Submitted: May 4, 2012
Stayed: April 2012
What a wonderful trip our family had, and the apartment was everything we had hoped for. Cartagena has changed a lot over the last ten years, and today it is as fine a city as any we have visited throughout the world. As Americans, we had high expectations after reading all the promotion of Cartagena as a World Heritage Center, and the jewel of South America with over 500 years of interesting history as a primary port and fortress for Spain.
The apartment had one of the best views we could have hoped for. We could see out all four sides of the apartment since it is a penthouse of the entire floor. We overlooked the beach below us, where we could see soccer games and beach walkers parading about, and of course the infinite Caribbean water view and sunset was spectacular. However we also enjoyed viewing the Old City at night which was breathtaking.
The spacious master bedroom, living room and kitchen allowed for a continuous breeze from the Caribbean that kept the apartment cool so there was not much need for using the air conditioning. There were flat screen TVs in all three bedrooms, many English speaking cable channels, local phones and a good WIFI system. The kitchen was large for cooking, and utilized American appliances and granite countertops which we appreciated.
We were able to walk to just about everywhere we wanted to go, including the 24 hour grocery and pharmacy, and the many of world class hotels, shopping and restaurants in Bocagrande. We were also 5 minutes away from the downtown and Old City by taxi which costs us between 5 and 6 American dollars in transport.
The city and the apartment made us feel safe at all times. The apartment has 24 hour guard security and maintenance, and ample police where ever we visited. The people we met throughout out trip were gentle and kind, helpful and generous. We never felt uncomfortable with the locals since we were foreigners, and there were plenty of English speaking tourist shops, jewelry stores, hotel lobbies, and taxi drivers.
We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend the city and the apartment.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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