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“Exquisite colonial home in Barrio San Diego”

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Candil de los santos
Ranked #75 of 149 Hotels in Cartagena
Orange, CT
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“Exquisite colonial home in Barrio San Diego”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

El Candil de los Santos is a beautiful, spacious colonial home just steps from Plaza San Diego and the Hotel Santa Clara . The house was an oasis of calm and tranquility during a very busy wedding week celebrating the marriage of our daughter in Cartagena. Impeccably maintained, beautifully decorated and so very comfortable this is a perfect place for family reunions, celebrations and relaxation.
The staff at El Candil is kind, efficient and welcoming. The food prepared by the talented cook was delicious, fresh and varied. It is a great alternative to restaurant dining and of better quality !
We hosted a large cocktail party for all our wedding guests and the management worked with our event planner to make the house a perfect setting for our tropical celebration. Our guests from as far away as Japan, Spain and London were stunned by the beauty of El Candil .
El Candil de los Santos is a perfect place to stay while visiting beautiful Cartagena, Colombia's jewel of the Caribbean.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

The Candil de los Santos is a beautiful charming property. My family and I stayed there for a week in June 2012. My brother was getting married at the lovely Santa Clara just steps from the Candil. From the beginning, our booking was easy as can be. Robert answered all of my questions regarding the property and location before we arrived. Not only was the house incredibly spacious, but it was beautifully decorated and run by an incredibly helpful staff. The AC in each room worked very well considering how high the temperatures were at the time...and we're from Boston so we needed it! The Candil became the place for our families to meet and relax by the pool during the hot afternoons. The caretakers of the property were always available to help with currency exchange, directions, or answers to our many questions. The best thing we did was to hire the cook to make our lunch and dinners most of the nights. We had our toddler with us, so it was much easier to go out and explore the city then come home to a delicious meal. We tried a few restaurants at lunch but we all found the food cooked at the Candil was far superior (and less expensive!) I'm Colombian so I know what good Colombian food is :) We hope to return to Cartagena, and when we do we'll book the Candil in a hearbeat.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

I stayed here with a group of friends for my bachelor weekend. I have nothing but amazing things to sayabout this place! It was the perfect fit for our group. Location was perfect. the staff was amazing and always made us feel at home! would recommend for bigger groups or just visiting Cartagena!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a wonderful time in Cartagena and at El Candil de Los Santos. The house is old, beautiful and charming and some modern details, such as the illumination of an old well, make it an inviting boutique-hotel. But this classification could be threatened by a sum of problems.

We booked a room for 3 people, including one extra bed. However, the room smelt mold, was too small for 3 people and was not very cozy.

Since the housekeeping couple, who is in charge of almost everything in the hotel, could not solve our problem, they called the administrator, who took 2 hours to arrive. The administrator was very comprehensive and, after talking to the owner, in Spain, we reached a solution – we moved to 2 rooms, paying something more for it.

The point is: is it not excessive that the housekeepers are in charge of almost everything?
Besides, apartments have no minibar, no telephone or internal phone. The safes are old and furniture could be better maintained. It would be very welcome if there was a sort of bar service, to provide refreshments or drinks – in a place such Cartagena, we´d love to have a Pina Colada ou a Colombiana at the swimming pool !

Some of the positive points are the good location, in the historic center. The charming old house. The good swimming pool. The cozy environment. And the simple, but good breakfast, with fresh local fruits and juices – what makes you begin the day tasting a piece of the Caribbean flavors.

Room Tip: Better avoid the room at the ground floor (it smelt mod, there´s no window at the bathroons). The ro...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

Went with a group of 10 and had an amazing time! Great house, beautiful location, owners organized everything. Lap pool was great, the bedrooms were nice, facilities (wi-fi, etc.) were solid.

No complaints at all, would stay here again without a question!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

A great blend of the old Ciudad Amurallada with the modern amenities of what is Cartagena today. All bedrooms identical thereby avoiding any power struggles among couples/friends. Excellent location near shopping groceries, hotel Santa Clara.

Walk to everything. management provides great housekeeping and they offer additional services to assisty the traveler. Would stay again in a heart beat.
We were a group of 8 adults and 2 kids and never felt crowded.

Ricardo
Minneapolis, MN

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

We loved our experience at Candil de los Santos. Staff is friendly and discreet. No unnecessary bells and whistles, just a great, clean room with wonderful view of courtyard and Caragena rooftops. Lap pool is a wonderful perk, breakfast is delicious. The location is within a beautifully restored Colonial home in a very convenient location. Edith the house manager is friendly and helpful with restaurant tips. Highly recommend this spot!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Candil de los santos

Property: Candil de los santos
Address: Calle Campo Santo N. 9-36 | Barrio San Diego - Old City, Cartagena 13001, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 149 Hotels in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Candil de los santos 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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