cartagena colombia is a historical antique city with horse carriages and narrow streets and alot of culture built into the city. infact i have traveled all over colombia and i would def. say that cartagena and san andres island are the only two places i would walk at day and night and not have to look back worrying about any dangers.
its also the perfect romantic getaway for all budgets.
i reccomend this decameron hotel because of the excellent service, excellent food, excellent animation team, acitivities, people and location of hotel is directly infront of the beach.
we arrived in cartagena on august 24 and left the 27th. of 2011
had a blast touring the city.
if you want to save money simply exit the hotel and turn left walk down the street , cross the street and then walk to the next corner where you can catch a bus to downtown historical city for only $.75 cents each person
you can check out the old city then walk back to the hotel like we did. its 25mins walking distance from the museum of gold.
fresh coconuts can be had for $2 us
great place to have an ice cold beer is at the old castillo over looking the ocean and sunsets are incredible through all of cartagena especially our balcony at the hotel. (view picture)
we enjoyed alacarte restaurants every day we were their. the seafood on the 23rd floor is especially good and lets you see the whole city! the japanese restaurant in san pedro old town at the plaza is really nice as well. shuttles are provided and guided as well. we also had a very good baby beef steak at the steakhouse located in the hotel lowerlevel.
***please note that the only thing you may not like with the a lacarte dinners are that you may have to share your table with another couple**** but most of the time its harmless fun and a great way to meet other people from all over the world.
the animation team is extremely fun and motivating . we actually won the IDEAL COUPLE OF DECAMERON on our last night here . long long story but super fun if you are comfortable getting on stage with 200+ people enjoyinh themselves at your expense.lol
**the only thing i dislked of cartagena is a vendors all over the beach and infront of the hotel.*** the hotel is very strict about vendors crossing the line of the hotel and all you have to tell the vendor is no thank you , no gracias.
i cant knock them for making a living but what me and my husband did was ,we simply put everything they had for sale on us, we already had sunglasses, water shoes, towels from the hotel, watches etc and they wouldnt bother us anymore.
please look at the pictures posted with our review.
located right outside the hotel to the left once you exit are vendors that will sell you excursions to visit the old city of cartagena or isla rosario or baru island or chiva bus ride or party bus and whatever you like. the best guy to deal with is JUAN CARLOS, he is a skinny guy with medium dark complexion and straight foward with prices and 29 years of experience. his mom owns 2 horses and carriages. so whatever you need juan carlos is the man!
the water sports infront of the hotel are awesome and cheap. bannana boat for $6 a ride or a huge non fall ride for $7 us a ride with 5 minute duration (these cost me $35-45 us in aruba or punta cana and cancun. they also offer boogie boards for $5 us for 30mins. float on the water or catch some waves.
all in all i recommend this hotel and will be going back next year!
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