Best hotels and hostels in Caracas

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    Hotel Santiago

    Travellers unwilling to brave Caracas right after landing can check in at this seaside lodge in Macuto, a 20min ride east of the airport. Owned by a native of the Canary Island of El Hierro, it boasts cosy rooms and a fine tasca (tavern).

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    Hotel Gabial

    A solid midpriced option in a sleazy part of town, the Gabial is a sparkling, efficient operation, with professional, English-speaking staff. Its 95 cool, comfortable units boast quiet air-con and spacious bathrooms. Though it's on the sterile side, value-conscious travelers don't mind and the place fills up fast.

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    Hotel La Mirage

    At the southern end of a string of lo-tels, the Mirage is a nondescript nine-storey block with basic comfortable accommodation. Besides the low rates, its chief attraction is its 'family' environment, meaning it's one of the few lodgings along this seedy strip that doesn't rent rooms by the hour.

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    Hotel Alba Caracas

    The government took over this former Hilton in 2007, but it remains a five-star option in an unbeatable location – facing Parque Central and connected by a footbridge to the Teresa Carreño cultural complex. Its trump cards are a convenient location for museum hopping, lofty views of the concrete jungle from the top floors, tennis courts, a couple of pools and a state-of-the-art gym. Ironically enough, however, is it the socialist hotel that is one of the few in the city to charge for wi-fi, a whopping BsF17 per hour.

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    The Backpacker’s Hostel

    Occupying the second floor of the Nuestro love motel, this is Caracas’ only shoestring-oriented option amid a hostel atmosphere. It’s run by a doting Portuguese couple and offers up-to-date travel information, free luggage storage and a 2nd-floor terrace where travelers gather under a mango tree, firing back cervezas (beers) and ogling the gritty streets below. It’s ultra-basic, but fills a niche. Sadly, you need a teleporter to get in and out safely given its location in Sabana Grande.

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    Gran Meliá Caracas

    One of Caracas’ grand dames, the 436-room Gran Meliá is its largest luxury hotel. It’s set back from Sabana Grande’s tough streets by a gala driveway, leading to an urban oasis featuring a startling sunset-toned lobby, wildly popular pool with cascading fountain, and a restaurant that makes its Sunday brunch look like a work of art. It’s cheaper than Altamira and Las Mercedes’ luxury options, but you won’t come out ahead due to the compulsory need to use taxis for any movement whatsoever.

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    Hotel Gioly

    There’s no tourism-oriented hospitality at this 45-room, is-it-or-isn’t-it love motel (they shy from reservations), but it’s hard to beat for price and location, set on a bustling, working-class but safe commercial street in Chacao, just two blocks south of Centro San Ignacio. Recently renovated rooms are surprisingly nice, with LCD televisions and some with extra room for small tables. You can walk to everything in Altamira, La Castellena, El Rosal and Los Palos Grandes from here, day or night.

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    The Hotel

    This sleek, boutique business hotel offers a collision of Bali and Milan inside an L-shaped white sentinel building in modish Las Mercedes. Everything is designed for the hip young exec, from the lobby brimming with flat-screen TVs to the globally decorated DVD-equipped rooms. Shower-shy folks should avoid if not traveling solo: these all-glass numbers next to the bed leave little to the imagination (echoing local sentiment that it’s merely a boutique love motel!).

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    Hotel New Jersey

    This basic and clean low-rise in the somewhat easier-going section of the center near Parque Central makes a shady budget choice. Rooms are relatively large and well maintained, with a cheery palette of colors and assorted decorative elements from over the decades – though it must be said, from a security standpoint, that this was the only hotel in Caracas that let us see a room unaccompanied. The atmospheric attached tasca is usually packed with businesspeople.

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    Hotel Ávila

    Opened by Norman Rockefeller as a venue for Caracas' jet set to stay in the 1940s, this old-world hotel high above the city in hilly San Bernadino may have seen better days, but remains secure, friendly and full of character. Rooms all have a safe and TV, while the public areas include an oval pool and beautifully maintained gardens.

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    Hotel Paseo Las Mercedes

    Since so much of Caracas life revolves around shopping complexes, it figures that a hotel should be part of one. The prevalence of white wicker furniture gives an oddly Club Med feel to the rooms at this upscale offering in the chic mall of the same name, but with lower prices than other top-end hotels in the city (rates drop another BsF120 on weekends) and a prime location for restaurants and nightlife, it’s hard walk away based on inept decor.

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    Hotel Altamira Suites

    Sitting on lush grounds a few blocks north of Plaza de Francia, this extremely secure corporate hotel is designed for longer stays. Suites come in two classes but the layout is the same, with a kitchen, living room and narrow balconies. Ongoing renovations have thrown in a masculine touch to the kitchens, and brighter hallways on floors 2 to 4 and 10 to 13. The hip 360° Roofbar offers a panoramic cocktail for the city’s bold and beautiful.

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    Hotel Residencial El Cid

    Setting itself apart from the rest in a nondescript zone west of the plaza, this safely enclosed hotel sports a suitably faded Spanish aristocrat theme. Noble carved hardwoods abound in the old-school lobby and computer room, while apartments pack in a salon with DirectTV, kitchenettes and heavy, colonial wood furniture. It offers the most character of the midrangers here as well as a cute and feisty front desk staff.

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    Hotel Centro Lido

    This upscale business hotel is in the heart of Francisco de Miranda in El Rosal. Rates include use of the spa and the gymnasium-sized fitness center, and they often throw in a bottle of wine as well. Rooms are sizable, with extra-large marble bathrooms. If your Caracas business trip has you and yours apprehensive, it’s located in Centro Lido mall, so you could conceivably not leave your hotel if you so chose.

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    Hotel City

    A well-maintained, comfortable nest with quirky design nuances (Asian tearoom shower doors alongside European country-house tiling). It’s not luxurious, but boasts extra comfort in this price range, a friendly, service-oriented staff and a landmark location in the shadow of the Previsora building. It's set amid Sabana Grande's mean streets, but the metro station is practically on the doorstep.

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    Hotel Eurobuilding Express

    A flashy alternative amidst an otherwise blighted zone, the Eurobuilding is situated directly on the road departing from the terminal. Rates include shuttle to or from the airport and an ample breakfast at the hotel’s Mr Grill restaurant. Half-day rates are available, too, so you can while away long hours between flights at the gym, pool and tennis courts.

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    Hotel Residencia Montserrat

    This seven-story box with a checkerboard facade holds an excellent position just down from Plaza de Francia and the metro. Accommodations are far more basic than the lobby suggests, with faux mid-century-modern furniture and an aged air, but the soccer field–size suites with kitchens and ample balconies (the checker squares) give oblique views of the plaza.

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    Hotel Caracas Palace

    This former Four Seasons lost much of its soul when the luxe Canadian chain pulled out of Caracas a few years ago – it’s now a massive piece of modernist architecture that feels somewhat Soviet in its eerie quietness. Located right across from the pleasant Plaza de Francia, its saving grace is a wonderful cascading split-level pool on an elevated deck.

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    Dal Bo Hostal

    A modest and windowless apartment near the Plaza Bolívar, this improvised hostel has two dorms with bunks (a two-bed and six-bed), a gleaming shared bathroom and a small kitchen. English-speaking Gustavo equips all guests with cell phones, there's a huge movie collection and welcome beers on the house. Reserve ahead. Airport pickups cost US$4 per car.

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    Pestana Suites Caracas

    This fancy high-rise joint is worth the price: as well as huge, stylish and comfortable rooms with fantastic views, there's the added bonus of being in a safe area and enjoying tight security. The rooftop infinity pool and bar are a great way to chill after a day exploring Caracas' concrete jungle. Travel agents can sometimes get generous discounts.