Our stay at hotel Caribe was very pleasant, even though it isn´t excacly one of the cheapest ones. Normally I stay in budget hotels, but for Cartagena I truly recommend a better one. It is extremely hot, so air conditiniong is a must and a nice pool area makes the stay a lot more pleasant. The beaches in the city are quite nasty and very, very busy, so in reality you might end up spending more time at the hotel as expected.
The hotel has its "own beach", but it is not really worth it AT ALL. Sand and water are very dirty and you wont have a moment of peace due to people trying to sell you various things. If you are looking for a day at the beach, I recommend getting out of the city and going to an island. We went to Playa Blanca, which has white sand an turqouis water. Pictoresque place, but also quite busy. We went through the hotels travel service and the price was 75 000 pesos. That included car ride to the harbour and boat trips there and back. The boat was really small and it wasnt excacly a smooth ride, but it gets you there so really no complaints. There are probably cheaper ways, but we didnt have much time to find out about other options.
Our room was very roomy and clean, no complaints. Breakfast buffet was good and it is nice to have the option to have breakfast either by the pool or inside. The pool itself was ok, but there isnt always enough seating for everyone. The pool area however is beatiful, especially at night time. They also have a sauna (which actually does not resemble a real sauna at all), turkish steam room (very nice) and a jacuzzi.
One very troubling thing about the hotel was that they had monkeys and parrots in cages in the yard. Cages are very small and the animals are clearly unhappy. Biiig minus for that.
Location of the hotel is good. It is right by the beach, almost in the heart of Boca Grande and relatively close to el centro. It is very easy to get to the old city from the hotel. You can take a taxi for 5000-6000 pesos and it only takes 10 minutes or so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set outside the old city on the beaches of Bocagrande, Hotel Caribe, a certified ¨National Monument¨, was built in 1941 and still maintains its original five-story, 99-room Colonial structure. The resort has since added two modern buildings making it the largest hotel in Cartagena.It has 363 rooms with ocean or hotel garden-views (16 of which are wheel-chair-friendly), 4 restaurants, 10 conference rooms, a mini-zoo, tennis courts, a semi-Olympic – sized pool as well as one for the kids. The Caribe Hotel offers a first class service with lot facilities. The Caribe Hotel with three buildings and 363 rooms is considered one of the most traditional Hotel in the city, with an area of 35,000 m2 of exotic tropical trees and gardens, 5,000 being devoted to ample beaches and 30,000 to Hotel facilities. The majestic structure of the Hotel Caribe, surrounded by palms and exotic gardens, rises from the heart of Bocagrande. The Hotel has 363 rooms with different lodging options to make your stay an unforgettable experience, additional offers the finest recreational and sports facilities. We provide our guest an incredible variety of gastronomical possibilities, from the most sophisticated international cuisine to exquisite typical dishes and snacks. Our Guest may select the Catalina Restaurant, Oh Caribe bungalow, Punta Icacos garden and the pool area with a scenario for folklore reviews and theme parties. In regard to congresses, seminars, and conventions the Caribe possesses a magnificent infrastructure that includes ten meeting rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caribe Hotel Cartagena