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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAlfiz Hotel Cartagena
I spent a long time searching for boutique hotels in the Old Town area and finally settled on the Alfiz hotel, which seemed to be pretty amazing from the pictures and reviews. I had told them prior to arriving that it was our anniversary, so we were hoping for a room upgrade. The hotel definitely delivered. The place did not look like anything special from the outside: in fact, it looked pretty small and we could see that there was a LOT of construction going on in the neighboring buildings. But when we were ushered into the inner courtyard I thought the hotel was extremely beautiful and romantic with a cute little breakfast nook, which served delicious fresh fruit, breads, and egg dishes of all kinds. Despite the construction noises from next door, the Alfiz also had impeccable service, a small pool and rooftop with a view, and some other amenities (like a rather overpowering citrus smell in the lobby and library) that helped to define the hotel as boutique. We loved our room that had two wooden doors that led out to a balcony, as well as a giant bed and bathroom, and even Ipad controlled lights and TV. All of the rooms had a colonial theme so, from a historical viewpoint, I liked that as well.
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... so we shared stories and caught up on the past few weeks travels. It was nice to know the friends I'd made along the way weren't just temporary. Perhaps in a few years I'll meet up with a few other friends I've made a long the way. I said goodbye to them and then a few more goodbyes to the Koala crew that were staying at Casa Viena with me and headed to bed to get a few hours sleep before the early flight to Bogotá. I was up just after 5 and after a quick shower I was ready to head ...
... of Bogotá. The difference between the two cities' weather is incredible and doesn't even require an elaborate exaggeration as the truth speaks for itself. It is literally like climbing down from the Andes to the Carribean coast. Because it is. It is.
So Cartagena is a town drenched in sweat, but while this is hardly a selling point the town is absolutely stunning, Colonial buildings with flowery balconies, ...
... catch it. We ate breakfast. Fred and Lidia saw us on their way to go for a walk. They had already eaten earlier. During breakfast, one of the restaurant staff gave me a message from Esther. She had a matter to take care of in another hotel, and could she change our meeting from 9 AM to 3 PM? I did not have anything else concretely planned for today, so that was fine.
Scott went to the mall next door to walk, and I returned to the room. After he ...
... away from the hotel.
Finally into my bed by 9pm for a much needed good nights sleep. All in all I had been travelling for 35 hours with just a 2 hour sleep in the bed at the Park Inn hotel (and in total 44 hours from when I'd got up at home on Sunday morning).
Learning lessons from today:
1. Good job I've given myself some breathing space between arriving here at Cartagena and leaving for the cycle tour - so the 2 day delay in my bike arriving is ...
... keep walking. For fake Ray Ban's, he was kidding himself if he thinks he can fool these two hagglers. We have beaten the best of them through Asia and now Central America. But we walk a bit further before seeing another pair and this guy wants 25000. A big drop, but not paying that much. Leesh not fully up to scratch with her spanish numbers has a bit of trouble with him, so I step in firm and say 'diez mill'. He doesn't seem keen that I've stung him down to 10000 pesos straight up ...