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“Affordable prices, hip location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Lee
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Larga N 8B-148 Centro, Cartagena, Colombia   |  
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Ranked #78 of 119 Hotels in Cartagena
San Francisco
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15 hotel reviews
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“Affordable prices, hip location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Affordable hotel not too far from the city walls. The immediate neighborhood has some great hip bars, better than anything inside the walls. There's a good restaurant a few doors down (la casa de socorro) and a delicious empanada vendor at the church around the corner. Hotel rooms were spare, but clean. Decent breakfasts on the roof with nice views.

Downsides: mosquitos in the main courtyard and loud music from the nightclub next door late into the night.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the left hand side (facing the hotel) away from the nightclub.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver
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69 reviews 69 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012 via mobile

I booked this last minute, was concerned due to reports it was noisy & delay getting back to me re reservation, but it was perfect. In Getsemani, it was literally 2 blocks from my Spanish school and 5 min to Old City. Food in Getsemani is like $5 for lunch and 20 for nice dinner compared to 10 and 50 in the Old City. You should be prepared to walk alot, its a very pleasant city to wander and see much more than taxis, which are cheap at 5 or 6000 pesos ($3-4) if you want. This hotel was perfect for my boyfriend and I because we got a huge room with kitchen area large enough to use as dance floor to practice as we are salsa dancers. Had separate AC controls for bedroom and living room, important as we needed max AC for dancing but not sleeping. Mr Babilla club is adjacent, but we adked for room on other side and heard nothing. It had no natural light as window opened to covered atrium, but that was not a problem except 1 nite when power went out to the whole block && woke up coz so hot& wouldve liked fresh air. Big frig, wouldve liked more towels, facecloths (will never understand why they dont seem to use them outside N.America), but this place was a bargain at$108 night for 2 including breakfast, served to order on the incredible deck. Pool lovely if small & view from roof amazing. Nice staff. Would also have liked to pay on credit card but machine broken. Also, the places to dance salsa (Cafe Havana, Donde Fidel, & Quiebra Canto) & other good dance places (Tasca Maria for merengue & bachata by request, Hotel MediaLuna for reggaeton, Macondo for free performances & 2 for 1 drinks) are nearly all inGetsemani. I felt completely safe all the time. There are a few prostitutes next to Quiebra Canto on Calle Media Luna, but we walked on Calle Larga (next over) and was totally fine. We had booked another place back in Centro to be in the Old City (see my review of Casa Gloria) but came back to Hotel Lee for the space and quiet. Almost dont want to let this secret out! Only thing we missed was we were so happy at Lee that we didnt go to Bocagrande til our last nite (poured rain) and found a lovely beach promenade where I would also like to stay for the beach.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vermont
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012 via mobile

Visited Cartagena in March 2012. Spent one night at Hotel Lee. We found it very affordable and clean. The staff spoke some English and treated us very well. Breakfast was included in the reasonable price. Location was great. Nice views from the roof top pool area. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Cartagena!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

Hotel Lee, is situated in a lovely location, and the manager Luis & staff were excellent but for me the noise level from the surrounding clubs was intrusive and possible not a good selling point unless your holiday is about clubbing until 7am each morning as it would seem the best clubs are situated in a road immediately behind the hotel. Luckily I had ear plugs to dampen the noise, which allowed me to get some sleep. The breakfast billed as American isn't it's basically eggs scrambled or fried with toast and an under generous portion of jam!! pineapple juice tea or coffee. Breakfast is either in your room or on the roof terrace area, which has limited seating to shield you from the sun, which can be fierce from early on!! The hotel has one bed apartments and one bed standard rooms, and the difference in price is marginal, which is slightly confusing as you would expect to pay at least 50% more. There was no key for the safe deposit box although the hotel was securely manned at all times and we were advised that the keys had been misplaced and they were awaiting replacements, which didn't happen in the 10 nights we stayed!

Room Tip: Ask for a room or one bed apartment situated towards the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

We arrived the other day and Luis (manager) took the time to show us the entire hotel, including the rooftop pool and views! We stayed on the second floor and because we're from a very quiet town found it a bit noisy. When we came back from a full tour day Luis had took it upon himself to move us to a nicer, quieter room! Where do you find service like that??? He is amazing and be sure to ask for him when you arrive!

The hotel is in a great location, close to the entrance to the wall city, but is on a street that has traffic at night. May not affect many people, we're just used to no noise at all. Extremely clean and the staff is excellent.

Highly recommend this place for service, location and friendly staff.

Room Tip: last night we stayed in 304. it's in back, separate kitchen area and the most quiet available.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aussies
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

We literally stumbled across this small colonial style built hotel.
We are four Aussies who have been driving our own vehicles around South American for the last 7 months. Now it was time to get the vehicles shipped from Cartagena to Panama, and that required us to stopover in a hotel for about 5 days. We found a secure car park for the couple of days within the 'old walled city' (before they went to the port), and then went looking for a hotel (the hotels usually don't have the sort of large parking spaces we need to park are very large 4WD vehicles).
We had been given the name of one hotel, but couldn't find it, but during our stroll around we came across the Hotel Lee - it was a really good find, and just one block away from the vehicles.
At just under US$100 a night per room it wasn't bad value for this part of the city.
The cost included breakfast (which you could have in your room, or up on the top beside the pool) - which was juice, fruit, scrambled eggs, toast and coffee - we did get sick of scambled eggs though, a change to the breakfast menu occasionally would have been good.
This is a small hotel, the staff are very friendly and helpful and although English is very limited, we still we managed to get understood most of the time - a Google translate on the reception desk computer works a treat.
The rooms are large and very clean, good wi-fi in the rooms, and there is a small pool on the top floor - very nice after a day walking around the old city.
It's only a short 5 minute walk into the historical centre of the walled city.
I've noticed a lot of comments about the 'disco' next door, which I think comes from the Mr Babilla bar and restaurant (nightclub), but we must have been lucky as we didn't have any loud music at all during our stay. The atrium does carry any noise, and there is a bit of road noise, and the road outside is always busy, but it didn't really bother us.
We enjoyed our hotel stay and would recommend it to fellow travellers.

Room Tip: Choose a room down the back of the hotel, and on the other side from the bar/restaruant Mr Babilla.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Greece
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

Perfect location! Safe and only 3-4 minutes walk to the historical centre of Cartagena. The rooms are big and comfortable, but they only have windows to the inside of the atrium, which is what you would expect for a typical colonial building of the area. Lovely building however. Also, the hotel staff did not have any objection and were happy to let us keep the room until 3 in the afternoon at no extra charge!

None of the staff speak english at any level (as everywhere else in Colombia, let's be fair to them). Breakfast was poor (as everywhere else in Colombia, let's be fair to them). The swimming pool was, at the time of our visit, just a small hole with green water. The atrium acts as a loudspeaker and traffic noise from Calle Largo and Mr Babilla (the nightclub) gets magnified by a factor of at least 2 in the rooms (keep in mind we stayed at the furthest room in the back). It did not bother us too much because we were so tired at the end of each day that even artillery fire could not disturb us...

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Larga N 8B-148 Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #78 of 119 Hotels in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lee 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Building Reads is placed in the downtown, to a step of the Center of Conventions of Cartagena of The Indies, with an excellent sight to the Bay of Cartagena. From his(her,your) arrival you will remain captivated by his(her,your) impressive colonial architecture and his(her,your) delicate details. Recently remodelled and reset. Conditioned to offer to him(her) an excellent atmosphere of exclusivity. ... more   less 
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