This hotel is a charming oasis in the middle of not-so-charming neighbourhood. The rooms and the general areas of the hotel are beautiful and nicely decorated. The pool (though very small) is a very good plus, considering that it is baking hot in Cartagena (at least it was in June!). It's hard to imagine looking from the street that this hotel is actually a very peaceful place. Inside, you'd never know you're in the middle of Getsemani.
The staff is extremely warm and helpful and even though not many of them speak any English, they always made sure that all issues were solved (even though it meant combining my poor Spanish, their poor English and LP's dictionary with only few phrases in Spanish).
I admit that the walk to the walled city is not pretty (you have to take a street full of loitering prostitutes) and the street was usually very dark in the evening - actually, coming to think of it, a small flashlight wouldn't have been a bad idea considering all the stray dogs sleeping in the dark. It's, however, only a short and quick walk and we did not see that as a problem. The street to the walled city did not feel unsafe, only unpleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Casa Lola Luxury Collection combines eclectic boutique decoration with high quality services and affordable prices together at the historical city in Cartagena. 10 rooms with air conditioning, cable TV, security box, bathroom, international calls, room service, breakfast included, pools, chill out zone, solarium, cocktails, laundry service, massages and other. You can enjoy the best mojitos available in the city, share with friends at the chill out zone with ambiance music or take a sun tan at the privacy of your hotel. ... more less
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