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Alfiz Hotel
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

My only complaint is that we only stayed one night.

This is a great find and a great value in Old Town (our room cost about US$186/night in May). We had the best rest of our vacation on their comfortable mattress, sheets and pillows. Despite being in Old Town, it was quiet on a Saturday night and we didn’t hear any street-noise. Our room and the surrounding communal rooms and dining areas were spotless. The staff was always helpful and friendly. And we were served a welcome drink of Sangria, which really took the edge off the Cartagena heat.

I would definitely go back; but next time I’ll stay longer so I can enjoy the library, pool and hot-tub more.

And now, Cartagena travel tips:

1) The tap water seemed fine to drink, but is heavily chlorinated and doesn’t taste all that good. There is plenty of bottled water to buy around in the tiendas around the hotel.
2) A taxi from the airport to Hotel Alfiz cost about 12,000 Colombian Pesos (or just over US$ 6).
3) For a quick and rough Colombian Peso to US$ conversion, move the decimal point to the left three spots, and divide by two. For example: 20,000 Colombian Pesos would be about $10. This is not exact (our conversion was 1883 Colombian Pesos to the US$), but is a good ballpark and you can barter more effectively.
4) Lastly, we always felt safe. Colombia doesn’t seem to have a great reputation in the States, but I felt safer in Cartagena (and Colombia) than in many of the Central and South American countries I’ve visited. Keep your wits about you, but you will be safe and will be happy you came.

Please let me know if this review was helpful.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank dirtriderroger
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

My lady and I booked this hotel after searching for the perfect romantic getaway in the old city. With only 8 rooms there was really no bothersome noise and the street had little traffic. The room was large, comfortable, gorgeously furnished, and very romantic. The staff were unobtrusive in their presence and the morning breakfasts were delicious. The pool is small and refreshing, and we used the hot-tub on the top floor sun deck twice in three days! The price I thought was fair for a Colombian three-day-weekend (about $250 US per night) and the location couldn't have been better. We will definitely be staying there again I'm sure.

Room Tip: I saw some of the other rooms and they are all beautiful.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Robert L
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Alfiz_Hotel, Manager at Alfiz Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2013

Dear Robert, thank you for your warm words. I am glad you liked your room at Alfiz and luxuriated in our romantic atmosphere. Nice to hear that you enjoyed our jacuzzi on the sundeck so much!
Hope to see you as our guest again soon.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

We found the Alfiz hotel on Trip Advisor and stayed for 5 nights, together with some friends of ours.

We loved every minute of our stay at the hotel.

The hotel is exactly as the pictures look. The rooms are spacious, clean and beautifully decorated. The linen and toweling are high quality and immaculately clean.

The breakfasts were fresh, healthy and made to order.

The staff are friendly, helpful, courteous. The reception staff speak perfect English.

The pool is not big, however it is perfect for the hotel.

The hotel is in a prime location in the heart of the old city and is walking-distance to most of the major attractions.

I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Beverley B
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Alfiz_Hotel, Manager at Alfiz Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2013

Dear Beverley B, Thank you so much for your review and for your kind words! It really means a lot to me and to our entire team who try hard every day. I am so glad you find our rooms spacious and clean, liked our central location in the middle of the old city, and enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you at our hotel again!

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We used Trip Advisor to review several options for our recent trip to Cartagena. The staff were very welcoming and friendly from the moment we arrived until we departed. From time to time we had questions regarding things to do, services, or simply directions and we were always given the time for complete explanations and responses. Our room was very nice - characteristically matching the decor of the main hotel with the interior space - we particularly liked the loft sleeping area and Spanish based artwork. We have good friends in Cartagena who - from time to time - offer referrals to visitors and friends. They will be putting Hotel Alfiz on the top of that list.

Room Tip: Upper level rooms are more spacious!!
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Alfiz_Hotel, Manager at Alfiz Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2013

Thank you very much for taking time to write a review. Good to hear you found our staff helpful as we always try to give useful information about Cartagena. Our goal is to help our guests to have a great experience in the city. We are glad you are with us again :)

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Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

Alfiz was on our short list of hotels for Cartagena, and since we had time, we decided to check out the rooms before committing.

We were disappointed to find that the rooms were nothing like the photos we had found online. The one we saw was dark and dank, with poor finishing. We were also quoted a higher price than what we had found on booking.com, and when we asked if we could connect to their wifi, we were surprised by their insistence that it was for guests only (given that free wifi was available at the various cafes around and letting us use theirs would have been an essentially free piece of goodwill).

We ended up paying 80% more to stay at Hotel Casablanca which we felt was better value when considering the quality difference between the two hotels...

  • Stayed: March 2013
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1  Thank angeldustie
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Alfiz_Hotel, Manager at Alfiz Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

We were very surprised about this review because the couple that wrote this comment came to our reception last Friday asking only about availability and rates, never saw any of our rooms as they were occupied and never asked about using our services like WiFi, so you can decide by yourself if their appreciations after a visit of just 5 minutes at our lobby can be of any objectivity. As the information of this review is untruthful we invite everyone to check our rooms on the 360° virtual tour published on our website and regarding rates of course you can always check after the best offers on our website.

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