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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
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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More Details

Jaime Urrutia
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

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.


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.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
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
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • 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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Charming 2 BR Apart. in Heart of Colonial Cartagena, Colombia
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

A charming apartment in the heart of the walled city, perfect for exploring the magic of Cartagena

  • 5 of 5

I have visited Cartagena many times, always wanting to come back to enjoy the magic of this special city. This visit is one of my favorite thanks to our stay at this charming apartment, located right in the middle of the walled city. The place is very nicely appointed with interesting art and everything you need for a lovely stay. Both rooms are comfortable with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. You will find lots of reference books on the history and architecture of this amazing city. Aydé, the housekeeper, is very, very kind; it is a real treat to find everything clean and organized when you come back from exploring the city. There is a small pool in the ground floor, perfect for relaxing after a warm day. But my favorite place must have been the lanai with its hammock and lovely view of the San Pedro Claver Church (do not miss visiting this church's courtyard, pure magic). The apartment is also located near the small but beautiful Museo del Oro, the Palacio de la Inquisición and plenty of delicious restaurants, cafés and bars. The owners have put together a very useful list of recommendations.

I would love to come back to this charming place!


  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm overjoyed you had a great stay! Jaime (and do come back)
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

This apartment makes a good home base for a trip in Cartagena. The location couldn’t get any better. The owner is very responsive. There is a cleaning service while there and a 24x7 security guard/doorman so it feels very safe. The main living area and kitchen can definitely be warm but the bedrooms are air conditioned so they are cool for sleeping. The apartment doesn’t have a luxurious feel inside but it includes most everything you’d need. The hammock on the balcony was very relaxing. The rooms were quite enough, although the birds can be loud in the morning. The internet is slow but worked well enough for emailing and web surfing. The showers worked well. We had a family of 2 adults and 2 children. We used the swimming pool as well. Overall I would definitely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming old world apartment by the main square. Beautifully art and paintings. Feeling of home

  • 5 of 5

Recommend stay. Air conditioning in both bedrooms not living area. Can get hot. Otherwise a beautiful apartment in walking distance to everything in the walled city

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It is a beautiful home with a great view.

  • 5 of 5

This place has lots of character and great art, as you would hope to find in the old town. The location is great, walking distance to almost everything. The concierge were a great help and very friendly. The pool was a refreshing dip on hot afternoon, and the patio was perfect for sipping wine and enjoying the evening.

Jaime was prompt answering our emails and was very helpful.

All in all, I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four spent 5 days in this apartment on the Plaza Bolivar, right in the middle of town. The two bedrooms are both large, one with a full size bed and trundle single underneath, and the other with two twin beds as well as one trundle single. The full bed in the master has a rather firm and thin mattress, which was fine with my wife and I but might not be to the taste of some. The central living/dining area is also quite large, and (like all the rooms) has lovely high ceilings with fans. Two baths, a functional and well-equipped galley kitchen, and a long entry hall including a washing machine closet complete the apartment. Large windows and french doors are found in most rooms, and the main living area opens onto a patio with a hammock, chairs, and views of the local churches and towers. The two bedrooms have air conditioning, but the central areas depend on the good ventilation and ceiling fans for cooling. I liked the decor quite a bit. The bookcases are filled with volumes on history and art, while the walls are covered with an ecletic mix of local paintings. The place feels like the vacation apartment of some south american writer or intellectual (which it may be). The owners are very responsive to email requests, and the local staff (doormen and the caretaker Ayde, who comes daily and keeps everything clean) were all fabulous. The building has a small shaded pool in an inner courtyard which looks nice, but we did not use it. No significant negatives for our family, but others might be bothered by some things. Music from the nearby square can be clearly heard in the evenings when in the central rooms with windows open, and it can feel warm outside the air conditioned bedrooms during the middle of the day. If you want something newly renovated/modern this may may not be to your taste, but we loved it!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best spot in the Walled City.

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is located in the best possible place within the Walled City. The apartment itself is quite roomy with each bedroom has its own bathroom. The views from the covered patio and roof top sun deck are breath taking. I especially enjoyed waking to the sound of doves, parrots, and yes even the cooing of the pigeons. The nightly breezes that you feel on the patio at night are welcomed after a day of walking and sightseeing. The lady who comes in on a daily basis except for Sunday is an absolute delight, as well as the door staff in the lobby. Many sights and plazas are only a short walk from this apartment. The Spanish Inquisition, The Emerald Museum, The Naval Museum, The Clock Tower, and the many churches are all within walking distance. The owner of this apartment is quick to respond to any and all questions. I couldn't have asked for an easier process. The apartment is the way to go instead of a hotel. It saves on Taxi fares! There are plenty of good restaurants to choose from and not to forget the street vendors who sell a good variety of fruits. They were delicious! Take time to walk the entire wall, it is a good way to see the city. Be sure and wear a hat and sunglasses, but if you forget there are plenty of vendors who will sell you what you need. I enjoyed my experience in Cartagena and hope to return. If and when I do, I will most certainly book this apartment. I couldn't have asked for more. My visit was in March of 2017, the weather was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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