This practical guide will help you choose among the best hotels in Salento, Quindío.
This colonial village became known because of its proximity to the Valle del Cocora (30 min drive).
To help you choose suitable accommodation in Salento, I have analyzed all the best hotels on Booking (+9). I’ve also been to Salento 3 times.
For each category, I have selected the best hotel in Salento:
- Best upscale hotel in Salento: Hotel Kawa Mountain Retreat
- Best medium price hotel in Salento: Terrazas de Salento
- Best original hotel in Salento: EcoLodge Kasaguadua
- Best cabin in Salento: Gue Guatok
- Best apartment to rent with friends in Salento: Hotel La Caracola
- Best hotel in Salento for riding: Reserva Guadalajara – Cocora Valley
- Best hotel near Valle del Cocora: La Cabaña Ecohotel – Valle del Cocora
- Hotel in Salento with the best view: Hotel El Mirador del Cocora
- Best hotel in Salento for families: Ecohotel Piedemonte
- Best hostel in Salento: Coffee Tree Boutique Hostel
- Best economical hotel in Salento: Casa Salento
- Best glamping near Valle del Cocora: Lumbre Glamping
Keep reading to know how I chose them.
The best hotels in Salento
Besides having exciting explanations about the best hotels in Salento, you will know how far away they are and what their cancellation policy is.
Best upscale hotel in Salento: Kawa Mountain Retreat
Hotel Kawa Mountain Retreat is the ideal option for an unforgettable stay in Salento. The mix of modern and rustic architecture is reminiscent of the atmosphere of mountain cottages. Lush vegetation surrounds the hotel, which allows you to enjoy a quiet and relaxing environment.
- You are in the middle of nature, and yet you are only 5 minutes away from Salento.
- The hotel is cleverly designed to enjoy the beautiful landscape from the rooms or social areas.
- You can warm up by the fireplace or enjoy your private jacuzzi (not in all rooms).
- The food is delicious and the staff very helpful.
- Note: The standard Queen Room does not have a view (this is an introductory price). I advise you to choose the other rooms.
Price: from 275 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: none | Location: 5 min walk from the main square | Accommodation type: Hotel Boutique
Best medium price hotel in Salento: Terrazas de Salento
Terrazas de Salento is a 7 room boutique hotel that is in a quiet area of the town. Its distinct look, surrounded by flowers and green plants, will delight travelers who want to sleep in a comfortable and affordable hotel in Salento.
- Everyone falls in love with Damary, the lovely owner of this hotel.
- Solo Traveler can book a small room at a low price.
- It seems far away, but it is actually in Salento, just a few min walks from the main square.
- The breakfast is delicious. You’ll have enough energy to roam around all morning.
- Beautiful hotel architecture and comfortable rooms.
Price: from 212 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 3 days | Location: 6 min walk from the main square | Accommodation type: Hotel Boutique
Best apartment to rent with friends in Salento: La Caracola
La Caracola is a hotel in Salento with 3 rooms on the first floor and a comfortable apartment with two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchen on the 2nd floor. It is perfect for friends or two couples traveling together.
- Each couple has its independence, with its bathroom and bedroom.
- There is a private terrace to enjoy your morning coffee.
- You can decide to cook for yourself or order the hotel’s breakfast — or going out.
- The owners are always available for questions (and they speak English).
Price: from 400 000 COP/6 pers | Cancellation Policy: 1 day | Location: 5 min walk from the main square | Accommodation type: Aparthotel
Hotel in Salento with the best view: El Mirador del Cocora
El Mirador del Cocora is a hotel in Salento built in the corner of the village, facing the beautiful landscapes of Quindío. Whether it is during breakfast, from a hammock, or while taking your shower, you will be able to appreciate the infinity of the green mountains of the valley.
- The most beautiful rooms of this hotel have large windows and a terrace with a jacuzzi.
- You will have a delicious breakfast on the hotel’s terrace in front of the mountains.
- The rooms have lots of natural light and are comfortable.
- Note: not all the rooms have a beautiful view of the mountains
Price: from 280 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 5 days | Location: 10 min walk from the main square | Accommodation type: Hotel
Best hostel in Salento: Coffee Tree Boutique
Coffee Tree Boutique is a huge house built on 3 floors, with large balconies and huge windows so that everyone can enjoy the view at every moment. This hostel in Salento is unanimous among travelers, offering many social areas to rest and quality rooms.
- Hot showers that work all day — perfect after a long day hike.
- Spacious and clean rooms.
- The hostel offers many tours for you to join a group, including the famous tejo game and horseback riding.
- There is a lovely garden with hammocks if you want to rest for the morning.
- The dormitories are for a maximum of 4 people.
- Note: You can only pay with cash.
Price: from 170 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 3 days | Location: 10 min walk from the main square | Accommodation type: Hostel
Best economical hotel in Salento: Casa Salento
Casa Salento is a homely hotel with a nice decoration that gives it a lot of character. The rooms have little natural light and are sometimes noisy (you are in the center). But if you want a nice place to stay for a small price, then this is the hotel in Salento for you.
- There is free coffee, tea, and water all day long.
- You can cancel for free the same day (till 6 pm).
- There are large rooms that can accommodate up to 4 people.
- The owners are adorable and will give you many tips.
Price: from 88 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 0.5 day | Location: in town | Accommodation type: Hotel
The best hotels outside of Salento
In this section, you will find the hotels that are in the middle of nature. Depending on where you’ll stay, you will have a little more trouble organizing your day trip to the Cocora Valley.
Best original hotel in Salento: EcoLodge Kasaguadua
EcoLodge Kasaguadua is located in a secluded nature reserve. Allow 15 minutes by jeep and 30 minutes walking to reach these wooden cabins shaped like spaceships. Come to this hotel in Salento to discover the fauna and flora of the Eje Cafetero.
- The hotel organizes a 2-hour tour to explain the ecosystem of their nature reserve and their ecological approach.
- Cabins are built with bamboo and recycled plastic.
- There are rules to follow in order not to disturb the ecosystem of the reserve.
- Carlos (the owner) is a dedicated nature lover.
- There are many trails in the reserve.
Price: from 110 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 2 days | Location: 15 min jeep & 30 min hike from Salento | Accommodation type: Nature Reserve
Best cabin in Salento: Gue Guatok
Gue Guatok is a small house of 20m square very well equipped, surrounded by many birds and a river. It is the ideal accommodation in Salento for couples who wish to rest in privacy for a day.
- Easy to reach, safe, and there are some restaurants and cafes nearby.
- The owners are not far away and will give you many tips to occupy your day.
- One of the few accommodations in Salento that accept pets.
- There is a gas fireplace outside to enjoy the fresh Salento nights better.
- The setting around the cabin is beautiful (birds, flowers, river)
Price: from 180 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 3 days | Location: 10 min drive from Salento | Accommodation type: Individual cabin
Best hotel in Salento for families: Ecohotel Piedemonte
Ecohotel Piedemonte is a peaceful place surrounded by nature. Wood is very present in the architecture of the buildings and gives a warm atmosphere. This hotel in Salento will be ideal for families who want to spend a peaceful moment, alternating walks in nature and naps on the terrace.
- There are 4 accommodation options for groups of 4 to 6 people.
- The owners have created many spaces in the garden for the children (and parents) to enjoy.
- There is a secured parking lot.
- The hotel is pet-friendly.
- You can walk to the waterfalls of Santa Rita.
Price: from 140 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 1 day | Location: 10 min walk from Salento | Accommodation type: Ecohotel
The best hotels on the way to Valle del Cocora
If this is your first time in Salento, you will probably go to see the giant wax palm. It can be an excellent option to find a hotel on the way to Valle del Cocora.
Best hotel in Salento for riding: Reserva Guadalajara
Reserva Guadalajara is a typical farm of the Eje cafetero. Trees, cattle, and horses surround this large house built on one level. If you love animals and want to live a country experience, don’t hesitate to stay at this hotel in Salento.
- The hotel offers two beautiful horseback rides of 3-4 hours. Be prepared to cross rivers in search of colorful birds and stunning views.
- Taste culinary specialties such as the Lomo al trapo.
- The Finca is located in a quiet place between Salento and Valle de Cocora. It is convenient for getting around.
- The same family has owned the Finca for over 100 years.
Price: from 230 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 14 days | Location: 10 min drive from Salento | Accommodation type: Typical Finca
Best hotel near Valle del Cocora: La Cabaña Ecohotel
La Cabaña Ecohotel comprises two traditional country houses (Cabaña del Monte and Cabaña del Rio), built according to conventional methods (el bareque). The establishment’s character (thanks to its owners) and the beauty of the nearby landscape make it one of the best hotels in Salento.
- The hosts are lovely, and you quickly feel at home. You will even find extra blankets in your room if you get cold at night.
- The hotel offers many activities to help you organize your days (horseback riding, excursions to El Valle del Cocora, bird watching).
- The food is delicious.
- It’s easy to reach (by car or public transportation), and there is a parking lot.
- Excellent price for people coming alone.
Price: from 230 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 1 day | Location: 10 min drive from Salento | Accommodation type: Eco hotel
Best glamping near Valle del Cocora: Glamping Lumbre
Glamping Lumbre offers tents and luxury cabins near the Valle del Cocora. Its magical environment, as well as the many activities available, make it a dream place for couples who wish to spend a romantic moment under the stars. It is better to have a high travel budget because it is not cheap.
- They have a great picnic area, and the bonfire at night enhances the stay.
- There are several free short hikes around the glamping site.
- The tents are very well set up, and the bathrooms are luxurious.
- You can also book many experiences such as a romantic meal, a bici tour, or planting a palm tree.
- Note: Some guests found the quality of the restaurant average.
Price: from 432 000 COP/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: No | Location: 2 min drive from Cocora Valley | Accommodation type: Glamping
How to pick your hotel in Salento, Quindío
Thanks to this section, you should be able to find your hotel in Salento — according to specific needs.
Which are the best glamping in Salento?
Which are the best eco-hotels in Salento?
Which hotels in Salento accept pets?
What are the most luxurious hotels in Salento?
What are the hotels with Jacuzzi in Salento?
What are the budget hotels in Salento?
What are the best hotels for couples in Salento?
Which hotels in Salento to live a rural adventure?
What are the best hotels in Salento to observe the wildlife?
The choice is quickly made. Head to the nature reserve Kasaguadua.
Which hotels in Salento have parking?
What are the best hotels in Salento for Solo Traveler?
What you must know about Salento, Quindío
By the way, I wrote a kick-ass Salento guide. You should read it too before coming. You’ll find tons of tips, activities, and more!
Learn everything about Salento
And avoid mistakes made by travelers.
→ El Valle de Cocora is located 30 minutes by jeep from Salento. Many jeeps leave from the main square. Choosing to stay in the village of Salento is the easiest way to organize this experience on your own.
→ Salento is at an altitude of 1895m. It is chilly in the evening, especially if you choose your accommodation outside Salento.
→ The internet speed is generally low in Salento. People seem to be satisfied with the internet in Reserva Guadalajara.
→ Salento is a very touristy destination in Colombia. To avoid the crowds (and the noise), you can choose a hotel located in the vicinity (instead of the center).
How to get to Salento, Quindío
Salento is located in the department of Quindío in the coffee region. There are regular buses from Pereira and Armenia. You can also take a jeep from Filandia.
How long to stay in Salento, Quindío
El Valle del Cocora is a hike that lasts 5-6 hours. I always recommend to my readers to stay several days in a place. In Salento, you can plan a Tejo (Colombian game) night, a horseback ride, a bike tour, or a coffee tour. It is also one of the starting points for trekking in Los Nevados.
Depending on your departure and arrival time, I recommend you to stay at least 2 nights.
How I have chosen the best hotels in Salento
I have analyzed the hotels in Salento according to the following criteria:
- Notes on Booking
- The reviews
- Average price per night
- Number of rooms
- The location
- The uniqueness of the establishment
- The experience of the stay.
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Best hotels in Salento: The bottom line
Salento is a tourist destination that offers many excellent accommodation options. If you want to stay in town, the Terrazas de Salento hotel will be a perfect choice.
Travelers who appreciate peace and comfort will fall in love with Hotel Kawa Mountain Retreat.
Finally, stay at La Cabaña Ecohotel to experience the rural culture of the Eje Cafetero.
Where to travel after Salento
The Zona Cafetera is one of the most pleasant and easy to visit areas in Colombia. Don’t hesitate to include the following places in your itinerary:
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