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Hotel San Pedro de Majagua
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

There is a lot to be said about this hotel. 99% of it is BAD! Under no circumstances should you or your family stay here. Starting from the beginning:

1.) The boat to this hotel from Cartagena is NOT free. It leaves at 8:45 SHARP, so you have to arrive in Cartagena before hand or find your own way to the island.

2.) The rooms are nice and a good size, but are NOT on the beach. THERE IS NO BEACH!!! Unless you call a 20 ft x 3 ft stretch of sand that's covered with seaweed, bits of plastic and debris a beach then I guess the rooms are close to the beach. The rooms are a good size but since the invention of a vacuum cleaner never reached this part of the world, your room is constantly covered with a fine layer of sand.

3.) The food is absolutely HORRIBLE and guess what?...it's NOT FREE AND IS REALLY EXPENSIVE. If for whatever reason you do decide to stay here, plan on spending at least 60US/person per day on food. You're going to pay American prices on a Colombian island. 1 beer = 6US. 1 plate of fish = 27US.

4.) There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do at this hotel unless you know how to scuba dive or want to go snorkelling. Other than that, you can walk around their barb wired complex or watch crappy Colombian TV. And guess what? Other than walking, EVERYTHING is extra AND EXPENSIVE.

5.) Going home or back to Cartagena? You can't leave the island until 3pm. Unless you want to pay 250US for a private boat and risk your life on the open ocean in a single engine 4 seat fibreglass boat.

Room Tip: Stay on Baru there is more to do and the hotels are nicer
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank MLR2525
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Superb spacious superior suites , courteous , friendly service , excellent cuisine ; the management and staff of this eco-friendly exclusive resort are to be congratulated . In two weeks we shall be visiting you again for our eighth time and looking forward to the occasion with great anticipation as always !

Capitan Phil ( "Felipe" ) and Sra. Erica Elizabeth Espinosa Arango

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Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

We spent three nights on the island and did find it ok/nice.

The island:
- do not expect sand beaches (only hotel Gente de Mar does have them)
- the boat ride from the hotel was very punctual and ok (very bumpy on way back due to rough sea in the afternoon), we were charged an extra 55 usd for the ride although we stayed three nights with them and spent incredible amounts of money there

The hotel:
- our cabana was nice and well done, almost on the "beach", quite big, big comfy bed, nice bathroom, but no hot water in the shower (we paid approx. 240usd/night incl breakfast, but no food)
- service in the restaurant is ok, food is good, but nothing outstanding
- prices for drinks are outrageous (6000 for a small bottle of water, 8000 for a can of beer)
- nice beds on the beach to relax
- i did find the people selling stuff very respectful if you told them in a friendly way you did not want to buy
- internet did not work well at all (another hotel guest helped us to connect by manipulatincg ip addresses)

All in all, we have enjoyed our trip and after two weeks have accepted that Colombia does in general not really offer value for your money. We have spent time in the Carribbean at much nicer places for much less money.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank ClaudiaH H
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

We arrived at the Port to get on the boat that would take us to the island. It’s very well organised. You write your name down and they take your luggage. The journey is around 45 minutes – you get a mini tour on the way out where they explain Boca Chica. Once you arrive – luggage is offloaded and you are taken to the reception where you are given a brief and told that check in can commence at 1300 – (arrival is at roughly 10/1030). They hold your luggage in reception so that you can go and explore the island or rest on the two beaches. One beach plays music and one is a quieter beach.

Before checking in we had some lunch. The food is reasonably priced and is really good. A few days we went with the Kids menu – Salchipapa – good time food! We kept the grown up menu for the evening. The staff are really helpful and check in was very easy. We were taken to our room. The Junior suites seem to have one massive bed and then a smaller single bed. The rooms are huge and very quirky. They have air conditioning and the cool air holds quite well. Everything was really clean. They also have ROBES...I love a good robe.

During the day you can take up activities with the locals who come to the island to get business from tourists. Be warned, the activities that you do with the locals cannot be charged to your hotel bill so if you want to do the activities then take cash. The snorkelling and scuba can be charged to your hotel bill. We did some snorkelling on the island opposite ours – really good. Colourful fish and coral. We were also taken by one of the locals, on his fishing boat, to the Oceanarium/Sea Life Centre where we saw dolphins, turtles, sharks. It was amazing to see the animals. After everyone left we walked down to the jetty behind the beaches. There is a really peaceful lagoon. We were by ourselves there for most of the time – watching the sunset. We had been told by a lady at our previous hotel that at night time the lagoon hosts bioluminescent plankton. My friend and I were taken to the lagoon at night by a guard with a torch, (it’s pitch black after 1800). We put our snorkel gear on, (you can rent this at the hotel) and jumped in and watched the plankton glow. Very cool. It was like having super powers. The security guard kindly waited for us and then took us back to our room.

The food is really good at the hotel – breakfast includes, fruit, bread, hot/cold drinks. Evening meals are really tasty – try the chorizo rice dish – delicious!

The staff are really friendly and helpful. We had some banter with the restaurant staff – they found it amusing that we ordered from the Kid’s Menu. I can’t fault the hospitality that we received here. It really was good.

I would definitely go back.

Gracias San Pedro de Majagua.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Elizabeth V, Gerente at Hotel San Pedro de Majagua, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2014

Many thanks for let us know how was your stay at San Pedro de Majagua Hotel and for sharing your good experience with all who visit this web page. We expect to welcome you and your family again in a place where all the staff enjoys making you feel at home away from home.

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Went with friends and had the best time of our lives. We went snorkeling and canoe-ing as our activities, but otherwise swam and tanned on the 2 private beaches. Staff was very nice and accommodating with nice local food cuisine food options. Our time was so good that we decided to extend our trip by an extra day to truly appreciate the relaxation time. Just be prepared to bring your passport so you can avoid paying the local tax rates.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Elizabeth V, Gerente at Hotel San Pedro de Majagua, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2014

We really appreciate your kind comments about San Pedro de Majagua Hotel, the perfect excuse for having a time full of relaxation and away from everything. Thanks for sharing with us your experience and for allowing us to be part of those memorable moments.

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