I cannot write enough good things about this hotel.
Almost everyone here spoke English very well. Front desk is super helpful in making sure you have a great time in Colombia. They will arrange transport, taxis, point you to the right stores, restaurant, bars... whatever you need.
LOCATION IS PERFECT. Right outside of the walled city by the clock tower, on the bay, with cheaper stores around to pick up liquor, snacks or whatever. Couple of decent bars/"clubs" on the street.
The hotel itself is new and beautiful. The upstairs pool/bar area? OH MY GOD, both during the day and at night. Oscar, the manager, saw us looking for a bottle opener for our wine, he took us to a romantic back area in the back of the top level and brought us an ice bucket.
The breakfast that is included? Gourmet style with choices, fruit, coffee/tea... probably about $25/person value in NYC, included.
I booked the "upgraded" room at the hotel, pretty sure I got the most basic room they have as a result of a booking issue... but we did not spend much time at the room anyway so I did not care. Overall, I will return to this hotel before I die, one of the most beautiful places I have visited so far.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and chic décor can be enjoyed at the Allure Chocolat Hotel, in Cartagena de Indias. The city's convention center is located across from the hotel. Allure Chocolat has air-conditioned rooms that may feature garden or city views. All of them include cable TV, minibars and private bathrooms with free toiletries. Guests can wake-up to a daily breakfast with cereal, tropical fruit and Colombian coffee. The restaurant offers plates of grilled dishes and guests can enjoy the wine bar. Room service is available. The city's historic quarter is a 3-minute walk from the Allure Chocolat Hotel. The hotel's tour desk can offer tips for getting around the area. There is 24-hour front desk assistance and Rafael Nuñez Airport is a 15-minute drive from the property. ... more less
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