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“A Hidden Gem!” 5 of 5 stars
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Calle de los Siete Infantes No. 9-89, Cartagena, Colombia   |  
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Ranked #8 of 128 Cartagena B&B and Inns
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is one of my favorite places I've ever stayed traveling. A true find in Cartagena! Marco is the most amazing host -- welcoming you into his home so you are truly staying in a Casa rather than a hotel. There are 3 total rooms to the Casa. We stayed in the 2nd floor, which I think is the largest. It was full of light and quite spacious. Can sleep up to 5. Each of the 4 levels has outside balcony space and at the very top there is a roof deck with beautiful views over the city. The breakfast spread was the most impressive we had in all our trip in Colombia with a beautiful display of fresh fruit to go along with the eggs made to order. The location is perfect for exploring all of the walled city. And the best part is Marco, the owner, who is just a joy. He is great at answering questions about the city and making recommendations for what to do and where to go.

I can't recommend this place more -- my only regret is that I didn't have longer to stay!!

Room Tip: Room choice depends on how many people you have. The top room is adorable, but only sleeps 2. The...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Chicago, IL
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Had a nice 3 night stay here.

Positives:
- filtered water available so you don't have to buy your own
- Breakfast = a variety of fruits and eggs prepared any way you want them
-Good location
- Friendly host
-Air conditioning

Be aware:
- Marco ONLY speaks spanish
- He only takes cash
- You can hear the horse drawn carriages going down the street till late in the first floor room

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

This is indeed a "casa" rather than a hotel. Behind the large closed gate lies one of the best places that you can imagine when you are away from home yet desire the feeling of home. The three rooms, large, cool, well designed, impeccably clean, with lots of closet spaces, large bathrooms, a/c, etc., are each situated on a different level, with plenty of space outside the rooms and a stairway to a rooftop where there is plenty of seating and a good view of the city. The owner, Marco, is an amazing host, the place is run impeccably. In the yard, by the nice, clean and well equipped kitchen, the breakfast area. What a delight to wake up in the morning to a most wonderful breakfast of fresh, ripe, juicy tropical fruit (papaya was my favorite), plentiful and nicely displayed, home made, warm pita/roll bread, eggs made according to your preference and coffee plentiful, served by Gloria, whose smile, good disposition and service are unparalleled. Marco, the owner, is the best host, attentive, friendly, warm and very knowledgeable. Not only are you well provided for with top accommodation and an excellent breakfast but you have a rare chance to learn about life in Cartagena, past and present, places to go and how to best get there and also, if interested, learn about indigenous music and old musical instruments (some of them you can see in the breakfast nook), as Marco is a musician with his own band. My friends and I (there were five of us) spent some unforgettable days at Casa Marco Polo and felt honored to come to know Marco and enjoy the excellent hospitality of this charming small hotel. Unforgettable, indeed.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Luis Obispo,CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

It's a small hotel of only 3 rooms, so when you reserve ask for Cumbia or Luna rooms as you might find the street noise disruptive in the other room. Breakfasts are great too.

Room Tip: see above. Cumbia room is the most spacious and also has a spacious bathroom. It is on the second fl...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

According to our opinion is Casa Marco Polo the best place to stay in cartagena,
if you look after silence, nice rooms, the best breakfast in town and a perfect save location.
We stayed at Marcos Place for one week in this wonderful roof top room. We had our own terrace and spent most of our time there, instead of exploring cartagena :-)
The breakfast was one of the greatest in whole colombia. Marco offered us 8 different kinds of fruits, eggs in every kind of way, bread, yoghurt, hot & warm milk, cereals, marmelade, butter and so on.
Another benefit is that this place is located in the save and beautiful quater San Diego.

Marco was a perfect host, relaxt and extremly friendly. He recommended us silent places without any tourists and helpt us in every situation.

A reservation is the best if you want to stay there, because this beautiful house has just a few rooms.

Muchas Gracias Marco para ti hospitalidad
Günther y Claudia

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle de los Siete Infantes No. 9-89, Cartagena, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
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Ranked #8 of 128 B&Bs / Inns in Cartagena
Number of rooms: 2

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