Style and Class in Caracas’ Hotels

Hotels — By Lauren Quinn on June 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Caracas may have a reputation for grit, but that’s only one side of the dynamic Venezuelan capital. A quick scratch beneath the surface reveals the city’s stylish sophistication—as does a stay in one of its swanky hotels.

Like everything in Caracas, hotels required some discernment. While budget options abound, not all are savory choices. But if you know where to go, you’ll find unrivaled class, without necessarily breaking the bank (unless you want to!).

Modern amenities, gracious staff, and plenty of soul: these hotels bring you closer to the heart of Caracas.

Hotel Avila

Get a taste of a by-gone era in the classy throwback Hotel Avila. Built by Nelson Rockefeller in the 1940s, this retro-cool hotel evokes the calmer side of Caracas’ past. Nestled at the base of Mount Avila, the grand hotel is surrounded by tranquil gardens—a welcome relief to the hustle and bustle of the big city. The two ivory wings of the hotel include rooms that feature balconies, perfect for catching cool breezes and unbeatable skyline views.

If the views and vibes weren’t enough, an aquamarine pool, landscaped lawns, jogging paths and a huge buffet breakfast make Hotel Avila worth the short taxi ride from center.

Hotel Chacao Cumberland

In Caracas for business? You don’t have to feel like a working stiff—especially if you’re staying in the slick and modern Hotel Chacao Cumberland. Aimed at a younger, hipper crowd than its parent hotel Caracas Cumberland, Hotel Chacao provides all the amenities business travelers need, with a healthy flair of personalized style. The geometric seven-story building includes an impressively sleek lobby, while sunny rooms come complete with modern art touches—in addition to super spacious bathrooms.

Located on the western edge of the Chacao Financial District, Hotel Chacao Cumberland is close to all the action of the Chacaito shopping center, home to restaurants, stores, bars and nightclubs.

The Hotel

A simple name for a very unsimple hotel. If some hotels seeks to evoke colonial opulence, The Hotel goes the opposite direction: it provides everything the modern traveler needs. A boutique-style hotel complete with amenities fit for business travelers, Hotel has got it all. A gym, spa, sun deck, rooftop bar, restaurant, business center: if that weren’t enough, The Hotel’s got futuristic touches like robotic bellboys.

The Hotel is located on the northern edge of the Las Mercedes area, the hottest spot for dining and nightlife in Caracas.

Gran Melia Caracas

If you’ve gotten the sneaking suspicion that urban blight and affluence live side-by-side in Caracas, nothing will so drive the point home as Gran Melia Caracas. The city’s largest and most luxurious hotel rises its towers out of the down-and-dirty Sabana Grande area—meaning you won’t be tucked away in a far-off suburb, but right in the mix of the city.

The exquisite building is a tribute to old-world elegance. From the marble floors and glittering chandeliers of its grand lobby to the antique furnishings of the 432 rooms, Gran Melia Caracas is pure class and style. Feel like royalty and live the good life, right in the heart of Caracas.

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