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Casa Castel
Ranked #33 of 167 Cartagena B&B and Inns
Reviewed 14 March 2011

I read the reviews on this hotel before booking it and it had been highly rated for good reason. I am a female and was traveling alone and I felt so comfortable here. The owners and staff are warm, professional, and helpful. They gave me many tips for how to negotiate the city, for example what to pay taxi drivers. I really like the location of the hotel in Manga because it is quieter than being in Centro or Getsemane and yet, I could walk to these other places. The hotel is in an area that is clean, pretty and safe.

In the mornings, breakfast is served in the dining area. They served great coffee, fresh fruit and they were so accomodating to the fact that I have a gluten allergy. They gave me a choice of possible breakfast foods. I was out during the morning, studying Spanish. I usually came back in the early afternoon to take a swim in the pool which was super refreshing. And then I got ready to go out again.

My room was an inside room so it was extra quiet, which is important to me. The furnishings and art are attractive and pleasant and the overall feel is of elegance. All the comforts were there. It's a very friendly place and the staff are fun to talk with. I practiced my Spanish but in a pinch or when I was tired, the owners were there to speak to me in English.

I would come here again!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

Hotel Castel was a home away from home.
The owners Alexandra and Peter are so gracious and giving of their time.
Breakfast every morning was typical american, it was nice to have coffee and juice after a long night of drinking anejo rum.
The pool was a must every morning before the walk into the centro historico, which only takes about 20 minutes or a 2-minute cab ride which will cost about 3.00. Walking is more fun because you can see all of the sights as you go.
There is a large market just 3 blocks from Casa Castel and across the street from the market is a great pizzeria (La Rucola?).
The evenings at Casa Castel were quiet...only a bit of early morning noise from the kitchen but only because we were in one of the downstairs rooms.
This is a great place with large rooms and wonderful hosts.....stay here and take a walk into the central area it is truly worth being outside of the walled city.
PS-before leaving home print a map of Manga with the Hotel address...the taxi's did not know where it was and it does not have any signs.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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4  Thank sinisterhaley
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Reviewed 3 January 2011

My husband and I stayed at Casa Castel for 3 nights in December. The owners Peter and Alex were very welcoming and hospitable. The property is newly renovated, very clean, and tastefully decorated. Common areas are comfortable and relaxing. The B&B is located in Manga, which is more local and not very touristy. That being said, you have to take a cab to go anywhere, especially for good restaurants. Be careful to get all the address info before you leave to go anywhere, as not all cab drivers know where Casa Castel is....

Breakfast is made to order everyday until 10am - it includes coffee, juice, and fruit. Throughout the day, you can order drinks and coffee from the kitchen, which will be charged to your room.

Rooms were very clean and modern with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. They included air conditioner w/remote, TV w/remote, valuables digital safe, and fresh linens/towels daily. There were limited toiletries so bring your own if you can. There is also wi-fi available for all guests - if you can't connect with their router signal, they have little USB receivers that also connect to the local internet provider.

There are two pools - one small one inside the building behind the registration desk, and a larger one outside the main house. They are both well kept and nicely landscaped.

Although it was nice to stay off the beaten track, I would have liked to be closer to the Old City. You can walk there, but it takes about 25 min. All in all, great value for the money.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank everywhere2
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Reviewed 18 November 2010

This boutique hotel is owned and run by an Italian couple. They make you feel right at home here. They keep the place very clean and are just great people at heart. The hotel and room designs are pretty cool. I'd like to have a home like this someday. Also, you are only a 20-25 minute walk from the Old City or a 4-5 minute cab ride. It can be hard for some cab drivers to find. It's right off of calle 22 in Manga.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank dotcom75
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Reviewed 19 October 2010

the service is excellent, is super clean and the location is wonderful. you are in cartagena but located in a very traditional neighborhood, you can see cartagena from another point of view, you do not feel like a tourist in Manga specially in this hotel.
my only negative coment was the breakfast very small.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank jacqueline081
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Reviewed 12 August 2010

The room is beatiful, very spacious, all the house is tastefully decorated and designed. Nice Boutique Hotel. Only problem one afternoon we came back to the hotel to find they've taken our stuff out of the room for a photograph session and the owner nor his wife told us anything about it, When ge got back exhausted from the colonial town on VERY hot, stuffy afternoon dying for cold shower our room wasn`t available, so we had to wait in the living room for quite some time until they were done. They should have told us before hand, or could have offer a room to take a shower and relax, since there where rooms available.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Thank Liz_Arg
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

The hotel is in a residential neighborhood with no sign outside. You really have to be able to give taxis directions just in case they don't know where it is. Although, that's not too hard since the tourist area is fairly small and easy to navigate. At first, we were going to move to the center, but decided to stay because of the comfort level we've had with them. The only downside is that they do have to call you a taxi every time you need to go somewhere.

The rooms are very clean. The cleaning staff is great, everyday after we come back to our room. The whole place is spotless and they've put away our stuff. Towels are changed daily. The beds and pillows are very comfortable and we slept very well. They also get a few english channels. Breakfast is as good as mentioned in other reviews. You get a plate of different varieties of fruit. A couple of eggs cooked to your liking, toast or arepas, coffee and fresh juice.

It really feels like being at home and having a staff of your own. They are all very respectful and try their best to accommodate all your needs. We also got a great restaurant recommendation (Casa Socorro) that is one of the best seafood places we've been to. Don't go to Club de Pesca, food is terrible, view is just ok. I can name a lot more places that has a better view than that.

Beach-wise, it's nothing special even Isla de Baru, it's more like Key west than the Caribbean.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank geomat2000
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Address: Av. De La Asamblea Calle 25A #21A 72 | Manga, Cartagena, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
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Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #33 of 167 B&Bs / Inns in Cartagena
Price Range: £50 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Castel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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