Casa Boutique Veranera is a bed and breakfast located in the historic walled district of Cartagena, an easy walk to all the major tourist sites, and a short (and cheap ~ $3-4) cab ride to other places like Boca Grande and the historic fortress).
We stayed for 10 days in the suite. Our stay was fantastic.
Casa Veranera has five guest rooms, one of which is a suite (where we stayed), which includes an in-suite bathroom, shower, living room, and private roof deck. There is also a separate public roof deck and small pool/adjacent lounge area, dining room open to the central courtyard, library with computer and internet service, all shared with the other 4 small one-bed one-bath rooms. We had the hotel arrange to pick us up from the airport for $30. When we stepped out of baggage claim and through customs, the driver was waiting for us with a sign for the hotel. He managed our bags and dropped us off at the hotel door, with a little bit of a tour on the way. A very nice service. We were greeted at the door by the manager who checked us in and showed us around the building.
Katerina cooked our breakfast every morning (no set time, which was awesome!) – choice of Desayuno Americano (scrambled eggs) or Typico (various fried empanada-type things). Each breakfast also came with fruit, fruit juice, coffee. We tried both types many times– both always delicious. Katerina also made up the rooms and washed our laundry half way through our stay. She was assisted by Julia on days that there were several rooms booked. Most of the days we were the only ones there, so we had the staff and the whole house to ourselves. Luis watched the place overnight, and let us in when we rang the bell. The staff were super friendly and helpful. They understand a bit of English but are more comfortable with Spanish, so our high-school level Spanish helped out a lot.
The place is definitely unusual/funky, ie our bath and shower had clear glass walls that look straight into the sitting area (so you would need to be on intimate terms with your travelling companion!). It has a lot of character and charm, which we loved.
We’ve traveled several countries overseas and historic walled city of Cartagena feels very safe. The police are ever-present, friendly and helpful. The government has made a concerted effort over the last several years to make the country tourist friendly, so there were were a fair number of tourists around, mostly from South America. Seems that Americans haven’t discovered Cartagena yet, except via cruise ship (ships stopped on two of our 9 days, and we happened to be out of the city those days—el centro the main historic area likely gets significantly more crowded when ships arrive). Prices everywhere were very reasonable ($3 cab rides, $1.50 for an ice cold coconut with straw from a street vendor, 50 cents for sweets at plaza de los dulces, etc.) A few of the touristy things like the boat ride to Playa Blanca on Isla Rosario where also pretty reasonable (minimum ~$30 for the boat, taxes, lunch, additional $10 for a few hours of snorkeling or a cabana for the day). The vendors are very annoying on the beach, they are also everywhere in the old city but not nearly as aggressive as on the beach.
Overall Cartagena was a great place to visit and Casa Boutique Veranera was a great place to explore it from. One caution to any visitor to Cartagena is, that a passing understanding of Spanish is most helpful.
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