Casa El Carretero
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... were through security.
We got some BK fries and ice cream. Nick got anxious so we moved to the gate, but as I learned from our last flight they didn't start boarding til about 10-15 minutes before take-off.
There wasn't seating by the gate but tables by shops. We sat at one of them and played cards.
The flight was short (1 hour 10 minutes) but we still had in-flight entertainment - tv shows (I watched Futurama) and music.
With only one more free afternoon in Cartagena, I opted to take a quick trip to a local Volcano mud bath (odd, I know). A bus picked 2 other volunteers and myself up to take us there and after a short 45 minute ride, we arrived. We dropped off our things and headed up the staircase to the peak of the hill (definitely not a mountain). Slowly, one by one we climbed down a ladder layered in old, slippery mud into the volcano. Waiting for us inside were 2 locals, ready and willing to give ...
... Vernon in 1741, an Englishman...however not only is this a contrast to the pride of the Spanish strength in Cartagena, but from what I can tell he failed in ever taking the city!!
We spent some time outside of the walls of the old city, and what we found was a stark contrast to that found within the fortifications - the poverty here is blindingly obvious, with very basic homes, a large number of homeless and beggers in ...
... of knowing." - Aldous Huxley
Generally speaking, "reality" is nothing but a consensus based upon the unchallenged evidence of the five senses, making the visible world a crude reflection, or inverted symbol, of a far greater invisible world, for there is infinitely more than we can perceive behind and beyond the surroundings we take for granted. What is more, our relationship with our environment is far more intimate than most people believe: ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa El Carretero Cartagena
Casa El Carretero a gem of a boutique hotel that captures the glorious
As a Colombian American, I have had the opportunity to visit Cartagena on numerous occasions and have stayed at various hotels including the 5 star Santa Clara. This bed and breakfast vastly exceeded my expectations. My wife and I spent a honeymoon weekend and the hotel went out of the way to prepare a special weekend. When we arrived the staff was very friendly, the hotel manager personally greeted us and gave us a tour. When he showed us to our room, it was magnificent: Rose petals in the shape of a heart on the bed, candles lit, and a bottle of champagne waiting for us. The hotel is beautifully decorated. The service was excellent. The only negative experience is that the cab drivers in the city dont know of the place and one night a cabbie drove us for close to an hour looking for the hotel (it is not located in your traditional hotel sector). After we found the hotel, the cabbie wanted to charge us close to USD $50. I think this could be avoided in the future if the hotel does a more effective PR job with the cab companies or at least have business cards so their guests can tell the cabbies the address and location. Other than that, the weekend and the hotel was absolutely off the chart.s By the way, for those interested in staying, you definitley have to check out the roofdeck pool. The hotel allows you to use it all night, so if you are out dancing late in the evening, you can jump in the pool and refresh yourself. The view from the roofdeck is amazing.
Antes de nuestra estancia en Casa El Carretero no podía imaginar que ésta pudiera llegar a ser tan maravillosa como todo el mundo decía. Agradable sí, pero, ¿tanto? Bien, después de pasar allí 7 días entre junio y julio de 2006, sé que realmente es así. Ocupamos la suite Sumatra y nos pareció estupenda: cómoda y bien decorada, con camas grandes, buena iluminación y la terraza que daba a la piscina era un placer después de todo un día sin parar en una ciudad cuyo ritmo puede resultar frenético. Pero, como todo el mundo sabe, fue el personal el que hizo que nuestra estancia en Casa El Carretero fuera una delicia. Todos eran atentos y cordiales y realmente parecían preocuparse de que disfrutásemos de la casa, de Cartagena y de Colombia. Probablemente habrá otros hoteles buenos en Cartagena, pero, si alguna vez regreso, me aseguraré de que sea cuando Casa El Carretero tenga una habitación para mí.
Pasé 4 días muy agradables con mi mujer y mis hijos en Casa El Carretero. El personal era muy profesional y atento, y se ocupó de atender todas nuestras necesidades. Nuestros hijos disfrutaron de la piscina y de la ciudad antigua. También agradecemos el esfuerzo que hizo gran parte de ese personal, teniendo en cuenta nuestros terribles intentos de hablar español. Otro gran acierto fueron las recomendaciones de restaurantes que nos hizo el hotel. No nos habían gustado demasiado los restaurantes que habíamos visitado en Bogotá y en Santa Marta (yo tengo un restaurante, así que quizá soy un poco más exigente que otros). Un gran descubrimiento... y sólo hay dos horas desde el Aeropuerto Internacional de Miami a Cartagena. Maravilloso, realmente maravilloso. Visite su página web [---], bonitas fotos. Arthur Levinsone, NY
Before our stay at Casa El Carretero I didn't think it could really be as good as everyone says. Good, yes, but THAT good? Well, after staying there 7 nights in June/July 2006 I now know that it really is that good. We had the Sumatra suite for all 7 nights and loved it. It was comfortable and very pleasantly decorated. The beds were great, the lighting was superb and the terrace with the pool was a joy after a busy day in what can be a very hectic city. But, as everyone says, it was the staff who really made our Casa El Carretero stay a pleasure. All were welcoming and helpful and really seemed to care that we were enjoying the property, Cartagena and Colombia. There are probably other good hotels in Cartagena, but if I every go there again I'll make my plans based on when Casa El Carretero has a room for me.
My summer vacation at El Carretero
I had the time of my life for two weeks at Casa El Carretero. This is the place to be. You defenetly will feel like a king/queen.The staff is very freindly and are always their for you to make you feel at home.I feel that this new hotel has lots of potential . If you ever think of going to Cartagena you have to stay here. The pool has a great view of the old city and the decorations in the house make you feel like you were in your own castle.
I love you Carlos
Our second stay at this hotel met our expectations (which were high). We stayed in the Bali Suite which was very large - large sitting area with surround sound flat screen TV. Great balcony with view to Plaza de La Trinidad. We have not stayed in a standard room so cannot comment on those - but this suite was very good.
My wife and two teenaged kids spent a very satisfying 4 days at Casa El Carretero. The professional staff was very attentive and did a great job of seeing to our needs. Our two teenaged boys especially enjoyed the pool and the old city too. We were also pleasantly surprised and pleased that so many of the staff was so great given our terrible attempts at Spanish.
You have to try this place
I have to say, that out of the 10+ boutique hotels I have tried around Latin America and Europe, Casa El Carretero has to rank in the top 5. The hotel only has 3 rooms, but it is very exclusive. It tailors to the people who want to get away from the crowds and simply enjoy superb service.
Next time I go back, I am staying in the Syuite Bali, the one with a Balcony. What a view.