About this listing
Our beautiful 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment in the traditional Cartagena de Indias building has the best views in the city! Located just 5 minutes away (by taxi) from the Old City and a block away from the supermarket, it's the perfect hub for a vacation in Cartagena
The apartment is located on the 14th floor and has spectacular views of the Caribbean sea. It has 2 bedrooms, one with two twin beds, and another with one queen size bed. There is air conditioning in both. There are two full bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen.
The living room has a couple of sofas that can sleep another 2 people, as well as a hammock overlooking the ocean for the best reading/napping experience you'll ever have!
pool, cable tv, free wireless internet in the apartment and lobby. Cleaning lady/cook available upon request for a small fee. Enjoy everything in the apartment, as if it was yours!
The building has a 24/7 concierge and a big swimming pool (as well as another one for kids) overlooking the Caribbean.
It is very conveniently located. The entrance to the Old City is only a 15 minute walk away, or a 5-minute cab ride if you're saving your energy for the cobblestone streets of old town. Since the building is at the entrance to the Bocagrande neighbourhood, you will also be a block away from 2 major supermarkets and a variety of shops and restaurants along the Avenida San Martin.
We love our apartment, so please take good care of it and enjoy Cartagena!
Lovely apartment with sea views and breezes. No complaints--we had a comfortable four nights there. Cartagena is fabulous and it's only a 10-15 minute walk to the old city (or a fast taxi ride). Kitchen is well equipped and we made breakfast most days. Recommended!
Santiago' apartment was amazing. Two of my friends traveled from the US to stay for 7 days in his 14th story Oceanview apartment and we were very satisfied. The apartment is everything you need, with two full bathrooms, two bedrooms, and enough room to not feel cramped. The hammock is definitely the highlight, as is the huge open windows. I have read negative reviews about the lack of AC in the main room, and while yes, it does get got, having the feeling of the fans and wind blows on you is definitely better than if you were to close the windows and have AC. Plus the bedrooms do have working AC.
We used santiago' mother for a few questions and she was so nice. We also had his maid come and clean and do laundry for us and she was so amazing and accommodating. The doormen will make you feel safe and we had no problem with neighbors. WiFi is also very quick once we figured out how to turn it on. Would visit again. Highly recommended.
Santiago was super informative before our arrival and it was very easy to locate and get in to the building. We had no problems! The place is great and I loved the ocean views from the air conditioned bedrooms. In fact, the place has great views all around. The hammock was my favorite part. There's also a grocery store very close so we were able to stock up on some snacks for our stay. Thanks again, Santiago!
Great apartment just like it's pitured. The view from out the windows was amazing. Santiago was nice enough to recommend a few places in the area which I thought that was really nice of him. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone.
My 3 friends and I stayed in Santiago's place for a couple of nights. We enjoyed our stay.
The place is on the 14th floor of a doorman apartment tower. It was big enough for the 4 of us. It's located conveniently between Old City and the west end of Bocagrande (about 25 minute walk or quick cab ride in either direction).
The highlight of the place is the hammock in the living room with a view of the beach.
For those not use to humidity, the bedrooms have A/C, but the living room does not.
Santiago was a very helpful and responsive host. The listing was accurate and although the internet wasn't working when we arrived, we eventually got it sorted out. It was my first trip to Cartagena and we had a great time.
- lovely view
- proximity to the Old City (look up the new mall on google maps to get a more accurate location. Also note that although the apartment is close to the Old City, you'll still want to take a taxi because the walk into town isn't pedestrian friendly).
- hot water
- a/c in bedrooms
- picking up the key from the front desk was super easy
- the new mall is right next door, and higher floors are still partially under construction (not visible in the pictures), so sitting in the hammock isn't as much as a private affair as I would have hoped.
- traffic noise, it's right on the main thoroughfare into Bocagrande, so the noise is definitely a factor if you have the windows open (which is critical for enjoying the ocean breeze!).
- the apartment is a bit on the worn side (especially the kitchen), but felt nicer once the cleaning lady came during our visit (we paid her)
Next time we'll probably stay in the Old City itself - but Santiago's apartment is definitely a solid option if you want to stay in Bocagrande.
Santiago's apt looks exactly as pictured, is directly across the street from a new mall called the Bocagrande Plaza and has 2 grocery stores nearby, one that is 1 min away and another that is a 4 min walk.
The AC and multitude of fans around the apt helped as Cartagena gets toasty very early in the day.
The only major drawback was the lack of hot water in the shower which was annoying.
Another slight negative was Santiago's explicit rule that absolutely nobody else could enter the unit other than whoever was listed as renting his place. I think that should be made apparent upfront. We met some great people in the city and would have enjoyed inviting them over to watch the beautiful sunsets from the living room... in my opinion, Santiago's place trumps watching the sun go down at Cafe de Mar!
About the Host, Santiago
31 years old. Originally from Colombia, living in Vancouver, Canada for the past 12 years.
I work as a Producer for EA Sports, a video game company.
Love football, traveling , reading, drinking good wine and eating good food :)