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... it's run down with tall hotel buildings being built (very slowly). The tall building across from our hotel was half painted but the unpainted side had damage to the cement indicating that it'd been sitting for a while. From our 5th floor balcony we could see empty lots filled with trash. Also, it didn't have a pool which for some reason we thought it did.
Despite our disappointment, it turned out fine - it had faster internet (though low signal), ...
... as though I was standing to those peering down from outside the pit, which was deceiving to those just entering.
The mud was naturally heated by the sun and, seeing as we had come in the late afternoon, it began to get cold. After you exit the Volcano, you get a brief wash. Then, you are instructed to go to the lake at the bottom of the Volcano where locals await to help you rinse off. Trust me when I say that mud gets everywhere! All in all a very interesting experience.
... and for good reason. Although Cartagena is a city with 1 million citizens, the old town and Getsemani (sounds like Get-some-money) are both small, walkable enclaves' rich in architecture, history and charm. And taxis.
We stayed in Getsemani, the ancient home to the slaves that worked for the elite living in the old city (via a drawbridge over a moat!) and still is a workman’s neighborhood. Next door to our little hotel was a workshop of sorts ...
... the shopping mall as peri had needed some new swimmers for a while and this was the perfect excuse to buy them. We walked around, grabbed some lunch and just when we had given up, we found the perfect ones. She fell in love. We headed back to the hostel to lay by the pool and try out the new swimmers. We started cocktails at 6 when happy hour started and had a game of pool. Peri won of course but based on pure skill, not because Aaron let her!! We then sat down for dinner ...
... straight down to the convenience store to stock up on some more cold cervezas and then headed to the rooftop to relax and drink by the pool. We did have to venture away from the beer and pool a few times to fill our bellys with ceviche and to apply more sunscreen, but it was necessary. All in all it was a mission accomplished according to Steve.
November 12, 2013
After a tough day yesterday, today was a much needed day of relaxation. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCasa La Fe - A Kali Hotel Cartagena
Casa La Fe was perfectly located with the walled area, but the rooms were pretty basic, especially for the price yet most hotels are pricey in the area. The service was great and they'll do a bag of laundry for no extea charge which is amazing. The breakfast is also good.
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The Sudio appartment connected to the hotel is awesome. Its great value for money especially if there's 3 of you. The balcony and the roof top pool are something special and the view of the old city can't be beaten. Its a bit hard for taxi drivers to find but apart from that I can't fault it and really recommend it for anyone looking for a luxuary studio apartment in Cartagena
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa La Fe - A Kali Hotel Cartagena
Casa La Fe was perfect.--an authentic styled small, personally run hotel in the heart of walled Cartegena and directly across from a nice litle park (the name of which I cannot remember). With only 3 floors (plus gound floor) of rooms, the atmosphere was intimate and created fast and easy friendships. We had dinner and went dancing w/ 2 different couples (actually one couple from Brazil and a pair of friends from LA) on a few occassions.
Geoff, an English gentleman who owns and runs the place with his Colombian significant other, Carmen(?) were nothing short of lovely and very accomodating in helping everyone to find activities, restaurants, dance places and the store to purchase alochol at less than full price.
The included breakfast was excellent and if I could remember how to say bacon in Spanish I would've gotten ecellent bacon instead of the basket of toast that I actually requested. good toast but I wanted the bacon.
The rooms were nice, well AC'd clean and comfortable. the only constructive crticism that I have is that the doors didn't block out noise very well (at least where we were whcih was near the stair and on the air shaft from the kitchen).
I would absolutely return to Cas La Fe--this is real Colombian not some sterile cookie cutter hotel where you'd have no idea what country you were in. Oh, and the price was reasonable.
I've got a couple of nice photos of the place but, sorry, haven't downloaded them yet.
Casa la fe was perfect.
Everything about Casa La Fe, from the immaculate room to the excellent service and fresh breakfast was great. The location within the old walled city was great from which to explore on foot. Jeff, the owner, was full of helpful information and suggestions including assisting us getting up to Tayona. WeŽd recommend Casa La Fe to anyone travelling to Cartagena.
Absolutely the best place to stay in Cartagena
I traveled to Cartagena, Colombia in May 2006.
It was the first time I traveled abroad by myself, and had a few concerns being that I don't speak Spanish and the image we have in the US media of Colombia.
My concerns were instantly put to rest by the wonderful people of Cartagena, the beauty, and most importantly by Casa La Fe.
Casa La Fe made my trip a complete success. ALL of the staff and the owners are friendly, available, and personal. The location is perfectly in the center. They provided excellent advice on my day to day adventures, trusting recommendations for local tour guides, where to purchase Emeralds...you name it. By the second day it felt more like a home away from home than a hotel or B&B. At one point I woke up late for an excursion to a volcano and missed the complimentary breakfast. Without asking, they made me two sandwiches to take with me! Geoff and Carmen have beautifully decorated their Casa La Fe as well. It also seems to be a magnate for other great guests of which I left Cartagena with true new friends from El Salvador and New Hampshire. I had great breakfasts with a family (and I mean...the WHOLE family from grandparents to children) from Boca Raton, a gentleman from Australia, a couple from Miami....I was so surprised.
I expressed interest in purchasing a home in Cartagena one day...and to my amazement, they remembered the conversation, and out of the blue emailed a recommendation to me today!! You will NOT be disappointed by staying at Casa La Fe....I could go on and on. Stephen Bock, New York
I just returned from Cartagena,and squashed the impression that people have of it as being a 'dangerous' place.The only thing that could be annoying is the relentless street vendors- other than that,it was a fantastic vacation destination.
It is such a beautiful city,rich with History,great restaurants,friendly people...beaches...and fantastic mojitos!!!
We stayed at the enchanting Case la Fe, a cozy 11 room hotel.
We felt at home the second we walked into the reception area,and garden .
Reasonably priced..wonderful friendly Staff (and the owners live on the premises.)..breakfast is included daily along with exotic local fruits every morning..and a jucuzzi for cooling off after a day out!
It was immaculate,newly renovated..great beds,secure,and a perfect location.You can walk to all the plazas..no need for taxis.
SO much nicer than staying in a big hotel!!
Neither of us had any stomach problems-which you sometimes get in foreign countries.
The trip was an absolute delight..and our choice of hotels was just perfect.
GO GO GO...you will love it..as we did.
Can't beat the location
I'd highly recommend the Casa La Fe because of it's excellent location in the old town (Centro) and great B&B feel. The rooms are relatively modest, but very clean and they've done a good job modernizing the bathrooms.
If you're planning to stay out late every night, then I wouldn't recommend one of the 1st floor rooms because the noise from breakfast will certainly wake you.
Still, a much more authentic experience than one of the big hotels in Bocagrande...and more affordable.
Very friendly staff, beautiful hotel
Casa La Fe is an old house that was lovingly rebuilt by its owners, Geoff and Carmen. They and their staff are so warm that when we walked back into Casa La Fe after a few days' side trip, we called out, "we're home!" We especially enjoyed the serene interior garden (where breakfast is served), the little rooftop pool, and free extras including wifi, loaner laptop, and loaner bicycles. There's no better way to see Cartagena's exquisite old quarters than cycling around in the morning, as the town wakes up.
As a small, beautiful old hotel that is advertised only by word of mouth and the Web, Casa La Fe also seems to attract interesting people - we made some friends over breakfast.
Beautiful hotel, friendly owners and great facilities
We recently spent a week in Cartagena. There are two distinct parts to the town - the city centre (centro) and the tourist area (Bocagrande). They are as visually different as Havana and Miami and travel between the two takes around 10 minutes by taxi. If you are looking for beaches and fast food choose an hotel in Bocagrande but if your passion is colonial architecture and atmosphere you will want to stay within the city walls. We stayed at Hotel Casa La Fe in the heart of the old town. This beautifully remodelled B&B exceeded our expectations and they had some neat conveniences- WiFi internet, global tel calls for 50c per minute and small-wheel commuter bikes for getting around town. They also had excellent security - each guest has a key to the main entrance door and nobody enters the hotel unless they are invited. Its owned and run by an English- Colombian couple so there are no language dificulties. Highly recommended.
Casa de la Fe is one of the best options to stay in Cartagena de Indias. The house is really beautiful and very well located in a nice place in the heart of city centre. The rooms are not very big but they are very comfortable with air conditioned and ceiling fan. The breakfast offered is also correct. The house offers Internet wifi in the common areas without any cost. The owners, Carmen and Geoff are very kind and friendly. The ratio quality/prize is very good. Highly advisible!
Casa la Fe-ideal place to stay in the old city
At the risk of making it difficult to book another visit, I recommend Casa la Fe as the ideal place to stay if you want to experience the architecture, history, and beauty of Cartagena.
Several travel agents recommended the beachfront hotels for our long weekend, and I'm told they are quite nice. But, the Bocagrande hotels require a taxi ride, and would discourage the easy exploration offered by a location right in the heart of the old city.
The biggest limiting factor to touring, for us at least, was the incredible May heat . . and we are from Miami. So, a couple hours of walking, then a retreat to la Fe for a quick rooftop dip in the pool, a rest in a pristine, spacious, safe, and air conditioned room, followed by another few hours of walking . . . .
The owners are friendly, fluent in english and spanish, knowledgable, and took the time to help us make arrangements and confirm our return ground transport and flight.
And, the price was remarkably fair . . .even the mini-bar items were about the same price as the grocery store down the street!