We did tons of research & lucky for us found Casa de Isabella. Owner (Brian) is super professional & answered all (which were many) of my questions. It's the perfect choice. We loved it. The staff is lovely. No they do not speak perfect English, but they try really hard & will go out of their way to be sure that you have everything you need. The decor is boutique chic. You can tell everything has meaning, from the art to the overall design. The rooms are perfct size-clean-staff lovely. Spend time getting to know Diego. He's simply the best. He speaks four different languages, smart, & will make sure you have what you need. Raquel is lovely & efficient. Leo is sweet-in school for hospitality-being trained by great people. The breakfast is great-try the tamarind juice, yummy! You'll feel totally safe. The hotel's under lock & key. They'll supply you w/ towels for beach. Perfect location. Walking distance from everything. Take a cab to Tagonga (don't recommend for full day,worth a visit) Take boat from Tagonga to Playa Grande- really nice/get a massage-for 10 USD it is SO worth it. Book a tour through the company Casa de Isabella works with-the owner of the tour co. Enrique, he's great & will come to the hotel to review details. We booked a day at Tayrona (wish we booked a full day)& visited Minca.Skip Minca & spend full day in Tayrona.Ask for Mauricio to be your guide-great & will be sure to make your day outstanding. He's very professional & in fact used to work at Casa de Isabella. He's Colombian, speaks perfect English. I can't say enough good things.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Isabella pays homage to the charm and history of Santa Marta's colonial era while ushering in a future rich in culture and beauty. Founded in 1525, Santa Marta is Colombia's oldest city. Its natural port provided a refuge from long journeys on Spanish galleons, and its position on the north coast allowed explorers to use it as a base camp for trips to the interior. Casa de Isabella sits in the Centro Historico, the Old City of Santa Marta. This area, first developed after the Manzanares river receded in 1850, holds buildings that reflect traditional Mudejar architecture. The building's original owners inhabited the house for four generations and contributed significantly to the city's growth in the 19th and 20th centuries. In renovating the hotel for the modern era, we consistently chose classic style, maintaining the original integrity of the building and its surrounding neighborhood. Our guests feel the simplicity of Santa Marta's natural charm while enjoying modern comforts. From the greenery of the courtyard to the intimacy of a personal rooftop pool, Casa de Isabella fuses the tranquility of Colombian culture with top quality hotel conveniences. With lighting fast Wi-Fi, complimentary I-Pads, and Apple TV, as well as restored furniture and handmade adornments, this hotel stays anchored in tradition while looking ahead toward a bright future. We have proudly renovated the most beautiful boutique hotel in the Colombian Caribbean. ... more less
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