About this listing
Set up camp in this gorgeous colonial house in the historic center of Santa Marta, the oldest city in Colombia (founded circa 1525), and start exploring one of the most amazing places on earth.
Fully furnished masterroom w/ private bathroom. (No AC)
Located 4 blocks away from the ocean front, this gorgeous house was renovated in 2008 and boasts 4 rooms (each with private bathroom), and huge common spaces.
This is by far the largest room in the house. Very nicely furnished, with a Queen size vintage bed, an Art Deco standing closet, and a round dinning/working table. Heat and noise on the 'minus' column, as it is contiguous to the street.
The room is adjacent to the street, so it's the liveliest/noisiest (Still my favorite one :)
Queen size bed. Space is huge. Very nice art deco standing closet. Big round table perfect for work. Besides private use of the room, Lots of common areas, library. Blocks from beach, bars cafes
Keys to the house and the room
A fully furnished room, with its private bathroom
Utilities, WiFi, ceiling fan (No AC) (no hot water)
The common areas of the house: living room, veranda, dinning area, kitchen (+utensils), patio, small pool, studio/library (with flat screen TV, basic cable)
Water and coffee available at all times.
General maintenance of the house and plants done daily Mondays to Saturdays.
Interaction with Guests
The house manager will be in the premises most of the time. He knows the city and the area quite well and can address any question or inquiry.
In addition to that, I am in permanent contact with the guest throughout the stay, as frequently as required. We have built a network of trusted parties through which we can offer each guest a customized package.
Enter the world of Macondo through this early XX Century Republican mansion in downtown Santa Marta, the oldest Spanish city in South America.
The house is located on the Calle 12 (or Calle de la Cruz), 4 blocks away from the waterfront and within walking distance of restaurants, cafes and bars, part of a vibrant and colorful commercial district.
The historic center in Santa Marta is undergoing a process of urban renewal that has altered the local dynamics to the core. If is not as large as Cartagena's, so everything is really accessible.
It most be noted that this process is not over by any means. Probably wise to bear in mind that Santa Marta is a Colombian city, where it is best to be always careful and mindful of context.
Pay a visit to the Cathedral, oldest one this side of the Panama Canal, or 'la casa donde velaron a Bolivar'. The hacienda where El Libertador died is also a must see here in Santa Marta. It's called La Quinta de San Pedro (20mn bus or taxi ride from the house).
Lots or restaurants and bars to choose from. Great breakfasts at Lulo Café, fancy diners at Tierra Negra. The bar to go is, without a doubt, La Puerta. If you fancy some Salsa and live bands, should try Demasiado Corazón (take a cab).
Book suggestion – Cien Años de Soledad
Santa Marta is some 50 km away from Aracataca, the town where Gabriel García Márquez was born. This is Macondo country.
The beautiful beaches and landscapes of Tayrona Park, the dozens of rivers that descend from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and the snow peaks of the magnificent mountain, sitting along the edge of the Caribbean, all make this corner of the world a truly unique place.
There are bus routes to other parts of the city at Carrera 5, half a block away from the house, and at Carrera 1, if you're going south instead.
There are also routes to Tayrona Park at calle 11 and calle del Ferrocarril. Takes about 40 minutes to get to the park's main entrance.
Alternatives routes to Palomino, or rivers Don Diego, Quebrada Valencia, Mendihuaca, or Buritaca, as well as Minca, at the intersection at Mamatoco. Tickets price range from 5 USD to 10 USD, depending on destination.
If you're coming by plain to Santa Marta, best alternative is to grab a cab to the house. Fee around USD13. We could also arrange for a pick up with a trusted cab driver.
If coming from Cartagena, the best way is to use one of the van door to door services. Fee USD20.
If coming from the bus terminal, could grab a cab. Should not cost more than USD7. Also all the buses that are going to 'El Centro'.
Other Things to Note
This guesthouse is a project of the foundation Tiempo de Juego in Santa Marta. The Hotel Escuela El Habitante is meant to channel financial support for the community outreach programs we have in neighborhoods like La Lucha, or places like Taganga or Guachaca. This addresses a key aspect to any organization like Tiempo de Juego: how to be self sustainable instead of depending on external resources, or at least reduce this dependency. But we're also interested in exploring alternative ways of tourism development, working together with local communities. So far we've come up with things like the Rutas Conscientes. Itineraries around the territory that are meant to move you and help locally-lead initiatives thrive. Please ask Dublas or Felipe if you want to ask about this part of the project. We'll be delighted to askew any questions you might have.
Tiempo de Juego was founded 9 years ago in Bogota, using the street football methodology as pedagogical tool with at-risk children and youth.
Basic civility. Please be courteous with the other people in the house and sensible to their need of tranquility. This is a place for resting and relaxing, whether it would be catching up on your reading at the hammock in the zaguán in front of the 'mamoncillo' tree, or relaxing in the small pool at the other end of the patio, after a long day's walk through the ruins of Pueblito, from preColombian times. The House is family friendly but also quite appropriate for the lonesome wonderer. No parties whatsoever.