Casa Mara is located in Getsemani, although an older barrio directly adjascent to the historic old city, it lies within the old city walls and has a rough rustic charm and is residential (especially the street Casa Mara is located on), which is refreshing, in contrast to the old city which is only inhabited by tourists, more expensive hotels and street peddlers. The area is relatively safe although exercise caution as always in Colombia. Casa Mara is a real "Casa" in hotel terms, not a backpacker hostel (no dormitory style rooms, although it looked like they can sleep up to 4 singles in one of the rooms), it offers free wifi, good air conditioning, ensuites in all rooms and access to a kitchen, a jacuzzi and not to forget the lovely pool as centerpiece. Casa Mara is a quiet sanctuary away from the hustle of Cartagena, Getsemani and Calle Media Luna (a busy thoroughfare) a hop and a skip around the corner which hosts several typical backpacker hostels which attract the usual backpackers as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants of various levels. We mostly ate at Cafe Luna Nueva around the corner which similar to Casa Mara offered excellent value albeit less quirky/trendy decore than some options attached to hostels but worthwhile for the backpacker wishing to escape the "backpacker bubble" and get a better value breakfast (we felt ripped off when we tried the other options) where locals will also be seen eating. Diana of Casa Mara was very hospitable, spoke English and arranged for food delivery and tours/transport for us upon request. Casa Mara also offered a laundry service and has a drinks fridge and shared computer at the main desk. We stayed in room 1, a spacious room directly adjacent to the pool yet private enough for a young couple. I could also recommend room 9 on the first level overlooking the pool (we didn't see inside so can't say more than this) which offered good privacy by all appearances. We would gladly stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each of the 10 rooms in this hotel have all the comforts to make you feel at home. Some of the features you'll enjoy are internet access , cable TV, shower. The hotel boasts Wi - Fi in public areas , laundry service / dry cleaning, room service. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find garden at the hotel. Well located , a dedicated staff and quality services make this hotel a favorite among viajeros.Los guests can enjoy peace and tranquility in the pool Casa Mara offers all its guests. Guests can also relax in the hot tub and admire the charm of this beautiful home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Casamara Hotel Cartagena