We booked this hotel 2 days before our trip, looking for something affordable to be in Cartagena during the "Reinado Nacional de Belleza", the National Beauty Contest, what normally means full hotels and high prices in the whole city. We were lucky to find a Double Room with breakfast incluided for 388,000 Pesos., the hotel is located in "Getsemani", a barrio of Cartagena, still in the old historic part of the city but NOT inisde the walled historic center how it's stated in the website, what is a difference, because it means more walking. The hotel is a colonial building, totally renovated with a beautiful entrance, nice wood work on the ceilings and lushious green courtyard with a well. They have 3 categories of rooms, how I understood, we had a more basic double room on the ground floor what was apart from the restaurant and bar and therefor very quiet, but at this time the hotel had only occupancy of 8 rooms, out of the 35 rooms. The staff is very friendly and warm, but a bit slow. There was no breakfast buffet, you order what you want and the food and coffee arrives step by step, what has to be done better. The bar in the third floor on top is lovely with a nice view to the fortress and part of a harbour, the only minus is the fact that the hotel is in front of a small busy bridge. There is a small pool with place for 5 long chairs and a round daybed. The staff was so nice to show us 2 other categories for rooms, the "purple room" is the one suite, very nicely decorated in a romantic design with own balcony,spacious with a kitchenette and a tub made of stone. If you want to use the Spa, you have to ask at the reception to call the therapist because she is not there all the time, so plan this in advance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thank you for choosing us, “ARMERIA REAL LUXURY HOTEL & SPA”. We are a new accommodation option in the city of Cartagena de Indias, our mission is based on the philosophy of providing our guests with high quality of services, comfort and luxury at the right price.We are located in a privileged site of the walled city, with 360 degrees of view: The “San Felipe de Barajas” Castle, Convento de la Popa, Fort of Pastelillo, Fishing Club, roofs of houses in downtown, Towers of Churches and Convents, and all the majesty of the Bahia de las Animas, a few meters from the Convention Center of Cartagena de Indias - Julio Cesar Turbay, located in the traditional Calle Larga, where it weaves the story of Cartagena’s Independence.Our beautiful house hides in its corners the culture of our Race and a history of freedom. Built in the VXI century and restored in 2010, preserving the architectural standards and measures of the colony in terms of areas such as bathrooms, bedrooms and social areas. ... more less
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