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“un mondo di attenzioni”

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La Casa del Farol Hotel Boutique
Ranked #14 of 69 Hotels in Santa Marta
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“un mondo di attenzioni”
Reviewed August 23, 2011

very good position
the idea to link rooms to a city is wonderful
i saw capetown and newyork and they were both so lovely.
the girls in reception were nice and helpful. fantastic service.
the owners were nice lovely.
quite noisy in the morning.
breakfast was perfect with fresh food. you have different choice.
pool was small and the water not so clean but in a wonderful position in the roof.
i would pass all my holiday in La casa del Farol

  • Stayed August 2011
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Burlington, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2011

We came to Colombia without a place to stay in Santa Marta, met some people who told us about the hotel, booked that night, got the New York room and didn't know what to expect. When we got there we were pleasantly surprised by how absolutely lovely everyone and everything was. We were greeted with a cool drink and cold cloth and friendly staff. The owner showed us around and explained the history of the building. We spent time in the rooftop pool and didn't want to leave our room. Throughout our stay our expectations continued to be exceeded. Breakfast was amazing, the helpful front desk staff helped us book dinner reservations, taxis, gave us suggestions on places to go, even offered to let us use their iPhone charger when we thought we lost ours. We went on the Lost City trek for 5 days and decided La Casa del Farol was where we HAD to stay when we got back. We then stayed in the Paris suite and it was just what we needed. We had no problems the entire stay. Our only problem now is finding hotels like that in other places in the world!! Seriously.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Jennifer M
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2011

I had read so excellent rewiews of this place before, but it didn't let us disappointed :) We arrived in the hotel after a 4 hour drive from Cartagena and Sandra greeted us with ice cold panela drinks which was a really nice touch. The hotel is really charming with the tematical rooms named after cities around the world (she showed us the other rooms which were not occupied :) They have even a pillow menu for sleeping if you are fussy. The location is good, right next to the Cathedral. The owners, Sandra and Angel really paid attention to all the details. The breakfast selection is superb! Sandra adviced us places to visit nearby and restaurants to try and also arranged transportation every time we needed. Well done, really recommended!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank GerberaVN
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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2011

Staying at La Casa del Farol was one of the top highlights of our trip to Colombia. The owners, Sandra and Angel, were enthusiastic, gracious, and knowledgeable. We stayed four nights in the Cape Town suite...especially relevant for us since we have spent so much time in Africa including Cape Town. The room was furnished with pictures, books, and numerous other mementos from the owners' trips to Africa. Despite being on the ground floor, it was fairly quiet and quite private. Breakfasts were delicious and, especially for a small boutique hotel, there were quite a few options. The rooftop was a great place for drinks and a refreshing dip in the plunge pool. The views from there are fantastic, including the nearby historic cathedral. One day, I mentioned to Angel how much I loved pasta alla carbonara, so he said how would you like a candlelight dinner on the roof and I will make my own special carbonara dish for you and Todd. That was a romantic dinner we will always remember.

Although Santa Marta has its charms and seems more authentic than the Disneyland atmosphere of Cartagena's walled city, the real attraction here is the opportunity to take day excursions to nearby beaches, parks, ruins, and mountains. This is another area where Sandra and Angel excel. They were extremely helpful suggesting and organizing trips that fit our interests, budget, and time frame. We took two separate jaunts to Parque Nacional Tayrona. The first was a hike through the jungle to the beach named La Piscina (very safe for swimming); on the way back, we inadvertently waded through a small stream next to a fairly large American crocodile. The second trip was to beautiful Playa Cristal where we did some pleasant snorkeling.

For a small town that is just starting to open up to significant tourism, there are quite a few good restaurants. Again, Sandra and Angel seemed to know all the details and were masterful at directing us to the right places. Their intimate knowledge of the restaurant scene became more understandable toward the end of our stay when we realized that they were preparing to open their own restaurant across the street in a few weeks. Naturally, the night life here is nothing like Bogota or Cartagena but there are a few interesting options, including a very fun gay club that was recommended to us by one of the hotel staff (Voltage).

In some ways, I wish I could state at least one complaint to make this review seem more realistic and balanced. However, I really can't think of anything.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2011

Angel and Sandra run an absolutely amazing establishment! I have traveled extensively throughout my life and never received service quite this good. My sister and I traveled to Santa Marta and spent 2 nights in La Casa del Farol in mid-August 2011. We were not all that familiar with the area and knew only a little bit of Spanish. Both Sandra and Angel gave us great recommendations (and also booked) many of our daytime activities during the 2 days we were there. Additionally, the restaurant recommendations they provided to us were spectacular, and we ending up having terrific meals prepared by a former Michelin-starred restaurant chef (for about $8-10 U.S. dollars a plate!!!). The morning breakfast (included in the room price) is far superior to anything you would get in another hotel or B&B - with a selection of freshly-prepared varieties of eggs, yogurt, granola, etc (there are about 6 different international breakfasts that one can choose from)... As shown in the pictures, all of the rooms are very large and extremely clean. Each room of the hotel has its own international theme. There's no question that I would stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2011

La Casa Del Farol was one of the best hotel experiences I have ever had. Upon arriving at this amazing hotel, set in a beautifully restored 18th century building, we were greeted by the owners, Sandra and Angel and some very tasty drinks.

You could not ask for more accommodating people and their staff were amazing as well. They organized day trips out to Minca and Park Tayrona for us and made sure what little time we had was spent seeing the best of Santa Marta.

Our time spent here was a true 5 star experience, and I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone who is visiting Santa Marta.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Finland
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2011

After having read all of the glowing reviews below, there's really not much to add. This place is just as great as everybody is saying. This is the kind of gem you dream about finding at least once in your life. You can't help but falling in love with the beautiful hotel and its sympathetic and inspired owners, Sandra and Angel. Thank you both for helping us with everything!

They were in the process of renovating an old house right next to the hotel and will open a restaurant there some time in the (near) future. I have a feeling that the restaurant will be a great experience as well.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Casa del Farol Hotel Boutique
Address: Calle 18, 3-115, Santa Marta, Santa Marta 472, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 69 Hotels in Santa Marta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Casa del Farol Hotel Boutique 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Hotel located in the historical center of Santa Marta, Colombia. It has 6 rooms each dedicated to a world city and decorated for this purpose. Three categories of rooms: 3 Deluxe (30 m2), 2 Junior Suite (40 m2) and a suite (65m2). It has 2 terraces, a colonial courtyard and a rooftop terrace with pool. You can find laundry facilities available, room service, health and beauty services and excursionsEscucharLeer fonéticamenteDiccionario - Ver diccionario detalladoHotel Boutique situado en el centro histórico de Santa Marta, Colombia. Dispone de 6 habitaciones cada una dedicada a una ciudad del mundo y decorada a tal efecto. Tres categorías de habitaciones: 3 deluxe (30 m2), 2 Junior SUite (40 m2) y una suite (65m2). Dispone de 2 terrazas, un patio colonial y una terraza superior con piscina. Podrá encontrar a su disposición servicios de lavandería, room service, servicios de salud y belleza y excursiones ... more   less 
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