I wouldn't call the area "sketchy" as others have; it's more gritty. Unlike the neighbouring Centro Historico, real, working class Cartagenos live here. Which is part of the charm. We loved watching the neighbours make their traditional meals and interact. Plaza de la Trinidad, around the corner, is the gathering spot, with great street food and restaurants. We enjoyed spending more time in Getsemani than elsewhere.
The hotel is clean and comfortable. Rooms are small and basic without hot water, but a/c and tv work. Beds are comfortable. Ask for an outside window. Staff is helpful and hard-working.
Recommended for a good, cost-conscious stay.
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