I returned from Cartagena on March 27. I stayed at the Decameron and was very happy with the overall quality and service. I put a rating at 3 1/2. The hotel and environs were always clean and the rooms are comfortable, i was not too happy with the bed as it was very firm...ok it was hard but everything was always clean. Talking about sleep. If you want a quiet room go high. I was on the 4th floor and the road noise and entertainment at pool side was very loud, I moved up to the 10th floor and it was much better.
The great thing about this hotel is the staff and the proximity to the old city. Take the walking tour and get to know your way around then hop a taxi (6000 pesos or about $3 us bucks) and you are there. The Walled city is amazing, historic buildings and lots of little shops and bars and eating places all over. Cartagena is a beautiful city but beware, it is HOT and humid.
Let's talk food. The breakfast and lunch buffets (the only buffet meals) were always good, lots of fruits and a selection of main courses to suite most people. Fish was almost always offered as a choice along with the usual rice and beans which i happen to love. Dinner is a choice between 3 restaurants, two in the hotel and one in the old city. My preference was the sea food restaurant on the 23rd floor. Excellent food and a spectacular view with dinner. The Italian restaurant on the 3rd floor was also good but the fancy San Pedro (sp) down town is a must. Reservations must be made and the reservation desk opens from 11 am to 7 pm every day.
I can't say enough about the amazing staff, they are really friendly and always helpful. Most don't speak english and those that do are very limited but between my little spanish and their little english everything always worked out.
Here is a tip for you. Visit the jewellery store at the hotel and swing a deal with Soraya, she is a great help and most pieces can be custom made in a few days. She speaks english very well and is always willing to help out even outside of her duties at the store.
Another tip. Beware of the vendors on the beach, they can be very persistent. The hotel does not let them on the compound but they are plentiful just outside at every entrance and exit. These beach vendors can be a real pain but just be firm.
Overall i enjoyed the hotel, staff and city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A city of great conquests and conquistadors wait for you in the magical Colombian Caribbean. We open the doors to a strategic hotel tower located facing the renowned ‘Bocagrande’ beaches, overlooking the Cartagena Bay and combining the modern city with the majestic colonial city. Fun and enjoyment are guaranteed in a Caribbean and Cosmopolitan corner, loaded with history that will infuse you with its everyday tropical and “Garcia-Marquezian” reality. During the day you may visit the historical center with its colorful architecture, its monumental walls and narrow streets. Don’t forget to make a stop at the San Felipe de Barajas Castle, a huge building that has witnessed the heroic Colombian battles. Additionally, an intense night awaits with many emotions with music, shows and an exquisite gastronomical offer that you may enjoy at our hotel or booking a romantic evening at our Café de la Plaza de San Pedro restaurant, located in the best area of the walled city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Decameron Cartagena Hotel Cartagena
- Hotel Decameron Cartagena
- Cartagena Decameron Hotel
- Decameron Hotel Cartagena