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
Excellent! Best option in Cartagena with a great host. Congratulations Marcus!
Marcus's beautiful guesthouse --specifically the Souvenir d'Afrique, where I stayed-- was a downright magical refuge after several hectic days in Bogota. Every detail was looked after, from thoughtfully appointed rooms and sumptuous breakfasts to prompt airport transfer. Marcus's personal suggestions are spot-on and I wish I'd had more time to take one of the excursions he's recommended to others. Staff are friendly, extremely professional, and, despite the language barrier, addressed every need that arose. To boot, Getsemani, the neighborhood, is full of friendly people and has tons of character. I can't wait to come back to South America on a longer trip and luxuriate in Marcus's B&B once again.
I'm back in my office and thinking about my stay in Cartagena, it feels like a dream! Marcus was the perfect host and the area was ideal for exploring Cartagena. Marcus arranged a very enjoyable day trip for my husband I to an island to go snorkeling. When in Cartagena, this would be the first place I would look to stay!
Pro: -tremendously warm staff, inviting boho chic interior design, tasty breakfast, plunge pool, hyper-responsive host. Con: ~20 min. walk from center of Old Town (although distance from tourist central may be a plus for some), had to be a contortionist to use the toilet given tight bathroom space - I actually scraped my leg using it, a first.
Delivered $60 - 70 of value for me.
Absolutely magical place! The service is impecable and the room was full of surprises, books, movies and more....Is a perfect place to go and enjoy a romatic moment with youself or with a special one
I had a great experience at Les Lezards! I went solo with no itinerary for a few days and Marcus helped me pinpoint the best spots to visit and eat in Cartagena. He never steered me wrong. I loved the area of Getsemani as well; artsy, hip and relaxed, this area had great vivacity at night and was a welcome break from the tourist crowd of the Old Town. Breakfast every morning, comfort and privacy, a small pool/jacuzzi and rooftop chill out area made this B&B a top notch stay in a fun and relaxed city. I stayed in the room Afrique, but having seen most of the rooms, you rally can't go wrong.
This was an amazing place. Had the pleasure of staying here for 3 nights and wish I could have stayed 3 more. The staff was very nice and attentive. The room was as it was described. The location was within walking distance of all places of interests. It was a real treat to meet Marcus, who was a ready to arrange anything for us to make our stay that much more wonderful. I hope to come back soon
This place was heaven. Truly one-of-a-kind experience that you will not regret. Markus is very helpful and kind. Every detail has been looked after.
We had a great stay here! Marcos' advise about things to do around Cartagena made our vacation a breeze. Highly recommended.
Marcus and the staff at Les Lizards were amazingly thoughtful, kind and courteous. The facility and room was a nice treat! If you come to Cartagena choose Les Lizards!
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