that define the Hotel Faranda’s image. With palm frond-print wallpaper and ochre-colored headboards, rooms feel more like a ‘50s beach hideout than a gateway to stunning spots such as Barranquilla’s Anthropology Museum, the Museo Romántico and the stark-white Immaculate Conception church surrounded by rotating outdoor exhibits.
The bh Barranquilla isn’t afraid to have some fun and let loose – and you shouldn’t either. With pops of blue and green throughout, graffitied walls by French artist Chanoir and Acapulco-inspired furniture, the hotel is just a short walk down a tree-lined street away from Barranquilla Zoo and the Alto Prado shopping district.
A red-and-white guest house-turned-hotel, the Hotel Casa Colonial feels cozier than its corporate counterparts. The Casa’s home-style cooking and colonial architecture will make you feel right at home, though there’s plenty nearby to keep you out, such as the Barranquilla Museum of Modern Art, neighboring galleries and the Karl C Parrish park.
Even the Windsors would be proud of the luxury offered inside this castle-shaped hotel – and yes, that is a Big Ben-like clock tower perched on top. Prepare to be treated like royalty from the moment you arrive at this hotel in north Barranquilla. Executives will love the hotel’s closeness to the business district, while the rest of the family will appreciate the shopping and nightlife just steps out the door.
Hardcore soccer fans will want to stay at the Sofichic Hotel Boutique, just a block from Barranquilla’s Estadio Olímpico Romelio Martínez. The hotel’s price is also a selling point, putting it a step above nearby hostels with in-room kitchens and a small pool on the shaded patio. At the north end of the stadium, an artisan market has all the souvenirs you’ll need.
When Carnival season kicks into gear, the Destino Barranquilla Hostel becomes a popular spot for travelers from all over the world. Most are surprised by owner Alberto’s encyclopedic knowledge of the city – a chat with him will leave you armed with recommendations around Barranquilla. The attentive service is matched by the hostel’s low price and unbeatable location, even outside of carnival festivities.