by: Karen Catchpole
My husband and I.
Ban the breakfast buffet! Three cooked-to-order options are included in the room rate. They should give you a prize if you can eat it all.
Graphics behind the front desk of the hotel make it clear that the reception staff are there to serve.
The NOW Hotel lobby has a retractable roof and festive parasols suspended from the rafters.
The lobby bar.
The lobby bar is a popular spot with guests and locals, but the roof bar is where the music happens, drawing an even bigger and cooler crowd, especially on weekends.
Stenciling taken to new extremes with this striking image of a headphone-wearing woman, which covers most of the wall behind the staircase.
All 19 rooms have small furnished patios where you can have your breakfast.
Coolest. Wallpaper. Ever. That’s a massive black & white print of a photo of lawn chairs behind my bed.
You can bet all of these Damana amenities came home with me. Yes, even the shower cap.
Though clad in all black with serious-looking ear pieces in their ears, NOW Hotel staff weren’t too cool to give a girl goofy balloons on her birthday and I wasn’t too cool to enjoy them..until they deflated and the maid took them away.
My first view of the NOW Hotel in Cali, Colombia.
Highs + Lows
The three options for breakfast, included in room rates, are varied (from healthy to indulgent), huge and served with fresh tropical fruit juice and a basket of pastries.
Four (4!) shower heads.
The retractable lobby roof, polished concrete floors, wall-sized black & white prints in rooms and mood lighting under the beds.
Yes, I’m a luddite, but the remote control for the in-room lights was utterly confounding.
The small and shallow rooftop pool is really for show, not for swimming.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Urban, industrial, creative.
In the Granada neighborhood of Cali, which is quickly filling with new boutiques, restaurants and bars.
Electronic, chill out and house.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Sandra Freiye, the multi-talented GM of the hotel.
No gym but there’s a small and shallow pool.
Yes, including popular sushi bar Iro.
Two, including one in the lobby and one on the roof.
The standard selection of chips, nuts and soda.
Yes and free
Don't pack 'em
A hip splurge starting at US$160 per person, including breakfast.