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
The house has a vintage look and vibe to it. It is not intended to be luxurious (no AC, no hot water). If guest is looking for the spotless or the latest, this is not a good fit.
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.
Lovely house, Felipe is a Gem and Santa Marta Is really gloriously up and coming. The room is a bit hot and needs some minor repairs, there's a little lovely cat and we enjoyed the launching areas a lot. The location is ideal, everything is walking distance - we found great restaurants and bars such as Lulo, la Canoa, La Brisa Loca, and La Puerta.
We loved staying in this old and rustic house. It is in a great location in Santa Marta and the house itself is beautiful (don't expect luxury). The kitchen is well equipped and the courtyard is great. Felipe was really helpful in the run up to our stay, answering our questions and even booking a bus from Cartagena for us.
L'accoglienza e' stata meravigliosa. Il BNB e' una casa coloniale molto grande. Tutti i viaggiatori che ho conosciuto sono stati simpatici. E' un porto di mare: gente che va e gente che arriva.
Oltre alla propria stanza ci sono due enormi salotti, l'amaca per ...dormire..
La cucina e' funzionale e c'e' anche la lavanderia.
La signora che al mattino si occupa delle pulizie della casa e' disponibilissima, attenta e molto gentile.
Pure il ragazzo che si occupa della casa.
Il BNB si trova nel centro storica, a portata di tutto. Ottima ubicazione.
Dalla casa si arriva in dieci minuti sulla passeggiata principale dove si incontra la spiaggia.
Inoltre, nelle immediate vicinanze si puo' prendere qualsiasi autobus per spostarsi verso le altre spiaggie.
Se si desidera un posto dove alloggiare in cui ci sia confusione, questo non e' il posto adatto.
E' il posto adatto per rilassarsi, per godere della casa e della sua gente.
Inoltre e' una casa molto pulita.
Essendo la prima volta che utilizzo airbnb, devo dire che sono stata molto fortunata a scegliere questo posto.
Non conoscendo gli altri bnb della citta', non saprei dire se ne avessi incontrato uno migliore.
Consiglio vivamente questo bnb, perche' ci si sente come a casa propria.
Certo uno poi deve sapersi adattare. Dipende dal tipo di bnb che cerca.
Inoltre Felipe, il proprietario, e' veramente gentile, sempre a disposizione.
De huismeester heeft ons met open armen ontvangen, ze was zeer vriendelijk. Ze gaf ons een rondleiding door het complex met uitleg. De buurt is veilig en rustig. Het huis staat centraal gelegen in het oude centrum van Santa Marta met diverse restaurant en cafés.
De foto's op de site klopt exact met de werkelijkheid.
We hebben Felipe telefonisch gesproken, een zeer vriendelijke man die graag wil hebben dat je het naar je zin hebt. Een echte gastheer.
Ik zal zeker deze plaats aanbevelen aan reizigers die een rustige plek zoeken.
Felipe was most helpful from the beginning of our communication. He was enthusiastic about the house, helping me to choose the right room for my needs. He arranged a taxi driver, Alvaro, to meet me at Santa Marta airport. Manuel who helps run the house arranged my onwards transport for me to Mompos. The house is full of character and is delightful. It is faded splendour and I enjoyed staying in a huge room. I really liked Santa Marta. It is totally safe and I enjoyed walks at night to Parque de Los Novios. The bus to Taganga is just one street away for trips to Tayrona. I would stay here again. Santa Marta is hot!
Todo correcto, más que correcto. Felipe siempre estuvo muy atento a nuestra estancia en Santa Marta. Se ocupó de nuestro traslado desde ya Cartagena. El sitio es muy acogedor. Un remanso de paz. Y la alberca, increíble. Un buen sitio donde quedarse
Our stay at Felipe's place in Santa Marta was nice. The location is great - a quick walk to the beach and several good restaurants/bars. The house is beautiful (the courtyard especially!), but the place was aging and could use some TLC. The room was large, the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was great (note: sputtering shower head and no hot water). Although there was a ceiling fan and another floor fan provided upon request, our sleep was a little difficult because of the lack of AC. Other amenities that we used and were happy with were the kitchen and the library (with TV and Wifi). Felipe quickly answered all of our questions and our online interactions with him were professional and helpful. Overall, we enjoyed our stay!
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About the Host, Felipe
I am an independent journalist based in Washington. Love to travel, and in occasions get to do it for work. Discovered Airbnb as a traveler and have since become a host.
I was born in Colombia, where I rent rooms in the house of my dreams in Santa Marta, and a 1BR in Bogotá.
Strong believer in the joy of sharing, and I try to share the places I've known and are dear to me with each guest.