Amazing neighborhood El Laguito
2 bedrooms living room and large kitchen with pool and direct access to the beach
The reservation was canceled 3 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Before arrival, our host was pretty communicative, such as letting us know how much a taxi would cost from the airport to the place. Upon our arrival, we were asked by the doorman to pay an additional fee for "administrative" reasons. As this was not mentioned in the original listing, my travel buddy and I tried to contact our host (who wasn't on the premises) to no avail. We eventually had to reach out to Airbnb for help. After waiting for some time, we were given our one key and allowed upstairs.
The apartment was clean (minus some small roaches in the kitchen), spacious, in a great neighborhood down the street from the Hilton and the beach. A bus stop is just feet away. Taxis within an arm's reach. Bright sunlight shines through. A washing machine, working oven, microwave and coffee pot (with some old coffee already simmering from I've no idea when)! The apartment is definitely a good find.
No one greeted or checked in on us. There was no welcome note. Do not expect to find an iron or even one roll of toilet paper. The sink in the non-master bathroom leaked incessantly so I was constantly mopping the floor. Fine. No big deal. Toward the end of our stay, a woman claiming to be the manager, along with a man in uniform, says she needs entry into the apartment because the air conditioner is leaking into the apartment below. While she leaves, the man in uniform stays, is on his phone, and then says he'll return ASAP because he has to buy and replace a broken piece for the conditioner. He never returns and neither does she though we were asked to wait for them to fix the problem.
All in all, this was a fine place to rent.
Christian's apartment worked great for us. Nobody bothered us unless we needed something. Safe place in a convenient area.
This apartment is great for ALL! I came from the US traveling alone (as my friend's plans fell apart).... so I was first concerned about safety...
Safety in totally NOT a concern here in Cartegna. The street where the apartment is located is safe at all hours, literally.
The apartment is quite large, 1 master and a 2nd bedroom with 2 bunk beds (4 beds). Nice living room, nice balcony way up on 12th floor, lots of breeze and 2 air conditioners.
Some bugs only in kitchen but that's okay.
William, one of the doormen downstairs was always helpful and really made me feel at home.
Relaxing private beach, a typical colombian food restaurant connected to the building, only $5 cab ride to the 'walled city'/el Centro....
It was pretty perfect dude, I will be back with friends next time!!!
Christian was not around,but his assistant came by the first night...that was all I needed. I don't like being bothered anyway? : )
The apartment suited us well for our 8 nights there. It is well situated for the beach, restaurants and supermarkets and the location felt friendly and safe. We often walked (around 45 minutes) to the old city but taxis are cheap and easy to find. The apartment was very spacious for our family of four with good sized living area. Having 2 bathrooms was also useful. We enjoyed use of the 2nd floor pool and also the small sandy beach at the back of the apartment block. My only complaint is that the flat could have been cleaner-all the kitchen cupboards needed a good wipe and the equipment was fairly minimal (no tea towels, chopping board or sharp knife and only two mugs). While we were there unfortunately there was a leak through the main bedroom ceiling and we had water dripping onto our bed during the night. This was just unfortunate and the problem was taken care of with minimal disruption to us. Overall very good value.
We stayed 7 days, 3 adults and a baby. The apartment has a good size and a calm location not very far from the old town (around 6000 pesos for a 10mn taxi ride) or 45mn walking. It's not very far by foot from the Avenida San Martin which has a lot of shops and restaurants.
On arrival, some dead/living roaches, spiders and webs and not very clean floor, found some hairs in the bed. We noticed that to Cristian who sent someone to clean and change the sheets, so everything was handled nicely.
The air conditioning in the main room didn't produce cold ; a tech came to fill it, and checked the other. After a day, both of them didn't produce cold, and it can be hard to handle the heat in Cartagena (at least 26C in the night) without air conditioning and and only one fan. We had a proposition to change the apartment for another one in the same tower the time to have the tech to come back (it was the WE)but we prefered not moving everything for only 2 days and come back after, so we asked for a fan and still wait for it...
Overall, it was quite a nice week.
Some points to improve :
- the poor equipment in the kitchen, we had to buy a knife for preparing the food, and some used tools to change
- some towels for the showers (you have normally to bring yours), although we found 1 and 1/2.
- some small reparations here and there
A very good thing is the presence of a washing machine if you have to stay several days. The view from the apartment has nothing especial, but from the pool it's much better.
Don't hesitate to ask informations to the security guard, they are helpfull.
Excelente Departamento, muy buena ubicación en el mejor sector de Cartagena y totalmente seguro. Cómodo, bonito y acogedor. Disfrutamos nuestra estadía en este sitio y agradecemos a Cristian su disponibilidad y atención.