For 2/3 of the price of a room at the Hotel Quadrifolio or the Sofitel Santa Clara (both more beautiful but farther from most attractions), you get the best hotel location in the Centro, and a huge amount of space. We had a junior suite, and that meant we had a loft master bedroom, a small downstairs bedroom with its own bathroom, as well as a living-dining room and a small kitchen with plates for 8.
Breakfast is served in the courtyard on the first floor. It is very good. They serve a bowl of fresh fruit and some juice, then they have an egg menu. Their coffee was the best I had in Cartagena.
Staff was very helpful. The concierge was happy to call to make dinner reservations or to find out how to get to Isla Mucura.
As mentioned above, the location is phenomenal. You are about a block and a half from the Plaza Reloj, about two blocks from the Museo de Oro/Bolivar Square. There is an ATM across the street and a decent mini mart within two blocks.
My only fault with the place was that they asked for a gratuity at the end of the stay to be added to the bill. We had left money for the maid and at breakfast, and I had already planned on tipping the concierge, so I didn't really like being asked for a 10% gratuity just as I'm trying to sign the bill and run for a boat. Also, the bathrooms were small with inconsistent water pressure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alfiz Hotel is located in a XVII century colonial house in Cartagena's historical quarter. It´s situated between the city´s two oldest squares, close to the cathedral and governor's palace.Consequently our guests may find high-class colonial features in its interior. The restoration and decorative design of our eight rooms take in to account the most important periods of Cartagena's history in order to provide a stylish getaway and encounter with Colombia's historic city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alfiz Hotel Cartagena