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La Casa del Farol Hotel Boutique
Ranked #16 of 67 Hotels in Santa Marta
Certificate of Excellence
Reims, France
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 25, 2014

This charming little boutique hotel was recommended by friends. We were not a bit disappointed of our 3 days, 2 nights there. The rooms are clean and well furnished, with all the standard of a great western hotel, but of course all the local charms. The air conditionning works great. The bathroom is spacious and nice. The swimming pool on the rooftop, with a view on the beautiful Cathedrale, is perfect to refresh after a day of visiting the town under the humid heat. Special mention to the staff, who was always very nice, smily, available, smart...
THE place to go in Santa Marta, probably the best quality for the price.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

My friend and I were greeted by the owner personally. He explained us that there was a water shortage, and that we needed to help not to use too much water... that the jacuzzi was empty because of the drought but the pool was available, as the authorities made them choose.
It was also explained to us that many tours were late and customers had complained so they wouldn't recommend any. They did offer a trusted taxi that would take us from and to the hotel to any spot such as Tayrona, Minca or else. Taxi would charge for the trip, so we divided the trip with the other 2 girls that went with us. It was very nice.
Breakfast it's served from 7-10am, plenty and satisfying.
Staff is attentive and cordial.
The hotel is a block away from restaurants, disco and shops.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Rosa F
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

The experience at la casa farol was absolutely amazing, everyone in this hotel take care of you! The owner receive us with refreshing drink and spend with us like 20 minutes explaining everything about Santa Marta, beaches, nice places, restaurants, everything soooo helpful! He and his wife are a nice Spanish couple that moved to Colombia to built hotels, so amazing story.
The hotel it's really charming, nice room with lot's of small cute details, very we'll located, very good breakfast and amazing views from the top roof swimming pool to the cathedral. The staff is super friendly and helpful, the guys from front desk, everyone. I would definitely recommended!!! All the luck guys!!!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Cheryl M
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

This charming little hotel is a very special place in Santa Marta. Every corner is decorated with special details chosen by their owners, a young Spanish couple that have made a really nice job with all the love.
The room was spacious, comfortable and super clean, delicious and varied breakfast, the upper terrace has lovely views of the Cathedral and serve very good cocktails. It is very good located next to restaurants, bars and places of interest, but the best is the attention of everyone, from employees to their owners all willing to help with a great kindness and good level of English. If you go to Santa Marta youn can't miss this hotel, thanks for the wonderful care!!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sarah F
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Ottawa, Canada
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28 reviews
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

Casa del Farol is located in the historic centre of Santa Marta. Our bedroom was nicely appointed and very comfortable in the republican side of the hotel. The personnel was very attentive. The breakfasts are varied and delicious. They helped us with a last minute request for private transportation to the Tayrona Park. There is plenty of restaurants close by. The terrace was our favorite place to relax and enjoy the views of the city with a glass of wine. The only minor detail is the level of noise in the early morning in the republican side of the hotel. As I'm originally from Santa Marta and I visit often, will for sure come back!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Oruro, Bolivia
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34 reviews
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

The staff at the hotel were discreetly helpful, quick to answer any queries and always cheerful. Delightful. I stayed in the Havana room which was great - lovely to have the option of air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Beautifully furnished even though desk was cluttered with technology! The shower cubicle leaked water onto the bathroom floor and the paint was peeling on the floor. It would be good to have a light over the mirror in the bathroom. Unfortunately the door to the Havana room had gaps under it and to one side so mosquitoes found their way in whatever my efforts to keep them out and avoid getting bitten! Don Angel smoked in the dining area despite the hotel saying it was 100% tobacco smoke free. The downstairs pool was empty - in maintenance the staff said. It was surprising that the water shortage in Santa Marta wasn't mentioned and it wasn't suggested that guests could help to save water...
Single travellers beware...A member of staff helpfully explained possible tours on arrival and I was keen to go to Parque Tayrona. However, it turned out the hotel charge tours by room not by person so I would have had to pay double. Completely unjust!! I ended up fixing up my own tour through a local travel agency.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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1 Thank oruromanta
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London
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2014

Casa del Farol was our favourite hotel of our 3 weeks in Colombia, and possibly of our entire 3 month long trip. We ended up staying 4 nights as we liked it so much we used it as a base to visit Tayrona, Palomino etc. The hotel is a really old building with two lovely central courtyards. The atmosphere is totally calming, even when the hotel was full it was relaxing and we never saw more than one other couple at a time using the rooftop pool, which was a great suntrap and a really nice place to watch the sunset.
We stayed in 3 rooms - New York, Rome and Paris. All were beautiful and full of character. New York and Rome were just standard doubles but were by far the biggest and nicest rooms we had during our trip. Lovely decorations, not cheesy, big windows and luxurious bathrooms. New York was on the ground floor but noise didn't bother us at all. Breakfast was great, an imaginative menu of at least 8 different options, themed by country and cooked to order. Juice was freshly squeezed and coffee was good.

Location was perfect - in the historic centre of town and on a road parallel to Parque de Los Novios, a square with tons of good restaurants. But you couldn't hear any of the noise from the hotel. It felt totally safe to walk around.

What we appreciated most about the hotel was the staff - all
were lovely and helpful but Anthony was just amazing. He greeted us with a local welcome drink, spoke perfect English (big relief as our Spanish is terrible), helped us to arrange shared lifts to Tayrona, answered every question imaginable and was generally awesome. He was genuinely lovely and eager to please, and made us feel totally at home.

The hotel was great value too - real luxury for £60/$85 a night. In short, you should definitely stay here.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Thank KatyR
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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 #16 of 67 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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