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“Great experience :)” 5 of 5 stars
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Les Lezards Bed & Breakfast
2.5 of 5 Guest house   |   Calle de las Chancletas 10B-39, Cartagena, Colombia   |  
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“Great experience :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I travelled to Cartagena with my friend and my father. We were very pleasantly surprised when Marcus' place turned out to be a comfortable, affordable, relaxing place to stay.

Marcus' place is located a 5 minute walk from the old-city. His staff is friendly and nice. If you cannot speak Spanish, be aware that the staffs' English is limited, but they were incredibly friendly at trying to communicate with us over the language barrier. They are sweet and attentive and we have absolutely no complaints.

Marcus is a wonderful host. Whenever we had questions about activities around the city, he went out of his way to arrange them for us. We really felt like he opened up his home to us.

I will definitely stay at this place if I return to Cartagena.

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  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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NY
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This bed and breakfast was ideal for our large group. The rooms were very comfortable, clean and included amenities that made the stay very comfortable. All the helpers at the house were very kind and prepared a wonderful breakfast everyday. The house is very well located, close to the old city and convenient to everything.The size, cleanliness and location provided by this house gave us great privacy and security making our group feel at home. Much better than a hotel, good internet and above all Marcus was a kind and caring Host. Will definitely go back and recommend to our friends.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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California
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

There were more positives than negatives about this place. The location is good, in the Getsemani area by Plaza Trinidad, and overall it seemed very safe and secure. It is in walking distance of most of the city within 30 minutes, and there is a market 1/2 block away if you need to buy food items. The rooms were generally quiet and the A/C functional and also quiet, the beds comfortable. The bathroom window was open-air and you could get considerable noise there from the neighbors and a hostel next door, but with the door closed you would hear very little. Since the window in the bath is open, it also lets in the mosquitoes and a myriad of other flying insects, so definitely try to keep the door closed. Good water pressure and warm water in the shower, no tub present. The small lizards in the room hopefully helped keep the bug population down, and they stayed close to the ceiling or in the waste-basket, so don't worry about them. TV in the room had good picture and many channels. Coffee was available in the kitchen in the morning after 7 a.m., and the breakfast was available until noon. A variety of fruit was served, with bread/toast and eggs. Loved the two house turtles that crawl around the ground floor - watch your fingers when feeding them, though! Marcus, the owner, was helpful with directions and restaurant recommendations but was generally missing-in-action while we were there, which seemed considerably different from most bed-and-breakfast places we've stayed. The wi-fi access was good, and also free. The ride from the airport was free and easy though you're on your own for your return back home (Marcus will call you a cab). On the negative side, the drawers and cabinets were all very musty and smelled a bit of mold, so we were reluctant to store any belongings therein. (Cartagena is very hot and humid, which probably doesn't help matters.) We found the housekeeping spotty, the bathroom and rooms were never cleaned during our stay and the wastebaskets were emptied only once, on the 4th day of our visit. The linens and towels were thin and some were ripped and had holes, there were some stains on bedding items and the pillows looked as though they had seen better days. Though advertised as having fans, the room had none, though the A/C was sufficient. Our room was on the ground floor, on the right and adjacent to a little table and chairs that were used by other guests to socialize. Unfortunately, if they smoked, the smoke came right into our room due to the cracks and spaces around the door to our room. Would recommend that Marcus consider making this a no-smoking facility unless he can assure that the rooms are sealed better. Last, but not least, at around $100 USD per night this place seemed over-priced for what we got, which was confirmed by other people who left during their stay to find a nicer and more economical place. Would I stay here again? Yes, but I would look for price breaks (some coming after us got their rooms for $70 USD) and I would request housekeeping come at least every couple of days.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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marcus l, Owner at Les Lezards Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear guest,

I’m sorry to read that you had so many issues with your stay at our little b&b.

I’m really sorry that you considered I was “Missing-in-Action” though we met several times during the day and night, every day of your stay and talked about a variety of things such as places to visit, restaurants to check, schedules and hints on the city. There are also 3 employees at the house that have always been available for your needs.

Yes, we always offer to pick-up our guests at the airport. We believe that a smiling driver at the airport will make arrivals easier and help our guests avoid the hassle of arriving at a new place without knowing how to move around, sometimes without speaking the language. The return to the airport is much easier and straightforward, no way to miss it or to get lost. We do however offer airport drop off as well, with our driver, if you need it, for an additional cost.

We have 3 ladies, Manuela, Epi and Maribel that take care of the 6 rooms. Their mission is to clean and keep the rooms tidy every day, several times a day. Your room and bathroom have been cleaned every day during your stay. The wastebasket has been emptied during each clean up. The only day that the room had not been cleaned was a rainy day when you stayed the whole day in the room and you specifically asked Epi not to do the room that day. She changed the towels and cleaned the bathroom though.

I’m sorry that you considered the towels and sheets thin and in bad shape. Linen is Egyptian 400 count thread and each bed has a set of 2 hard and 2 soft pillows. The duvets are light down feather filled, though you asked to remove it.

If something was wrong with the quality of your room, you should have advised us and it would have been taken care of immediately.

I would like to note that the bathroom does not have a window but a 12 inch diameter oculus for ventilation. There is no hostel next door ( it’s 3 houses away from ours ) nor can much noise come from that opening. There may be some mosquitos, that won’t get in the rooms because they are air-conditioned but there are not a “myriad of other flying insect coming in” and there is no “bug population in the room” !

The rooms are not advertised as having fan. The patio has fans. The room has a five months old 12.000btu split air conditioning that is extremely silent and is 30% more powerful than needed for the volume of the room.

The door to your room has cracks and spaces ?

I’m sorry if smoke from some other guests in the patio bothered you. You’re absolutely right, this should not happen. If you had told us we would have solved this issue immediately.

Our rates are clearly stated in all our listings and are standardized. There may be promotions available but no double occupancy room will ever be at US$70. You are maybe talking about the single occupancy room. Somebody left to find a nicer and cheaper place ? Why would you say that?

Then, there is no room on the right when you enter the guesthouse and no room is directly on the street.

Again I am sorry for what happened and hope that we’ll have another occasion to serve you better.

Sincerely,


Marcus Loerbroks
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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I chose this bed and breakfast because of all the wonderful reviews and everyone was right. The rooms are comfortable and clean.

The daily breakfast was muy delicioso and helps you get started for your daily tourist activities. Location of the bed and breakfast was great, it is close to Centro where a great deal of museums and restaurants are located. Also it is also near Plaza Trinidad where people hang out every night and all the other local spots. Marcus was very helpful and gave excellent advice of where to go and the restaurants he recommended were great.

The ladies who work at the house are also very friendly and pleasant.

Visiting Cartagena was great and having a worry free place to stay at made the vacation even better.

I look forward to staying there again :-)

Room Tip: I loved the room. I had a bathroom with shower ceiling open.
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  • Stayed August 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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Amsterdam
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Marcus and his two lady helpers were great hosts. This is a homely bed and breakfast owned by a person who is in this business not for money but for the love of being a good host.
It is like finding a home away from home. It is not in the Center but in the old slave quarter of Getsemani which surprisingly has a charming very authentic vibe to it. The center is just a 10 min walk away.

The two lady housekeepers are super nice. If you ask nicely, they might do your laundry for you, make you an exotic juice when you come back after a tiring walk, open a room for you to use the bathroom despite you having checked out. And they make great breakfast every morning for you.

There are also the two pet tortoises which only come out during breakfast time to get freeby food from guests.

Room Tip: However, try to avoid the last room in the ground floor because the bathroom is really tiny and some...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Just spent three days in the Sanorini room at Les Lezards and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. We made our choice based on the reviews but were still a bit apprehensive as to what to expect. That apprehension went away as soon as we exited the airport and saw the sign with our name for our airport ride to the place. This despite arriving past 11pm. When we arrived we were met at the door by Marcus who gave us a nice quick tour of the place and showed us to our room.

The Santorimi room is nice but you do have to climb a ladder to access and leave the room. So if you are not nimble you might want to choose a different room. Marcus did say there will be stairs added in the coming months. Other than that the roo was great. Had a small private outdoor area and when entering the room a nice bed with flat screen at its feet and a small desk with a computer with Internet.

The bathroom and outdoor shower is a up a small spiral stairway. The shower is beautiful and is the star of the room. Each morning we had a nice breakfast prepared fresh for us before we headed off to explore the city.

During our exploration we saw some of the other p,aces we were considering and were glad we didn't. Les Lezards is in a quiter area but still close to all the action. Many of the other places we noticed were next to places that was still loud and going strong into the early morning. This location was the best of all worlds.

The other guests we ran into were all p,easing and seemed to be equally happy.

When Considering the cost/value , location and general good service and romatic aspect of the place don't think you could really do much better.

Hope to see Les Lezards and Marcus again some day soon.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Albany, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I stayed at this house for two days and it was great! Marcus was a great host and helped us with a map and restaurant/places to visit recommendations. The location is a few block from the city gate which is very convenient, and away from noisy streets. The highlight of our stay was "tortu", the friendly turtle that appeared during breakfast time and went around begging for food. Hilarious!

Room Tip: Take an afternoon or night to use the Jacuzzi.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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 las Chancletas 10B-39, Cartagena, Colombia
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Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 127 B&Bs / Inns in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Les Lezards Bed & Breakfast 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful and romantic colonial guesthouse in Cartagena de Indias, in the vibrant and traditional Getsemani area, one of the last truly exotic places in the Caribbean, the most dynamic downtown location where new boutique hotels, bars and restaurants sprawl. Positioned in a quiet street, away from traffic and commercial activities, and just a few feet away from the Arsenal and the booming Calle del Guerrero and Media Luna night spots and at walking distance from all the best restaurants and attractions. The house designed by award winning architect blends colonial with mediterranean style and is decorated with items and maps collected during worldwide journeys. All rooms are custom designed. The cotto floors with spanish ceramic accents help you cool down and unwind surrounded by an abundant tropical vegetation with adult mango and palm trees. Guests can relax in the patios and enjoy an open air tile jacuzzi on the terrace and a mirador/solarium with views on the Cathedral, the churches of San Pedro and La Trinidad and the Castillo San Felipe. The house is on a north-south axis and enjoys plenty of natural ventilation ... more   less 
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