Romantic guesthouse in the center/ the Santorini 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. It has a private terrace with comfy seating perfect to spend the long hot nights of Cartagena sipping a mojito under the mango tree and the stars. The private bathroom is on the second level with a blue ceramic tiled open air shower facing the mango tree. Minibar, wifi, flat screen tv. 400 count sheets, hard and soft pillows. The architectural elements are inspired to the white and sunbathed houses of Santorini.
"...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
We had an AMAZING stay here. This was not only a great B&B experience in Cartagena, this was the best B&B experience I've ever had, ever! Marcus is a super nice guy. He greeted us at the door, helped carry our bags, spent time chatting with us about what great sites to see and what places to eat at, printed our boarding passes for our return flight (by special request) and had coffee waiting for us before we left. He went above and beyond for us. He is very kind and such a good person. I highly recommend staying here! Also, he has very friendly staff that made us breakfast (included) and cleaned up our room every day.
This was a wonderful stay. The house is beautiful and located in a safe neighborhood just steps from the walled city. My private quarters were very well appointed. I loved everything about this trip! Definitely returning!
What a beautiful guesthouse in Cartagena! The perfect location to explore the city - near restaurants and nightlife, an easy walk to the old city and harbor, but removed from the craziness. Perfect. Marcus was an amazing host. He went out of his way to help me when I was unable to buy a plane ticket over the internet and gave great suggestions of places to visit in Cartagena. I will be back!
What a fantastic place. Marcus has created a beautiful and comfortable guesthouse. He supplied me with all the knowledge I needed to visit Cartagena. The staff are all delightful, the guest house clean and tidy. Marcus made me feel very welcome through my entire stay. Would highly recommend staying with him.
I would stay here again in a minute. Marcus provides a class act guest house. He and his staff went above and beyond to make my stay in Cartagena fabulous. I actually ended up extending my trip so did a little moving within the guest house and was able to stay in three different rooms during my stay and I can say that each was uniquely different and each would have been perfect for my entire stay. The location in Getsemani is spot on....you are a block (email hidden)ly plaza but far enough away for a nice quiet nights sleep. Great fresh fruit, juice, coffee and eggs every morning in the courtyard. Will certainly return.
An incredible time was had! Marcus was a very gracious and helpful host and the house staff was wonderful. A little paradise in the midst of a bustling and hot city! Will deffinately stay there again on my next trip.
I cant' say enough great things about my trip to Cartagena. It all begins with the peace of mind of having someone pick you up at the airport, 10 minutes later your home!!! That's what it felt like, your place. Cozy, private, warm, inviting, romantic, are just a few words to describe the moment you walk in.... Oh and by the way, there's Marcus, the man that makes all of this possible. You quickly see that "Romantic guesthouse in the center 5" is a reflection of Marcus. Attentive, warm, and always smiling. An amazing Host, with a staff that felt like family. Ill be back again... and again.... and again. Thanks Marcus.
Si vous cherchez un hébergement extraordinaire, n'allez pas à l'hôtel ! Réservez tout de suite "les lézards". J'ai occupé une chambre dans cette maison de charme pendant 5 nuits : c'était génial ! Pas de bruit (sauf parfois un peu de musique locale très agréable et pas gênante), une propreté parfaite, un accueil dès l'aéroport très appréciable quand on ne connait pas la ville de Cartagena de Indias, un aperçu rapide, précis et exact par Marcus, le propriétaire, de ce qu'il faut voir et les bonnes adresses. Le petit déjeuner préparé par Manuela est parfait et digne d'un grand hôtel. Vraiment je me suis senti très bien chez Marcus : on a l'impression que tout est fait or vous simplifier la vie et vous aider si besoin est (jusqu'au réveil du propriétaire à et 4h30 le dernier jour pour m'appeler un taxi et me dire au-revoir !). Ma chambre était très spacieuse et très bien équipée, calme et bien décorée. Ambiance très reposante (j'ai même pu profiter deux fois du jacuzzi sur le toit pour me détendre). Le petit déjeuner sur la terrasse avec d'autres locataires est très appréciable aussi. C'était international (Brésil, USA, Colombie et France). Si vous avez la chance de pouvoir visiter Cartagena, passez par la case hébergement chez Marcus, cela donnera à votre séjour une touche très positive supplémentaire.
Les Lezards is a great place. Marcus is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. After being picked up from the airport, Marcus gave us a map of the city which highlighted all the best places to eat and visit, and he gave us some excellent recommendations. We stayed in the Santorini Room. It has a small private terrace and a unique shower. The room was very quiet and had air conditioning. Breakfast was always delicious. Finally, Les Lezards is in a great neighbourhood - much more fun and interesting than the old town. Thanks Marcus!
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