Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, is most tourist's focal point of their vacations. Caracas itself has little to offer tourists, though it does have some great nightlife and some decent musuems. The city itself is rather unattractive, and many parts are not particularly safe these days, but it is the hub for internal / domestic flights within Venezuela. As such, you may find that to return to Caracas two or even three times on your tour of the country. It's wise to book a decent hotel in a safe neighbourhood.
Ole Caribe Airport Hotel - with 120 rooms, a fine swimming pool and ocean views, and located close to Caracas Airport, the Ole Caribe Hotel is the best option for those overnighting between flights in Venezuela.
Gran Melia - The Gran Melia is located in the centre of the city, close to many shops, restaurants and cafes. The hotel has 400 rooms and extensive facilites one would normally find at a first class luxury hotel.
Marriott Hotel - The Marriott is in the fashionable area of El Rosal, east of the city centre. The Mariott hotel has 250 rooms and a range of luxury facilites one would expect and is well located for restaurants and nightlife.
Hilton - The 700 room Hilton Caracas is positioned in the centre of the financial district of the city, close to the Museum of Fine Art and Museum of Modern Art. There are numerous facilites, restaurants and a swimming pool.
Tamanaco InterContinental - quite possibly the best hotel in Caracas, the Intercontinental has 500 rooms and is in a quiet, safe neighbourhood.
Cumberland Hotel - a good budget / cheap option in Caracas with a quiet location, 100 rooms and a good restaurant.
Flights to Caracas
Caracas is one of South America's travel hubs and is well served by a range of airlines. There are cheap flights from numerous destinations worldwide - Venezuela is normally the cheapest country to fly to in South America. Airlines that fly from the USA include Continental Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Airlines.
Airlines that have flights from Europe to Caracas include Lufthansa, Air France, TAP, Iberia and Alitalia. Venezuela and Caracas are also well connected with flights to hubs such as Panama City with Copa, Lima in Peru with Lan, Bogota in Colombia with Avianca, Brazil with Varig airlines and Buenos Aires in Argentina (Aerolineas Argentinas). There are also regular flights to Cuba and Havana.
Venezuela's main airline is Aeropostal which flies to various International destinations. For domestic / internal flights within Venezuela, Caracas is always the hub - other domestic airlines include Santa Barbara Airlines, Avior Airlines, Aserca and Conviasa.