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“half a hostel (but a great half)” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Casa Nativa Hostal
Ranked #55 of 159 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
Panajachel, Guatemala
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52 reviews
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“half a hostel (but a great half)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

Casa Nativa is in the San Diego neighborhood, close to city walls along the Caribbean. This is a more desirable area than Getsemani, where most Cartagena hostels are located.The owner is fluent in English, very welcoming and helpful.

The sleeping area, two 8-bed dorms, is a stroke of genius. Each bunk bed has a locker built into the headboard; the keychain has an LCD flashlight for late-night access without turning on the overhead light. Each bunk has curtains providing privacy. A quiet wall air conditioner keeps it cool for sleeping. And the dorms have no windows, meaning they stay dark in the morning, another blessing.

Apart from the dorms, the only facility on offer is a tiny kitchen which doubles as a laundry room. However, there are no tables or chairs to sit at and eat...just a futon chair on the floor.

So Casa Nativa is a great and secure place to sleep, but it doesn´t offer the usual hostel amenities--common rooms; places to sit, eat, and drink, etc.

(Vegetarians rejoice: Cartagena`s two vegetarian restaurants are down the street from Casa Nativa!)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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Property: Casa Nativa Hostal
Address: Calle Tumba Muertos #38 - 65 | Barrio San Diego, Cartagena, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service
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Ranked #55 of 159 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Nativa is a new hostel, located within the magnificent walled city of Cartagena. an ideal place to rest comfortably in a tranquil environment. we hope you end up thinking of us, as your friends in Cartagena.THE ROOMS Enjoy a cozy and intimate atmosphere within the walls of our restored colonial building. While there are a few rooms to share, we asure a claen and peaceful enviroment. Our goal is to provide you a comftable place to rest. Casa Nativa has sixteen beds located in two spacious rooms, The rooms have air conditioning and each bed with its own closet.. Additionally, we offer the best rates. Breakfast and Wi-Fi service are included in the daily rate.THE HOUSE Casa Nativa Hostel welcomes you in a restored colonial building. Our house maintain the colonial spirit in its walls. It´s a two floor house, in the fist floor there is a nice designers boutique, a coffe shop and a living room. The rooms, bathrooms and kitchen are located in the second floor.THE CREW Our team, Marcela, Mitzy and Juan Carlos are young open fellows, who will love to show you the best way to get to know the city. For us hosting in a pleassure more than a work.THE NEIGHBORHOOD We have an ideal location for sightseeing. Casa Nativa a is walking distance from historical sites and all the cultural festivities that Cartagena offers throughout the year. We are located in the San Diego neighborhood, between the San Diego Plaza and the Fernandez Madrid Park on Tumbamuertos Street. Come visit us and be part of this majestic destination! ... more   less 
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