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“You get what you pay” 3 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 #84 of 118 Hotels in Cartagena
Malmo, Sweden
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“You get what you pay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Hotel Lee is located close to the harbor in Cartagena.
It takes 15 min from the airport to the hotel, it costs around 9500 Colombian pesos (6 USD) to get there.
PLUS:
Nice clean rooms. Ok beds, Tv, safety box, little balcony, AC, bathroom
Breakfast ok for the price you pay, (fruit, eggs, coffee, juice, bread)
Little Nice pool up on the roof, nice terrace with a very nice view to the sea
Nice location close to the harbor and downtown, you can take a walk there.
Close to some restaurants
Reception 24 hrs
MINUS:
Wifi works so close to the reception as possible
-No restaurant at the hotel
- Cold water, but you can take a shower anyway
- avoid rooms close to the street since its a lot of noice from the street
- No service mind at all. The staff was no too very helpful with the booking of the tours, they promised to help us with some reservations but they never did that. We were forced to rush and fix the tours by ourselves! The breakfast was supposed to be served at 6:30 am according to the reception, the woman working at the breakfast didn't want to serve us since it was 25th of December and they do start later(?). She and the receptionist had a discussion about that.

In few words, you get what you pay, no mor not less.

Room Tip: Don't stay at a room close to the street!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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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Malmo, Sweden
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Hotel Lee is nicely situated in the old part of Cartagena. During our stay we had a room for four persons. The room was divided in two floors. The room was nice, clean, and had good aircondition. They said there was warm water but i didn't get it to work. But in the warm climate of Cartagena it wasn't anything I considered important.

WiFi didn't work in room. Only at some places in the hotel. For example close to the reception.

The breakfast was very simple. Coffee, juice, fruit, and egg. If you want a proper breakfast i recommend you to eat somewhere else.

There also seem to be a lack of communication within the hotel. At the reception they said the breakfast starts a 6.30. But the woman at the breakfast didn't want to serve any breakfast before 7.00 a.m.

One receptionist told us that we could book tours in the reception. When we had decided day and everything there was a another receptionist. She told us that the only way to do it was to go to another place by foot 20 minutes from the hotel. A bit dissapointing.

But if it wasn't for these incidents I think it would have been a pleasant stay considering it was a cheap option, nicely situated.

Avoid rooms close to the street. It was a bit noisy with traffic, and a nightclub nearby. Enjoy the nice pool area and view at the roof of the hotel!

Room Tip: If possible choose a room on a high floor away from the street.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Vancouver
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
46 helpful votes 46 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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London
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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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Address: Calle Larga N 8B-148 Centro, Cartagena, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #84 of 118 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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