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Hostal La Casona de Getsemani
Ranked #106 of 199 Speciality Lodging in Cartagena
Reviewed 15 April 2013

Location great as its in the heart of gestsemani. Staff super friendly but there were stinky sewer works and our ac broke on the second night. Decent rooms and a good communal area.breakfast is average just fruit and bread with coffee.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

Stayed in a different hostal for one night, but it charged additional $COP 20,000 for AC which you will need in Cartagena, so we moved to La Casona. I found it was reasonably priced, it was three of us, so we opted for a private room. Rooms were small, but clean. Very basic hostel, but adequate and a short walk to the old city. If you are looking for a reasonable place that is clean and relatively inexpensive, this place makes sense if you are a group looking to book a private room. Do opt for an air conditioning, it will be a good investment. Staff did speak decent English which was very helpful.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

A private room cost us COP$68,000 (without aircon - it was 79k with aircon, but we did not need it). I thought this was overprced for what the place was.

The rooms were clean enough, a little small though. All of the rooms overlook the courtyard, which means that if there are party people staying and sitting outside, then it will be noisy inside.

The price includes 'breakfast' which was just watermelon and papaya - not really worth having.

The wifi did not work inside the room.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

The location just outside old town in the backpackers area is great but thats where the positive stuff ends. Rooms are small and noisy on some levels. Courtyard looks cool but does not invite to hang out in and they are really missing the trick with the roof terrace they have (so much potential). This in combination with being heavily overpriced but us leave this hostel earlier than expected. There are plenty of better option in the same street and rest of the area. Cartagena itself is amazing though, have fun!!

Room Tip: Get a room on the first floor. Ground floor rooms are either smelly or noisy or both.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

We were here over new year and it was the only room we could get at short notice. The price they charged was 3 times the listed price and more than we have paid for any other room in South America, may be due to holiday season though. The room was tiny and musty and I was bitten in the evening by 5 or 6 bed bugs.
Staff were not surprised and helpfully offered us another room straight away that seemed clear.
Ironic that the most we pay for a room in 13 months of travelling is the worst room and the first time we have come across bed bugs. This problem has also been reported at this hotel a year ago. Stay away.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

As we were in a low season it seemed our room was not clean, the rate for the hotel was a bit to much for it, not to good for resting but it is a good option for getting the center in a walking distance, the surrounding streets look a bit unsafe but we had no problem, If you want to eat as a colombian you must just go next door to the restaurant Coroncoro.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

I stayed at this hotel 3 times! Each time I've gone back to Cartagena, Colombia this has been the best spot to lay my head! It's in a great part of town, Getsemani, which gives you a look into more of the local daily living and it's a 10-15 minute walk to the Beautiful historic ritzy Old Town Cartagena. The rooms have a/c, a TV, an area to hang out with other guests, internet access and a great staff! Right down the street is a salsa dance club with live Cuban Music called Havana! It's great and at the end of the night you can buy some street food in the near by plaza. The hostel/hotel is safe and the gate is always locked. it's one of the most beautiful and clean "hostels" I've stayed in. I think it cost $18 per night for a dorm style room or about $30 for a private room which you can share with a friend! ($15 per person) I love it!

Room Tip: Get a private room and split the $30-$60. Rooms on the 2nd floor are quieter.
  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hostal La Casona de Getsemani

Address: Calle Tripita y Media, Cra. 10 No. 31 - 32, Cartagena, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
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Ranked #106 of 199 Speciality Lodging in Cartagena
Price Range: £26 - £57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostal La Casona de Getsemani 1.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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