The Zona Colonial is the most distinctive part of the city and therefore where most travelers prefer to stay. Sights and restaurants are within walking distance and there’s an excellent choice of midrange and top-end hotels to choose from, some in attractive restored colonial-era buildings. Budget travelers have fewer options. Gazcue, a quiet residential area southwest of Parque Independencia, has several hotels in the midrange category, though there are far fewer eating options and you’re likely to have to rely on taxis, especially at night. The high-rise hotels on the Malecón are best if you’re looking for resort-style amenities like swimming pools, health clubs and tennis courts, and on-site entertainment like nightclubs and casinos.