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Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Ranked #5 of 149 Hotels in Cartagena
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
1 review
“Absolutely Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

One of the most beautiful luxury hotels in Cartagena! Our stay was amazing . . .
this hotel is so beautiful. The unique architecture is such a great blend into the beauty of Cartagena's old city. Great staff. . . helpful and very friendly. The hotel's security although excellent, can be a little extreme. The hotel has a georgeous relaxing pool. The room, food, service . . . everything about this hotel was enjoyable. My 17 year old son and I think about our experience almost every day. Even if you don't stay, the Santa Clara is a must see!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
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SantaClaraCartagena, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
It’s our pleasure to know that Sofitel Santa Clara will remain part of your shared family memories, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us in our 17th century monument.
Our award-winning service and staff helps us deliver unique luxury experiences; we are very proud of our team. Thank you for your kind of comments, we hope you visit us again.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

I'm not kidding, I brought my wife to Cartagena and she was a little bit worried. She left in love with this city. This hotel is definitely a 4.5 stars. The room was amazing, a 2 story room, the hotel was an old monastery (or something like that) and it just have more charm than anything I've ever been to. The pool can be a bit crowded but this tends to happen in this big hotels. It is pricey but all worth it. Try Breakfast on the patio.

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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SantaClaraCartagena, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Dear Guest,
At Sofitel Santa Clara our mission is to create unforgettable experiences for our guests, we are delighted to hear you had a memorable one, and for us is an honor to be a part of Cartagena´s World Heritage history. We hope you let us welcome you again.
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

The hotel was not what we expected it to be,the bedroom furniture is old and falling apart. We found BED BUGS!! which caused us severe rashes in our bodies and we had to seek professional help to cure them. The Air conditioning does not work well, it does not cool enough, the shower was not draining properly therefore we had to ask to be changed to another room, we definetely DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL. it is not worth paying so much for what is basically a roach motel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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SantaClaraCartagena, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, responded to this review, July 25, 2011
Dear Guest,

We have hired an external Pest Control Specialist to perform a comprehensive study to corroborate your claim, as the wellbeing of our guests is of utmost importance to us.

The study concluded: It is improbable the insect in question is a bedbug due to the climate conditions in Cartagena and at the Santa Clara; it’s not possible for them to survive in such a warm climate; they are found in temperate and cold places in the world. On the contrary, it is possible that this sort of pest can immigrate to a guestroom in luggage, clothing or linens contaminated prior to arrival to the hotel.

For your information, Sofitel Santa Clara conducts an integral plan for pest management on a monthly basis and we have never experienced such issues.
We do regret any other inconvenience you may have experienced while staying with us.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

Be very very careful.

The hotel driver drove like a complete maniac and wrecked the hotel limo by crashing it into a lightpost. He was asked to slow down after one near accident but refused, shortly thereafter he wrecked the car. The limo was totaled - airbags deployed. If seatbelts weren't worn there surely would have been major injuries or deaths.

Afterwards, the hotel manager was unconcerned and only took action when lawsuit was threatened - he begrudgingly agreed to have a doctor come to the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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10 Thank SF_Travelers2009
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SofitelSantaClara, General Manager at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, responded to this review, July 18, 2011
Dear Guest
We deeply regret this inconvenience as the safety and well-being of our guests is our priority. We have full knowledge of this unfortunate accident and in collaboration with our transportation provider; we are taking the necessary measures to prevent any future mishaps. As I expressed personally, we are at your disposal to follow-up should you require any further assistance. We hope you accept our apologies and our invitation to return to Cartagena and the Santa Clara in the near future.
Cordially,
Benoit Delgrange, General Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2011

I stayed here very briefly and found it to be most agreeable. As a foreigner, Cartagena is both a delight and a challenge, so having an place such as this to retreat to is essential. The rooms are surprisingly basic but the public areas are wonderful, so well worth a visit.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Thank Hardtopleaseofhk
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Santos, SP
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223 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2011

Its not cheap but it makes up for 75% of your trip. Even if you dont stay here you have to see it as it part of Cartagenas history

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Niels-Fernanda
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SantaClaraCartagena, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, responded to this review, June 7, 2011
Dear Guest,

We really appreciate your comment, for us is an honor to be a part of Cartagena´s World Heritage history, we hope you let us welcome you again.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2011

We’ve stayed at Sofitel Santa Clara two weeks ago. This hotel is the best hotel I ever stayed in. The old building has a great architecture, mixed with a modern style, which makes this place to unique in the world. The staff is great, very friendly and helpful, they made our stay even better.
The hotel is inside the Ciudad Vieja and you can go walking distance everywhere. This is the part of the city which is worth to visit, outside the old city you can visit Bocagrande however is a place like Miami. I believe there is no necessary to visit Cartagena outside de old city and Sofitel Santa Clara in the best hotel in the area.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank cohn
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SantaClaraCartagena, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, responded to this review, June 3, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind comments, we strive to blend our brand´s French savoir-faire with local hospitality and are very proud of our team, we´re happy to have made your stay a memorable one.
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Property: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Address: Calle Del Torno 39-29 | Barrio San Diego, Cartagena 130003, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cartagena
#1 Business Hotel in Cartagena
#2 Green Hotel in Cartagena
#2 Spa Hotel in Cartagena
#4 Family Hotel in Cartagena
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cartagena
#4 Luxury Hotel in Cartagena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Legend Santa Clara 5*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally built as a convent in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara is a legendary landmark in the heart of Cartagena's walled city. Transformed into a luxury hotel in 1995, the Sofitel Santa Clara, unique in style, combines the allure of history with local hospitality and the art of French savoir-faire. Mixing Colonial and Republican-style architecture with modern comfort, the hotel features gourmet cuisine, exceptional service, a world-class spa, meeting facilities and state of the art technology for events, conventions and weddings. ... more   less 
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