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Swimming pool 5th floor
Hammock in the Balcony
Balcony overlooking the sea and Cartagena North
Spacious Master Bedroom
Bedroom 2 with King Size bed option (twins together)
Bedroom 2:  twin beds option (with desk)
Traditional wood dinning table
Living room (with TV, books, DVD & CD players)
Bathroom Master Bedroom (with Sea view)
Bathroom 2
Living room (and access to balcony)
Master Bedroom (with sea view, TV, balcony & bathroom))
Modern open plan Kitchen
Sunset from the balcony
Fully equipped kitchen
Master bedroom (desk, mirror)
Floor Plan
Jacuzzi
BBQ Area
Sauna & Turkish Bath
Sun Chairs at the Swiming pool Area
Gym with Sea View
Utility Room (with washing Machine)
Building exterior
Building Main Entrance
View at night from the balcony
View from the flat to the Cabrero lake
View from the building to the City Centre
View from bedroom 2 towards Manga Neighborhood
Even infant facilities!
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Cartagena, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department

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AMS753
Cairns, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“This condo was like a home away from home!”
Reviewed 23 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013
2
people found this review helpful

First off, this was an absolutely beautiful place to stay. With incredible views on both sides of the building (the balcony overlooks the Caribbean Sea while the guest bedroom and entrance overlooks Marbella and Laguna de Cabrero) and top notch amenities, this vacation rental felt like I had hardly left home. A security doorman ensures safety in a less-than-desirable part of Cartagena, and Cuidad Amurallada was a short 5-minute taxi ride away.

One thing myself and my friends were looking forward to was a beautiful Caribbean beach, and unfortunately, Marbella would be at the bottom of the list. Yes, the beach lies directly in front of the condo, though on warm days we saw overcrowding, rocky sand, and trash littering the shoreline.

The beds were slightly firmer than anticipated, though not unbearably so. Also, if you plan to use the laundry machine, be aware that there is no dryer, and you will be forced to air dry your clothing (not a big deal, though in the humidity in Cartagena took an average of 6 hours for everything to dry). And it goes without saying, the lady in charge of your orientation speaks ONLY Spanish, so if you're not fluent, you're out of luck.

Marbella itself is not exactly the best neighbourhood, though we did enjoy its proximity to many of the city's attraction. Some people might enjoy the sounds of the city (e.g., loud music and partying in Marbella every night), though after about four days, it became a minor annoyance. Also being on the 22nd floor of the building created some air pressure problems, as having more than one window/exterior door open at any given time will create a change in the pressure and violently slam shut every interior door... not the condo owner's fault, just something to be aware of. There seemed to be a constant whistling coming from the master washroom's window, most likely caused by an insulation issue.

We did sincerely appreciate having been presented a number of phone numbers and references to enhance our stay, though the best I can suggest is that if you are planning on a day trip to Islas del Rosario (or Barú), DO NOT use the phone number provided by the condo owner. It refers you to the Cocoliso travel agency in Bocagrande which charges a reasonable price (COP$45,000 minimum/person), but I would highly recommend you avoid going through this agency. Our trip was a miserable two-and-a-half hour boat ride on Yate Alcatraz II, in which the we went out to the Oceanario Islas del Rosario for less than an hour, spent another hour getting to Barú (in which we witnessed four people vomit due to the rocky ride) and a 45-minute stay on Playa Blanca before we were forced back onto the yacht to Cartagena. All around, that was the worst part of our visit; so, if you want to go to Islas del Rosario, find someone other than who was recommended.

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Liked best: I liked the proximity to Cartagena's main attractions, as well as the building's secure feeling.
Liked least: I least liked the agency suggested by the owner for a trip to Islas del Rosario, as well as the air pressure issues caused by the condo's elevation (an uncontrollable issue).
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 18-24
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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gailalond...
Jamaica, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice, comfortable stay”
Reviewed 4 March 2013 for a stay in February 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We had a great time staying at this property. The apartment was comfortable and well-appointed. The walk to the old city was a little longer than we anticipated - more like 20 minutes. And we definitely would advise only doing the walk in daylight, not after dark.

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Liked best: Very comfortable, modern apartment
Liked least: Walk to the old city was longer than we anticipated
Travelling group: Teenagers
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jencomer
Greensboro, North Carolina
2 reviews
“Great place to relax and enjoy Cartagena!”
Reviewed 14 December 2012 for a stay in December 2012

We really enjoyed our 3 night stay in this apartment. The bus drivers/cab drivers had a bit of a problem locating at first, but I like the location. It was a 6,000 peso ($3 USD) cab ride to the old city, which was great. Cartagena is wonderful, and it was nice to come back to the apartment and relax on the balcony or out by the pool. Lina was excellent to work with in booking the property. Zuny, the person who let us into and out of the apartment, was wonderful as well. I'd definitely stay here again! The sofa bed is actually comfortable too!!!

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Liked best: Views from the balcony
Liked least: Water pressure/temperature when travelling with 5 women
Travelling group: Friends
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Richard C
Manchester
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79 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Lovely apartment”
Reviewed 9 December 2012 for a stay in November 2012
1
person found this review helpful

What a lovely apartment

Clean, spacious and just lovely. Nice facilities including pool and sauna. Great location, 20 minute walk from town or less than 5 min taxi drive. Appt is on the 22nd floor so great view over Marbella beach. A few convenient bars/restuarants outside.

Would stay again

Rich

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Dpcoor
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Changed my mind”
Reviewed 9 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012
5
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As a frequent traveler to Cartagena, I was upset to find out where this property is. When I found the listing on the site- I was sure it said it was more near to Bocagrande than it actually is. When I normally come to Cartagena, I stay in Bocagrande, so that's what I am used to and familiar with. It has more things going on, more people vacationing in the area and there was always something going on into the late night.

This property is actually in Marbella. There's not much going on , not many other vacationers and after 10 pm it gets pretty quiet, except for loud music from the neighborhood barrios. In other words- I LOVED IT! All the other tourists are confined to Bocagrande (and parts of La Boquilla), the food is much more typical and colloquial, and the beaches are free and clear of beach merchants. This is an area that was perfect for us and we were able to interact with the people of the neighborhood and not be bumping shoulders with a bunch of tourists. I like feeling the hear and soul of a place and this area feels more like Cartagena. I have changed my mind will never stay in Bocagrande again. Plus, we took sunset walks to the old city every night and loved it.

I won't even discuss the stunning views. No picture will do them justice and I don't have the words to describe them either.

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Liked best: location, modern apartment, stunning views, pool
Liked least: wifi was not strong and often times dropped the connection- a problem for me as I am tethered to my work and having wifi is imperative for me.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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