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Coralina Island Hotel

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Islas Del Rosario Isleta Coralina Isla Al Frente de Macabi Cartagena 35 Mles South West Bolivar Colombia Colombia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#1 of 5 hotels in Islas de Rosario
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Coralina Island is a unique place in the caribbean sea, in the very heart of the Natural park of the Rosario islands, south of Cartagena Colombia. This privileged paradise is quiet and counts with a native vegetation, coral and reefs are part of the entire ecosystem that surrounds this vibrant island by the caribbean sea. For those guests who want to relax, disconect or simply have a beautiful view of the island, Coralina Hotel Boutique offers them an exclusive experience. Enjoy the sun deck with a cold glass of white wine in complet harmony with nature.
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Free internet
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Beach
Canoeing
Full body massage
Adults only
Concierge
Internet
Restaurant
Complimentary welcome drink
Special diet menus
Diving
Snorkeling
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Massage
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
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Air conditioning
Private beach
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Private bathrooms
Extra long beds
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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English, French, Spanish

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Islas Del Rosario Isleta Coralina Isla Al Frente de Macabi Cartagena 35 Mles South West Bolivar Colombia Colombia
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Eldorado Airport395 miSee all flights
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Matthew S wrote a review Jan 4
2 contributions1 helpful vote
My girlfriend and I decided to book this trip last minute for the day. Im a typical American tourist in Cartagena and we heard that the Rosario Islands were the thing to do. We did pretty extensive research and given the availability and the activities, Coralina looked the best out of our choices. I want to preface this review in saying that I did not go to any other island so I cannot compare experiences. First, we waited in line at the Marina for 45 min (due to getting picked up late by their driver) and I believe the Boat left late because there was another boat trying loading people. So we left at 9:20 (20 min late) and got to the island around 10:30. First impressions were the island looked nice, but there was no beach anywhere. 30 minutes in, we used the bathroom and the water wasn't working... so we had to grab a bucket and to flush down everything. We then took out the kayaks, which had a hole in it (missing plug) and ended half way under water by the time we finished our kayak session. There was no snorkel (we asked) so we couldn't adventure around and look at sea life. Lunch was pretty good, its your typical Colombian coastal food and they did have quite a variety to select from. Wifi didnt work when I asked, and finally the Boat left at 220PM which gave us less than 4 hours on the island. Apparently the boat leaves early during december/jan due to rough seas, but we had no idea. Overall the communication was sub par and so were the facilities. I realize island life is tough when having to generate your own electricity and getting access to clean water. This was my experience, and paying for one of the more expensive island day trips, I expected more.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Laurence wrote a review Jan 4
Mexico City, Mexico13 contributions3 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I stayed at Coralina Island for 4 nights and left with mixed feelings. Overall we had a nice time and were able to enjoy the beautiful Caribbean coast off of Cartagena. We were supposed o visit the hotel in November but had to cancel last-minute and they were kind enough to let us change the dates at no cost, while maintaining the discount we had received for our initial dates, we really appreciated that! However, while the hotel has the potential to be amazing, it is lacking in a number of ways. First of all it is in need of a general refresh; the sun beds and outside sofas, the decks, and ladders to the sea could all really do with replacement. Secondly, although the staff is friendly and does their best, they are lacking an eye for detail. For instance, the first evening we noticed our mattress was just barely covered by a thin sheet and during the night it moved and left a kind of stained mattress exposed - not hygienic and not a nice sight! On occasion we also had to ask them to properly clean the table before serving lunch or to clean the sun bed, which had dog hairs on it. Something to note as well, is they the hotel has very limited outdoor space to sunbathe and that you are assigned a specific deck upon arrival. The deck in front of our room barely received sun so we asked to switch and were lucky that a guest was leaving and we could then use that deck. None of these things ruined our holiday, but price and quality are simply not in balance! I hope Coralina will take these remarks into account, because they could create something wonderful!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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KEROUAC22 wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles10 contributions9 helpful votes
I’m going to try and make this simple. If you must come here, don’t stay here more than a night. A day trip is a waste. It’s just not that cool. This property basically extends maybe 30-40 yards from its main dock dock to sea view room(s) with a three minute walk to the day tripper’s dock behind you. There’s no beach, you access the water via old wooden ladders or by jumping in from the main dock by the main little bar. The ladders are in need of service, many were broken, missing rungs. After two hours of this, you’re pretty much bored out of your mind. The hotel lists activities that they can barely facilitate, they have one small panga style boat, no ladder, which can make it incredibly challenging to get into if you snorkel an open water reef (which is where the really pretty and clear water is). So if you come here, make sure you do the excursions to snorkeling spots, it’s the only thing that makes this place make sense. We were there three nights and really wanted to do the Encantada Lagoon - swim with phosphorescence but was told the moon or tide wasn’t right. Essentially, we were blown off cuz no staff wanted to take us out. The property is set among mangroves, in - dirt. You’ll walk around, nothing but- dirt. This doesn’t mix well with getting in and out of the water or trying to keep your room floors reasonably clean. No sand…just dirt. The room: Well, you’ll arrive around 10 AM and may not get into your room until 3-4 PM, which is weird cuz checkout is a hard 11AM You’ll check out at 11AM and then wait until 3-4 PM to go back (IF they let you leave - winds could keep you there cuz it supposedly makes ocean conditions rough. This happened to some friends of ours the week after we were there) Safes are old and incredibly difficult to use Shower, trickles in-water is cold in the morning (when you want warm) and warm in the afternoon/early evening (when you want cooler water after spending all day in the sun) Keep your doors closed as you may have uninvited wildlife intrude, we did. They turn off the A/C at 8 AM and don’t turn back on until 6 PM (hence why you might feel inclined to leave a door open for the breeze The furniture, stylings are dated, falling apart (it’s got the feel of an abandoned cabin) You’ll deposit all tissues in a tiny trash can-get it but… The Set Up: So breakfast, lunch, dinner, assigned seating. It’s also annoying they’re not super flexible with dining times. It’s pretty much be here at 7 or don’t eat. I played with that a bit but then my food had the feel of sitting under a heat light for a while. Loungers, assigned…. It feels like summer camp except I’m not 8-years-old. The service is…look, they try but it’s calamitous at times and they will argue with you even when they bring the wrong dish/only Pierre will sort it if he’s around. It feels like Naked and Afraid - cuz - well you do feel marooned and want to be elsewhere - marooned. The wine sucks and is over priced Cocktail list is limited. How many pina coladas and mojitos can you drink? At least beers are cheap, if you’re into beer Ultimately, this place is a nice reprieve from Cartegena for a night but not longer. It’s incredibly expensive for what it is, sea view palapa’s are $400 a night. Most of the staff are sweet. I can’t recommend this place. GO TO PROVIDENCIA instead. Two cents on that coming in separate post.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Martyjojo wrote a review Mar 2020
Newbury, United Kingdom2,467 contributions305 helpful votes
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Like other reviews this place is a real getaway and beautifully quiet and a place for a real chill out. For what we paid plus the fact that 3 meals are provided daily (& a lunch the day you arrive and leave) I do think it is reasonable value. My but is it’s not luxury at all, in fact pretty basic, but then it is an island resort over an hour by boat from Cartagena and keeping it pristine would be a challenge based on what is being charged. I’d booked a double with garden view but we were placed in Room 1 which felt very small (unlike the photos I’d seen for the room I’d chosen) and I’m not sure if I feel I wasn’t just put in a standard double as certainly not even a garden view. The room was quite pretty but bathroom very much showing it’s age and water for shower limited. Food is overall good but obviously same menu everyday, you need to like fish! (Which we do). I didn’t think drinks overly expensive but it soon adds up and in some cases smart bars in Cartagena were cheaper. We didn’t take any tours and personally enjoyed sunbathing over at the other bar/jetty and we loved taking the kayaks out as well as swimming lots! We did see a few Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish so look out for them, I read they are pretty painful! We liked our time here and made us appreciate luxury back in Cartagena as this place is a far cry from being luxurious...but it could be it wanted to be...someone just needs to spend some money on it, or it stays as is but can’t be seen as anything other than shabby chic/rustic.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sandy R wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
Let me first stress that we did have a lovely time - Coralina is set in a beautiful location an hours boat ride from Cartagena, surrounded by nature and the bluest of ocean vistas! We left feeling relaxed and revitalised but a little frustrated by the hotel itself. It has all the makings of an amazing hotel but it’s unfortunately not quite there. A brief internet search will leave you expecting to find a luxury boutique hotel when the reality is more eco lodge - it needs serious some fine tuning if it is to bridge this gap anytime soon. Below are just a few of our frustrations, intended not as criticism but constructive feedback for Coralina to improve on. The service was very poor, if we didn’t chase things didn’t get done. There appears to be a lot of staff, all of whom appear to be busy but none of them are prioritising guests - reception is invariably unstaffed so you have to go hunting to find someone if you want something as simple as an additional beach towel or to enquire about activities. On the subject of towels, these are very hard to come by and you’re made to feel guilty for asking for a second - I appreciate their attempts to be eco friendly but if you’re marketing yourself as a boutique hotel then this doesn’t seem like an unreasonable ask! A multilingual member of staff on reception who’s sole focus is putting guests first would go a long way to solving this issue. Sunbeds! This was very odd - I think mainly because they also take day guests (more on that below), they insist on allocating sunbeds for you. You wake up every morning to be told where you’re allowed to sunbathe (or not if you’re given a shady spot). Every other hotel in the world manages on a first come first serve basis, we really couldn’t understand the need for this policy - we witnessed a handful of awkward conversations where guests were disappointed with their allocation! The entire operation seems to revolve around the day guests which is frustrating for hotel guests - if we’re honest taking day guests kind of cheapens the experience, making you feel like you’re at a beach club and not a boutique hotel (as the price would suggest!). Our room (no.2) looked nothing like the room we’d booked online and was very basic. It was fine, the air con worked etc but it was rustic to say the least. In summary, the setting is incredible - if you want rustic eco chic where you can relax and disconnect then Coralina is perfect. The food is very good given the location and there is plenty of choice. The staff mean well but the whole thing just feels very disorganised and in need of direction. The website, we felt, is quite misleading and leaves you expecting luxury which I’m afraid is not what you’re going to get! We left with very mixed emotions as we did have a great time, albeit a frustrating one!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$144 - $269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Coralina Isla Boutique
LOCATION
ColombiaBolivar DepartmentCartagena DistrictIslas de Rosario
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Coralina Island Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Coralina Island Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Isla Grande (1.0 miles) and Playa Dulce (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Coralina Island Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at Coralina Island Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Coralina Island Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Does Coralina Island Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.