This is a budget hotel and it´s OK for what you go to Cartagena, sightseeing and not staying at the hotel. Maybe if you are local you may go to the tiny pool or to the not very good beach in front of the hotel, they give you towels and try to keep all the vendors from attacking you (not kidding!), inside the hotel, things are a bit better, the personnel is nice and the all inclusive is OK, nothing spectacular but the fruit in the breakfast is fine, juices too, and dinner is normal, the fried fish (mojarra) is really good, probably because they don´t add almost anything to the cooking and just fry a really fresh fish. You have drinks: soda, tap beer all day long so, when you come back from one place and get ready to go to another, you can enjoy a nice drink, it´s a pity plastic glasses are quite little but you can take them two at a time.
All the hotel is old and needs serious renovations, elevators are OK, the rooms are tiny, A/C does not work well and there is hardly ever hot water, which is not so bad since the weather is really hot. There is no wifi in the rooms, only in the diner area and the lobby.
So, if you are planning to visit the city, the islands, disco and so on, this is not a bad hotel, if you plan on living here stay away...
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