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Romantic guesthouse in the center/ the Mexico 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.
Standard double room with 1 queen bed and 1 sofa or 1 queen bed and 1 twin bed. Bright room with tones ranging from white to yellows and reds. The private bathroom has a vibrant yellow open roof shower showing a piece of sky and some brave agave defying the sun. Minibar, wifi. 400 count sheets, hard and soft pillows. Mexican inspired style.
"...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 is a great host. He is very personable with a nice sense of
Our flight in was cancelled and Marcus arranged a second trip to the airport to pick us up. It was much appreciated.
The rooms are cozy and the building has a nice tropical vibe. Great breakfast even for late risers. The neighborhood has a nice local
flavor . We walked everywhere. If you want a relaxed native experience, this is for you.
We loved staying at Les Lezards. Marcus is a perfect host, knowledgeable, helpful, with good judgment and excellent suggestions; and the staff is lovely. The room was comfortable and cool, nicely decorated, TV and mini-bar, a safe in room (although we felt perfectly secure), books and magazines, nice to return to for an afternoon siesta in the heat. Breakfast was varied and plentiful. We particularly liked staying in Getsemani, which was quieter and more of a real neighborhood than other parts of the old city, which are teeming with tourists. We left feeling like we had found the perfect place for us in Cartagena.
Marcus made us feel very welcome and made us feel at home . He guided us with his knowledge of cartagena. Nothing is too much trouble and he goes out of his way to help with any queries. I would heartily recommend anyone to stay here
Raj and Parvati
The property is at the up-and-coming neighborhood outside of the old wall. The houses are colorful; Bougainvillaeas here and there, and vibrant and colorful murals done by ordinary neighborhood people. The name of the owner is Marcus. Marcus is a charming man. Kind and thoughtful. Due to a last-minute toilet problem in the room we were supposed to stay, Marcus found us the neighborhood guesthouse to spend the first night. He met us at the front gate at 10 PM that night; helped us check in and explained the logistics of the next day to us. After we told him that the guesthouse was below the standard we had expected, Marcus offered to refund us the total cost of the first night of our reservation at his property which was a lot higher that that of the guesthouse. The morning of our departure flight he got up before we did and offered us coffee. And that was 4:45 AM.
We loved our stay at Cartahena because of Marcus and because of the neighborhood of Marcus's property.
Great place in the old part of Cartagena. Marcus was great and very knowledgeable. Our room was nice, but small for three people - I should have asked for more details. Overall we would stay there again!
Marcus was a welcoming and kind host. Stay here if you go to Cartagena! You won't regret it. Beautiful block, near the most charming plaza in the Getsemani neighborhood. Breakfast is excellent and cooked to order every day when you wake up, with fresh fruit and local specialties. Relaxing rooftop jacuzzi and garden is a great place to unwind. Rooms are excellent, have A/C and are clean - they also have a lot of character. Marcus knows Cartagena and the surrounding area well and has spot-on recommendations for whatever you might be considering.
Absolutely wonderful guest house and location. The neighborhood is lively and safe - as a young woman traveling alone I had no problems or concerns at all coming home after dark. Marcus and the staff are so friendly and attentive to every need. It was a wonderful place to unwind and relax and enjoy Cartagena!
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