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Romantic guesthouse in the center/ the Souvenir d'Afrique room.
A beautiful and romantic colonial guesthouse in Cartagena de Indias, in the vibrant and traditional Getsemani area, one of the last truly exotic places in the Caribbean, the most dynamic downtown location where new luxury boutique hotels, bars and restaurants sprawl. Positioned in a quiet street, away from traffic and commercial activities, and just a few feet from the Arsenal and the booming Calle del Guerrero night spots and at walking distance from all the best restaurants.
The house is a mix of colonial and mediterranean style designed by award winning architect and decorated with african elements and maps brought back by the owner in his African journeys. All rooms are customed designed and fully equipped. The cotto floors with spanish ceramic accents help you cool down and unwind surrounded by an abundant tropical vegetation with adult mango and palm trees.
Guests can relax in the patios and enjoy an open air tile jacuzzi on the terrace and a mirador/solarium with view on the Cathedral, the churches of San Pedro and La Trinidad and the Castillo San Felipe. The house is on a north-south axis and enjoys plenty of natural ventilation.
This is the main bedroom with 1 king bed, a library filled with an interesting collection of books from all over the world and a tv area with sofa or twin bed. Private bathroom with sea souvenirs from Massawa. Minibar, wifi, a small flat screen tv. Africa inspired decoration. 400 count sheets, hard and soft pillows. The atmosphere, cozy and exotic, the tones from whites to khakis and the cotton mosquito net around the bed will take you to the shores of the Red Sea.
"...as part of a broader Colombian reawakening, the city is resurfacing with boutique hotels, fusion-seeking restaurants and new fashion labels that turn sleepy towns into global destinations. Tourists are descending on its galleries, strolling idly down its byways, reveling with locals at New Year’s Eve parties in public plazas. Travelers now call it Latin America’s hippest secret." The New York Times May 2, 2010
"Take a dash of faded colonial grandeur, then add a dose of sultry nightlife and an influx of cosmopolitan travelers seeking the next great Caribbean hot spot. Oliver Schwaner-Albright sets his sights on an emerging Colombian getaway that delivers all this and more." Travel + Leisure April 2008
"...recently, the Colombian port town of Cartagena has become an unlikely food destination, attracting the kind of culinary travelers who spend their vacations in Rome and Paris. And what they find is a city far more exotic, but no less adroit at catering to sophisticated palates...200-year-old Spanish colonial mansions refurbished with crisp interiors, trendy bistros that elevate plantains to haute fare, and theatrical rooms buzzing with dignitaries in starched collars and Windsor knots sipping minty rum drinks..." The New York Times October 26, 2008
"David Ebershoff visits this dreamy city by the sea, a place that wears its rich history as lightly as it does its languorous charm." Conde Nast Traveller March 2007
Rates include breakfast, wifi, daily cleaning, daily linen and towels, use of all common areas of the house, terraces, mirador and jacuzzi and we´ll pick you up at the airport.
Discounts are available for children, groups of more than 2 adults and extended and repeated stays. Additional charge for complete house rental.
Marcus's guesthouse is gorgeous. I arrived after short, but very tiring trips to Bogotá and Medellín and while I had a great time in both places, I definitely felt like I needed a bit of a vacation from my vacation and Marcus's place gave me exactly that.
My room was exactly as pictured with lovely decor, very strong air conditioning (very much appreciate for the heat), a nice open roofed shower and a huge Smart TV, which was lovely to have even though I didn't make much use of it. I slept extremely well and couldn't ask for anything more from a bed and breakfast room.
The rest of the guesthouse was just as lovely. Just as pictured, there's a lovely rooftop for sunbathing and a hot tub. Every morning, I woke up and sat at the dining room table just off of the kitchen, where the great and extremely friendly staff made an amazing and filling breakfast (eggs, toast, fresh fruit salad, fresh juice).
The staff and Marcus himself were all incredibly kind and welcoming. Luis was my main point of contact and the first to greet me when I arrived. He gave me a rundown of Cartagena, along with a map full of suggestions for what to see, do and eat. He was very, very nice, always around to help or ask how I was doing and made me feel very welcome to Cartagena and his fun and lively neighborhood (take his Getsemani tour!). When there was a brief power outage in the area (only a few hours) Luis was on hand to let me know what happened and her and Marcus were nice enough to offer me candles and anything I needed.
And though I unfortunately didn't see him often, Marcus himself was very kind and welcoming and always asking how things were going. A couple of days prior to my trip, he arranged for a driver to pick me up from the airport, which was great and made the whole travel experience that much easier.
The ladies and young man on the staff were also very sweet and always gave me a smile and had a quick chat with me despite my so-so Spanish. I felt more than welcome there.
Very long story short, I had an amazing time at Marcus's guesthouse and couldn't recommend it enough (though I kind of wish I could keep it my little secret). I absolutely loved Cartagena and really can't wait to go back, so I hope Marcus will have me again whenever I return (hopefully soon).
I seriously couldn't wait to write a review on Marcus' Bed & Breakfast because our stay was outstanding. Luis greeted us at the airport with a huge smile as soon as we gathered our luggage and everything remained warm and welcoming throughout our stay. Marcus greeted us when we arrived at the home and even sat with us a while to discuss things to do in Cartagena. Breakfast every morning was delcious (every meal we had during our trip was amazingly fresh and flavorful), staff were super nice and our room was cleaned and restocked with towels every single day. The large smart TVs were a plus on nights we just wanted to relax inside and the A/C was flawless.
Also, I'd left a small blanket in the room before we left for the airport in the taxi. As we were in line at the airport checking in, Luis runs up to us seemingly out of nowhere to give me the blanket. He'd drove all the way to the airport just for that! This was the cherry on top of an already amazing trip. Thank you, Marcus, Luis and all staff for a great experience!!
Marcus and Luis went way above our expectations and I'd recommend anyone to stay here. We certainly will do so upon returning to Cartagena.
Marcus and his amazing staff could not have been more helpful with our stay. He had a car waiting for us at the airport, and took care of many of our concerns and questions about our stay in Cartagena. I highly recommend staying with Marcus to anyone looking for a pleasant stay in a beautiful property in the best part of this old city.
Our stay was amazing. The room was beautiful and clean. Luis and Marcus made us feel very "at home" and made themselves available at all hours. I would recommend this B&B to all of my friends when visiting Cartagena.
Very cute, thoughtful friendly staff, nice little terrace to bathe in and in a great area. Will definitely recommend this place
Wow, what a unique and beautiful place! This is our second time visiting Cartagena and first time staying in Getsemani. Marcus was a great host, we felt welcome and taken care of. Being picked up from the airport was a godsend after all the traveling it took to get to CTG. He provided a map and recommendations on places to see and eat, made our trip a sucess. Walking distance to everything we wanted to see. Thanks Marcus, we very much enjoyed our stay with you and it was a pleasure meeting you!
Another fantastic stay at Les Lezards. I first came a year ago and knew I wanted to come back - everything is that great! If you're on the fence about staying here, jump on it.
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