I would recommend this as an affordable alternative to overpriced options in the walled city.
I found this place in the lonely planet and was very happy with it. All the places in the old city (inside the wall) were in the $200/night range, but got only so-so reviews on trip advisor. This place is ~$100 per night, and just a few blocks away from the walled city. it's also right near the famous Cafe Havana, and it's still in the old part of the city, just not inside the wall.
I would consider this place a semi-budget option. The service was very nice. The rooms were simple but comfortable. The place was clean although far from spotless. They don't give you shampoo so make sure to bring your own. The A/C worked really well. There was no hot water which was kind of a bummer because it definitely cools down enough at night in Cartagena in November to want at least a warm shower. We had room 6, which was pretty quiet A lot of rooms look over the courtyard, and I would imagine would be a bit noisy when people come in and out, so it's worth verifying which room you are booking. That said, the place seemed very quiet - it's not a party hotel, so even when guests came in and out it seemed quiet. There is a kitchen which we didn't end up using, but it was nice to know we could have stored drinks in the fridge.
We reserved our room on Orbitz, but we discovered that the hotel rate was actually cheaper than the internet prices, so it's worth double checking before booking.
As a related note for Cartagena, be aware of what you are getting when you book the 42.000 COP trip to Santa Marta. It includes a long stop at the island with the aquarium, which is annoying, or else you have to pay another 20.000 COP to go snorkeling. Those tours are a bit of a racket, unfortunately.
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