The good points:
A quiet and superb location in Getsemani - a lovely part of town and not so touristy or gentrified as the other parts of the old town.
A lovely, good size apartment for our group of 5 adults.
Nice open and airy interior.
3 good bedrooms with good, and modern en-suite shower rooms.
Very well equipped kitchen (with the small exception of no kettle - something we British like to have to make tea).
What would have been better:
Turning off or removing the web security surveillance cameras in the downstairs general areas.
Providing at least two sets of keys.
Hot water system.
Bath mats in the shower rooms, and provision of more towels and dishcloths.
Problems that affected us:
A single key the for front door was very constraining, especially given that the door can't be opened without a key. This made exit from the apartment difficult if someone in the group was out with the key leaving the others locked in. Their exit required the large door to be unlatched and opened which was a nuisance.
It would be very straightforward to replace the existing three key lock with a high security five key lock.
The surveillance cctv cameras downstairs that are web connected are an invasion of privacy. I was very tempted to disconnect them or cover their lenses. I suggested to the landlord to have these switched off when letting the property.
The lack of a hot water system in the apartment was unexpected. The reason given by the landlord was the water from the cold taps was hot enough. It wasn't. Personal hygiene for showers, floor washing and dishwashing was compromised from this lack of hot water.
The rooftop "Hot Tub" leaked through its drainage plug and emptied itself overnight. It is not a "hot-tub" as there is no hot water in the apartment. We were disappointed to not use it.
I mentioned this feedback directly to the landlord who responded he would address these concerns.
Given that the apartment rental is really quite expensive, these loss good points cause me to give a rating of 4 out of 5. Were these important issues resolved I would give it 5/5 without hesitation.
This was on of the best vacation rental I've ever stayed in! Perfect local, clean, spacious and absolutely beautiful!! The open air concept was incredible. You're in the heart of the action, but not on a busy street, so there are no vendors or street workers hanging outside your door. The property owner and manager were accommodating very easy to work with. I will stay there every time I go to Cartagena from now on. I would highly recommend this place! Well worth the money if you want to do it right!
Incredibly happy to have chosen this rental! Steps away from the historically rich walled old city and a 5 min cab ride from modern Bocagrande and it's beautiful beaches. From the moment you walk in you immediately feel at home, all 3 bedrooms are equipped with their own bathroom, the terrace on the roof has a relaxing jacuzzi that I enjoyed as the sun set on beautiful Cartagena. I will definitely be staying here again and highly recommend this beautiful house!
This house is perfectly situated, my family and I were looking to be near it all. This house was perfect, the bedrooms were perfect, near by restaurants great, cheap cab service to and from beach, best part of it all: being walking distance from the walled city without having to deal all the traffic.
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