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“Ten Years On” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

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Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Ranked #5 of 148 Hotels in Cartagena
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aberdeen
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Ten Years On”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2008

It's 10 years since I first stayed at the Santa Clara; 20 or so stays in the first 3 and once or twice a year since then; its a bit more distant from Aberdeen now. Heading back in the summer. I am surprised to see it rates only 3rd (at time of writing). I have stayed in the current number 1 and there is no comparison. The Santa Clara is superior in every way, rooms, pool, dining, spa, ambiance & service. The people may have changed over these past 10 years but the standards never drop. Easily the top hotel in a fabulous city, well worth the visit. Met my wife there, got married there, spent many a night with friends and family in the squares, bars and restaurants. Its great to see a new buzz and vitality in the City, the cruise ships are back and as will I.

  • Liked — 5 star standards in all aspects
  • Disliked — no complaints whatsoever
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2008

Surely the jewel in the Sofitel Crown, without doubt the best hotel in Colombia, let alone Cartagena. Planning on a late summer return.

  • Liked — first class service, rooms, food and attention to detail
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pattyscotland
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Miami
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2008

Not only the best hotel in the city but much more. Compared with Punta Cana's Exclusive and Celebrity Filled Oscar de la Renta Resort and fine hotels like the Ritz Carlton and the Ritz in Paris, hotels I have frequented in the past, the Santa Clara stands on a class of its own: The service is not only second to none but in my opinion the standard of service in Fine Hotels world wide.

The ratio of guests to personal buttlers as well as personalized service is the right one. Do not be surprised to have breakfast next to an ex-president, a well known writer like Garcia Marquez or even some U.S Expresidents who have been and continue to be guests at this exclusive yet home like hotel.

A must stay location!!!

  • Liked — The room was amazing
  • Disliked — It was very nice
  • Stayed March 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank MosheSegebre
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new york
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2008

No question this is the place to stay in cartagena. Gorgeous courtyard, excellent food, great location in the city centre. Around new years time the hotel bar was filled with beautiful people and rocking with great music. The hotel is a converted monastary. The staff is courteous but beware the travel agency inside the hotel is difficult to deal with and a bit slow.

Overall this is the place to stay in cartagena. Only downside is its nowhere near a beach you would use but if your staying anywhere in cartagena...stay here.

Stayed December 2007
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miami
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2008

We stayed for a whole week and what a dream place. The Hotel is everything and more that a person can wish for. The staff extra attentive. The food was great. The area can not be better and more centrally located. The plaza in front very quaint. The restaurants nearby are just 20 steps away and you couldn't ask for better places nearby to eat.

The people of the city look out for tourist not to have any problems. The taxi drivers go out of their way to help you. Wow, I still have to pinch myself and of course I highly recommed this Hotel and I will return as soon as I can.

Very Happy.

  • Liked — The View from our room
  • Disliked — Can't think of anything
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank dorasuarez
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Guatemala City
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2008

The rooms are spacious, the service is impeccable, the location of this hotel is top #1 in the city.
You can find the best restaurants in town just steps away, but believe me, with this hotel's kitchen... it wont be necessary.
We went my wife, my 2 yr daughter, my in-law's and my self, and we had a great time.
We went every morning to the pool, which is child friendly... meanwhile my in law's stayed resting in their room.
Later we met to lunch at CAFE DEL CLAUSTRO which is the rautaurant in the pool area.
In the after noon we usually went walking around downtown which is the most historic and beautiful place in the city, other day we took a tour , went shopping, etc...
In the evening we usually went to EL REFECTORIO ( the hotel's french restaurant) or went out to try some of the restaurants in town.
Finally, this is the hotel you must book when you go to Cartagena, which is one of the most romantic, fun, friendly, interesting, etc.... cities in latin america.
Congratulations guys!

Stayed February 2008
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Guelph, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2008

Hotel Santa Clara is one of our favorites hotels in the world. The environment, the decoration, the restaurants, the swimming pool, and the friendly staff make this hotel our favorite place in Cartagena.

While we were there, we had the chance to enjoy the special menu dedicated to the Cartagenan cuisine, it was amazing!

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Property: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Address: Calle Del Torno 39-29 | Barrio San Diego, Cartagena 130003, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cartagena
#1 Business Hotel in Cartagena
#2 Spa Hotel in Cartagena
#4 Luxury Hotel in Cartagena
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cartagena
#4 Family Hotel in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Legend Santa Clara 5*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally built as a convent in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara is a legendary landmark in the heart of Cartagena's walled city. Transformed into a luxury hotel in 1995, the Sofitel Santa Clara, unique in style, combines the allure of history with local hospitality and the art of French savoir-faire. Mixing Colonial and Republican-style architecture with modern comfort, the hotel features gourmet cuisine, exceptional service, a world-class spa, meeting facilities and state of the art technology for events, conventions and weddings. ... more   less 
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