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Casa Aguacanela

Casa Aguacanela
Carrera 24A #2A-55, Miraflores, Cali, Valle del Cauca
+57 311.325.0578 (whatsapp/celular), (032) 556.8382 (landline)
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Overview: The centrally located neighborhood of Miraflores is nestled into the western hills of Cali. It's a pleasant, safe, neighborhood, that is cooler than other parts of Cali due to afternoon breezes that blow in from the mountains. Casa Aguacanela is a great mid-budget option for tourists and travelers looking for a place to call home while they explore the city of Cali.

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Neighborhood: Miraflores is a safe and tranquil area with spectacular views of the city of Cali. It's very close to all of the most interesting and important sights; it's just south of San Antonio, and just north of San Fernando Viejo. Just a short walk or taxi ride away you will find the Biblioteca Departamental, the Iglesia San Antonio, the Camino a Cristo Rey, the Teatro los Cristales, the Parque Panamericano, and the Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero. Just a short block to the south, you will also find the famous Parque del Perro, packed with great dining options, bars, and nightlife.

How to Get There: Cali, like most Colombian cities, is best reached either by plane or bus. If you are arriving at Cali's Alfonso Bonilla Aragon Airport (CLO), located northeast of the city, in between Cali and Palmira, you are 23km from the hostel. A taxi will cost around $55.000 COP, and take around 35 minutes. Of course, try to avoid arriving between rush hour (5pm to 8pm) as this could significantly increase the cost and the time of your taxi.

A great option for saving a little money is to take a "colectivo," or small bus, from the airport to Cali's main bus terminal. This costs $6.500 COP and is just 30 minutes. From here you can either take a taxi directly to the hostel ($12.000 COP and around 15 minutes), or you can take Cali's El Mio integrated bus system, which you will take heading south towards the "Santa Librada" stop on El Mio, which is located on Calle 5 with Carrera 22.

The Santa Librada stop is just six blocks (or about a 5 minute walk) from the hostel. Head 3 blocks south along Calle Quinta until you arrive at Carrera 24A, and then turn right and walk three blocks up the hill. Casa Aguacanela will be on your right hand side.

Management/Staff: Casa Aguacanela is run by Esperanza, who lives on the premises. In addition to being a hostel owner, she is also a painter, and many of her own works are displayed in the hostel. She will be delighted to help you with anything you need, so that you can make the most of your time in Cali.

Rooms: Casa Aguacanela would best be described as a boutique hostel. It is a great place for couples or for business travelers, who are looking for mid-budget options.

Shared Rooms: Casa Aguacanela does not offer shared or dormitory accommodations.

Private Rooms: Casa Aguacanela offers three private rooms: "Blue Moon" is a double room with its own private balcony, and private bathroom. It goes for $100.000 per night. "New Moon" is also a private room with street view, and a private bath. It is also $100.000 per night. Finally, there is a room called "Full Moon", which features three single beds. It's a good option for groups. It includes a private bathroom in the hallway. This room goes for $90.000 per night.

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Restaurants: The nearest place to head for fine dining options is the Parque del Perro. It's a pleasant ten minute walk away. You can either head up Carrera 24A and work your way through some windy streets (consult a map because the route is a little tricky), or you can head down to Calle Quinta, which is a much simpler route.

Here you will find two dozen restaurants, catering to every taste and price range. There are several Colombian options, several Peruvian restaurants serving up Ceviche. Particularly recommended is Llanera el Parque, which serves up typical Colombian veal, barbecued plains or "llanero" style. Primos is an excellent option for beef and poultry dishes, with a wide range of salads and soups, and it's a great late night option, as they are open until 1am on weekends. Sushi Green offers a range of Asian/South American fusion food, and is particularly recommendable for their causa (a Peruvian dish of potatoes, avocados, and seafood).

If you're in the mood for healthier fare, then a great option is Go Green. They serve up a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, and wraps, all at reasonable prices. Other more traditional options include Subway, the El Corral Colombian hamburger chain, and reliable Italian favorite Archie's which offers great pizza and pasta options.

Amenities: 

Breakfast: No

Kitchen: There is a small kitchen for guest use, that includes a stove and refrigerator.

Restaurant: No. However, many excellent dining options are within walking range.

Bar: No

Terrace/Patio: There are two incredible terrace spaces...one on the second, and one on the third floors. They offer some of the best views of Cali, looking out across the city towards the east.

TV Lounge: No, but there is cable TV in the rooms.

Computers: No

Wifi: Yes. Both in the common areas and bedrooms. 

Lockers: There is no need for lockers as their are only private rooms, each which lock with their own key.

Bicycles: No

Credit Cards: No

Luggage Storage: Yes. Same day service is free. Thereafter the cost is $3.000 per day.

Check-in Time: 2pm

Check-out Time: 12pm

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Conclusion: Casa Aguacanela, in the strategically located Miraflores neighborhood is an excellent option for mid-budget travelers, especially couples and business travelers. You will feel right at home in the clean and comfortable rooms, and Esperanza will take good care of you.

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