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“Perfect location in the heart of old Cartagena”
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Centro Hotel
Ranked #104 of 155 Hotels in Cartagena
Stockholm, Sweden
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Perfect location in the heart of old Cartagena”
Reviewed December 17, 2011

Excellent location, rooms are located surrounding an open courtyard. Nice ambiance and friendly staff. But the rooms could be better maintained, especially the showers. I changed room because of a leaking aircon and no hot water. The new room didn't have hot water either. For the price of this hotel hot water is a must even though in a tropical climate hot water is not necessary. Breakfast ok. Downstairs is a nice restaurant with really good food at a reasonable price. I recommend the evening set menu, 18900 including a glas of wine.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

This hotel is all about location location location. By going here you are in the heart of old town cartagena and only steps away from the magic. Cartagena is truly magical!
The price is fantastic - I mean for that price I dont think anyone expects luxury.
The rooms are okay - somewhat wornout but decent enough to stay in. I dont think anyone goes to Cartagena to spend time in a hotel room :)
The bathroom was not the cleanest I have seen but had hot water which is always a plus. There is a safety in the rooms and asthe door to the room was not very strong so appreciated that - at least it "feels" safer. We however, noted that the gate to the hotel (on the street) was locked most the time.
The staff was extremely polite and even though we had no common language ( I dont speak Spanish and they do not speak English) we managed to sort things out. The biggest challenge was when our a/c broke down -. trying to explain that was a little difficult but in the end google translator helped us and the janitor fixed it.
Wi-Fi worked better in the lobby / breakfast area than in the room.
Breakfast was decent.
I would definitely stay here again - the location is unbeatable.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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High Wycombe
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Reviewed June 19, 2011

Cartagena is a beautiful and interesting city, and the Centro Hotel is well-positioned to explore it, and reasonably priced. That's the good news. The room we had was adequate, if not brilliant, but the shower was literally shocking. The shower head had an electrical gadget on the shower head to heat the water, but if you tried to adjust the temperature you got an electric shock - fortunately only 110 volts! A worse shock was the discovery that the in-room safe box wasn't secure. Ours wouldn't store a code, so they gave us a key to lock it with, but either there was a duplicate or some-one knew a code that would open the box. Anyway, we discovered that 100 USD and 100,000 pesos had vanished one day - we always count our cash carefully each day. Management didn't want to know, and claimed it was impossible for anyone else to open the box. We checked out next day and changed our plans to return there three days later.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

Stayed two nights; friendly staff, great location and very cheap for the area! Recommend to anyone who wants to be right in the action but not pay a ridiculous amount for the privilege.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed May 16, 2011

It's not 4 star luxury...but man the price is fantastic. The pros: location, staff, room size, etc. The cons: no hot water, definitely a mold issue in the bathroom ceiling.
But really...it's cheap and who wants hot water in Cartagena? I was thrilled with this place. Sure, there are cheaper hotels and hostels in the old city. I visited some to compare prices/offerings... I was more than happy to stay here and pay more. And by paying more, you're still paying a fraction of the prices charged by the swanky neighbors and yet you're right in the middle of the city and only blocks from anywhere you'd like to visit. Definitely a good value and a great place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed April 22, 2011

I found this hotel after many searches online and using Trip Advisor. We were very pleased with this hotel. It is a very cute boutique hotel, very clean and well maintained. Our room was small, but comfortable, and a great bargain. This hotel is located in the historic city which is inside the walled-in party of the city. This is definitely the area where you want to stay. This hotel is in an amazing location - walking distance to restaurants and plazas where all the activity takes places, as well as shopping. After reading other reviews here that is why I chose this hotel. Everyone was telling the truth when they said it was well located. All of the other hotels in this area are incredibly overpriced (up to several hundred dollars per night) so it was very difficult to find an affordable hotel. After alot of searching, we came across this hotel and were very happy that we did. This is not a luxurious hotel, but it is quaint and a great bargain compared to all of the other hotels in the area and perfect for us as tourists who were not planning on spending alot of time in the room and preferred to spend our money on other things. The best part of the hotel was the staff. They were incredibly helpful with everything and essentially served as conceirge because they helped us with restaurant recommendations, scheduled our tours/activities for the day, scheduled our transportation within the city and even when we were traveling to other cities in Colombia. This was very helpful considering we were completely unfamiliar with the area. Also a plus, delicious breakfast included! I would highly recommend this hotel and definitely plan on staying here again should we return to Cartagena!

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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santa teresa
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

we enjoyed our stay at the centro hotel , Tatiana was super nice and helpful

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Centro Hotel
Address: Calle del Arzobispado No 34-80, Cartagena 13001, Colombia
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Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
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Ranked #104 of 155 Hotels in Cartagena
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Hotel Class:3 star — Centro Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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