Hey Mark. Back home in chilly southern Connecticut 11 hours after leaving there. Tough leaving. The city, the environment but namely, this ridiculously fine condo. Views are insanely good. My buddy's cousin was there and he showed her and her husband the view. They were speechless and so were we. Clean, modern, up to date, fresh and BIG. Place can hold many more than our group of 4. Also, the free WiFi was great to connect with our families back home.
Just to the left and right of the building front, there are several little restaurants with good breakfast and lunch food for very reasonable prices. There are hawkers out there trying to sell shirts, jewelry, cigars, etc... "No gracias" is all you need to say, though some of those guys DO actually have good items for cheap. Even bought one bunch of fat, fresh purple grapes for like less than $3.
A CHEAP, 10 minute, $2-3 taxi ride to the centro can be obtained right in front of the building. Or you can walk. Felt very safe.
The staff are very professional, too. Most speak little to no English so try to learn some basics. On the day we got there, Mark, a Cartagena resident originally from Colorado, met us for Fernando. He was in the lobby when we arrived. We were early so had to wait until check in time. No problem. Small local restaurants were right there. He let us lock our suitcases in a holding area until check in time. (Saw ot b er suitcases there, too. Totally fine). Finally, he brought us up, showed us around this great condo and gave us his info. He stayed in touch throughout our stay, suggesting restaurants and entertainment options day to day.
Elevators in the building are the small, European type. More than 5 max is pushing it in there. They will get snug sometimes, depending on the time of day, but 20 seconds or so is ok.
Early May, when we went, is the start of the rainy season. We lucked out and had a dry week until the last morning, when it poured heavily. We plan on returning in February, the dry season (December to April).
One last thing. We ran into 3 groups of Americans who we compared apartment notes with during our stay. Each wound up asking for our apartment info in the end. This place is unbeatable.
We had a wonderful time and Fernando the owner made things super convenient for us. The place was as described and was everything we thought it would be. Exceptionally clean and full of amenities. The Pent House is great for a large group and has exceptional views from every balcony. Overall Great stay and very hospitable owner.
Thank you all for such an excellent time, visit, and stay!! Fernando is awesome and very caring to his guests.. Ana and the rest
of the crew is very accommodating as well... Great place to stay!! Highly recommend!!
Hats off to Fernando, the unit owner, and his management team (Ana) on-site.
Tips, I have several. I travelled here with two buddies and we had the time of our lives!. It does help to speak Spanish. The eateries nearby really just serve simple fare like burgers, pizza some BBQ. For nicer restaurants head over to avenida San Martin by taxi a few blocks away.
Best restaurant (lounge area cool hip design but only cold fare , sushi, ceviche, etc) was in old city area called San Pedro across from the church.