This place seems great when you check in, even worth the price which is expensive for the Getsemani area in Cartagena. The staff is polite (when speaking Spanish, but they speak very poor to no English, and if you need help with something like directions or arrangements for future accommodations, they suddenly speak neither language if your Spanish isn't perfect), the rooms are spacious and extremely clean. The AC works well and the beds are comfortable.
BUT, it's hard to sleep here. With AC on it's very cold and only a single sheet is provided on the bed, as soon as the AC is turned down even a few degrees the room becomes too humid and hot. It seems simple to ask the front desk for another sheet or blanket, but when asked for anything extra suddenly neither English or Spanish is understood. The bar/dance club next door is insanely loud, people on the street right outside (almost everywhere in Cartagena) remain loud until around 4 or 5 am, and it's all audible from within your room. Even with the earplugs we brought it was too loud.
There is one computer in the lobby. The kitchen is adequate, but small and hot.
Our stay actually wasn't all that bad, but I wouldn't recommend it to others. I also can't get over the fact that the staff comes into your room when you're gone to turn off AC that you've left on to keep your room cool. I don't like the idea of a stranger in my room with my important travel documents, money, and other personal belongings. None of our items were messed with, but it's not good practice to allow staff so casually into people's rooms without their knowledge.
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