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“Very good service, quiet atmosphere but a bit overpriced” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Sport Baru
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ensenada del Cholon Km. 26 | Baru Island, Isla Baru, Colombia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Isla Baru
Prague, Czech Republic
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Very good service, quiet atmosphere but a bit overpriced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We spent two nights at the Hotel Sport Baru in Dec. 2012. The resort is on the Baru Island/peninsula about 45 min. by speedboat from Cartagena. Overall, we were very satisfied with our stay, but I also agree with almost all the other reviewers mentionning several items for improvment.

Now, on the Plus side:
1.) A very helpful and attentive staff,
2.) Clean rooms (no bugs at all for us..),
3.) Quiet location and an overall gorgeous setting in the Cholon Bay area (several beautiful beaches are just a few minutes away by kayak, which are provided free of charge.)

The Minuses:
1.) Although good, the food can get quite repetitive after a few days,
2.) Water bottles should be provided free of charge for hotel guests (as is the coffee/tea).

Overall a positive experience although a bit on the pricey side.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We paid nearly 300GBP for one night at Sport Baru, including transfers and meals. The room was clean but basic, the sort of beach cabin you would pay 20-30GBP max. for in Thailand or Bali. No WiFi. The food was fine, the beach nothing special, the staff helpful. No hassle, which was good, but the peace and quiet was ruined by loud music playing all day at a beach over the water. I guess this is because it was the weekend. Probably the worst value £300 we've ever spent on holiday.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seoul, South Korea
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We have not spent the night in this hotel (although we are considering it in the future), BUT there is a great day-trip option that they offer! You catch a boat at their office in Manga, spend the day in quiet, relaxing solitude, and head back in the afternoon. No vendors to bother you at the beach, no negotiating with the tent guy to pay for shade.
Lunch is included in the day trip and it is tasty. There is also a bar for drinks where you can run a tab and even pay with a credit card if you want.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cajamarca, Peru
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

After booking our hotel for a two night stay through booking.com, I was still left with the task of figuring out how to get there. In short, you must go thru the Hotel to coordinate transportation to and from the resort. In addition, you have to buy their food. After these two added costs, you're now paying more than double your room cost. If you want a juice, beer or even water, you will pay additional costs. Water? Seriously? If you want air conditioning, they are going to charge you 30,000 pesos a night additional. I felt I was getting nickel and dimed AFTER paying what I thought was way too much.

The snorkeling was fun (of course, at an additional cost). They do, however, have kayaks that were nice for tooling around the area at no additional cost.

I got bit up by some nasty bugs while I was sleeping.

Their beach is nice and relaxing, the staff is friendly, but in the end, the value just isn't there with this hotel. They have 14 rooms, but only a few are occupied at any given time. Here's a thought: lower your costs, stop nickel and dimeing, provide water like you do coffee, and fill your rooms!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

As I received a visit from some friends from europe, we organized a short stay at this lodge. I couldn't believe it when I arrived there. I live in Colombia, but had no idea we had such great beaches in our country. This hotel is just in the middle of some of the best beaches I have ever seen! Apart from that, our rooms where comfortable, with an amazing view of the Baru islands, and each day we received the best attention from the owner, Aura, who cared so that we had great food every day and, most important, gave us suggestions as to what islands to visit each day so that our stay would be exactly as we wanted. Could not ask for anything more!

Room Tip: ask for the suites that are on the second floor, so that you get some really cool sea breeze
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We sailed our boat into Cholon and enjoyed the hotel and amenities for two days. We tried to stay in a hotel room for one night but an approaching storm impelled us to go back out and take care of our boat.
The room was clean and spacious though and we will stay another time.
The food was very good. The service was great. A very kind and sweet family run the hotel. We will definately be going back on a regular basis to get away from the city.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dueodde, Dänemark
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We stayed for three nights at the hotel and after booking through the internet we read about difficulties getting there. On the website there was no helpful information so we asked our way through, first at the Muelles in Cartagena and then finally were sent to the Sport Baru offices in Manga, which were really difficult to find and the office looked a bit dodgy from the outside. But the next morning we were picked up by the boat as promised and welcomed with drinks and a nice introduction in Spanish and English. Unfortunately, the beach itself is not as white with clearblue water as we hoped, so they offered an additional trip to a beautiful beach nearby. It is also possible to take a boat to Playa Blanca, which the staff was helpful to organise but took a while. The hotel offers several sporting activities, some of which have to be organised at additional cost. The place itself is nice, well maintained and the staff is really friendly. There are many moscitos and sandflies and the rooms do not have any moscito nets or air conditioning. The quality of the food, which overall is very pricy, varies. If you are looking for some quiet days to relax and hang around, this is a good choice. But take something against the moscitos and take some food and water with you as there is no option to buy something except the restaurant.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ensenada del Cholon Km. 26 | Baru Island, Isla Baru, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Isla Baru
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Isla Baru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sport Baru 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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