Cali is a stuffy metropolis, but it’s still sparsely populated. While travelers to Colombia often visit Bogota and Medellin, Cali is beginning to make a name for itself. Located in the Valle del Cauca, the city has a youthful energy that blends colonial architecture with modern art and design.
Cali has more than its fair share of boutique and luxury hotels. Fortunately, 4-star luxury hotels won’t break the bank and you can enjoy a great stay in Cali for a fraction of what you’d pay in Europe or the United States. We’ve researched the top boutique hotels in Cali based on price, location, amenities, and design and ambiance. Here’s what we found.
MOVICH CASA DEL ALFEREZ
From $137 per night
For those who scoff at the ultra-modern look and feel of most boutique hotels, the Movich Casa del Alferez was built for you. Situated in a completely renovated colonial building, the old wooden floors and spiral staircase blend subtly with modern design and furnishings, making Movich Casa del Alferez a wonderful blend of conservative and avant-garde. Of course, you won’t be stuck in this wonderful location all the time. Just a short walk from Poet’s Park, La Ermita Church, Caycedo Square, St. Peter’s Basilica and Mirador de Cali, Movich Casa del Alferez has an ideal location.
Hotel COLINA DE SAN ANTONIO
From $55 per night
Hotel Colina de San Antonio is another blend of conservative and avant-garde, leaning towards a comfortable colonial style in its design. As the name implies, the hotel is located in the hills of San Antonio, in a charming neighborhood full of fine restaurants with views of the city.Hotel Colina de San Antonio also features a full suite with kitchen, living room, balcony, master bedroom and master bathroom with Jacuzzi, making it a great alternative to Airbnb for long-term stays in Cali. If you don’t like to cook for yourself, the hotel consistently gets great reviews for breakfast.
EL PEóN Hotel
From $41 per night.
If minimalism and modern design strike your fancy, El Peón is the place to stay in Cali.El Peón doesn’t sacrifice space for the pursuit of minimalist design, with spacious studio-style rooms and plenty of open areas on the ground floor for relaxation.El Peón is a short distance from restaurants and bars, as well as the city’s old colonial district, making it the perfect location for exploring Cali.
From $90 per night
An up-and-coming boutique hotel, Now Hotel is raising the bar on Cali’s coolness. Featuring a rooftop pool and bar with stunning views of the city and an on-site sushi restaurant, Now Hotel is both stylish and laid-back.With vibrant colours and lots of greenery in the public areas, Now’s public areas stand out from the black and grey and white colour schemes that make up the palette of most ‘modern’ boutique hotels. Each room has a unique layout and interior design with a private balcony.
ACQUASANTA LOFTS HOTEL
From $250 per night
With 6 lofts ranging in size from 1500 to 2200 square feet, you won’t want to stay at AcquaSanta Lofts. The outdoor areas feature jacuzzis and sun terraces, and the on-site spa offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Each loft has smart room controls that interface with your devices. All this luxury comes at a price.AcquaSanta Lofts is one of the most expensive hotels on the list.
STEIN COLONIAL Hotel
From $50 per night
Built in 1931 by French architects, the Stein Colonial Hotel makes you feel like you’ve stepped into an Austrian villa. Tall stone walls and an impressive gate separate this private retreat from the busy Cali streets outside. Conservative décor, old world elegance and a unique family atmosphere make Hotel Stein Colonial a great choice for a family holiday. The architecture may be a little imposing, but the hospitality of its owners is evident.
Alco Hotel Boutique
From $110 per night
Just a short walk from Jorge Isaacs Theater, La Ermita Church, The Poet’s Park and Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Alko Hotel Boutique is located in one of Cali’s most charming neighborhoods. Decor such as brass taps, wicker lamps and aged wooden furniture add to the charm of the Alko Hotel. Deluxe rooms have balconies overlooking the hotel’s many green open areas. There is no restaurant in the hotel, but a breakfast buffet is available and there are many restaurants nearby.