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Casa de Leda - a Kali Hotel
Ranked #3 of 67 Hotels in Santa Marta
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 March 2014

Rooms are very nice with a clean modern décor. Loved the tile and showerhead in the bath. I would have given it a higher rating, but for 2 reasons. Their website promotes a complimentary pick up at the airport. When we arrived there was no driver or car there to pick us up. A nice friendly lady at the airport picking up other passengers offered to help and call the hotel for us. They sounded confused and eventually we were picked up. Thought nothing of it until we departed. Several weeks before we arrived I asked the hotel to arrange a car for 4 people to drive us from Santa Marta to Cartagena, a 4 hour drive. I was given confirmation via email and I confirmed upon arrival. When the car arrived for pickup it was so small that 4 people with luggage could barely get in....that is with the front passenger holding his carryon roller bag in his lap. We were told at the hotel that it would be a short drive to the airport where we would be transferred to a larger vehicle. Somewhere close to the airport the driver pulls over to the shoulder on the highway where another taxi is sitting. This new car was marginally larger. All 4 of us had to hold our carry on bags in our laps. The 2 roller bags and other 2 larger checked bags barely fit into the trunk. It was a long uncomfortable drive to Cartagena. Hey, but the driver was friendly.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacob_Schwarz, Owner at Casa de Leda - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

We appreciate your stay and that you took the time to review us. I am so sorry about the inconveniences you mentioned with your transport. I have looked into both instances to figure out what happened and to avoid anything similar in the future. In terms of the original airport pickup, it seems there was a last minute change in your flight plan. We regret you had to wait after landing, and we rushed to the airport as fast as possible for your pick up. Also, I understand that you were cramped as 4 people in a sedan taxi with all of your luggage on the way to Cartagena. In line with our policies, I believe we offered a larger, slightly more expensive van for your group, which was declined. Please understand we do not operate or receive profits from the transport services we arrange, we simply want to make sure our guests arrive and leave with ease. If you are ever back in the area, we would welcome the opportunity to make your stay truly special.

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Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

This hotel blew us away when we stepped, being I'm the one that booked it I knew a little of what to expect but my guests and I were wowed by the whole experience. We arrived very early and they accommodated to us and started on out room early so we could get in.
The staff is great and very helpful finding things for you to do, the maps they have are a great help. Our room was amazing, we had a room with 3 beds and a loft accompanied with a swing that my girlfriend loved. The TV filled with movies was another big plus, we found ourselves watching 3 of them throughout our 3 night stay.
The included breakfast is great as well and the dining on the terrace is perfect for waking you up in the morning. We chatted with one of the owners for a bit and he gave us a great tip for our visit to Parque Tayrona, skip all the beaches on the hike out and stop at Cabo San Juan first, then the others on the way bak if you want.
All in all a great experience and place to stay. Can't wait to try out their other hotels.

Stayed: March 2014
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Jacob_Schwarz, Owner at Casa de Leda - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

Thanks for taking the time for this review. We want every guest to leave as wowed and pleasantly surprised by the Casa de Leda experience as you did. From the details in the rooms to the personal attention, our goal is to bring five star service and quality to Santa Marta for a great price. We hope you will stay with us again if you ever find yourself back on the Colombian coast!

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is one of three new boutique hotels in the area, two in Santa Marta, one in the nearby National Park. The personnel are beyond "simpatico" and the service is wonderful. Jacob, the owner, and his assistants are true hosts. Everything is new, unusually designed with exquisite, modern tastefulness, and, of course, clean. Breakfast is excellent and served either in the room or on the terrace. They do not serve other meals but there are good restaurants in Santa Marta (the best is "Rocoto Restaurante Peruano" 19-15 Carrera 2); secured parking is three blocks away. We had a suite and it is well worth the price; It has a great bathroom, very fancy modern shower, small Jacuzzi near the private terrace, wonderful king size bed ... you won't touch it for twice the price elsewhere (except their other hotel!). We have stayed at Al Husn in Muscat and Aditya in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka and would put our suite nearly on par with our rooms there, which are three and four times the price. Remember though, this is a small charming boutique and not a full entertainment center; the swimming pool in the atrium is for lounging, there is s steam room and masseuse,and if you want beach, go to Rodedero, a very short drive away, for an afternoon. We will certainly return and add on a stay at the sister hotel in Tyrona Park. The management photos are accurate so I am offering only one of my own, of the jacuzzi and terrace! EL.

Room Tip: Take the suite if you can afford it, and take the one above the bar / cooking area.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Jacob_Schwarz, Owner at Casa de Leda - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are very proud to offer Casa de Leda as a great option for people staying in Santa Marta who would like a personal hotel experience with the highest quality service and amenities. Thanks for mentioning our other hotels! Villa Maria, the property by Tayrona Park is absolutely stunning and perched over the ocean on top of jungly hills. Check out our Instagram @kalihotels for pictures of some new cabins we are currently constructing out there.

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Reviewed 26 February 2014

After 3 weeks travelling in Colombia there was no doubt that this was our favourite hotel of the whole trip. Fantastic rooms, beautifully decorated and great location to explore Santa Marta (which by the way is a town with a marina, not a beach as such). The hotel was stunning and we got great sleeps with the black out blinds! Coming from the UK however we weren't comfortable that a tip is automatically added to your accomodation bill; in the UK we don't automatically tip, and when we do it's for outstanding/extra service or if you wish to tip teh cleaners etc- it is not given to the hotel just for doing their job, but to an individual staff member who has made the effort. Whilst we loved our stay, some attention to detail was lacking in terms of service- for example we came back to the hotel after a trip to their sister hotel in Tyrona national park (which they were charging a fortune for transport between the two so we got the bus) and we left our luggage with the hotel as we were coming back the day after and when we returned it took 20mins to locate our bags, they could have just been brought to the room ready for us). This is only minor detail; overall the hotel itself is beautiful.

Room Tip: The suites are amazing- made us feel like a king and queen! But we also stayed in a standard room an...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacob_Schwarz, Owner at Casa de Leda - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2014

We are so happy that Casa de Leda was your favorite hotel of the trip. We are proud of it and hope that everyone who comes can truly appreciate the Kali Hotel experience. I'm sorry about any confusion with the the tip. It does not automatically get added to your bill, however we accept tips upon checkout to make sure they get distributed evenly among all employees. They all work very hard, not just the ones serving breakfast and smiling at reception, so we want them all to share equally. Yes, the transport between Santa Marta and Villa Maria can be costly at around $35 USD each way, however we charge the same as any taxi. The bus can certainly be preferable at $4 USD. Thank you so much for this review, and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 22 February 2014

Great location near the plaza, arrived from a fantastic 3 nights at sister hotel Villa Maria in the Tyrona National Park (would highly recommend a stay there) Staff very friendly and efficient continued on to another of the Kali chain, Casa Le Fe in Cartagana, also would highly recommend, all in all glad I spent the bulk of my holiday with them.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacob_Schwarz, Propietario at Casa de Leda - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2014

Thanks for staying with so many Kali hotels and thanks for leaving us this review! We hope that more people realize we offer a high quality experience in all of these locations along the Colombian coast. We love customizing packages for anyone looking to spend a few days in Santa Marta, Cartagena, Tayrona Park, or any combination. We hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Our stay was more than what we expected. Hotel staff were friendly, attentive and very helpful resulting in an amazing experience. Location was ideal to enjoy evening activities at the plaza. Accommodations were comfortable and very clean. Great experience.

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Jacob_Schwarz, Propietario at Casa de Leda - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2014

Thank you so much for reviewing us. Our goal is for everyone to leave pleasantly surprised, and we're so happy that we achieved that with you. We hope that you return to visit us again, and if so, remember to call or email the hotel directly for the best discounts and promotions.

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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Just arrived home from Colombia - we only spent one night at the Casa de Leda but it was lovely.
The hotel is beautiful and a great location. The staff helped us arrange and suggest options for the next part of our trip.
I'm a travel agent and would not hesitate to send any of my clients or family to a Kali Hotel. It's my second time to Santa Marta and this boutique hotel was fantastic.
Thank you!!

Room Tip: We had a ground floor but it was lovely. The suite at the top looked incedible!
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Jacob_Schwarz, Propietario at Casa de Leda - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2014

We really appreciate you taking the time to review us! It is such a pleasure to hear from people who were truly impressed by the Kali Hotel experience. It is our goal for every guest to leave feeling pleasantly surprised by their stay, and are elated that we succeeded with you. We hope to see you again soon, or you send us some friends and family! Remember to book directly with the hotel for great promotions and discounts.

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Additional Information about Casa de Leda - a Kali Hotel

Address: Calle 18 No. 4-38 | El Centro Historico, Santa Marta, Colombia (Formerly Casa de Leda Hotel & Spa)
Region: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 67 Hotels in Santa Marta
Price Range: £55 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa de Leda - a Kali Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa de Leda is the newest addition to Kali Hotels. Its luxurious and relaxing spa complements each room's unique and grand style. First owned by a wealthy family of Santa Marta's golden age, the original house where Casa de Leda sits dates back to the late 19th century. While most of that house no longer stands, we salvaged its original fluted columns, facade, and floor tiling. In this remodeling, as with Casa de Isabella, we consistently chose classical style, maintaining the building's original integrity whenever possible. With Casa de Leda, we proudly present a full service boutique hotel and spa. Spacious rooms under vaulted ceilings give way to open bathrooms with plenty of natural light. The open terrace, flanked by cascades of green vines and equipped with a cooling mist system, overlooks the Santa Marta Cathedral. Each room includes an aromatherapy kit, and some have in-room hot tubs. Flat screen TVs in every room have media players with music stations and video libraries. We also provide free WiFi, international calling, and breakfast cooked-to-order. ... more   less 
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