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“Great Boutique Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Zalmedina Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida San Martin No. 5-52, Cartagena, Colombia   |  
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Ranked #88 of 118 Hotels in Cartagena
New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Boutique Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

SUPER HAPPY WE CHOSE TO STAY AT ZALMEDINA :-)
Hotel: Cute, modern & clean
Price: BARGIN especially because breakfast is included (not a place for lunch or dinner)
Staff: Professional, sweet & accommodating (Fernando is my favorite)
Room: Small, clean & SUPER comfy beds (great night sleeps)
Location: Central, shopping and near beach (do all your gift shopping next door at the market)

This boutique hotel is a perfect place if you are only looking for a room.
Bathrooms: includes a hair dryer
A/C works great

Room Tip: Ask for room #802 :-)
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I purchase a groupon for two last march and this place exceed my expectations. The room was clean and the staff was very helpful. Because of that experience my sister went and stayed there two months later. She says that the price was very reasonable based on the hotel location and the standard room for 2.
I also recommend the rooms of the last floors because of the noise early in the morning of a construction just across the street.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

That was my third time satying at Zalmedina and probably the last.

Most of the staff has been replaced by people that are lacking social and business skills except by two ro there people that work at the front desk and speak English well.
I could notice that there is a NEW administration since my last two visits. They seem to be more eager to make more money than to serve customers better. That is sad and disappointing, really. I heard that the same owners are the ones running the hotel now and they really don't know how nor do the care about guests.
The service has gotten worse and the prices have increased dramatically (??)
The view of the ocean is completely blocked now by the new hotel that is being built in front of Zalmedina. The sleep quality can decrease if you get a room facing the street due to the excessive noise almost 24/7. The breakfast is not what it used to be either, they have less food options andit is always the same every single day. I stayed there with a group of associates and they all agreed with me on these facts. i don't picture us going back again any time soon.
For the price they are charging NOW, you can find many more and way better options in Cartagena.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back are less noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vatican City, Italy
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77 reviews 77 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

I am suriprised to see so many good reviews here, because for everybody in our group this was just horrible place to spend one night and to imagine that you could come here for actual holidays makes me desire to do something for the world peace and poor people.
Lonely planet rightly describe weather in Cartagena as brutal heat and humidity, and then i am sure you know this kind of cheap air conditioning which actually makes things even worse. Then all windows are just single metal frame, anything including bamboo frames would be more expensive - and this is not silent place at all, no no.
And then the breakfast when things finished just when we came, and the girl working there.... she woudl be perfect choice for corporate face of chinese company manufacturing something bitter and sour, very sour.
Only the people at the reception - they somehow were far from good at their work but still enjoyable. Maybe in comparison with everything else. Uff, i wrote so much but just let me show you picture of the entry to the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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43 hotel reviews
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

I stayed at Zalmedina one more time and I had another excellent stay.
The restaurant area looks better now and the food is very good.
There is a new hotel being built in front of Zalmedina and that will take away most of the ocean view, I think. The good thing is that you just go downstairs and cross the street and there you have all the ocean for yourself.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor room and if possible one with balcony, they only have a few though.
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Ottawa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel December 2011 and after searching through all kinds of hotels for something that wasn't overly expensive, we decided on this one. When we arrived, we were too early to check in, so the hotel kept our bags in a locked room while we went for lunch. After checking in, the elevator was broken, but the staff was very helpful and carried our bags up to our floor. The room was well maintained, clean and the perfect size for our needs. I really appreciated that you have to use your hotel room card to operate the a/c so that people don't leave it on and how quickly the cool air kicks in once you turn it on. This hotel is in the perfect location for restaurants, shopping and hitting the beach. I would definately stay here again and recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed December 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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Florida
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113 reviews 113 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

I stayed at Zalmedina Hotel located on St Martin Ave in Cartagena, Colombia. I had a wonderful time. THE BEST IS THE STAFF!!!! They are very well trained, polite and ready to help you and go the extra mile for you.
It is a small hotel, but very well located and very clean rooms. The rate includes a very well prepared breakfast with many choices of fruits and juices.
You have free Wi-Fi in your rooms and if it doesn't work for any reason, they allow you to use a courtesy laptop in their conference room.
The rooms are not very spacious and not all of them have ocean view, but HEY!
I recommend it highly.
Hasta la vista, baby!

Room Tip: Higher floor rooms are the best, ask them to give you one with private balcony if they have any avai...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 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: Avenida San Martin No. 5-52, Cartagena, Colombia
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Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #88 of 118 Hotels in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Zalmedina Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 53
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