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Review of Hostal Casa Mara

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Hostal Casa Mara
Prague, Czech Republic
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“nice hotel”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

We spent 3 nights in casa Mara in december 2013.The hotel is on Getsemani quiet side street next to the corner of Media luna street where plenty of hostels,restaurants and bars are located.The rooms are on 2 floors around the patio with smal pool,they have no outside,but only patio-side windows.Our room (no 9) was small,but so-so ,but for the 150000COP without breakfast we have expected bit more.AC and wifi worked well,shower is lukewarm(hot not necessary).Maybe other rooms (NO6-7 with open roof bathrooms and rooftop room with jacuzzi are better deal,but OK-Cartagena is turistic place -especially in high season late december time.

Room Tip: Room no 6-7 and especially no 10 - with rooftop jacuzzi.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Halifax
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

I spent 3 weeks at Casa Mara and I loved it. I think it's a great value for the money. It was more of a hotel than a hostel. The staff is amazingly friendly, the rooms were ok, the pool is beautiful, the location is perfect (in Getsemani), I could not ask for more. I found the clients vary in age, I have never seen any backpacker, but young people in their thirties and older couples. I was a student at a Spanish school in the area and most of the young people there were also learning Spanish in Cartagena. I paid 60,000 pesos (about $30) for 1 person. Just a tip, don't take room 8. Rooms 6 and 7 are better. The rooms have AC and a TV. Everything was clean. They also have a laundry service and can arrange all the trips around for the same price as everywhere. Overall great!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Mendoza
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Very friendly staff and lovely refreshing Moorish inspired architecture. The pool and rooftop jacuzzi make this a haven in the middle of Cartagena, just outside the old city.
The kitchen can get a little hot but is relatively clean and modern, Compared to other accommodation we saw of a similar price and higher, this is a godsend!
Julie from Australia

Room Tip: Stay off the street for a more peaceful sleep.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

At a recent stay I found the staff friendly and helpful and the location convenient to restaurants and just a short walk to the ancient walled city. The room was clean and pleasant opening on to a courtyard with a pool - safe and secure.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Nice staff. Very good location - in Getsemani - off main road but nice quiet street. Its not 'luxury' - it is a little bit worn, but the pool is nice and for the price you won't find a better option (believe me I spent days checking out hotels in Cartegena! it is quite an expensive city). They have 2 'sister' hotels too - we stayed at Hotel Villa Colonial - that is good too - it doesn't have a pool but its a more modern, clean hotel & has a nice roof terrace.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manitoba
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

I was in Cartagena for a month and after the first week decided a place with a pool would be great and switched to Casa Mara based on the pictures and reviewing. On my first night I was put in room 208 and it was a dump. Dated and complete lack of decor. I was disgusted and immediately asked to be moved. I was moved the next day and while the room was an improvement, really anything would have been. While the room was large, the decor was dated (including the TV but I never used it so maybe it worked fine?) and the towels were so worn that sometimes they had holes. Cleanliness was not up to my standards, nor could I get a regular wi-fi signal which is a problem for me. The staff were very sweet and I did enjoy some time in the pool area although again everything seems old and worn and not like the pictures. This place could be so charming with an updated look...it's a real shame.

Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 29 March 2013 via mobile

I've stayed in Casa Mara many weeks spread over 3 months. It was my base in Cartagena. The reason I did was because it is fine with me riding me expensive motorbike into the courtyard and parking it next to the pool. Also I'd get a discount on the rooms for 'being a frequent guest'

I know the hotel is got sale but fur to high expectation it's not changing hands. That's a shame since what is needed is a bit of investment. Investment in the hardware as noted by many and investment in professional staff. The place has great charm on the exterior as you can see on pictures posted here.

Unfortunately the rooms are so bad with bathrooms really not up to scratch, no services beyond laundry (and keep an eye on your clothes for that) that you're better off finding another one in the same neighbourhood (plenty on offer). As long as you're not on a bike like me you've got plenty of options.

The hood is quite entertaining. This is good for me but some may be a bit less impressed with night street life. Be aware.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Property: Hostal Casa Mara
Address: Calle del Espiritu Santo #29-139 | Getsemani, Cartagena, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 188 Speciality Lodging in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hostal Casa Mara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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