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“Noisy and disinterested”
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Blue House
Ranked #124 of 153 Hotels in Cartagena
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Noisy and disinterested”
Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

If you want to be woken by a church service at 6 a.m. and at night by people drinking at the hotel that don't actually stay there this is the one for you. Breakfast was delicious but we had to go to the kitchen to request it. Room was lovely. Reception area boiling and alive with mosquitoes. They probably come from the supposed swimming pool on which basis I originally booked the hotel but is half full and filthy. We left after one night. More of a basic hostel then a hotel. Excellent position. They also rent bikes.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Great hostel!! the rooms are very nice and clean with lots of sunlight. The building is located on a corner near to San Diego plaza, downtown (centro), safe and cool area. Restaurants and cafes, any kind of food, friendly people. The staff is the best part of the deal, they are very helpful with everything that you can need. I would recommend this place!! I can´t wait to go back!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Broome, Australia
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Blue House Hostel is pretty much right in the middle of The Old City within the walls, it is located just near San Diego Plaza, close to heaps of restaurants and cafe's.
The Vaults (The Markets) are a 5 minute walk away, great way to spend a couple of hours wondering through the market stalls seeing what they have to offer.
We found the area really safe, there is a visible police presence so nothing to worry about.
We stayed in a private room with bathroom- we found the price to be really good compared to many other hostels/hotels in the area, the room was large, with a huge, comfy bed, we had a little balcony over looking the street with all the beautiful coloured walls with the flower vines crawling over them. Breakfast was also good.
The staff were generally pretty good, could be a bit more friendly and interested in their jobs but it didn't bother us too much.
The pool definitely needs some sort of regular cleaning routine - yes it's small, but its large enough to cool off - I didn't want to stay in for long because the water was pretty filthy - it wouldn't take much to bring it up a level - just someone to run the net across the top to get rid of the dead bugs etc.
We also looked at a dorm room, the room was large, beds looked comfy and were also quite long so peoples feet wouldn't hang off the edges!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bogota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2013

This Hostel has one of the best locations within Cartagena Old City. It is at the Fernandez-Madrid Square, and one block away from the San Diego Square, right in the middle of on of the best and safest parts of the old city, definitely a place where you would love to stay.

The place is very clean, and the dorm is perfect, clean linen and comfortable beds. Also it was never fully occupied while I stayed so it was quiet. The bathroom is shared only with the people in the dorm allowing the WC to keep clean. The dorm also has an amazing balcony to sit and relax while enjoying the wind and wonderful weather.

Be aware that this is a very small hostel so it is rather calmed and therefore there is not much party. It depends on what you look for, but for us it worked just perfect. Also because it has only one dorm room for 8 people, there might not be enough rooms so reserve in advance.

The staff is always friendly and willing to help. I would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: If you don´t mind sharing room stay in the dorm, if you prefer privacy mini suite is great price
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2013

I chose this place based on Trip Advisor reviews and availability. It's really well located within the old city and basically a very safe area for fellow gringos. There's a nice place for socialising downstairs albeit, tiny. The pool is basically spa sized. Wifi is available all over.
We rocked up in the afternoon for check-in and were told there was a problem with the booking ie. we could not have the private room that we'd booked through booking.com a couple of days earlier and our only option for that night was the 8 bed dorm. We reluctantly accepted and had THE WORST night sleep ever. Despite there being an airconditioning unit, it was not switched on that night. Cartagena is HOT so not having the aircon on is brutal. The fan did not help on a top bunk which also shook and vibrated each time someone walked past. The dorm bathroom stinks (especially the sink) so I did not shower there. Free breakfast is not included if you stay in the dorm. All I can say is the dorm sucked!
After that we stayed in the cheaper of the private rooms for 3 nights (as per the original booking). The room was a complete refuge compared to the dorm and we loved being in there. Climate control, privacy, breakfast included (with pretty good coffee), own balcony, nice linen and a clean bathroom. The only downside was being woken up each morning at 8am by a large woman yelling down the street, selling her wares. On the plus side, she woke us one morning just in time for a snorkelling trip when our alarm clock failed so we appreciated her in the end. If you're a light sleeper though, you'll need ear plugs for any room you stay in because they all face the street. They are also doing renovations to the 3rd floor currently, so expect persistent hammering during the day.
I probably wouldn't stay here again for the price being charged and I'd recommend researching the walled city in advance to see if you can get a better price elsewhere first. In saying that, I'd totally recommend staying within the old walled city if you get the chance because it's a unique experience compared to staying in Getsemani.

Room Tip: If you have to stay in the dorm, ask them to turn on the aircon or expect to sweat!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 20, 2013

I stayed there with a mate over new years eve. The place is great and located in the middle of everything. More importantly the staff went our of their way on numorous occasions to help us with our next venues and even accomodation.

Will go back.

  • Stayed December 2012
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1 Thank Edwardk18
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Only stayed here for a couple of nights but couldn't have been happier, in a good spot, great dorm rooms, best bathroom ive seen in Colombia and the wifi was great. Jose behind the desk is a legend go just for him if nothing else. Blue house was great

Room Tip: Dorm rooms were great very spacious
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Alex C
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Property: Blue House
Address: Plaza Ernandez, Cartagena 130004, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
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