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Charming 2 BR Apart. in Heart of Colonial Cartagena, Colombia

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

This apartment is ideally located in the heart of magnificent colonial Cartagena, which is a very safe area. It's a stone-throw from the 16th century cathedral and also where Sir Francis Drake lived when he captured the city.

Within walking distance: fine restaurants, museums, churches, the beautiful streets of Cartagena, and its fortifications. A bit further out, requiring a taxi ride, the spectacular San Felipe fort and La Popa mountain-top monastery.

Beaches close by.

The apartment itself is well appointed and decorated, ideal for two couples. The building has a lap pool at street level as well as a roof-top sunning and lounging area. It has a doorman at all times.

The daily visit of a cleaning lady is included. She can also be hired to cook lunch.

Nearby travel agencies, or boats on the dock southeast of the apartment, can arrange a boating visit to the bay's fortifications, the Rosario islands, and the Aquarium.

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Jaime Urrutia
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2017

About Jaime Urrutia

Residing in Santiago, Chile, also in Bogotá, Colombia. Have loved Cartagena for a long, long time.

Jaime Urrutia purchased this apartment in 1990

Why Jaime Urrutia chose Centro

Colonial, walled, Cartagena is extraordinary - an intimate and magnificent experience. This building is located on the landmark Plaza de Bolívar, diagonal from the Inquisition Palace Museum, the XVIth Century Cathedral, and the Gold Museum.

What makes this apartment unique

The lanai of the apartment faces the beautiful dome and spires of San Pedro Claver Church. The building is on the central Plaza de Bolivar or Inquisition Square, although the apartment is on the quiet side of the building, not facing the sometimes noicy square. Ideal location for walking tours of this gem of a colonial city. The building has a lap pool and a sundeck.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Charming 2 BR Apart. in Heart of Colonial Cartagena, Colombia
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

Lovely and authentic

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this apartment. It was very much as represented in the photos. Would definitely consider staying here again. It was a great location in the old city. The apartment is very open with high ceilings and interesting art. The weather in Cartagena reminds me of what is referred to as the "Low Country" in South Carolina of the United States. Very hot and humid. I appreciated that the bedrooms had good air conditioning. One of the best things about staying in this apartment was being able to enjoy the roof top terrace with an amazing view of the ocean and the entire city (both old and new). We went up to the terrace each evening with our snacks and wine. The first evening, we saw a white owl fly overhead. It was magical - just like the city of Cartagena.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay in Centro Historico

  • 5 of 5

We spent three weeks at this lovely apartment in the heart of historic Cartagena. The apartment has a lot of charm and is filled with interesting books and art. It is well located on the Plaza Bolivar and in the back of the building so there is less noise, though you can hear the folkloric dancers each night. Both bedrooms have air conditioning and the apartment has a lovely little balcony. There is a lap pool on the bottom floor, which is great for cooling off in the afternoons. Everyone in the building was very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First visit to Cartagena

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Cartagena and this apartment helped insure that our experience was memorable. We had originally only booked 5 days but because we enjoyed the place so much we stayed another week. The apartment is perfect while visiting Cartagena. Location is as good as it gets, central and secure. The terrace is made for spending the morning and early afternoons, with fresh air and a great view. Beautifully decorated and lots of light, the pictures really don't do justice to how welcoming it is. Books, Music, great staff running the place. This will be my choice for all future visits to Cartagena.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent. Great Place.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent apartment. Great accommodations. Very comfortable, safe, friendly. Very good location. Support services excellent. Everything you need is provided. Owner is extremely helpful and responsive. We had a great time just hanging out on the patio/lanai. Pool is fine as is top deck veranda. We stayed almost a month and had no problems, only positive experiences. Good value and very well decorated with art work and artifacts. Collection of books and reading materials excellent. Accurately and very well represented in listing.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Amazing. More than expected.

  • 5 of 5

Amazing little apartment in the heart of Cartagena. I had stayed in an expensive hotel the previous week and this place was just as nice. Beautiful house. Daily cleaning service. Hot water and A/C. Great value. High recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Excellent property in great location

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, clean and spacious apartment for four adults in a great central location within easy walking distance to excellent restaurants, bars, tour pickup point, a small supermarket and historical sights.

The apartment was well equiped and the air condition/fan combo was very efficient in the bedrooms. Fans were more than adequate in the living areas and the gorgeous cool lanai where we spent most nights over drinks and conversation. The roof terrace is not be missed offering superb views of the old city and the ocean beyond. Everything worked, including the excellent shower with good pressure and hot water as well as the washing machine and dryer. Lots of space for storage and hanging clothes.

We throughly enjoyed our stay at this apartment. The housekeeper Aidee and the concierge at the lobby were most helpfull, friendly and did their job well.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
one block
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
one block
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
40 minutes walking
Car: not necessary

In the heart of extraordinarily beautiful colonial Cartagena. Building faces wonderful Plaza de Bolivar, surrounded by Inquisition Palace, Cathedral and Gold Museum. Bocagrande beaches nearby. Beautiful beaches and coral reefs in Barú and the Islas del Rosario (including a seaquarium), less than an hour away by speedboat, or an hour by taxi to Barú.


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El Centro Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , two twin beds usually paired, can be separated
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • King size bed (1) made up of two separate beds in main bedroom, Queen size bed (1) bedroom 2.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Paintings by renowned Latin American artists. Daily cleaning, washing and ironing included.

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