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... It was a good parilla mixta with a bottle of wine. Rustic potatoes with sour cream! Yes sour cream. awesome.
I miss Crispan chicken empanadas with crispan sauce.
Observations: I get stared at less here. Maybe men are more polite, or it's too hot to care, or they are used to seeing gringas.
Only 1 taxi driver overcharged us (8,000 instead of 6,000) He didn't even know where he was going (I doubt he could read street signs.
During my two weeks in Cartagena, I had the opportunity to meet and work with some fabulous locals. The organization that I was working with was called Emerging Voices and it is a NGO (non-government organization) that wears many hats- teaching English, working with young teen mothers, helping at a youth drug rehabilitation center, entertaining young children with cancer, feeding the local homeless population, etc. The list goes on and on... And the founder, Monica, is only ...
... taxis, 90% empty, honking horns and rushing about looking for fares. The old city and most of Getsemani is surrounded by a 4 meter thick wall that took 200 years to build and ended the repeated sacking of Cartagena – the most infamous siege by Sir Frances Drake in the late 1500’s.
Cartagena declared her independence from Spanish rule at 11am on November 11, 1811 (11 is their lucky number). It’s no small wonder that Spain and others ...
... figures instead of employing their own gifts of intellect and reason. (Needless to say, it doesn't help that there appears to be little to no relation between competence and authority nowadays, which is part and parcel of a culture that conflates opinion with knowledge, belief with understanding, submission with freedom, pleasure with happiness, conformity with responsibility, war with hygiene, and self-righteousness with morality.) In short, most of ...
... we took a short hike to visit some waterfalls. Sadly it was raining and the trail proved to be quite perilous and slippery. But the waterfalls were great.
So all covered in mud, we left wonderful Villa de Leyva, one of my favourite places from this trip sofar along with Cartagena and the jungles of the coast, and hopped on a three hour bus further South to the Colombia's capital city, Bogota.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Decameron Cartagena
We stayed at this hotel from 01/02 til 01/05 and were extremely dissapointed with the general appearance of the hotel, especially the room. This hotel seems that was built more than 30 yrs. ago and the owners have not put a cent on it since it opened. The A/c of our romm did not work and after 4 calls to the front desk and having to spend a night without A/C,we were moved to another room which had A/c working but its appearance left a lot to be desired. The rooms were clean though;the problem was the look of the room. The staff in general is very courteous, no complaints about them. Another thing that was dissapointing to us is that the beach is really uninviting and the pool is too small for a 23 story building. The food was OK, nothing spectacular but edible. The drinks were served in small glasses, perhaps 4 or 5 oz. The surroundings are OK too, and it is at walking distance from the old city which is gorgeous. A cab would charge you just $2.00 for getting you there. It is a very safe place I must say. There is plenty of security in the area. In general, I have to admit that for the money thy generlly charge at this hotel you can not ask for more. It is a one star hotel, not more than that.
The hotel was nothing special, but the staff (most) were extremely helpful. Restaurants actually had pretty good food, considering. Beach, though, was annoying with so many vendors.
We arrived at Decameron Cartagena after 5 days at Royal Decameron Beach in Panama wich was great expecting something similar as is promoted at the Hotel web page unfortunally not. When we arrive at Cartagena Airport a very rude militar policeman treated us very agressive searching all our luggage just because my wife asked him to use globes in his hands for touching the clothes, be aware that once you arrive in Colombia you will be constantly harassed by vendors trying to sell you everything, so the same did the hotel people in the Bus who transport you to the Hotel trying to sell us different packages, after arriving at the Hotel we did the check in outside the Hotel in a very windy day (I do know why? they did not answer me ) with police searching your luggage with dogs Again, We were to Cartagena looking for visiting the City plus getting sun and tan, the swimming pool at the Hotel is very small, no sun during the morning but there is no problem either way, you can not use it meantime they served breakfast and almost the same at lunch both are served around the pool, during the afternoon the hotel people organized some games in the pool with kids so you can not use it either, the beach is a very small piece of sand surrounded by rocks and during the morning when you are not overcooked by the sun (weather is really hot and humid and rains every day) there are fishermen with their boats in the closest beach water access, besides there is a band of vendors harassing you all the time either at the beach or when you leave the Hotel, we asked for going to the Rosario Island but you need to leave at 7 am and stay there for the whole day. Thus looking for some peace, beach and pool and a real resort we moved to Hotel Las Americas wich was really good.
First and foremost, the end of March was really hot! The hotel was great and in spite of the temperature and hummidity our airconditioning was fine.
Two star billing with five star people, people like "Raul" the Bartender and "Joel" the waiter make it all worth while "SAY HELLO to them". The Decameron Cartagena rocks. We spent 5 days there, so much to do.
We recently returned from a one week stay at the Decameron Hotel in Catagena, Columbia. Having booked the trip on a last minute arrangement we had little time to research the hotel (or Cartagena) so we arrived with no expectations other than having a hotel room waiting for us.
Decameron worked for us!
The Decameron is definitely a better than average budget location. We were very impressed with the food, the staff and the accomodations were clean and nice. As mentioned before the elevators were slow but we used it as an opportunity to get some exercise!
The balcony is well worth giving up a king size bed. We would sit and look out over the ocean and watch the lights come on over the old city before heading out for dinner.
The only hassle in our whole trip was the vendors. Very, very persistent...but otherwise we loved it!
My wife and I just returned from a week at the Decameron. We were very happy on many fronts. The al a carte restaurant format works great, providing variety of food and setting. My wife who has limitations on her diet found it easy to find things to eat. And the food as good. The rooms were bright and cleaned well. The staff was a treat friendly and helpful. So helpful in fact that one of the elevator operators made a pass at my wife! But no harm done. The location is perfect for access to El Centro and near a shopping area as well.
This has been an established hotel for many years. The last time I was there was 10 years ago. Any improvments have all been for the better. We felt safe and comfortable at the hotel and staff was very helpful and friendly. Rooms are very clean.
My favorite place
Sitting on my balcony overlooking the ocean at sunset and down to my right the lights of the Old walled city ay night is one of my favorite spots. I travel a lot to Latin American countries and this is one of the best values for the money. The hotel has 5 different restaurants which are all excellent. The rooms are very nice with the suites having a balcony with 2 rockers overlooking the ocean. The staff are wonderful. The piano bar is a great place to be at night. The daily activities are fun. There is lots of nightlife in the immediate area and you can walk anywhere. A trip to the Old city on horse and buggy from the hotel is a must at night. Take a bottle of wine with you. We have ben here 3 times and would stay at any Decameron Hotel again.