I arrived late about 10pm after a long flight and was greeted by a charming young man who brought me a cold columbian beer straight away. He carried my bag - escorted me to my basic but clean and amply equipped double room (fridge, ceiling fan, TV, towel, soap & TP). He adjusted the a/c which was too super cold and bid me good night. I turned off the A/C and just used the very efficient ceiling fan. The bed was firm, pillows: one soft & one hard to suit everyone's preference. The towels were clean white new and fluffy. Breakfast which was inc was excellent by the pool in the courtyard. Fresh berry juice called MORA or Guava - papaya, water melon, canteloupe fruits, breads, jams, and then a plate of beautifully cooked scrambled egg with onions & tomatoes, corn pancakes and a hunk of local soft cheese. SNR MARTA does not speak english but then hey I dont speak spanish. She was always happy to greet you with a big smile as were EVERY member of her team. The place was spotless - it is an extremely well cared for property in a quiet location for the most part (98%) in an interesting little side street just around the corner from the marina - 5 mins walk. I felt SAFE day or night in the neighbourhood walking around solo. No one troubled me - hassled me - and I was taking pictures of everybody who did not mind at all. In fact they embraced the opportunity to oblige happily. This is an up and coming area and the restaurant/hotel on the corner just 100yds charges $200USD a night and its a stones throw. For $55USD a night inc breakfast this was an amazing little gem that I stumbled on. I have made the mistake to book another more expensive place inside the old walled city and now having been here 4 days I realise it is only $3USD (6000 pesos) in a cab to get to the old city - or a 10 - 15 walk. I was too hasty and should of stayed here. It is perfectly central for those people that are independent minded travellers and love the oldy worldy charm of one of the 1st neighbourhoods of Cartagena called Getsemani.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Palms Hotel House has eleven (11) comfortable rooms equipped with their respective services: air conditioning / fan, your national and international direct dialing, mini bar, room safe, television with remote control, satellite TV, private bathroom, hair dryer, emergency lighting, room service, laundry and wireless internet (Wi Fi)4 Single Rooms5 double roomsA Standard for 3 or four peopleSuiteIn the guest room:Internet WIFI.Cable TV.Air Conditioning.Mini-bar.Hair dryer.Spacious social areas, and covered terraces, a beautiful gazebo where you can see the whole ancient city, the tourist wharf, important monuments like the Castle of San Felipe and Cerro de la Popa.Swimming pool (Adults and Children),Games Company, Dance classes, singing and painting, booked in advance.Central area where you will find (hammocks, rocking chairs, sofa and tranquilityBar Restaurant Casa de las Palmas, Traditional customary international food, Typical food cartagenera, Bar-Restaurant Aguita WELL, Terrace bar,Terraces reserved in advance for better service.There Are no translations available.-Location: 3pm - 1pm output-Breakfast varied 7-9-Rooms with air, fan, safe, private bathroom, tv, cable, telephone, wifi, minibar."Salon de lecture.-Viewpoint-Pisin-Massage - Spa-Restaurant - Bar national and international-Sale of tours-Events ... more less
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