Cartagena Travel Guide

Sleep

In the ciudad amurallada, the most famous hotels are Sofitel Santa Clara and Charleston Santa Teresa, both old monasteries renovated in the 90s. Either of them have fabulous facilities - expect prices like Monaco. Otherwise, the newest part of the city, Bocagrande, offers the largest number of hotels of all prices. You should always try to stay in the ciudad amurallada, since this is what makes Cartagena unique, rather than its beaches, which are normally too crowded and not really clean. If you cannot afford the five-star hotels, you may try with colonial houses turned into hostels, but they are rather small and sometimes getting a room there may be a matter of luck.

Budget

Budget hotels and hostels can be found in Getsemaní around the Calle de la Media Luna. If you're already in Cartagena just walk along the Calle de la Media Luna and check out the numerous hostals to get an impression of their offering. You'll notice that the 'value for money' differs heavily between the places, even though they're next to each other: For $50.000 you can either stay in a really nice private double room or in a dodgy dorm.

Casa de la Chicheria38-34 Calle de la ChicheriaPhone: from Colombia 3157 632795 or 0356 600560, from all other countries +57 3157-632795, +57 5660-0560Price: Dorms $35.000, en suite $200.000Offers services and facilities equivalent to some of the boutique hotels in the area, but at hostel prices. You can step out the front door and find yourself immersed in the cities culture and diversity. Awesome extras like access to a private catamaran and a house on the Rosario Islands, wake board lessons with a pro, ac in all rooms, pool, bbq area, kitchen, plus all the basics.
Casa VienaCalle San Andrs No 30-53Phone: +57-5-664-6242Price: Dorm: C$17.000, room: C$40.000Popular backpackers place with several 2 to 4 person rooms some with bathroom and a dormitory with arco . Facilities include internet, personal strongboxes, bookswap and a communal kitchen. Information for sailboats to the San Blas islands and Panam is also available.
Hostal RealCalle De La Magdalena No. 9-33, GetsemaniPhone: +5 664 7866Price: Prices begin at $17.000 pp with a $8.000 supplement for a single room.Opened by the Rincon family over 30 years ago, Hostal Real is housed in a beautifully restored colonial building filled with color, unique artwork, and lovely gardens for reading and relaxing. The owners are very friendly and happy to help you with any questions or advice. Rooms are rather damp and dated. Cockroaches have been sighted but promised to take care of.
Northstar Backpackers HostelCarrera 3 #8-96, BocagrandeIn Bocagrande, where all the action is, this cheap, cool hostel will give you everything you need to have fun. Awesome service, wifi, laundry service, safe lockers, and a good location near all the buzz of Cartagena city life!
Hotel FamiliarCalle El Guerrero No. 29-66Phone: 5 664 2464Run by Jairo Toro, located only 100m from Casa Viena and a good second choice. Rooms are bright and clean and prices start from $18.000 per person.
Hotel Villa ColonialCalle del las Maravillas No.30-60Phone: (5) 664 4996, (5) 664 5421Price: Doubles from $60.000Well kept, clean, friendly and helpful management, rooms with air conditioning and fans, private bathrooms, some rooms without windows. They also have another building on Calle de la Media Luna, which has nicer, more expensive rooms. The staff is very nice and welcoming.
Hostal La CasonaCalle Tripita y Media - Cra. 0 No. 31-32Phone: (5) 639 5644With approximately 30 rooms around a nice courtyard, this hostel offers a good deal for backpackers. Air-conditioned dorms with cable TV and a private bathroom for $20.000 pesos. Cheap and fast internet as well as tours agency service are available.
Hotel CentenarioCr. 9 No. 30-40 2 Piso Av. del CentenarioPhone: (5)664 8276Price: Prices for a double room as of $55.000 - negotiable during low seasonNew, clean hotel with nice rooms with air conditioning and fans, private bathrooms. Located in front of the Centenario Park, a 5 minute walk from the old town. Services: Kitchen, Free Wifi/Internet.
Hotel MarlinCalle de la Media Luna, Calle 35 No. 1035Phone: 5) 664 3507, (5) 6601497Price: Dorms for $20.000, singles for $25.000.Popular with backpackers, this centrally located, clean hotel with nice rooms with private bathroom and air-conditioned in all dorms, communal kitchen, free internet, free Breakfast, and tours services. Information for sailboats to the San Blas islands and Panam is also available.
Hotel La MurallaCalle de Media LunaClean, the owners are nice, can be loud on the weekends, not really a tourist place, but one of the cheapest options! A room for a single person with bathroom and fan is 15,000 pesos, and with shared bathroom is $10.000. A double room with shared bathroom is $15.000. Make sure to get a room on the second floor, the first floor rooms are a little musty.
Amber HostelCalle Pacoa N 10-103 GetsemaniA very relaxed hostel in which Maude will welcome you within her family. The kitchen is shared with them, which gives a feeling of living in a Cartagena family house.
Hotel La EspanolaSame price and style of hotel as La Muralla, but the rooms are a little stuffier and darker.
Hostel MamallenaCalle Media LunaPhone: +57-5-664-0948Hostel Mamallena, Cartagena is the first Colombian hostel opened by the Panamanian Hostel Mamallena. We bring to Cartagena our high levels of service, variety of rooms, orthopedic matresses, free WiFi, garden courtyard and friendly staff. The majority of our rooms have private bathrooms and can sleep from 1 to 5 people. Dorms are large and airy and have private bathrooms as well. Budget tours to the volcano, Playa Blanca and Islas Rosarios are also available. We were the first hostel to start booking boats between Panama and Colombia and weve bought that experience to Cartagena. Even if you choose not to stay with us feel free to drop by for whatever you may need.
Vista HeroicaIsla de Tierra BombaPhone: 3126331825Nice hotel on the island of Tierra Bomba (10 min boat from the Hilton Hotel of Cartagena). It's in the middle of a REAL local village, not far from the beach, and with a great view of Cartagena. Rooms are very clean, 3 beds (2+1), kitchen, individual jacuzzi(!!), air conditioning for $100.000 (for the room). Restaurant from $10.000-12.000, decent food.
Mid-range
Vacation Apartments in Cartagena's Old CityCalle de la Moneda 7-32Phone: +1 415 373 6429Renovated US-style studio, 1 or 2 bedroom apartments (can also be combined to make 3 or 4 bedroom apartment) with cable TV, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, fans, linens (including beach towels), washer/dryer, hot water, and full kitchen (except studio which has a mini-kitchen). The studio and one bedroom apartments have balconies. www.VacationRentalsCartagena.com
Casa Marta CartagenaCalle San Antonio # 25-165, GetsemaniPhone: in Colombia +57 310 630 6003, in USA +1 718 916 4213Price: From US $85Casa Marta is a colonial guesthouse / bed and breakfast situated in the city's historic district of Getsemani. The house has been carefully renovated to modern standards and has two bedrooms with a maximum capacity of 4 to 5 people each. Each bedroom has air conditioner, fan, fridge, Satellite TV, and a private bathroom. Internet service and breakfast are included free of charge. A nice plunge pool is also available to all guests.
Hotel Cochera de HoboCalle Cochera de Hobo No. 38-55Phone: (57) (5) 664 3384, (57) 3002153828Price: From US $90In the heart of Cartagena's old walled city. It has four rooms. The hotel has a restaurant, room service, free wifi for guests, two terraces with beautiful views of the historical city center, and a third terrace with a BBQ. The rooms have air conditioning, minibar, plasma TVs, and satellite TV.
SwissResidialCalle de la Magdalena No 9-67Phone: (57-5) 664 2631, cel. (57) 318 668 9274Price: Prices begin at $110.000 (US $55), breakfast includedSmall boutique hotel with charm and modern amenities: private bathroom, air condition, safety box, fridge, free high-speed Internet and Wifi, LCD Cable TV, laundry.
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Hotel Cartagena PremiumBocagrande Av. San Martn No. 11-113Phone: (57-5) 6552355Hotel Cartagena Premium offers single room, matrimonial double and twin double with air-conditioning, mini-bar and breakfast. Its facilities and services include swimming pool, jacuzzi, room service and parking.
Cartagena de Indias ApartmentsBocagrande, Boquilla, LaguitoPhone: (57-5) 665 7639, cel. (57) 3162790149Price: Prices begin at $150.000 (US $80)If you want to be close to a quiet beach away from downtown noises but near the historic monuments you can do what most Colombian tourists do, get a vacation rental with all the amenities of a luxurious hotel at lower price. They include air conditioning, Internet, cable tv, a gym and a swimming pool for those hot and sunny days in Cartagena.
Casa India CatalinaCalle del Coliseo No 5-67Phone: +57-5-664-4361Price: Rooms from US $110Also recently converted, opened in 2006. Spacious rooms, some with balconies onto the street. Decent swimming pool. Simple furnishings.
Casa MaraCalle del Espiritu Santo No 29-139Phone: +57-5-664-8724Price: Rooms from US $85
Hotel BahiaCra 4a-Calle 4aPhone: +57-5-6650316Price: Rooms from US $55-100.
Hotel Casa del CuratoCalle del Curato Cra. 7 N 38-89Phone: +57-5-664-3648Price: Rooms from US $70The hotel was recently converted from an 18th-century mansion and opened in Dec 2005. Good breakfasts served by Eufemia. Attractively furnished although regular rooms are small and windowless. Two internet computers for guests.
Hotel-Hostal Santo DomingoCalle Santo Domingo, No 33-46Phone: +57-5-6642268Price: Rooms priced from $47,700 (US $20) for one person to $97,700 (US $40) for six peopleGreat location close to the Plaza Santo Domingo. A/C extra. Also caters for groups of up to 25.
Hotel 3 BanderasCalle Cochera del Hobo #38-66Phone: +57-5-660-0160Small colonial hotel, different rooms and suites from US $50-100.
Hotel Cocoliso Island ResortIslas del RosarioPhone: +57-5-6659339Cute suites right next to the Sea on the Rosario Islands, perfect for relax.
SoldeindiasBocagrande, Morros, CentroPhone: (57) 3012532324Price: Prices begin at $230.000 (US $127)Luxury Apartments in Newer Buildings in the Tourist Zone.
Splurge

Up-scale hotels can be found in San Diego and El Centro area of the old city.

Charleston Santa Teresa Cartagena,Centro plaza de Santa Teresa Cra 3ª 31-23 - Colombia | Tel: (57) (5) 6649494 / 6649547 | Fax: (57) (5) 6649448 / 6649447
La Passion Hotel LoungeCalle del Estanco del tabaco # 38-81, Centro HistoricoPhone: 57-5-6648605A boutique style hotel combining ancient architecture and modern commodities. Perfect for romantic escapade. 8 rooms. A beautiful terrace with swimming-pool. Free Wi-Fi. Spanish, English, French and
Hotel Ibatama and Hotel Ibatama RealAvenida San Martin, Boca GrandeHotel Ibatama and Hotel Ibatama Real are really an option for the people in the non luxurious budget. situated on either sides of Boca Grande, the hotels are nice, clean and you get value for money with the AC rooms. Close to the beach and Bocagrande is safe as always.
Hilton CartagenaAvenida Almirante Brion, El LaguitoPhone: 57-5-6650660
AguaCalle Ayos, No 4-29Phone: 664-9479A beautiful boutique hotel with rooms from $500.000 plus tax in low season.
Hotel AlfizCalle Cochera del Gobernador, No 33-28Phone: +57-5-660 0006A romantic hotel in the old city.
Hotel Casa la FeCalle segunda de badillo #36-125Phone: +57-5-664-0306This small beautifully restored hotel attracts many favourable reports in Trip Advisor and has been recommended in the NYT travel section. The hotel is English owned and run. Prices start at USD 110 per night (book online) and guests enjoy free WiFi and a PC work station.
Hotel Sofitel Santa ClaraCr 8 No 39-29, Calle del TomoPhone: +57-5-664-6070Nice hotel with decent prices for its category, though a bit generic.
La Merced HotelCalle Don Sancho No 36-165 / Cra. 4A boutique style hotel
Cartagena apartments9 apartments to choose from in El Laguito and BocagrandePhone: +57-5-665-5642
Oasis CollectionsPhone: +1-631-731-1677Handpicked portfolio of over 30 design-orientated homes and apartments. Rentals include 7-day-a-week support and concierge service.

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