I wanted to surprise my wife for our very first wedding anniversary; and after looking for some cities and places I decided for Santa Marta and Casa de Isabella. My decision was based on quality, and because it seemed like a quite romantic place. Besides, when I called them to book, they were very kind to me and when I told them it was for our anniversary I was offered special treats to make our stay an unforgettable one. And it was so!
They picked up us at the airport and the driver kept our destination secret to my wife, so it was really a surprise for her when we arrived. The place was exquisitely decorated and the attention from the very beginning was special. Our room was not ready (the previous guest had been smoking even tough it is a non smoking hotel), and they wouldn't give us the room until it was totally clean. In the meantime they offered us another room to change clothes so we could go out and enjoy the city.
Back in the hotel, our room -suit number 10- was ready and was even more than we expected in every aspect: huge comfortable bed, great bathroom (with natural light), a balcony were you could see the tamarind tree, and a second floor (a terrace, in fact), with our own private jacuzzi, and outdoor furniture; and what made it even more special: the view of the Santa Marta bay in all its beauty.
The hotel only offers breakfast (I'll talk more about it later); but I wanted a special dinner for me and my wife in our anniversary night. So people in the front desk helped me to contact a restaurant and they made arrangements to make it possible to bring the food to our suit (in behalf of the restaurant, they made my wife's favorite dish, even though it was not part of the menu). And they contacted a flower store, and decorated the room for us (roses everywhere). I took my wife for a walk while they secretly set up the suit. I hadn't to move a finger.
My wife was very surprised when we returned and found our room fully decorated, with a table and chairs, roses, soft music, a bottle of wine, soft light, and a waiter waiting for us to serve dinner. That moment, and my wife's face and happiness, made it worthy. I must say it was a great weekend we spend there and, indeed, an unforgettable one.
We had only one complain: breakfast time. There was only one person in the kitchen and many guests to attend at the same time; so it took us an hour to have our breakfast and it was poor. And this happened to us the two mornings we were there. It was particularly annoying the second morning because they knew we had to leave for the airport and the previous night we specifically asked for the breakfast early in the morning. We had to take a "second" breakfast at the airport.
If they improve their breakfast service, there would be no complains at all. It's a great place to stay, and a very romantic one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Isabella pays homage to the charm and history of Santa Marta's colonial era while ushering in a future rich in culture and beauty. Founded in 1525, Santa Marta is Colombia's oldest city. Its natural port provided a refuge from long journeys on Spanish galleons, and its position on the north coast allowed explorers to use it as a base camp for trips to the interior. Casa de Isabella sits in the Centro Historico, the Old City of Santa Marta. This area, first developed after the Manzanares river receded in 1850, holds buildings that reflect traditional Mudejar architecture. The building's original owners inhabited the house for four generations and contributed significantly to the city's growth in the 19th and 20th centuries. In renovating the hotel for the modern era, we consistently chose classic style, maintaining the original integrity of the building and its surrounding neighborhood. Our guests feel the simplicity of Santa Marta's natural charm while enjoying modern comforts. From the greenery of the courtyard to the intimacy of a personal rooftop pool, Casa de Isabella fuses the tranquility of Colombian culture with top quality hotel conveniences. With lighting fast Wi-Fi, complimentary I-Pads, and Apple TV, as well as restored furniture and handmade adornments, this hotel stays anchored in tradition while looking ahead toward a bright future. We have proudly renovated the most beautiful boutique hotel in the Colombian Caribbean. ... more less
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