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32 reviews
Terrace
Garden
Terrace - Backview
Terrace - Sunset View
Terrace - View Old Walls + Boca Grande
Street next to Building Edificio Santo Domingo
Backside of Building Edificio Santo Domingo (Church Santo Domingo)
Garita on the Old Walls
Old Walls (las Murallas) - Opposite to Building Edificio Santo Domingo
Streets of the Old City of Cartagena
Plaza Santa Teresa - 2 Blocks from Building Edificio Santo Domingo
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Cartagena, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department

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Kate Z
Yucca Valley, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect location - walking distance to almost everything!”
Reviewed 3 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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We went to Cartagena for a wedding, just for the weekend. The wedding was at Casa Pestagua, which was only two blocks from the condo. The Hotel Santa Theresa was also very close, only about four blocks. The proximity was important to us because we tried to coordinate with other wedding guests in both hotels. It was easy to walk everywhere and we felt very safe.

We spent the whole weekend in the historic district, just walking. The kitchen of the condo was well-equipped and we made our breakfast there every day. In the evenings we came back and made blended drinks and sat on the roof/terrace and enjoyed the cooler weather.

Just to note - that wasn't "cool" weather, just cooler. Be aware that the condo only has air conditioning in the bedrooms. The bottom floor, where the kitchen and living room are, has fans but can get quite warm.

The rating of four instead of five was mostly due to the comfort of the beds and some other details. The beds were very firm, and the pillows were a little old and floppy. Nice, thick towels were provided - but we couldn't find any wash cloths.

The owner has a maid who will give you an orientation to the condo and clean for you. Keep in mind, she does not speak English. The owner does and was very responsive to our emails when we needed help with something. But that meant there was a delay in getting our questions answered and once the maid was back again, sometimes our limited Spanish wasn't enough to understand what she was trying to explain to us.

The owner provided a list of local restaurants and clubs nearby. Something we learned the hard way - several of the restaurants on the list are by reservation only. We ended up eating at "Crepes and Waffles" almost every day. Which was not disappointing in any way. They have an extensive menu for lunch and dinner entrees as well as more sweets and desserts than you can imagine. We often found ourselves there at the same time as several other wedding guests. It became our favorite spot, and the air conditioning certainly was a welcome aspect.

Actually, every place we ate was very good. There are some maps and travel books in the condo. If you need help, many of the police men speak English and there are information booths just inside the wall near the Hotel Santa Clara. And be sure to get a tourist map - they have the street names on them as they are actually labeled when you are walking. Other maps have the streets used for addresses, which we could never find those names when we were walking around.

Oh - note for older travelers or those with disabilities - there are very tight, steep stairs to access the condo and the various floors.

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Liked best: location, great value for the price, kitchen equipment
Liked least: beds, pillows, mosquitoes in living room
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Sep 2012
Kate, Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy that you have enjoyed our property and your stay in Cartagena. Your comments are very important to us. All mattresses are orthopedic and of high quality. Also we are purchasing and exchanging pillows at least once a year and will continue to do so. If you would like to go for dinner in one of the five star restaurants, we will recommend to make a reservation in advance, in particular for the weekends. Thank you, Sandra
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Bogota
Reviewed 26 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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A romantic getaway
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ppapisimo
miami
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Location Location Location, and Help Sandra is great”
Reviewed 23 April 2012 for a stay in April 2011

I been planning to write this review for quite a while as I was browsing to some pictures, I realized That I had to write a review, so others can enjoy this vacation rental as much as I did. First of all Sandra the owner is very easy to work with, she is not only helpful, but will try to accommodate as many of your requests as possible.
Location: The condo is located in the old city on a closed property with 24/7 security right across from Cafe Del Mar, 10 Blocks from the Olympica Supermarket, 5 blocks from portal de los dulces, The apartment has outstanding views of the ocean and bocagrande, and an awesome terrace for lazy afternoons, is has 3 floors, first floor is the living room and kitchen, second floor bedrooms and restroom, and third the terrace in the picture.
Service, From beginning to end Sandra made sure we were happy, she provided and answer to all our questions, and requests, in our case we had a couple of request, Babysitter , Housekeeping, and Advice on Restaurants and a trip to "Islas Del Rosario"
Her trusted housekeeper is outstanding she took care of all our needs cooking at our request and helping with my daughter when needed, it was amazing, and she is a great cook "Colombian Food", also Sandra provided a list of great local restaurants, she also suggested a boat owner for a trip to islas del Rosario, she will be straight with you as far any caveats or things you need to take care while you are in Cartagena.
Now I am sure you will find more modern properties in Cartagena, However consider this, before renting elsewhere, Sandra's condo is located in the perfect location to explore the old city at your own pace, and get the best that Cartagena has to offer Culturally and Gastronomically.

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Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
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Recommended for:
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LA
Reviewed 11 April 2012 for a stay in April 2012
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Brooklyn
Reviewed 29 March 2012 for a stay in March 2012

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