Casa El Carretero
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... an explosion is still a good shot. For the most part we threw from half the distance of the locals (its hard game!) although we took about 5 shots from the full length and I managed to get a perfect shot with one of them which stopped the locals from pointing and laughing at us for a while! Later on some fellow foreigners came in and we played a match against them and won 25-18 playing hopefully something that resembled the real rules! I left Cali the next morning to head ...
... all offshoots on the evolutionary tree, but man is that tree's very trunk and is constrained by no limits in the process of evolution since he possesses within him the divine spark whose expression is infinite. Having passed this test, an adequate "help meet", woman (ISHA), is finally created for the purpose of eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (With no one in the garden but the two of them, who else could the trees have been planted for?) ...
... and ice cream and wasting time with Gustavo in Juan Valdez coffee place before next event. Back to theatre for brilliantly heated event with Ignacio Ramonet, Hugo Chavez's biographer in discussion with Jon Lee Anderson. It included audience members heckling, hissing, booing and having to be told to behave, very passionate and polarised. I loved it, so different from the usual literary festival audience reaction in the UK. Also learnt a bit more about Venezuelan politics ...
... fruit carts selling
fresh-squeezed juice and fresh coconuts. Music emanated from
somewhere, making the atmosphere a very lively vibe.
From the Old City, Jose took us to the Palacio de Inquisicion (Palace of
the Inquisition) built in 1610. It was used by the Spaniards for
torturing and punishing men for religious crimes. The building
contained jails and torture chambers that operated until 1821; when
the inquisitors were expelled by ...
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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.