My husband and I decided to stay near the cuidad vieja for a few nights and then splurge on a hotel since we were a bit disappointed with the beaches of cartagena. We figured we could spend some time by a nice pool and avoid the constant vendors. We booked the almirante online and were really excited to spend our last few nights of our trip there. However, upon arrival we found that the hotel was outdated on many levels and the pool was the biggest disappointment. I do not understand the positive reviews here on trip advisor and wonder who is writing them. The pool is small and at this time (Nov 2012) there is no sunshine at any hour of the day. This is important to know as the pool is located on a side of the building that is shaded all day! Huge disappointment. But it didn't stop there…for $150 a night you get an old outdated bathroom, a crappy pool, weird smells in many of the halls and in the room, and to boot, a terrible breakfast. While the selection of foods was impressive the quality was not. I don't know how you can mess up eggs but they were terrible and we didn't eat them. They even serve instant coffee. Lastly, when we decided the beach was better than nothing, we found they also don't have a beach area specified for the hotel guests unlike the other hotels. I can't understand why a hotel that would classify itself as 5 stars and charge a whopping $150 a night could wrong on so many levels…
I highly recommend you look elsewhere, as we walked around, we surely wished we had done our research better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to a five star hotel in historical Cartagena. Front beach located in the Bocagrande neighborhood,Almirante Cartagena Hotel is a modern hotel with elegant rooms and common areas to enjoy, an excellent place in the Caribbean for business and leisure. ... more less
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