About This Listing
This lovely loft is located in the "Diego de Alcalá' rental property on the charming square "Plaza Fernández de Madrid" in the magical "Centro Histórico"of Cartagena de Indias.
Complimentary breakfast for two guests in our downstairs Cafe!
This lovely loft (studio apt.) is located in the "Diego de Alcalá' rental property on the charming square "Plaza Fernández de Madrid" in the magical "Centro Histórico" ( Old City or Walled City) of Cartagena de Indias.
This loft features a queen-sized bed (mezzanine) and a full-size futon in the living room area; bathroom (main floor); kitchenette (Mini-Bar). Wi-Fi Internet, Cable TV, and A/C (24,000 BTU-Mini-Split ).
In addition, one of the best features of this loft is the balcony overlooking this unique square. Actually, "Diego de Alcalá' (vacation rental property) is one of its kind where you can just open your balcony doors to take in this magical view of this square with the Santo Toribio Church in the background.
Guests have access to two social areas plus Cafe & Bar.
Interaction with Guests
Via front-desk with James or Shirley or via the Airbnb message thread.
The late Gabriel Garcia Marquez could not have found any other city as full of magic and charm as Cartagena de Indias.
Some of the most memorable passages of his novel "Love in the Time of Cholera" take place in the deserted "Parque de los Evangelios ", or "Plaza Fernandez de Madrid", as it is known today, in honor of an important doctor and historical figure by the name of Jose Fernandez de Madrid.
It was in this square that the starry-eyed Florentino Ariza sat with a book of poetry under an almond tree hoping to catch a glimpe of his beloved Fermina Daza who lived with her over-bearing father in the house across the street. In reality this house, one of the oldest in the Old City, is known as Casa de Don Benito, which today is a beautifully restored private residence located next to the L'Aliance Francesa. Interestingly enough, there is a knocker in the shape of a parrot on the front door - a reference no doubt to the quirky ominous opening sequence of the novel "Love in the Time of Cholera"...
This property is just steps away to restaurants, bars, pizzerias, supermarkets, banks, and nearly all the historic sites. Public transit a few blocks outside the walled city although taxis abound at very reasonable fares.
Other Things to Note
"Plaza Fernandez de Madrid" is one of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's favorite squares, which inspired "Love in the Time of Cholera".
Absolutely no unregistered guests allowed without previous consent of the management.
The apartment was great, and the location couldn't be better. It's a fairly basic space with standard furnishings, but what made it special was the private balcony, where you can enjoy a mesmerizing view onto daily life and catch the cool sea breezes in the evening. We spent most of our awake time at the apartment relaxing on the balcony. Having breakfast included at the downstairs cafe was also a plus. Very friendly staff.
Thank you Lara for your kind review. We have taken into consideration your important observations. We have since hired Danilo at the front desk, whom guests will be able to comunicate much better with as his English is great :)
I am thrilled to know that you enjoyed the lovely private balcony!
The Lovely Loft was Lovely! Great location - very helpful staff with John and the people in the restaurant. It was wonderful to have breakfast included. Beautiful and clean and a great location!
I stayed with my girlfriend in this apartment for 2 nights. It is a nice clean apartment in a good location. I would stay here again.
I cannot express in enough words just how fantastic our stay at Maria's property was. What truly made the trip special, however, were the people who worked on site. John was kind, helpful, funny and always checked in with us to ensure our stay was going well. He was ALWAYS available, even if not physically on site. He and Maria were receptive to any queries. I just loved the property, the location and the great cafe downstairs, Cafe des Artistes. Carlos and Jaime, who work in the cafe were brilliant. By the end of the week, John and Jaime felt like family to us. If you come to Cartagena you MUST stay here. Cannot recommend highly enough.
We stayed the first few days in the Loft w/view, but then moved into a larger apartment for the rest of our stay. The place was clean, well furnished and bright, with two bathrooms, an upstairs loft with two comfortable double beds and brilliant air conditioning, which is critical in Cartagena in June! The furnishings and lobby area were classy and charming. All in all a comfortable, safe, wonderful place to rest your weary head whilst in Cartagena. I'm so glad we chose to stay here versus going elsewhere. Bravo to Maria and her wonderful people. Could not have asked for a better experience! Five stars!
This was a great spot to base ourselves while exploring Cartagena! The loft is very central and we were able to walk every where and even though it is right on the plaza it was quiet at night. The loft was very clean and in excellent shape. Maria and John were very friendly and helpful. They were also kind and patient in speaking Spanish with us even though I am sure their English is much better than our Spanish. We would definitely stay again.
Maria was a wonderful host! We absolutely enjoyed our stay here in Cartagena. The neighborhood was safe, fun, and close to everything. The loft was perfect for us, very clean, with all the necessary toiletries. The A/C worked very well! The staff was so friendly and helpful throughout our stay. Would definitely come back here! Thanks for such an enjoyable stay, Maria!
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About the Host, Maria
I look forward to having you experience one of the most magical cities on Earth in the comfort of this apartment rental.
Feel free to contact me, and I'll do my best to answer your inquiries.