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Les Lezards B&B a romantic gem in old Cartegena and Marcus is truly a saint - you won’t find a nicer or more accommodating host.
A+++ SERVICE: Upon arrival, Marcus arranged for an airport pick-up and personally greeted us to say hello and ensure we were happy with our room and knew EVERYTHING about the city of Cartegena before we began exploring the beautiful city. He provided a detailed map and cited all the worthwhile areas, restaurants and shops to visit in old Cartegena. Marcus has lived in Cartegena for over twenty years, so his insider knowledge is far superior than any guide book recommendation or online suggestions you’ll find. Additionally, he was available 24/7 in case we needed any help or had any questions – and of course - we did many times … His shining moment as a gracious and committed host actually occurred after we had departed Les Lezards – if you can believe - he personally tracked down our misplaced cell phone and shipped it to us at home! You will not find a nicer or more accommodating host than Marcus.
A+++ PROPERTY: Les Lezards B&B is romantic, charming and seductive. The chic Mediterranean aesthetic is reflective of Marcus’ European roots and nods to his design savvy as a professional photographer. With winding brick and tile staircases leading to secluded bedrooms, open showers and – of course – the plant-laden lounge patio with a private Jacuzzi, your humanly troubles fade away and you’re transported to a simpler and more mindful state of mind.
If you’re going to stay in the old city of Cartegena, there is only one place – Les Lezards!
Excellent! Best option in Cartagena with a great host. Congratulations Marcus!
My fiancé and I very much enjoyed our stay with Marcus and his staff in his guesthouse in Getsemani. The room was cute, spotlessly clean, had a comfortable bed, small bathroom with very cool open air shower and super strong a/c. We especially liked spending time in the close by Plazuela Trinidad and the day trip Marcus recommended to us. The staff was incredibly patient and kind even though our Spanish is practically non-existent. Breakfast was great too!
We had an AMAZING stay here. This was not only a great B&B experience in Cartagena, this was the best B&B experience I've ever had, ever! Marcus is a super nice guy. He greeted us at the door, helped carry our bags, spent time chatting with us about what great sites to see and what places to eat at, printed our boarding passes for our return flight (by special request) and had coffee waiting for us before we left. He went above and beyond for us. He is very kind and such a good person. I highly recommend staying here! Also, he has very friendly staff that made us breakfast (included) and cleaned up our room every day.
The first stop on my first trip to Colombia was Les Lezards, and it could not have been a more perfect place to start a great vacation! Having arrived to Cartagena with little knowledge about the city and not much of an itinerary planned, Marcus was the perfect resource. I can honestly say that staying at the house and knowing Marcus truly made our time there.... from a freshly made breakfast every morning, to use of the rooftop hot tub, to arranging an excursion to La Isla Pirata where we spent the day relaxing and snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea. When we weren't exploring, we came home to our beautiful room which was actually upgraded for free to a bigger room half way through our stay. Cartagena is such a beautiful and romantic city and we have Marcus to thank for making sure that we didn't miss out on anything. A perfect location for a great price, and knowledge of Cartagena that is invaluable!
Marcus's beautiful guesthouse --specifically the Souvenir d'Afrique, where I stayed-- was a downright magical refuge after several hectic days in Bogota. Every detail was looked after, from thoughtfully appointed rooms and sumptuous breakfasts to prompt airport transfer. Marcus's personal suggestions are spot-on and I wish I'd had more time to take one of the excursions he's recommended to others. Staff are friendly, extremely professional, and, despite the language barrier, addressed every need that arose. To boot, Getsemani, the neighborhood, is full of friendly people and has tons of character. I can't wait to come back to South America on a longer trip and luxuriate in Marcus's B&B once again.
My experience was completely flawless. This place is what I like to call a hidden gem. It was not only chic, but the service and cleanliness was impeccable. His staff Manuela and Epifania are amazing. I would totally recommend for anyone that wants a real experience, in a magical city. He is a host that has total attention to detail, and whoever stays will be mesmerized. I will stay with him in the future when visiting Cartagena.
Highly recommend it!
I'm back in my office and thinking about my stay in Cartagena, it feels like a dream! Marcus was the perfect host and the area was ideal for exploring Cartagena. Marcus arranged a very enjoyable day trip for my husband I to an island to go snorkeling. When in Cartagena, this would be the first place I would look to stay!
Pro: -tremendously warm staff, inviting boho chic interior design, tasty breakfast, plunge pool, hyper-responsive host. Con: ~20 min. walk from center of Old Town (although distance from tourist central may be a plus for some), had to be a contortionist to use the toilet given tight bathroom space - I actually scraped my leg using it, a first.
Delivered $60 - 70 of value for me.