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“The art of being fancy, chic, luxury and cozy + welcoming at the same time!”
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Hotel Casa Lola
Ranked #24 of 154 Hotels in Cartagena
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28 reviews
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“The art of being fancy, chic, luxury and cozy + welcoming at the same time!”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

Casa Lola hits right away - modern architecture within an old style villa, small pools along side the bedroom alley, filled with art. Super chic and fancy!
But the best of it is not just it great location, beautiful decor or vast and delicious breakfast - is the service! Amazing staff that wants you to feel welcomed, at home and supported in each and every experience in Cartagena. Definitely worth!!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

There is much to love about this hotel: its secluded patio with lush vegetation, fountain and water channels (reminding me of the Alhambra in Spain), its unique design (by Spanish architect/owner), intriguing and almost eccentric decor (even including art from or inspired by Mao's China), its rooftop terrace offering a great view and a pool (albeit it's very shallow and small, and reached by 2 floors of narrow outdoor steps), its spacious rooms (at least ours, #9), its good breakfasts served in the patio, and its value for money (because of its location outside Centro). They even serve basic suppers, also in the patio, which is v. cozy/romantic at night.

In fairness, there are a few less-then-ideal features, starting with its location. To some, Getsemani is "trendy", "bohemian"; to others it is "still run-down, despite the beginning of renovations". The hotel is located about 10 minutes walk to the historic centre ("Centro") and is is a bit off-putting - my wife did not feel comfortable walking there after sun down (so we took a taxi - cheap and reliable in Cartagena luckily). Most rooms (including ours) face inwards, many onto the public walkways of the hotel, meaning that the sheers must always be drawn for privacy, and there is no outward facing window. (The few rooms facing the street may well be noisy from the traffic.) Also, on weekdays, there is often industrial noise (even at 7:30 breakfast) from a workshop behind the rear wall of the patio.

But on balance I still recommend this hotel, for the reasons mentioned at the outset.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

Quality boutique hotel in the old town. Friendly and helpful staff. Architecturally very impressive. Definitely worth the extra for the master suite.

In Cartagena I would definitely stay in the Old Town.
Our trip to Bocagrande (part of Cartagena) where most of the chain hotels are, was unpleasant. Modern, characterless and non-stop pestering by hawkers.

Room Tip: The Master Suite is probably the best room I've ever stayed in
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

We really enjoyed the hospitality here. The staff were very friendly and courteous. Raphael was very helpful (spoke french and english well) with all our travel and excursion needs and always offered good advice and the girls that cooked and served breakfast were super friendly with big smiles every morning.
The decor is unique and stylish. With interesting selection or art and sculpture. I shared a room with two friends (the room with the loft) and the room was always spotless and cool with the A/C. My only issue was the comfort of the small single beds in that room. they were a little too firm.

The hotel is located in Getsemani, which is more colourful (read transitional) then the old citi but there are so many great little restaurants and bars it is very convenient.

Room Tip: Our room with the loft was facing the street and was a little loud Saturday night because of a house...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

We had such a wonderful experience here at Casa Lola. The staff is incredible and the rooftop pool is beautiful! Super close to the the walled city and I felt really safe there. My Husband got a stomach bug somewhere along the way on our travels and the staff was really concerned about him. They sent us tea and would ask all about his symptoms to see if there was anything they could do to help! We ended up getting a really late night flight back to bogota so we needed the room until 9pm instead of normal check out time and I asked if we could rent if for half a day. They said it wasn't a problem at all and gave me a 50% of the room rate of the internet special I had booked through kayak. Loved this place and I would definitely stay here again!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2012 via mobile

We just loved staying at casa Lola. The staff is helpfull, the styling of the entire place is wonderfully done and the rooms are magnificent. And..the price is very reasonable!

They serve a great (price included) breakfast as well. The rooftop pool is not big but very nice and private. Getsemani is a great neighborhood to stay: vibrant, colorful and filled with restaurants and bars.
The Spanish owner has also purchased the big property next door so next year Casa Lola will be twice as big with also an extra pool...

Go stay here , you'll love it!

  • Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

When you walk in you are struck by the decor. The reception area is a mix of modern and antique and while checking in was immediately offered something refreshing to drink. They gave me a little map of Cartagena and showed me where I could find the Old City, ATMs, and a nice restaurant which was super helpful. I was only there for a night and didn't have much time to explore for myself. You walk through a glass door and a little waterway built in the corridor leading to the rooms and onward to the eating/chillout area which was lush with plants and plenty of fans. Couches around the edges with nice throw pillows. It's almost like it's own little world. Wifi was good in the room also.

The room itself was beautiful as well with lovely bedding and a very nice bathroom. The only issue I had was that it was a shower curtain instead of a glass door surrounding the shower so the floor gets a little wet. Also the water pressure for the shower was a bit lower than I usually like, but this was very minor.

Breakfast was included with eggs, coffee, bread etc..

The old city is just a 10 to 15 minute walk away, however if you are coming back late from the old city be hypervigilant. After you leave the plaza in front of the entrance to the old city it gets a bit sketchy. Nothing remotely scary happened, it was just a bit eerie as the street was sparsely populated during that time. Once you get into the little streets of Getsemani it's fine.

Getsemani itself is very funky in and of itself and I really liked the neighborhood.

I left the next day to go elsewhere in Colombia and could kick myself for not reserving ahead of time when I had to return as they were fully booked. However the lady at the front desk was nice enough to call another hotel to arrange a room so I didn't have to traipse around town in the heat looking for another one. They even gave me a free beer while they called.

I highly recommend this place if you find yourself in Cartagena.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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CASALOLA, Director de Recepción at Hotel Casa Lola, responded to this review, May 6, 2012
Dear Mrs.

It was a pleasure for us to receive you at Casa Lola.

We hope you can come back soon.

Remember this is your home.

Regards,

Faizulis Vides
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Property: Hotel Casa Lola
Address: Calle del Guerrero 29-108 | Historic Center, Cartagena 094, Colombia
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Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #24 of 154 Hotels in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Casa Lola 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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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