I will preface my review by saying that Cartagena has always been a mythical city to me, somewhere I had always dreamt of going, so I wanted this trip to be a fulfillment of that dream. I spent months on the computer reading every review, studying the neighborhoods, the beaches, restaurants and salsa clubs. I chose Hotel Casa Quero and it was the right choice.
We arrived midday via the car we requested the hotel send to pick us up. I highly recommend this in Colombia. It cost a little more, but you will go right to your destination without the driver getting lost trying to locate this hotel through the narrow streets of the historical district. Our room was ready and beautiful. We were asked if we wanted fresh juice, but we chose cold beers instead. The were served up in cold glasses and were perfect. We chose a standard room with two balconies that overlooked the interior courtyard. The room was large with a rain shower and a skylight in the large bathroom. Plenty of hot water too. The bed was muy comfi. There was ample closet space, a large flat screen with some channels in English (CNN and some TV shows and movies), an I Pod dock, adequate lighting, killer AC, a frig with the standard snacks and beverages inside. Every area of this hotel is clean, peaceful and decorated to the max. The breakfast area is lovely to sit in in the morning and have coffee, fresh juice, fruit and eggs or an arepa cooked to order and I highly recommend the arepa.
The service is excellent hotel wide from the desk to the kitchen to the management. The toucan, Pepi, loved to have his picture taken. We never wanted for a thing except a good wifi connection. This is the only stumbling point of this hotel. That is why it is only near perfect, otherwise it would be perfect. I could not maintain a good wifi connection here, but I was able to use the computers in the business area. I was told that a computer area for guests is in the works.
After walking around the city it was a delight to cool off in the small pool in the roof. It was clean and cool. It is not for lap swimming, but you can splash around in it and the view is amazing over all of Cartagena.
The location is very central. It was very easy to walk everywhere we wanted to go from the hotel and a very good restaurant for typical Colombian food is directly across the street, La Mullata. It closes at 4 pm so it was good for a late lunch. There are two Exito supermarkets within walking distance and you can pick up snacks and beverages there. For some reason wine in restaurants is marked up very high, unreasonably high, but in the markets it is very affordable. There is a lot of Chilean and Argentinian wine on the restaurants. It is good, but not worth $100.00 a bottle. The hotel will give you an ice bucket and wine glasses. There are shopping areas within an easy walk. If you want to change money banks don't change it. You can go to Western Union or use a walk-up Cambio store. Do not change money on the street. There are safes in the rooms, but the hotel in secure since everyone must be buzzed in.
I felt the neighborhood was very safe. We were two women travelling and we walked around alone and together many times at night and never felt unsafe, even when lost. Lots of people are on the streets in the plazas and the restaurants surrounding them enjoying the balmy nights. We made our way to Havana Cafe and Fidel, both salsa clubs and had a ball, especially at Havana Cafe. My friend both broke of her shoes dancing there and came back to the hotel barefoot. Now that was a good night. Mind the mojitos there. They are strong. This was the club the secret service guys got into trouble at. Now I know why.
We did look at two of suites here and they are enormous, three times the size of our room at least. I would say epic and gorgeous with large balconies and bathroom a couple of families could live in. They would be a great choice for a honeymoon or a splurge. I looked around at a lot of other places that I had considered and none of them were as beautiful as Hotel Casa Quero.
Thank you everyone from Hotel Casa Quero for your wonderful smiles and great service. I already want to come back next November. You rock!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An 18th century Colonial manor house, Casa Quero was part of the legendary Count Quero estate. When converted into an exclusive and intimate boutique hotel, none of the historical values of this Colonial jewel were lost. Located inside the historic walled city of Cartagena (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), this elegantly restored property offers seven charming and intimate bedrooms on four levels, each spacious and distinct in décor. Well-lit rooms are traditional in style with modern amenities and delightful views of the city from the charming flowered balconies. Enjoy a swim in the rooftop pool with its breathtaking panoramic views of the Hill of la Popa and the dome of San Pedro. Take a bike ride through the historic city and return to a relaxing spa treatment. Lastly, take part in the unique cooking classes where guests, alongside award-winning chefs, can create amazing seafood dishes and capture the essence of Caribbean cooking. ... more less
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