Ocean Front Cartagena Penthouse.

Apartment - Private room · Carrera, Cartagena De Indias (Distrito Turístico Y Cultural), Bolívar, Colombia

The Space

This is an ocean front property, a 5-bedroom penthouse, complete with all amenities and at least one English-speaking American on the premises at all times to help you with your questions, concerns, and travel plans. This listing is for the medium size bedroom in the middle of the apartment. Throughout the year, this property houses a respectful, hardworking American couple that is willing to share the peace, comfort, beauty, and tranquility of the Caribbean with one or two guests. Also, there is a small convenience store on the first floor of our building for your basic day to day needs. Usually, I work during the mornings, but I am free in the afternoons. Depending on when your flight comes in, I might be able to meet you at the airport or even show you around town. This has been the standard routine, but we will need to exchange some emails to make sure that the scheduling work out for us. And, just so you know, there is a washing machine on premises for your use, but there is no dryer. Like most Colombians, we dry our washed items using the power of the equatorial sun, and we all have a fan in each bedroom. There is an A/C in each room, but the price to use that thing will depend on your usage. We can negotiate on the A/C cost, but it won't be expensive at all unless you run 24 hours per day, which would then cost you an additional $30 USD per week (still not that expensive). Usually, we have most of the house booked with English speaking people, so you can take a small break from the constant español you will be bombarded with on the streets and everywhere else. Or, engage my lady and I in a Spanish conversation, and you will be pleasantly surprised by how well we speak Spanish. And please take special note of the fact that there are no elevators in this building, and you are on a 5th floor penthouse, which means you will have to walk up 5 flights of stairs; this is often easy for most folks, but if you have knee issues, please reconsider. And don't worry about heavy luggage, I will make sure that I or someone else will bring your bags up or down for you.

Now, AirBnB recommends that I share with you my opinion of Cartagena. Well, I love it, and I don't plan on leaving it any time soon. The weather is great and the cultural stuff you run into here is fascinating. You just need to be aware of your surroundings and also of the prices one pays for whatever items or services one seeks. Do not come here and start buying things on your first day. Ask around: how much is this?, how much is that?... cuanto por esto?...cuanto por eso? Also, wait to exchange your dollars for pesos until you are away from the airport, because they always charge too much for the exchanging of the dollars. And as far as Taxis go, if you can, walk away from the airport entrance and hail a cab the next street over. The cabs here in Cartagena are totally safe. You can get into any cab and ask them how much it is to take you to El Habitacional Marbella, which sounds like this: Cuanto para llevarme al Edificio Habitacional Marbella? If they say more than 6,000 pesos, they are overcharging you; at that point, tell him you only have 6,000 (seis mil pesos), and if they say know "No," then close the door and wait for the next cab, which will probably have a more honest driver. I will let you in on other tips before you arrive, if you just ask the right questions.

Take care, Walter.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $60 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $125 /week
Monthly Price: $425 /month
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Great Pick!

    At the last minute, I made the decision to attend a wedding in Cartagena two days before it was to take place. With hotel prices outside of my budget, I didn't have many options. My stay with Walter and his lovely wife definitely exceeded my expectations.

    For the price I paid, I got great value from accommodations. I stayed in an authentic residency. The room was modest (don't come here expecting the Ritz), which was fine for me, and I unexpectedly had my own bathroom, closet, and fan. I had a lock on my room to securely store my clothing, as well. The other renters were super friendly, and the loft like openness of the place invited much discussion amongst us.

    Walter as a host is a class-act. I arrived at midnight and Walter still picked me up from the airport and took me back early morning a few days later. He also gave me tons of information on the culture of Cartagena and the current landscape of business.

    Walter really goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable. He is extremely amicable and thoughtful. I can't wait to come back to Colombia and I will be staying with him, again.

    April 2014
    Response from Walter:

    Dude, thank you! Wow, nice review, and we will have you over at our apartment any time! It was equally fun hanging out with you, thanks again, you're awesome!

    April 2014
  • I enjoyed my stay here. Walter is great and answered all my questions I had about Cartagena and Colombia. Sitting on the balcony looking at the sea was great and his place is only a 20 minute walk from the walled city. I would recommend staying here if you want a quiet place to unwind.

    March 2014
  • Everything is perfect: perfect hosts, perfect home help, perfect location, perfect balcony and kitchen, perfect price ... But there are so many English reviews here that it might be useful to write this one in German for future German guests: Walter und Tara sind sehr freundliche, hilfsbereite und unkomplizierte Gastgeber, und das Apartment ist eine perfekte Unterkunft für einen Aufenthalt in Cartagena. Ich habe drei Wochen dort verbracht und mich jeden Tag sehr wohlgefühlt. Es liegt in einem sehr sicheren Wohnkomplex mit Pförtner und einem kleinen Geschäft im Erdgeschoss und ist vom historischen Zentrum schnell und einfach auch mit dem Bus erreichbar, weil fast alle Busse dort vorbeifahren (zu Fuß 15 bis 20 Minuten direkt am Meer entlang). Die Küche ist sehr gut ausgestattet, um sich selbst zu versorgen, das Zimmer hat ein eigenes Bad, Fernseher, Ventilator, ein gemütliches Bett, Schrank und sogar noch einen kleinen Schreibtisch - für den Preis ist das Angebot wirklich sehr gut! Sehr zu empfehlen!

    March 2014
    Response from Walter:

    Wow, cool! Thank you for the German support, I wish you well on your journey my friend. Good luck!

    March 2014
  • Ich hatte einen tollen Aufenthalt dort. Das Zimmer war zweckmäßig eingerichtet und sauber. Die Gastgeber waren unheimlich nett aber auch die anderen Gäste. Da ich alein unterwegs war fühlte ich mich gut und sicher aufgehoben.
    Direkt am Meer und nicht weit bis zur Altstadt. Sollte ich mal wieder nach Cartagena fliegen, dann ist Walter meine 1. Adresse.
    Vielen Dank und alles Liebe

    February 2014
  • Walter is incredibly welcoming, knowledgeable, accommodating and flexible. The balcony is an amazing place to sit and have breakfast and enjoy the view. The old town is a 20 minute walk away or an short $3 cab ride. I really enjoyed the other people staying there. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for unpretentious and comfortable accommodation.

    January 2014
  • Walter was very accommodating and very knowledgeable during my stay! He's very precise with his advice (which was invaluable) and so it is no wonder that all of the locals are desperate for his help. I thoroughly enjoyed my mornings on the terrace and would recommend his apartment for those first stopping by in Cartagena.

    January 2014
    Response from Walter:

    Thanks for the kind words, David, we really enjoyed having you stay with us. Good luck on your journey. Peace.

    January 2014
  • Let me start by saying that it takes a lot to impress me with hospitality and kindness.
    That being said, Walter and his charming wife Tara met and exceeded all my expectations. I arrived late one evening as the setting sun and the swirling carribean breezes created a tropical feeling not often matched in Colombia. We had arranged to let ourselves in with a key left for us. As we got out of the taxi, someone rode up on a motorcycle and said, 'you must be Bryan'.
    Walter made an immediate impact on me with his fervor for life, his passion for Cartagena and his cordial hospitality to make sure all needs were met.
    The entire time at Walters place was like visiting a long lost friend. I immediately bonded with him and listened intently as he wove stories of travel, people and places that fascinated even me, the seasoned and surly traveler that I am.
    Once up to the 5th floor, the breeze and tropical vibe resounded even more robustly, as the front patio and its inviting aura immediately seduced me.
    I can not say enough about Walter and his ability to immediately make you feel welcome, comfortable and like 'one of the family'.
    I even went away from the apartment for what was supposed to be one day, but turned into 2. Upon my arrival back in Cartagena, he welcomed me as if I hadn't skipped a beat and even upgraded me rooms for the same price.
    So, to sum it up, Walter is the best. You get great value, comfortable accomodations and a new friend out of the deal. What a score. Don't be charmed by the other Airbnb ads in Cartagena. If it is an option at all, you would be foolish not to meet and stay with these great people I am now proud to call my friends.
    Keep up the good work and see you soon.
    Thanks for everything!!!

    January 2014
    Response from Walter:

    Wow, Dude, those are some very nice things to say. Thank you, we really appreciated your stay in our humble home. You are a really cool guy,come back anytime...we'll leave the light on for you.

    January 2014
  • Walter and Tara are delightful & helpful hosts. Their beach-fronting penthouse apt is located in a very safe neighborhood and has some local eatery and convenience store options and is only about a 15 min leisurely walk from the old walled town. Their terrace is a great place for eating and relaxing in the constant sea breeze. Our room and the common areas were kept very tidy and clean. The large living and dining room and kitchen were a pleasure to use. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again when in Cartagena.

    January 2014
    Response from Walter:

    Thank you for staying with us, you are a very nice couple and I don't think we'll ever change the swirl of magnetic fish that you organized on the refrigerator!! Enjoy your travels.

    January 2014
  • I think I will only repeat what others have already said :) - perfect location and a very welcoming and responsive host!
    You wake up to an ocean view, - what can be better!
    You can then cross the road and spend the morning on the beach.
    And later you can walk to the old city (15 min) and enjoy the classic Cartagena look and feel.
    And both Walter and Tara were very friendly and helpful, - thank you, guys!
    A perfect stay for me!

    January 2014
    Response from Walter:

    Ah, thanks so much, we enjoyed having you stay with us. You're so sweet, thank you. Best of luck.

    January 2014
  • Walter is a great guy and a really good host. We only spent night at his place, but would have stayed longer if he we could have. He dropped us off in the old town and gave us some great suggestions for cheap food. We'd totally stay with Walter and Tara again if we were travelling through Cartagena. Thanks Walter!

    January 2014
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Foreman High School, Indiana University
Hello, I am a college graduated man from the US that shares a home with another college grad from the States. We are completely fluent in both English and Spanish, and we know the lay of the Cartagena land as if it were the back of our hand. We are a young couple that welcomes our fellow English -speakers, so that you have a safe haven while you are in Cartagena. My lady and I often work as English teachers, because that is our training. However, because of our business degrees and our knowledge of the language and Colombian customs, we have inadvertently become involved in the tourism industry. We have lived in Colombia for over a couple of years, and we have become quite the locals. We welcome you to our country, city, and home...just remember the following: the only danger you'll encounter in Cartagena, is the danger that you'll want to stay here forever.
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