I stayed here for two nights in mid March of 2014. I lived in Cartagena for 5 years in my youth, so I am fairly familiar with the hotels and accommodations within the city. I chose Casa Lola due to its positive reviews and reasonable nightly rates. Cartagena has gotten very expensive over the past 5 years as the city has become safer and the cruise ships began calling its harbor once again. The nicer hotels in the old city are sometimes as high as $500/ night, so I chose casa Lola. This hotel is located in the Getsemani district just outside of the Old City. In this district lies many night clubs, parks, and hostels where younger people and the local college students like to hang out. There is a part every night of the week, and if you aren't a fan of loud music then this isn't the place for you. The hotel is located right next door to the La Havana salsa might club, and on some nights the music can be heard from the hotel. My room was nice, quaint and aged, but decorated nicely. The staff was very kind and helpful. The first floor rooms have no windows and can be a little dark. I asked for a second floor room, which all have windows and balconies, but was told that my reservation was for a first floor room (no where did I see this when I made my reservation) and I decided not to fight it. The hotel is about a 7-10 minute walk from the Clock Tower and entrance to the old city, and can be made safely most any time (bring your street smarts and common sense of course). Overall I give this hotel 3 stars. My room definitely needed to have been cleaned more thoroughly, and the street noise keeps the rooms far from quiet. However, if you are looking for a good valued, affordable hotel that is close to the tourist-ridden Old City then this is the place for you.
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- 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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