Sofitel Santa Clara
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Después de unos días muy exigentes en Santa Marta, nos fuimos a Cartagena por una semana
Aprovechamos lo máximo el hotel y la ciudad para seguir entrenando nuestras piernas y nuestro bolsillo... algo muy difícil de hacer en esta ciudad en donde hay muchos restaurantes deliciosos y planes increíbles pero muy caros.
El hotel que fue un …
Cartagena not too attractive from the air. Murky water riverlets and oil refineries.....could be approach to New Orleans. The topography looks swampy. We de-plane to the tarmac and WHAM...the humidity hits.
Luggage arrives quickly and we begin to worry about transport to the Centro / Old City.
Cabs are all Geo Metros. We'll need 3 …
Lyn uses her birthday SpaFinder certificates to book the family treatment at Santa Clara's Le Spa. We set a group Hamman, Body Exfoliation, Tea Ceremony, and Massage Thursday afternoon. I protest moderately and then agree to join the girls for a package with minimum of (5).
Start day w/ my early bird - Jen to tour the city and book our …
I realize there are so many photos around our vacation I fail to take. Back from Playa Blanca, I shoot a bunch of the girls goofing off in the pool.....but what about the city ?
We decide on "take out" since we are all sunburnt and call the owner - Wok & Wrap to order over phone. I run pick up and take my camera for more shots of the …
On final day in Cartagena is a beach day. We had met a nice US State Dept officer staying at the Santa Clara w/ her girlfriend and their recommendation was stay away from La Boquilla & BocaGrande beaches. We are headed to Playa Blanca on Baru Island.
We head to the take our "launcha" booked the prior day at the pier. The first window …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
The hotels beauty is only outmatched by the personality of the staff. Pool is the centerpiece of a four hundred year old convent now converted to the Sofitel. The rooms are adequate and well outfitted. Negative reviews in Tripadvisor stem from the slight musty smell in-rooms (any tropical climate has this....its very difficult to fight the humidity...perhaps they add air deoderizers?) , but they are very clean, luxuriously outfitted, nice showers, and super comfortable beds. The staff leaves treats like coconut candies and Evian in evenings. Most rooms face the open pool area in the Republican section (newer area). The Colonial section housing the original convent has a small church, two restaurants, business center, meeting rooms, and a beautiful garden with fountains.
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