Manizales: Hotels Restaurants Nightlife GettingThere

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ACCOMMODATION, HOTELS AND HOSTELS
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A street of ManizalesIn Manizales you will find several options for spending a night. It all depends on your likes and budget, so here are some recommendations.

If you're backpacking through Colombia, try Mountain House Hostel. For something more upscale, try the Regine's hotel or the beautiful Hacienda Venecia, a typical coffee farm. For something luxurious, head to the Estelar Recinto del Pensamiento, a beautiful hotel coupled a butterfly park, an orchid park and even its own cable car to enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains!

Mountain House Manizales
A good hostel with the adventure spirit. Dorms start at 20,000 pesos too, privates at 45,000 pesos for 2. Breakfast is included. If you opt for a dorm, try to get one with windows.
Calle 66 # 23 B 137, Calle Larga de Palermo o Calle de los Faroles
Barrio Guayacanes, Manizales . Tel (+57- 6 ) 887 47 36, Mob: 300 439 7387
http://www.mountainhousemanizales.com

Hacienda Venecia Hostel
Este hospedaje acogedor, ubicado en una finca productora de café, le ofrece una experiencia inigualable como lo es pasar algunas noches en un típica finca del Eje Cafetero. Tienen dos casas: la principal y la de huéspedes; en la segunda el precio es mucho más bajo ya que cuentan con habitaciones compartidas y lo bueno es que tienen una refrescante piscina.
Tel: (57) 320 636 5719


Regine's Hotel

For more comfort, head to Regine's hotel, it's a small family run boutique hotel, a nice place to relax after a day of hiking. The upstairs rooms are much better than the downstairs ones. They have 10 rooms available with the choice between standard rooms and junior suites. Prices start at 130,000 for 2 for a double.
Calle 65A #23B - 113, Manizales. Tel: (096) 887 53 60, Mob: 311 762 1572

Estelar Recinto del Pensamiento, Manizales
Estelar Recinto del Pensamiento Hotel
Besides the benefits that we already mentioned, this place also has a complete Convention Center. The hotel is only a 5 minutes ride from La Nubia Airport and the industrial area of the city. Staying there is a real experience in itself. Prices run from $100.000 to $200.000 pesos per person, it includes a buffet breakfast and unlimited Internet acces.
Km. 11 vía al Magdalena
Tel: (57 6) 874 7494
Reservations: (57 1) 608 8080

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EATING AND RESTAURANTS
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Manizales City CenterCarrera 23 is where you will probably end up eating if you're not up in the mountains, here are 3 options we've tried for you.

Valentino's Gourmet
A lovely coffee shop, which large choices of coffee and nice snacks.
Cra. 23 (Avenida Santander) # 63-128, Manizales.
It is opened from 10am to 10pm.

Il Forno
A decent italian rstaurant, a real challenge considering the limited amount of Italian ingredients available in the region. The place offers a good view from the back patio. It will cost you between 10,000 to 20,000 pesos without drinks.
It is opened from Monday to Saturday from noon to 10pm.
Carrera 23 # 73-86 Milán

Club Manizales
Part of a private club offering sports including golf, this is one of the best place for diner in the city. They have good seafood (king prawns in wisky!) and a good wine list. It will cost you around 40,000 pesos for a starter and a main. All in all, it's good value for money considering the meals, service and the place.
Carrera 23 No25-60C.
http://www.clubmanizales.com.co

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NIGHTLIFE, BARS AND CLUBS
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As for food, Carrera 23 (av Santander) is your best option for early drinks. For a more local experience and drinks with a view, you can try the estancos (liquor shops with outdoor tables) in Chipre near the Mirador. The city doesn't really come alive at night outside of Thursday to Saturday.

Bar C
A really good place for a big night out. Outside the city, they close at 3am on Thursday and at 4.30 on Friday and Saturday. Music is the usual cross-over mixing western electronic and local hits of reggaeton, vallenato... There's a cover that varies depending on the day and if concerts are held.
Via Acueducto Niza, you can check the program here: facebook.com/BarClubManizales

Puerto Rico Salsateca
Near the Plaza de Toros, the best place in town for salsa butnot only. Great atmosphere, it is opened until 1am on Wednesday and Thursday and 2am Friday and Saturday. Cover is usually 10,000 pesos.
Av Centenario No24-132

VIP
On Carrera 23, VIP is the biggest nightclub in town. Probably one of the best places with BarC to try your moves with local men/ladies. 
There's a cover of 5,000 pesos at the door and opens till late.
Carrera 23-122

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GETTING THERE
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Manizales CemetaryPlane
If you're coming from Bogota, it might be a good idea to fly there. Aeropuerto La Nubia is 8kms away from the city on the road to Bogota. Taxis from and to the airport should cost you around 10,000 pesos. Companies that fly to Manizales are Avianca, Aires, Satena, check transportation in Colombia page. A new international airport will open in 2012/2013 near Palestina, one hour west of Manizales.

Bus
There's a brand new bus terminal linked directly to the Cable Plaza via the cable car so if your hotel/hostel is near Carrera 23, you don't even need to take a taxi to get there. There are direct buses from Bogota (8 hours, around 25,000 pesos), Medellin (5 hours, 8/10,000 pesos).

There are also minibuses every 15/20 minutes to and from from Armenia (3,000 Pesos, 30 minutes, from 6am to 8pm) or Pereira (4000 pesos, 75 minutes).

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