I will be in Cartagena for 3 nights/4 days at the end of a 3 week trip -- intent is to have some relaxation, but also take full advantage of exploring the city. Having trouble figuring out where to stay. Originally had thought the Occidental to relax but still easy access to city with the convenient shuttle - my mother had stayed there and said it was ok, however she'd done it on a much cheaper AI package (flight/hotel) vs. the price per night for hotel only is very high in comparison. I was also looking at the Hotel Dann? Is it worth staying on/close to the beach? There seem so many places close to the old town also. Or even some of the B&Bs seem to get great reviews. A hotel with a nice pool to lounge by would be nice, but this seems not that common within a reasonable price range. Not looking for "budget" accommodation, but surprised by some of the extremely high hotel prices! Another consideration is safety of location, experienced traveler but female traveling solo.
Appreciate any ideas, tips or suggestions!