We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great value and wonderful staff”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Hotel San Martin Cartagena
Ranked #22 of 158 Hotels in Cartagena
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 5, 2010

I spent 4 nights here with my infant son while searching for an apartment for an extended stay. To save money I got a single room, which had a queen size bed and a desk and tv with an adjoining bathroom. There wasn't much room to move around and the window looked out onto the outside passageway of the hotel, so remained curtained off most of the time for privacy. That said, it was clean with good a/c and free wifi, but I would take a double room for the extra space next time. The staff was absolutely wonderful and the location is very convenient to the beach, restaurants and shops in Bocogrande and a quick taxi ride to the old city. Breakfast is included which was good, but nothing wonderful. There are some real dives out there for more money so this was a great value.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank mishaAtlanta
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (434)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

79 - 85 of 434 reviews

Reviewed June 4, 2008

I was unsure what to expect when arriving at this hotel as all the hotels in Cartagena seem lovely in photos on the internet and this hotel was very reasonably priced for its location. (We paid $176,000 pesos for a triple room, including buffet breakfast) However, we were quick to realise that this hotel was everything it claimed to be and more. A lovely change from the high rises all over Bocagrande, it is laid out over only one floor, nice and cool within and beautifully decorated. The rooms were very spacious with nice bathrooms, flat screen television with cable, minibar with very cheap prices ($2800 pesos for a beer) and powerful airconditioning which you can adjust to suit you. The best thing for us was the staff who were very helpful and so friendly. They gave us the latest check-out they could manage as our flight left late at night, kept our bags behind the desk until 9pm. We kept our valuables in the safe at reception and had no problems with that. The receptionist booked us a trip to the Islas Rosario with a discount unmatched by any other operator that we found in Cartagena. Even the touts by the docks acknowleged they couldn't beat it! Perhaps the only thing that would have made it better is having hot water, as we arrived in the rainy season and it wasn't really sunny at all. A good trick, though, that the receptionist mentioned is that at 12pm the water does in fact come out warm!
All in all, it was the best part of our holiday and I am thankful for the other reviewer here for recommending it, as that was the reason we finally chose this gem of a hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
5  Thank arepitaplayita
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 10, 2008

I stayed at this beautiful hotel for four nights in early May 2008.
May 2-6. I stayed in room # 104, on the ground floor. Room had a big queen size bed and a single bed. This is a great little 40 room hotel, located on Cartagena's main road of San Martin Avenida. This hotel has been recently completely refurbished in the old Spanish colonial style. Great A.C. in the room. Fully stocked mini-bar with reasonable priced items. Room service is available, from a reasonably priced menu. A free breakfast buffett(which is hard to find at any other hotel in this town). They have a great big veranda slash side-walk cafe type sitting area on the front and side of the hotel, but no dining tables on the inside, so, I would imagine that inclement weather, you would carry your free breakfast buffett back to your room, in order to eat it. With the front of the hotel facing north, the sun, is constanly on the hotel, so, there is very little shaded areas. if they would add shades to the tables, that would help a lot. Or better yet, extend a roof over the entire area, in keeping with the arcaticture of the style of the building. The food was good, most Colombian food is nothing to get excited about. It's basic and filling. For you Gringo turistas, diagonally across the street is a Micky D's(McDonalds)(the only one in town) So, if you can't remember the address of the hotel, for the taxi driver, just tell him to take you to McDonald's. Directly across the street is another well know S.A. restaurant chain, Crapes & Waffles. But, it does not open until noon-time, until 11 P.M.
I rated this hotel as 3 stars. It does not have a swimming pool, but you are just a one block walk from the ocean. The ground floor rooms do not have windows that look outward of the building, but they do look inward, toward the small courtyards.
The biggest negative I found, was that they did not have individual room safes in the rooms. Security, is a big plus for me when I travel. The hotel was very secure and safe, but, I just like that extra benefit of having my own room safe.
The price of the rooms are from 132,000 COP(Colombian Peso)
( $ 73 U.S.D.) to 143,000 COP( $ 80 U.S.D.)
This is a great convient hotel, very well kept, and staffed, great maid service, they can arrange tours for you also. About half of the staff understands some English. Everybody was very helpful.
There was one other negative, this hotel does not have it's own web site(and it should). So, you have to book through a third party web site, which I really do not like, but, I took a chance.
And, the only reason that my booking went right to begin with, was that I was already in Cartagena(staying at another hotel), and, I went to this hotel to re-confirm my reservations. After a couple of hours of confusion, my reservations were confirmed.
I booked my stay at this hotel for when I returned to Cartagena, after my trip to Ecuador.
Please, Hotel San Martin, invest in your own web site, and add some room safes, and, you could add another half a star to your rating. I would definately return to this hotel on my next visit to Cartagena.
Free internet(one computer) in the lobby, for use by guests.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
4  Thank Gone~Walkabout~Man
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 3 days ago
Google Translation

Room Tip: Notre chambre donnée sur la cour intérieur, ce qui nous évitez les nuisances sonores contrairement a...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Victoria C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Google Translation

Stayed: December 2017, traveled with family
Thank Génesis N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago
Google Translation

  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled as a couple
    • Rooms
    • Service
Thank marcerial
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Google Translation

  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Service
Thank Geraldo_Ramos
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Cartagena hotels
0.1 mi away
Hampton by Hilton Cartagena
Hampton by Hilton Cartagena
#37 of 158 in Cartagena
1,637 reviews
0.5 mi away
Hotel Regatta Cartagena
Hotel Regatta Cartagena
#83 of 158 in Cartagena
630 reviews
5.5 mi away
Holiday Inn Cartagena Morros
Holiday Inn Cartagena Morros
#30 of 158 in Cartagena
731 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.4 mi away
Casa India Catalina
Casa India Catalina
#56 of 158 in Cartagena
445 reviews
0.9 mi away
Hotel Dann Cartagena
Hotel Dann Cartagena
#19 of 158 in Cartagena
1,118 reviews
2 mi away
Casa Bustamante Hotel Boutique
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hotel San Martin Cartagena? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hotel San Martin Cartagena

Address: Bocagrande, Av. San Martin No. 8 - 164, Cartagena, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 158 Hotels in Cartagena
Price Range: $55 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel San Martin Cartagena 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotwire, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, getaroom.com, HotelsforEveryone, Travelocity, Orbitz, Cheap Tickets and Cancelon so you can book your Hotel San Martin Cartagena reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing