We stumbled upon the Hotel Barlovento and absolutely loved it. We are seasoned travelers accustomed to Marriott properties, so our standards are fairly high. Here are all the details I think you would want to know, in no particular order.
The hotel is very clean in all aspects. They had very few rooms available during the week we were there, so we had to stay in a small room with 2 single beds. However, when we actually go to our room, the beds had been pushed together at my request, and was fine. The mattresses were good, but as always, we travel with our own pillows. I'm not sure if all the rooms were this small, but we really didn't mind that. We were happy to have hot water (which is not that common in Cartagena), a mini-fridge, cable TV, and wireless internet in the room. The internet was just OK, as the connection seemed to disconnect often. They also have an older PC in the lobby that anyone can use to access the web for no charge. The room had all the expected necessities like soap, shampoo, shower cap, shoe shiner, etc. I do not recall seeing a blow dryer or iron. We also found the room to be fairly quite from the street noise, but you could easily hear any conversation or noise in the hallway. The hotel has a very small pool, but it is also very clean.
The room charge (about $160/night in high season, and maybe half that in low season) included breakfast. They have a simple buffet of eggs, bread, fruit, juice, cereal, etc. They do have room service, although we did not use it. We did eat lunch in their restaurant (I think it's called La Fragata) and it was exceptionally good. I had pasta with an olive oil/parsley/garlic sauce that was phenomenal. Also, their fresh squeezed juices were some of the best we have had anywhere in Colombia, and we have been there often.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel for its cleanliness, friendly staff, good food, hot showers, and location. It's just 2 short blocks from the beach, and one block from the Avenida San Martin, where all the shops and restaurants are. It was a good value for the price, and we will probably stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the magic and historic Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean Sea, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you will find the Hotel Barlovento a unique place where you will be in a modern a comfortable surrounding and will receive a warm service, where your stay for business or pleasure will be an unforgettable and pleasant experience.OUR ROOMSOur modern rooms are decorated in a traditional and unique style made of guadua type of Colombian wood in a cozy environment, where you can enjoy a pleasant and total rest.The Hotel has 4 Junior Suite and 44 standard rooms in simple or double accommodation at yout disposal.OUR LOCATIONSHALLSFor your business meetings, conferences, capacitations and social events, the Hotel provides The Sotavento Hall with a maximum capacity of 70 people. It is equiped whit audiovisual help and a human team whit great experience to guarantee the success of your events.A LECTURE HALLIdeal for small meetings and interviews whit a maximum capacity of 6 people.RESTAURANTOn the inigualable ambiance of The Fragola Restaurant, you will enjoy the taste and unique style of a variety and delicious cuisin made whit the touch of mediterranean flavour.POOLUnder the candent sun of the Caribbean Sea nothing more relaxing and refreshing than to taste a variety of exotic and tasteful tropical cocktails and delicious tapas alongside a warm swimming pool.OUR COMPROMISEThe Hotel Barlovento compromise is to ensure theat yor next stay for business, vacation or pleasure be and unforgettable and memorable experience. ... more less
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