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Dinning room
2nd Bedroom Balcony
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Badroom 2nd bdrm (All are very similar)
Casa del Virrey entrance. Common area
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Cartagena, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department

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RWNYC26
New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Perfect stay, why ever leave?”
Reviewed February 28, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

I stayed in February with a group of friends for a wedding taking place at the Sofitel. It was a perfect situation for large groups. We had wonderful community spaces to share but enough privacy that it wasn't uncomfortable. The location was ideal for proximity to the Sofitel.

While it was our first time in Cartagena we loved the house so much we didn't want to leave the facilities. The interior decor is zen-like and the service is worth much more than you pay. Ana's cooking is not to miss, local and fresh. She was even accommodating to our vegetarian and dairy-free eaters. There was little Spanish spoken in our group (or none) which made communicating difficult. I reccommend google translator if you are in the same scenario.

Ivan was a pleasure to work with and easy to reach when needed. The one issue we had was we ended up being 10 instead of 9. This was our fault. Just know in advance 9 is the absolute limit so if you are more then perhaps look elsewhere. We ended up buying an additional room at a B&B down the street which worked out just fine.

I highly recommended Casa del Virrey Eslava and look forward to returning. Just don't tell your friends so it doesn't overbook!

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Liked best: Ana's cooking
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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White plains ny
Reviewed February 26, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

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A romantic getaway Luxury-minded travelers
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David A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Serenity in a Bustling Town”
Reviewed January 5, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

A small group of us just returned from a stay over the New Years Eve festive period. We were told by others that this week was by far the busiest of the year and to be prepared for crowds, noise and congestion. Staying in Casa Del Virrey however, made us like we were staying in an oasis of serenity. It was the perfect fit. The House provides enough space on different levels, that while we were full occupancy, we were never on top of each other. Additionally, the common areas were meticulously and beautifully designed to give you a sense that you were living in a portion of a huge mansion, rather than a complex of units. We never saw more than half a dozen people in the common area pools and courtyards. We felt like the entire complex was ours! You would transition from the busy and bustling street to walking to your room while hearing the trickling of fountains and chirping of crickets.

The location was great. If you're looking to simply wander the beautiful streets and people watch, you could not be in a more perfect spot. You are one block from the famed Sofitel Santa Clara, some of the top rated restaurants and little "hole in the wall" shops and bars. It is in the heart of the true historic portion of the walled city, and away from the tourist-heavy parts of town. We felt incredibly safe the entire time as well.

The decor of the house is exactly as shown on the website and very well maintained by the live-in Maid Katia. The cook Anna was delightful and pleasantly surprised us at every meal. Be sure to ask her for some of her fresh squeezed juices! The lime juice made for a great morning drink and also in the evening with a splash of vodka :-).

The owner was a pleasure to work with and always responded quickly to any inquiries. He not only helped with the booking, but also with recommendations and coordinating with pre-arrival arrangements. It is clear he takes personal pride in his property and wants to ensure you enjoy it as well.

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Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jan 4, 2013
David,
Thank you very much!!! I hope we have the pleasure of having you again here!!!
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Córdoba
Reviewed September 27, 2012 for a stay in September 2012

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Arz
Barcelona, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Awesome house”
Reviewed September 26, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

The house is magnificent, in a beautiful private complex. It is located in the nicest area of Cartagena, within the old walled city, a short walk from the centre.

The house is exactly as advertised in the photographs. The pool was great (and convenient!) and the dining area/kitchen/living room is beautifully decorated. The rooms are also fine.

The included housekeeping is standard and the optional chef (Ana) is outstanding. We were a party of 6 and had fantastic breakfasts and lunches in the house all 4 days of our stay. The whole house is air conditioned which is a must for August in Cartagena. The rooms are air conditioned and also have a ceiling fan. Wifi is available throughout the house.

The main supermarket is nearby so very convenient for stocking up.

The owner (Iván) was very professional, dealing with him was always easy (booking, deposit, etc). The day before leaving Avianca delayed our outward flight giving a couple of hours and Iván very kindly let us have a late check out.

An absolutely recommendable experience.

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Your age range 35-49
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St Martin
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“The perfect vacation rental!”
Reviewed August 15, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Casa Del Virrey is exactly, if not better, than it appears in the photos. spacious, chic and totally comfortable. It's perfectly located in the safe, quiet residential area of the old city of Cartagena but within walking distance of all the sights, restaurants, nightlife, shops and supermarkets. Taxis are easily available for out of town excursions through the front desk. The full time maid (Katia) service is discreet and efficient. The optional chef (Ana) is awesome..serving breakfast and early dinner for a fraction of the cost of eating out (there were 6 people in our family group) and the quality of food outstanding, every meal was served with a pitcher of fresh fruit juice, what a pleasure for a 50 year old+ palate to savor undiscovered fruits..not to be missed! Ivan the owner could not be easier to deal with, everything went smoothly from booking to return of deposit. There is simply nothing to find fault with this splendid vacation rental. Would highly recommend to anyone, particularly large families who want to spend quality time together rather than be separated in hotel rooms. Wish I was there right now! Ivan congratulations on a first class operation..perfect in every respect.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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screennam...
United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Absolutely Perfect”
Reviewed April 5, 2012 for a stay in March 2011

Ivan's home is beautiful, luxurious, spacious, spotless, classy and safe. We were extremely happy with it and would recommend it to anyone (in fact, we have!). It is far superior to staying in a hotel because of all the space and the very nice kitchen. if we return to Cartagena, we will definitely stay there again.

Ivan is very reachable during your stay and is highly professional with the handling of the reservation, payments, etc.

The large central pool is terrific; the fitness center is very nice, too. Our daughters ages 9 and 12 absolutely loved everything about the place.

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Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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