64 YEARS OLD. RETIRED ADVERTIZING EXECUTIVE. FREELANCER IN REAL STATE PROPERTIES.
ORGANIZE TRIPS TO PANAMA VIA SAIL BOAT FROM CARTGENA.
SPEAK ENGLISH-SPANISH.SOME ITALIAN.-
Mario is a very considerate and accommodating host. The apt itself is in a great and safe location, next to the Hilton and it opens up to the sand and the ocean. The A/C units are only in the bedrooms, but they work really, really well. The unit was clean, comfortable and spacious. We had a small issue in the bathroom with a leak under the sink and some other related water/pipes problems, but Mario rectified the situation in a speedy manner. He has completely fixed the problem and it stands as a testament to his honorable and gracious personality. I'll be back pronto.
I stayed in one of Mario's apartments at the Sol Del Caribe. I found the location to be ideal. It is directly across the street from the beach and easily accessible to the the rest of Cartagena. Mario is also a man of his word. He went out of his way to make sure that I had a great time, including going the extra mile when I had an issue with an outside vendor. I will rent again from Mario the next time I visit Cartagena.
Response from Mario:
you are welcome and we are waiting for your come back soon......there broken hearts waiting for you, she tells me... I understand.--jaaaa.
be happy amigo, cartagena is now all yours,
Exciting cartagena de indias 2.-
Meeting Mario was a pleasure. He is attentive, kind, helpful and a gentleman. One speaks with him for 30 minutes and feels one knows him for 30 years. He went out of his way to make sure my visit was a success, and I can tell you without reservations that is exactly what I did. I had a blast! I love this beautiful city, its people, its beaches, the food, everything. At Mario's house I felt I was in my own. No lies, no b.s., no drama. In other words, what you see is what you get. A humble, down to earth, 2 bedrooms home, right by the water, with an inviting swimming pool on the top roof, walking distance to money exchange, restaurants, shopping, fun, bars, etc. I will recommend his property to anyone looking for a cool place to stay. Did I mention the air conditioner is very potent? It run without problems and it kept me fresh and nice like a lettuce in a supermarket. Internet signal was very strong and never went down. In short, I got my place to stay in Cartagena! I hope you do the same. A+ for Mario's place. Que viva Colombia!. Jeje Luisinchicago. Thanks Mario!
Response from Mario:
Thanks,Mr. Luis..... Pls come back HOME......We enjoyed your visit....very pleasant.
hasta la vista,
Mario was amazing. We rented the apartment for 5 or 6 days during the peak season (New Years). He met me( I arrived earlier than my friend) outside the apartment and took for a couple drinks, introduced to a lot of people, gave me advice of places to go and how to plan our stay. He even got a deal on a (email hidden)EAT New Year's party.
The apartment itself was excellent:
- Very clean
- Well appointed
- Big rooms
- Powerful air conditioners
- Great views of the ocean.
Mario was a wonderful host. When we arrived at the apartment, he was waiting to welcome us, even though we had arrived an hour later than expected. Mario had gone above and beyond to make us feel at home, as he had gone to the store beforehand and purchased us some fresh, local fruits. It was a very nice touch. He even bought us a beer to enjoy as we settled into the apartment.
This apartment definitely meets the needs of anyone wanting to have a comfortable stay right on the beach without breaking the bank. It is close to the bus line, so there is cheap, easy access to all parts of the city. It is in a very safe part of town, as well. The guys working the front desk at all hours are friendly and helpful, and will answer any questions you may have.
Even though the listing does not mention a washer and dryer available, Mario may be able to arrange for a maid to come every three or four days to wash your clothes and clean up the apartment for a nominal fee. If you are not interested in that, there is a laundromat only a few feet down the street.
The apartment is nice, furnished, comfortable and has a very effective air conditioner in the bedroom, which is essential for trying to sleep through the hot and humid Cartagena nights.
The are only two true cons of this apartment. However, both of the following negatives are probably shared by every building in the city. One is the incessant noise coming from the street below. You will hear music and horns at all hours, but it is not very noticeable when you are in the bedroom at night with the air conditioner and the fan running. We really didn't have trouble sleeping because of it. The other con is the vendors that lurk outside of the building and basically bombard you with offers for sunglasses, hats, trips to Playa Blanca, etc., as soon as you walk outside. This is nice if you're in the market for any of these items or trips, but after a few days, it gets really, really annoying.
We highly recommend this apartment if you are traveling to Cartagena and want to stay somewhere on the beach.
Nice apartment, great location in a very beautiful city. Mario was a great host. Although I did not meet Mario personally, as he had business elsewhere. He stayed in contact with me daily to be sure I was comfortable and everything was fine. I highly recommend Mario's apartments.