The stylishly remodeled Presidente is set on a bustling, pedestrian-only street—its greatest asset and its curse. Shops and restaurants are just steps away for guests, but some rooms can get noisy (try for one higher up if you’re a light sleeper). That said, the rooms are quite attractive: spacious, with white duvets, marble bathrooms, checkerboard floors (in some) and wire art on the walls that gives a taste of local flair. If you fancy spoiling yourself, the spa suites come with a private Jacuzzi for two. Recent additions include a charming rooftop bar and restaurant, Azotea Calle 7, which has become one of the city center’s hotspots, and a colorful 400 square meter (4,300-sq-ft) exterior mural by Sergio Guillén, entitled “Buscando al Gato.”

El Presidente Hotel guest room

(Pictured above: El Presidente's breakfast room and a suite)