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Calamari Hostal Boutique
Ranked #7 of 171 Cartagena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 May 2014

When looking into hotel options in the walled city in Cartagena, we were surprised how expensive everything is compared to other Colombian cities. Thankfully we found this sweet little hotel. It is located right on the posh street lined with shops, upscale restaurants, and rooftop bars for sunset watching. The rooms are cozy, albeit basic. The tasteful Spanish pirate motif throughout gives it the charm of this old city. My fiancé and I enjoyed our stay in this little old city gem and recommend to others looking for an affordable option in a great location.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Booked a "Junior Suite" with this establishment on bookings.com which advertised separate rooms for up to 4 people with a kitchenette. Upon arrival, room is actually a dorm room with a double bed and two single beds. In fact, their website doesn't even list "Junior Suite" on their website so this is very misleading. The kitchenette is non-existent and is actually just a fridge and a microwave. Be advised that there is no hot water or breakfast offered (perhaps our own fault for not researching more but this is inconsistent with other hotels in the area and price range). Several cockroaches in the bathroom. Price of the room was 240,000 COP which was probably more than the price of booking the beds separately to have the whole room to ourselves, which is what we paid for. Flights from Cartagena to North America leave early in the morning and you won't be able to get breakfast as restaurants don't open that early in the morning. Good view of the city at night from the rooftop terrace.

Contemplating following up with bookings.com re misleading advertising so beware.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

This place is amazing- the decoration of the hotel, the location, the service. Everything makes this hotel a wonderful place to enjoy Cartagena. We stayed three nights in April - May and absolutely loved it.

The price is amazing for the location and the quality of the hostel.

Room Tip: We stayed at the Deluxe Room. The view is amazing, two bathrooms and the decoration is beautiful.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Located right in the old town and a beautiful old colonial building with gorgeous rooms! Had a breezy roof terrace with shower which is a nice place to chill out. The staff let us leave our bags to go and stay a night on playa blanca and even let us use the roof terrace shower when we returned. Some language difficulties at times but just wish my Spanish was better! Such good value for the location and quality of accommodation.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Best location town, perfect spot, clean, incredible price! If you have the chance, if its available book it you wont regredit .

we stayed in calamari for a couple of days, for a small fraction of the price of the hotels near by (of course you wont be in a 5 stars hotel) be it is worth it!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Location is great, everything easily accessible. Place was clean, staff was very kind, and also the design is nice. Only minor complaint could be that we didnt have a room with a window or balcony and the wifi didnt work in the room itself. Of course in a city like this you will not spend a lot of time inside so for us it was not a big issue plus in that room we didnt have any issues with noise as some people mentioned.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

The location is awesome! The hotel is beautiful and clean. We had a balcony in our room and I thought it was so romantic and nice.
However, when I read the reviews I knew there were some complains about the noise. I thought I could sleep with some noise. I live in one of the busiest areas in Nyc so I can deal with it. But this is beyond loud! We could hear every single conversation and noise from the room above us. We could hear all the music and noises from the street. I literally couldn't sleep at all. Another down side was that the cleaning people didn't change our towels or even left us without toilet paper and a trash can once. This is not very professional, and as much as I loved the location I will never stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Calamari Hostal Boutique

Address: Calle Ricaute # 31-38 Cartegena de Indias colombia Carrera 3, Cartagena 130002, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 171 B&Bs / Inns in Cartagena
Price Range: £46 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Calamari Hostal Boutique 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Calamari Hostel Boutique its located in Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia´s Caribean sea, declare by the UNESCO historical and cultural heritage of humanity, the historic center of Cartagena allows visitors evoke colonial times and visit in walking distance the best spots, restaurantes and shows offered by this magical city. Stop looking for a play to stay, Calamari Hostel Boutique is best hostel in Cartagena, Make your reservation now! ... more   less 
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