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Hotel Boutique las Carretas
Ranked #28 of 159 Hotels in Cartagena
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 April 2013

All the hotels in Cartagena seem to be very expensive, but we managed to get a good deal for this hotel, so Hotel Boutique las Carretas it was.

The room that we had was just off of the reception area, and could be noisy at times, but it didn't bother us too much.

The room had a lovely big bed, good pillows, air conditioning (a must in very hot Cartagena!!), good sized bathroom, fridge and balcony overlooking the street below. The room was very clean and the staff were nice.

The hotel itself is fairly small, but has room for a little pool on its upper level and a little courtyard where breakfast is served. Breakfast consisted of sweet breads, fruit, eggs, juice and coffee. Not to my taste, but definitely nothing wrong with it.

The location of the hotel is good. You are right in the old town, so you need only go downstairs and out the door to wander about.

All in all, we were very satisfied with our room and our stay at Boutique las Carretas. It doesn't have as much personality as some of the other places we have stayed, but with lovely, comfortable rooms, it was no big deal. As others have said, I think the word 'boutique' maybe misleading, so just keep that in mind.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

The location is great inside the old town, however for a Boutique hotel I would expect more...the breakfast was very poor, you're in Colombia and there is no variety of juices, poor selection of fruits, cutted early in the morning and places inside the fridge for hours before they serve you....only orange juice not fresh...the rooms are noisy and the noise comes from the employees making the breakfast and cleaning early in the mornings....

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

Stayed at Las Carretas for a weekend and booked it only cause of good reviews here on TA. From the moment of arrival we felt this really was a letdown. The place lacks in character and spirit. The staff is all dressed in private clothing which takes away the whole hotel/botique feeling. The breakfast area has an open kitchen which makes it feel more like a hostel than an acutal hotel. Staff is nice, friendly but not great. The rooftop pool though is in excellent condition! Only two sunbeds but a nice area. You can tell that the hotel most rely on their location. It has a GREAT location in the Old Town of Cartagena. So not worth the rate each night thou.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

The location of this hotel inside of the old city is perfect. The included breakfast was very good. There were free international calls. The balcony over looking the city streets was also nice as well. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

We stayed at Las Carretas for a week and had a wonderful time. The hotel is well located for lots of different attractions and very clean. The best part of Las Carretas is the personal service and friendliness of the staff, as led by Adriana. When we needed directions, had special requests for breakfast or just wanted to learn more about the city and different activities, Adriana and her staff were very informative and caring. That kind of service makes Las Carretas stand out and truly enhanced enjoyment of our stay in Cartagena.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ronald M
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

Hotel is very well-located and staff is extremely nice. Breakfasts were lovely and rooms and all common spaces are very tastefully designed. Our only problem was the nightmarish experience we had when we made the reservation: We found the hotel on hotels.com at the equivalent rate of $140 U.S. per night (for the New Year's Eve period). We booked it immediately only to receive an email from the hotel itself five minutes later telling us the price was wrong - and indeed was actually triple what had been quoted. This was followed by a phone call the next morning and further emails claiming that our Visa card wasn't working (!) It took no less than 3 weeks of constant communication with hotels.com before Boutique Hotel Las Carretas acquiesced to the original rate. Once we arrived we were treated absolutely cordially (though given a teeny, tiny room.) Had we not had this miserable experience I would give the property four stars.

Room Tip: Not all rooms have windows and some are tiny with only full-sized beds (not even queens). Ask for a...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Elizabeth M
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

My daughter and I stayed 6 nights in a room with a balcony over the street. we could sit out in the evening and listen to the music but when the shutters were closed the room was very quiet

A perfect little hotel in the heart of old Cartagena.

The staff were some of the most pleasant and helpful that we met in a month in Colombia. Everyone made us feel very special, starting every morning with a great fresh breakfast.

unlike some hotels in Colombia this staff knew not to charge foreign visitors the IVA tax

Room Tip: All of the rooms we saw looked nice but we loved our balcony. Having a little fridge in the room wa...
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Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Calle de Las Carretas | Centro Historico, Cartagena, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #28 of 159 Hotels in Cartagena
Price Range: £69 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Boutique las Carretas 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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