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Casa El Carretero
Ranked #69 of 153 Hotels in Cartagena
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“Great value”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

This is a very good place to stay in Cartagena. Nice and clean rooms, pool on the roof, good service. It's a small business with only 3 rooms. The location is good, in the heart of Getsemani, close to the historical center, but much cheaper than staying there. There was a wrong information given to us by the staff about bus rides on departure day due to misunderstanding. Except that, very good experience and good price for Cartagena standards.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013

The highlight of this hotel is the service provided by Maria. She is outstanding and the friendliest. The location is good but if you don't like constant noise, don't stay here as Plaza Trinidad nearby is always loud and lively. The place lacks attention to detail in the accommodations. For 400$/night I would expect high end things like good pillows which had to be folded to avoid neck aches, the advertised L'Occitane products (no products were of this brand. For example, no lotion was provided until I asked for it. Maria bought Nivea for us.); more space/shelves for our clothing. The AC had to be manually adjusted. It became to cold and it would not shut off. The pool in the upstairs terrace is a good space to unwind. The initial breakfast was not good. A gourmet breakfast should never include pre-fabricated frozen stuff. The juices were many and delicious as were the fruit platters. The breakfast improved greatly after Maria asked what we wanted.
In a nutshell, this place is overpriced, has excellent service and average accommodations.

Room Tip: Well located but loud.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

The best choice if you want to live in the midst of Getsemani´s intangible heritage. With unmatched staff and services, the Casa el Carretero is a unique experience in Cartagena tourism with a great breakfasts and a wonderful view from the top of the historical venues of the city. Luis and María treat you like kings in quite respectful and discrete way.

Room Tip: Just get there, it's awesome
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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CarreteroGroup, Manager at Casa El Carretero, responded to this review, 30 December 2013
Thank your for your comments on your experience with the Hotel ruben. We appreciate your feedback. The staff works very hard to ensure all guests have a unique experience with us.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

There are no signs on the street distinguishing the Casa El Carretero from any of the other Spanish colonial houses in Cartagena's historic Getsemani neighborhood. And that is the experience the hotel offers inside as well.

Classy and tasteful with only three rooms and a small but professional staff, Casa El Carretero offers an intimate reprieve from the high-flung tourism of the Old City, located a few blocks away. It's just alongside of Plaza de la Trinidad, an open nightlife hub with music and food and the colorful energy only a genuinely local scene can provide.

I only spent one night in the hotel, unfortunately, but after weeks of business travel at high-priced Hiltons and Sheraton chains, it was the best night I could have asked for. All the accommodations and service without any of the over-sanitized, commercial atmosphere.The room was spacious, with an excellent bed and a beautiful stone basin overhead shower. From the rooftop wading pool, I could listen to the music coming from the plaza and see the Castillo de San Feliz, South America's oldest fort, lit up in the distance. Breakfast was in the modern, family-style kitchen area: fresh pineapple, cantaloupe and pitahalla with orange juice, coffee, eggs and arepa.

This was my fifth time in Cartagena. I've stayed with friends and at hostels and hotels. Casa El Carretero is the best way I know of to get a rich, authentic experience of the city from the comfort of a private, relaxed setting. Take away the stress and confinement of your usual hotel stay and all that's left is an incredible visit.

Room Tip: The room on the street side has tiny balconies with views of the plaza and gets good sunlight during...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

This house will not be forgotten. I had 3 days to visit with my boyfriend in Cartagena and it made the trip seem longer staying here. I wish I had booked for the next trip there but unfortunately had already made other plans. The staff is seamless and available but give you a nice amount of privacy as well. They made us feel right at home from beginning to end. I love the way the house is laid out with the first floor facilities and the small pool and sitting areas with beautiful foliage surrounding. We saw one or two other guests the entire time. The tree that goes from the first floor up through the building structure is amazing. It is simple, yet beautiful with amazing wood furniture but not overdone! Peaceful stay, can't wait for the next visit...I highly recommend this beautiful hotel.

Room Tip: The first room at the top of the stairs was small but an excellent rate on these dates and all we ne...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 December 2013

From top to bottom, Casa El Carretero is a wonderful hotel with a beautiful design, very comfortable rooms, an incredible rooftop terrace with views of the city, and an incredibly kind and attentive staff. With a limited number of rooms, it feels like your own home in Cartagena and the staff certainly treats you like family. The location is perfect, right in the heart of Getsemani and within minutes you can walk to great restaurants, exciting nightlife, and the most well-known sights in Cartagena.
I absolutely recommend Casa El Carretero to anyone who is looking for a place in Cartagena. Without a doubt, you will leave loving the place as much as I do.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

This was my 3rd stay within 12 months at Casa El Carretero. I feel it's getting better and better every time I come. The staff already knows me well and the guys are extremely nice people whose only intention is to serve you and make sure you have a pleasant stay. It's a really nice place in a really great location. A few months ago a new bar (Demente) opened up just around the corner which is really a wonderful location for drinks and tapas. Otherwise the entire area called Getsemani is a really really nice place to stay with a lot of cool restaurant and bar options. I know this was not the last time that I will have visited Cartagena and stayed at this place.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Casa El Carretero
Address: Getsemani CL. 9 # 10B-18 | Calle del Carretero, Cartagena, Colombia
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Region: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#40 Romantic Hotel in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa El Carretero 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa EL Carretero is a colonial boutique hotel located in the historical neighborhood of El Getsemani in the city of Cartagena, Colombia. The vision was to create an Indonesian oasis in a century old Spanish colonial home with all the comforts of XXI century living. ... more   less 
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