Old City 1BR: balcony, washer/dryerColombiaBolívarCartagena De Indias (Distrito Turístico Y Cultural)
About this listing
Choose one of our apartments & you are in the heart of Cartagena's magical walled city! There's lots of information below, or simply look through the photos to get to know where you could be staying on your Colombian vacation!
This renovated one bedroom apartment has everything you need and more, even a balcony overlooking lively Calle de la Moneda! You'll love sipping your glass of wine or morning cup of Colombian coffee on the balcony while people-watching and getting a true taste of Cartagena life.
You enter the apartment into the spacious main room, which has among the furnishings a couch that converts to a double bed and a smart TV! There is a fully equipped kitchen as well, separated from the main room by a counter area with bar stools.
The bedroom is in the back of the apartment away from the street, so it's quiet for your afternoon siesta; it has a double bed & DirecTV. The full bathroom has two doors: one to the bedroom and one to the hallway.
The apartment has wifi, Smart/DirecTV, air conditioning (mini-split unit in each room), ceiling and floor fans, a safe, hair dryer, and soap. Linens and bath (plus beach) towels are included. And there is hot water in the shower and sinks -- not all places in Cartagena have this!
Optional services (at additional expense) are: Colombian meals &/or cooking classes in the apartment, housekeeping, and guided tours.
This apartment is ideal for a one person, a couple, a couple of friends, or a small family. If you have a little one, we have a playpen/crib available on request.
This apartment is one of three--studio, one bedroom, & two bedroom--located on the 2nd floor of a two-story building (a clothing store is on the ground floor). There is a door from the street with stairs to the second floor which guests of the three apartments share. Guests will have the key to this main door as well as to their own individual apartment.
In the hallway is a large closet containing things shared by all three apartments: a clothes washer & dryer; laundry detergent; iron & ironing board; extra bath & beach towels; linens; cleaning supplies; extra toilet paper, etc.
Interaction with Guests
Once booked, guests receive a multi-page document with information on the apartments and Cartagena. I have lived in this city for more than two years, traveled around Colombia quite a bit and would be happy to answer any questions or give advice via email or phone prior to your trip.
Upon arrival in Cartagena, our bilingual (Spanish/ English) apartment manager will meet you at the apartment at the agreed upon time to let you in, show you the place, and give you keys. While Henry doesn't live on site, he is never far away; he'll help you with any apartment needs during your stay. He also wears another hat as a tour guide; should you want a guided tour or tourism assistance, feel free to ask!
These apartments are located in the San Diego section of the magical Old City of Cartagena, within the 500 year old Spanish colonial walls. Colonial architecture abounds!
The building is on Calle de la Moneda, which is a busy and lively street during the day but quiet at night. The street is lined with shops and a couple of small, inexpensive restaurants. Just about everything is closed by 8 pm, however, so you're not disturbed by noise during the night.
At the far end of the block is the Exito department store which sells everything from groceries to electronics plus has an ATM. One street away in the other direction you'll find the popular Juan Valdez coffee shop and the main University of Cartagena building. And a block around the corner is the beautiful Parque Fernández de Madrid surrounded by plenty of nice restaurants and cafes.
Calle de la Moneda is widely used by Cartageneros as they walk to and from work, school, transportation, etc. (and to shop!). You are in the heart of “real" Cartagena on Calle de la Moneda!
Churches, museums, other shops, bars, the old city wall, and the Caribbean Sea are only a few blocks away. You are within close proximity to everything here!
Walking is the best way to get around the Walled City – it's great wandering the maze of quaint streets. But you are never far from the surrounding walls so you don't have to worry about accidentally straying too far!
If you are in a hurry or want to venture outside the walls, taxis are inexpensive and easily flagged on the street. We are a 5-10 minute/US$6 taxi ride from the airport, and a 5-10 minute/US$3 taxi ride away from other sites/areas, such as San Felipe Castle (the huge old Spanish fort) or the tourist dock (for the boats to the Rosario Islands, where many prefer to go for the beach), or the beaches of Bocagrande, Laguito and Castillogrande.
Other Things to Note
We look forward to having you!
Available at additional expense:
Tour guide services
Cook &/or cooking class
We partner with 'Pack for a Purpose', an organization that links travelers who'd like to help fulfill wish lists of non-profits in developing countries. We work with Fundación La Vecina, a community organization in Cartagena, and would love to have your help!
We normally have a 3 night minimum stay requirement (5 nights over New Year's), but will accept 2 night stays on a case by case basis with the addition of a cleaning fee. Please ask if you're interested in a two night stay!
While this listing goes by AirBNB's “strict" cancellation policy (see link under "Prices" above), if you cancel two months or more prior to your arrival date, you'll receive a full refund of any rental fees less a $100 administrative fee which will be withheld. (The AirBNB booking fee is over & above the rental fees/administrative fee & are non-refundable.)
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If you'd like something bigger or smaller, or if you'd like to book multiple apartments, please visit my other Cartagena listings. There is a smaller studio apartment right next door for 1-2 people. This one bedroom apartment is for up to 4 guests, but it can be combined with the studio to make a two bedroom/two bath unit for up to 6 guests. There's a separate two bedroom apartment listing for a quieter apartment in the back of the building. You can “mix and match" the various apartments to accommodate up to 12 people, all in the same floor.
Studio apartment: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1476514
Two bedroom apartment: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1476852
Please send your arrival details (flight information/time) with your booking request so we can schedule our apartment manager to be at the apartment when you arrive.
Check in is between 3 pm and midnight. *If arriving between 10 pm and midnight, please note that there is an additional charge of US$25 payable in cash on arrival. Regrettably we cannot accommodate scheduled check-ins past midnight. If you arrive prior to 3 pm and the apartment is ready, we would be happy to check you in. If the apartment is not ready, we will store your luggage until 3 pm and you can start exploring!
Check out is by 11am (unless otherwise arranged). If you have a late departure from Cartagena, we'd be happy to store your luggage after 11 am.
Extra $10/night fee for 3rd & 4th person counts for those aged 4 and above.
No extra guest fee charged for the nights 18 December to 2 January (inclusive).
3 night minimum stay (5 night minimum stay from 29 December-2 January, inclusive)
2 night stays considered on a case-by-case basis with the addition of a cleaning fee.
Renters are required to pay for any damage to the apartments.
Other renters are to be respected regarding noise level.
Guests of renters are permitted if they do not pose a security threat to the apartments and our renters, but they are NOT permitted to stay the night.
No smoking, drugs or pets.
Want Colombian meals prepared for you or a cooking class in your apartment? Just ask! Here plantains are being fried & will soon be 'patacones'!