As a public school teacher, I have the luxury of having summers off. Each summer I try to take a month long summer vacation outside the country. After traveling to the beautiful city of Cali and staying in a place like this, I am not sure if I am ever going to travel anywhere else. The apartment is perfect for those who appreciate their privacy, but also value the sense of security that is often not available in many places in South America. This apartment is on the top floor of a 14 story apartment, walking distance to everything that you need in the city (Food, atm, supermarket, stadiums, main streets, Salsa dancing, Salsa lessons, etc). I would not consider the apartment luxurious, but it is definitely levels above any hostel that you could find in a similar price range. The building is locked 24 hrs and only allows access to those living in the building (approved guests too of course). The security guards are very friendly and helpful. The view from the patio is amazing! Fernando, the owner, is very helpful too. Upon arrival, he arranged for his Cousin, Rodrigo, to pick us up in his taxi. Rodrigo basically became our on-call taxi driver after that. He was one of the nicest taxi drivers we met during our month there in Cali. The two things I must mention are about the wind and the "spa". At times the wind picks up and can howl rather noisily in the apartment. Thankfully, the wind usually started around 2pm and stopped around 9pm, so we were usually out and about during that time. Also, the spa: There were some water drainage issues while we were there that we think were linked to the patio spa. The water would leak sometimes from the living room ceiling. It was not an issue for us, as we would just collect the water in buckets and empty them when the leaking would happen. If you dont mint the occasional roof leak, then this should not bother you at all. It only happened in the apartment 3 times in one month and lasted only for a few hours.
Overall, I would recommend this stay to anyone wanting to experience City Penthouse living on a budget. I will definitely be heading back there, perhaps every summer. The apartment is awesome, and Cali is amazing! You are missing out if you go to Cali and stay somewhere else!