Casa El Carretero

Address: Getsemani CL. 9 # 10B-18, Cartagena, Colombia | Hotel
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This hotel, located on Getsemani CL. 9 # 10B-18, Cartagena, is near Walled City, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, Islas del Rosario, and Palacio de la Inquisicion.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsCasa El Carretero Cartagena

    Reviewed by missburke

    Excellent Stay

    Reviewed Feb 20, 2014
    by (1 review) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Amazing stay. Rooftop pool with Bose speakers. Very nice breakfast, fresh fruit and egg dishes.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Casa El Carretero Cartagena

    Casa El Carretero a gem of a boutique hotel


    Casa El Carretero a gem of a boutique hotel that captures the glorious

    past of the great neighborhood of Getsemani Cartgena de Indias.

    Nestled within the walled city of Cartagena lies a very quaint and

    luxurious house, with all the great amenities of

    modern dwelling e.g. AC, flat panel TV, sound system and wireless

    Internet. The staff is amazingly warm and accommodating and will

    strive to make you feel that you are indeed in your house any time day

    or night.

    I had a chance to spend ten fantastic days in this great city and I

    would not have wanted to stay anywhere else.

    From the marbled floors, wood pane windows and wonderfully tasteful

    south East Asian decor coexists with traditional Spanish colonial

    architecture. This house is a wonderful example of the great Spanish

    colonial houses that can be found throughout the great cities in the

    Caribbean. From the balcony in the Bali suite as well as the roof top

    pool overlooking "EL CASTILLO DE San Felipe" one gets the sense of how

    the common man lives and thrives in Cartagena. I highly recommend this

    beautiful house to anyone who is tired of the highly commercial and

    Impersonal chain hotels and cherishes personalized attention at a

    very reasonable price. I give Casa El Carretero two thumbs up.

    Honeymoon in Cartagena


    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.

    Qué placer


    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.

    Magnífico hotel colonial


    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

    What a pleasure


    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

    Thanks allot


    Second time is a charm!


    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.

    We live close to San Francisco, so love Cities . Casa El Carretero is very trendy. The hotel is very ambient and artistic.

    We were quite surprised to see that some houses in Cartagena have still not been restored since it is a colonial city, but the work done on this hotel was superb.

    Staff was very attentive at all time.

    Room Service breakfast on 2 mornings was great - excellent food and good service.

    During the day we found the main pool to be quiet, the music ambient and the service tentative.

    We always had cocktails in the pool before going to dinner in the city.

    I am a light sleeper - I slept well in this hotel - beds are comfy with mattress toppers, bed linen is luxurious, no late night maids being noisy in corridors and solid walls between the rooms.

    In summary we will stay there again and it more than met our expectations (but it is pricey)

    Wonderful Colonial Hotel


    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.

    Another great treat was the restaurant recommendations from the hotel. We hadn't been very impressed with several other restaurants we had visited in Bogota and Santa Marta (I am a restaurant owner so am perhaps a bit more particular than others).

    A great find... and only a couple of hours from Miami international airport to Cartagena. Wonderful, wonderful. Check out their website at [---] Nice photos.

    Arthur Levinsone, NY

    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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Casa El Carretero Cartagena

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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