Hidden Gem in the Walled City of Cartagena
Upon entering Casa Veranera from its unmarked doors on the street, I knew I was stepping into an inspired charming oasis of unique distinction. The attractively tiled floors, archways, and creatively cozy courtyard were my introduction to Casa Veranera as I sipped my welcome (fruit) cocktail. Local artists' work filled the walls. Jazz music filled the room from the nearby I-Pod and Speaker system. Marilyn checked me in, and she ended up being a wealth of advise and assistance throughout my stay. Jose Luis tended to my luggage, but later I learned he would also be fixing my breakfasts (fantastic!), and helping me in untold other ways. Jose Luis was often there with a genuine smile ready to be of assistance in so many ways. Katrinn was the last staff member I encountered ( worked nights), and she was another pleasant, warm, and helpful person. My stay was comfortable, but what made it especially memorable and enjoyable was the staff. My interactions with them actually formed my first impressions of Colombian people, and their kindnesses will be a positive lasting memory of my trip.
Casa Veranera has plenty of amenities including I-pod docking station in the rooms (they even have a stocked I-Pod if you forgot yours!), A/C's, and T.V.s with cable. The bed was comfortable, and the room was attractive. I had a small windowless room in the basement (Blue Room) which is next to the spa and across from the kitchen. Even though it was windowless, the entire sliding door was actually translucent and the lighting in the room was better than average. There is probably more noise here than in the rooms on the 2nd floor, but it was quiet in the middle of the night while needing to sleep. There's not much for toiletries available, except one large bar of Nivea soap, a package of kleenex (much more thoughtful than a large box, since this can be taken with you when your finished), and a container of no-name shampoo. The hot shower was a little tricky because of the placement of the handles, and if you initially turn on too much hot water, it can be downright dangerous because you can't reach around for the handles without being under the flow of the shower. Once the temperature is right, the shower is pleasant with good pressure, plenty of hot water, and a creatively designed bathroom. For only having 5 rooms of accommodation, they have certainly gotten a lot right.
There's a small pool on the roof-top which, after a day in Cartagena, you will really appreciate. Also, a gorgeous large screened I-Mac computer is in the library for guests to access the internet.
The breakfasts, included with the room price, are attractively presented, very tasty, and prepared whatever time you need them (again, awesome service!) The location of Veranera is fantastic, and it was easy to walk everywhere in the walled city or even over to Getsemani. Also, at night, this area of town is very quiet. Marilyn made dinner reservations at one of the nicest places in town on the night of my arrival. She continued to be extremely helpful with other reservations throughout my stay, and her assistance really shaped my time in Cartagena for the better.
I would enjoy staying here again, although next time I'd like to stay in the larger suite on the second floor which has its own spiral staircase leading up to a private tiny balcony.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Boutique Veranera is a stylish, comfortable and intimate boutique hotel in the popular neighborhood of San Diego, inside the centuries old and irresistibly charming historical city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Just one block away from Plaza FernÃ¡ndez de Madrid and two blocks away from Plaza San Diego, guests can enjoy the sunny bustling city by day and rest in this tranquil quiet hideaway on Calle Quero. The property is furnished with updated Cartagena antiques and modern amenities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Boutique Veranera Cartagena
- Casa Boutique Veranera Hotel Cartagena