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Hotel Casa Baluarte
Ranked #15 of 223 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Situated close to the city center, Casa Baluarte is a charming place to discover Cartagena. We had two rooms in the upper floor, one pretty small with air conditioning and a 3-bed-room with a lot of space. Don't expect luxury in the rooms but cleanliness. There are several cosy places to relax like a beautifull patio with a big mangotree in the center. Our breakfast (not included) we had in the caffee Lunatico in the same building right next door. What a great place! To the very center of Cartagena, incredible beautiful and worth while to visit during the evening ours, it is just a five minutes walk. Have a walk around the corner to Plaza de la Trinidad, where you find nice restaurantes in a calm aerea.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

On a friends advice, we stayed outside the walled city in Cartagena in Getsemani (Only a 7-8 mins walk from the centre). The area itself is lovely, but the street - calle media luna, is where all the hostels and bars are, and it gets very loud and noisy.
The B&B itself in clean and pleasant.
My broth and I were travelling, and we had requested of 2 single beds, but when we arrived, they hand't give us 2 single beds and refused to entertain our request. The staff is not very friendly, the rooms are TINY and the bathrooms even tinier! There is not hot water (apparently most hotels in Cartagena don't have hot water!!!), and again when we requested it, we were flatly denied it.
Though the overall experience wasn't bad - I would not go back and stay there, and would prefer to stay in one of the charming old hotels in the walled city.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

My review would have been better, however due to a miscommunication on their part I almost ended up with no place to stay for one night. Luckily I resolved that issue and found a much nicer hostel for less around the corner. But when I went back with a Colombian friend to translate and try to rectify the issue they would neither admit the mistake nor compromise. I was not being unreasonable. Very poor customer service in my opinion. This was not the first communication issue during my stay here, but the worst.
With that being said I will say the rooms are quite small but modern and kept very clean. I enjoyed lounging in the hammock when it was free. I found the wi-fi spotty which was a major annoyance for me. The best part of the is place is the cafe attached to it.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

nice hotel, great location at 10 minutes of the city center and many bars and restaurant around, nice helpful and friendly people.
Rooms really small, but clean and with A/C. Casa Baluarte is perfect for a short stay

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

We walked in to Casa Baluarte because we were first sitting in their cafe, looking for another accomodation as we did not like our hostel at all. We could not see any rooms because they were fully booked that night, but for the following night it was fine. We agreed because the patio looked really clean and nice and the recepcionist was very friendly.
When we got our room (on the first floor with ventilation) we were happy about our decision although the room was very small. But clean with a good mattress, where we slept like babie and you can sit in their nice patio enjoying a strong wifi signal.
The staff is always friendly and helpful and in their cafe you get really nice a la carte breakfasts and good lunch. They also arrange door-to-door transport if you decide to go to Santa Marta or Taganga. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Nice hotel in a great location, City center is 10 minutes walk, many bars and restaurants around, try the breakfast in Cafe lunatica.
Very affordable option if you want A/C room. The rooms are small but clean, no wifi signal in room but better in common areas.
The staff was freindly and helpful

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

3 nights in double superior room at COP 120000 per night. Double bed and aircon. Weak WIFI signal in room but fine in other areas including attached cafe. On 2nd level above lobby. Bathroom functional but definitely a tight squeeze. Daily clean. No hot water which can sometimes be fun when you have aircon. Room was OK but not overly spacious if you want to spread out a little (ie my bag stayed closed). Easy 5 minute walk into old city. Located in red light area but the girls are harmless enough and always felt safe, even later at night. Big tourist police presence in area. 5 minute walk the other way to the fort / castle which is a must see. Taxi from airport in was $10 at 11pm but got one off the street going back for $5. Cafe attached has reasonable food and local shops very close by for water etc. Staff were very helpful with some understanding of English and plenty of places in the lobby and on 2nd floor to sit and chill. Laptop you can borrow for photos etc. Pretty good location and a very nice place to base yourself from.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Address: Calle de La Media Luna 10 - 81 | Getsemani, Cartagena 130001, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #15 of 223 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
Price Range: $38 - $136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Casa Baluarte 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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