A stay at Bantu is an experience in personalized attention and pampering, all in an atmosphere rarely found in South American hotels. Our family visited November 25-28, 2008 with our two small children (1 1/2 and 3 1/2 years old). As we arrived in the middle of a downpour, the staff met us with umbrellas and whisked us inside the entry for our first peek at the treat which awaited us. The view from the entry confirmed that we had made the correct hotel choice - a traditional Cartagena house redone into a beautiful, romantic, modern, upscale, boutique hotel. While the staff entered our baggage, we were escorted to the reception area (a huge log made into a counter) where we were warmly greeted by the Manager, Carlos Mario Arcila. We were then offered one of the most refreshing cocktails we’ve ever had while Mario chatted to us about how our trip was, the hotel amenities, Cartagena, etc. – true Colombian warmth. In the mean time, several of the hotel staff played with the children off in the courtyard allowing us to relax and enjoy the conversation with Mario. After finishing the cocktail, we were escorted to our room (a Jr. Suite) – we had spoken with the hotel several weeks before arriving in order to help us choose which room would meet our needs – we weren’t disappointed – the room was absolutely beautiful – several hundred year old original brick wall, very large (important when traveling w/ 2 children), baby crib already in place with linens, beautiful bowl of assorted tropical fruit, a sofa which converted into a bed for our older son – just perfect. As we got settled, the kids became hungry – we asked if we could order some soup for the kids, but the hotel restaurant didn’t open for another 2 hours – like everything else at Bantu, no problem -20 minutes later, 2 fresh chicken soups arrived, kids ate and went down for a nice nap. The days which followed were a dream of pampering - Mario and his staff took every opportunity to chat with us, play with the kids, give advice on restaurants, etc. Added bonus, the hotel has a babysitting service which was excellent and reasonably priced – we would specify the time, the young lady would arrive at our room and take care of the kids – kids loved her, we used her every night we were there so we could enjoy the Cartagena night life. The hotel is actually 2 houses which were put together – beautiful interior courtyards, plants/ trees everywhere, artwork – absolutely charming. There is a nicely laid out roof terrace which offers a nice pool (with a beautiful view over the old city), a steam room, a Jacuzzi, 2 massage tents and the mandatory bar. We took a look at the Presidential Suite – to die for – 2 separate bedrooms, living room, private terrace w/ Jacuzzi – next time we go, we’ll splurge for it – beautiful. If you’re in the market for a Jr Suite, 106, 107, 211 & 212 are all good choices. The location, just off the Plaza Fernandez de Madrid is perfect - in the center of the Old Town, everything within walking distance. As we left on the Friday, we were sad – thanks to Mario and his attentive staff, we arrived as guests and left as family – without a doubt we’ll return soon!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bantu invites you to discover a charming boutique hotel in the historic center of Cartagena de Indias, colonial city of Colombia, and one of the most amazing places in the Caribbean, full of warmth and authenticity. Distinguished with the category of 5 stars, Bantu Hotel offers an inside-edge design, colonial architecture and unique services: XVIII colonial infrastructure, chill out terrace, solarium, pool area, spa, bar, restaurant ... a bespoke luxury. Meet one of the most charming hotels in Colombia for couple getaways and business travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bantu Hotel And Lifestyle
- Bantu Hotel Cartagena
- Bantu Hotel Lifestyle