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Cartagena in the Old City Elegance with Magnificent Ocean Views and Sunsets

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 6

Enjoy a newly built apartment and your own private rooftop terrace with beautiful ocean views fanned by the Caribbean breeze. Ideally located in the heart of the historic old city within the walls that once surrounded a Viceroy's compound. You will be enchanted by the splendor of the sea and the charm of the colonial streets full of magic and color. The owners have 20 years experience in the hospitality industry and know how to provide the comfort you deserve.

Within walking distance of historic sites, fine dining, lively nightlife, the convention center, Pegasus pier, the Heredia theater, shopping malls, five star hotels and just 10 minutes from the airport, Bocagrande and the beaches.

Perfect for honeymooners, couples and families seeking to spend a memorable vacation or executives attending an international convention.

The complex has two swimming pools, one just for adults and another for the children, a fitness room, two indoor Saunas and three Jacuzzis with one located on a shared terrace with sea and sunset views. The tropical gardens are cool and relaxing with the peaceful sound of falling water.

The apartment is located in the most exclusive area of Cartagena, providing peace, tranquility and relaxation. The complex has a full security system with closed circuit cameras and a receptionist 24 hours a day.

La Casa del Virrey Eslava is one of Cartagena?s most significant historical sites and has retained it?s 17th century colonial facade. Renovated in 2009, the complex is completely modernized inside without breaking the harmony of its historical value. This was the residence of Viceroy Sebastian de Eslava who commanded Spanish colonies from here as the king?s appointed Viceroy of New Granada from April 24, 1740 until November 6, 1749 .

More Details

Osiris Alviz-McCarney
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2017

About Osiris Alviz-McCarney

Born in Cartagena, Osi's is still deeply rooted in this enchanting city. She owned and operated the Bridge Water Inn (Florida) for 12 years and knows how to treat guests to a comfortable and memorable stay. Osi's team of support staff are all from Cartagena including some family members. Presently she is living in United States and Colombia with husband Steve, a solar energy pioneer and team leader for a project fashioning the future of vaccination delivery.

Osiris Alviz-McCarney purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Osiris Alviz-McCarney chose San Diego

If you have ever known the charm of the old city of Cartagena you will know that this is one of the world's special places. Someday we plan to live here amid the enchanting and lively, colonial city, enjoying our private ocean view and breezes. We welcome you to our future home!

What makes this apartment unique

Old City location enjoy from our top terrace all the colonial roof of Cartagena, very modern interior where everything works, great ocean view,

good garden surrounds and 24 hours security.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great stay in this apartment. The location is excellent and the apartment was exceptional. Osiris and her maid (Maria) are fantastic hosts and made us feel extremely welcome. We stayed for a week and travelled with a young baby - the apartment was very well equipped with all the things you'd want. It felt like a home. We would highly recommend Osiris and this apartment - will stay here again for sure.
Aug 2015
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San Diego Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Covered Parking
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Full 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Half 1 - toilet
  • Bathrooms are modern and new.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The bedrooms are locate in the second and third floor, each bedroom has a queen bed and a sofa sleeper. Both bedrooms have a balcony facing the garden and waterfall.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Steam Shower
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Catering Available and Maria the maid can be hire for additional $25 USD a day to cook the three meals for you if you want to test our regional meals, I strongly recommend her. She can go with your list of supermarket items and money and bring supplies home. Maria is a very honest person that cook and clean superb! Also for the same fee she will do you laundry and iron if you need it.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Cartagena in the Old City Elegance with Magnificent Ocean Views and Sunsets
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 29 reviews

All as promised plus!

  • 5 of 5

The home is spacious, nicely designed, spotlessly clean and well furnished. Its best amenities for us were its large rooftop patio, shared pool, and location. Parts of the Historic Center of Cartagena are busy and often crowded late into the night. Osi and Steve's home--and the condo shows the thought, care and warmth of a home--is a five minute walk from these areas but not a part of them, which is perfect.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you forma staying with us and appreciating tour home as se do. For Steve his favorite is also tour rooftop terrace with ocean and city views. Hope you come again.
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Great location!! Very Safe!!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place. Very luxurious. Away from the noise but close enough to walk everywhere. Beautiful rooftop patio with view of the ocean; great for morning coffee or watching sunset with a cold cerveza! Owner was very easy to work with and helped set up one of our excursions. I would definitely recommend hiring Maria for at least one meal (we had her cook three for us). Only issue we had was driver who picked us up charged us MUCH more for the 15 minute ride to the condo. We'll chalk that one off to experience. Overall a great experience and we will certainly stay there again next time we are visiting!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andrew, I am very happy you and your friend enjoyed the apartment and Cartagena as well. I just want to mention that any time you hire a car to do the transfer from the airport to the apartment it is most costly than if you take any of the taxis that are parked outside the airport because the hired car needs to have a special permit to be allow them to wait for you - to make sure that they can be there waiting for you, even when your flight is late or you have a delay in getting out of the airport. That is why they have to charge an extra fee to cover the permit and sometimes the wait. We hope to have you back again some day and thanks for bringing this up so we can help explain. Osi
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  • 5 of 5

I thought this place was gorgeous and spotless! Close to restaurants and markets as well as walking distance to all the attractions that we planned to see. The amenities were great - a pool in the shade, a gym, a shaded roof with an ocean view and washing machine as well as AC in the living area and bedrooms. There were only two of us but there is plenty of room for more to stay. The complex is very secure and serene with plants and water throughout. I wish I could stay in such a lovely home every time I travel! Definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ashley, You were such a great guest that the apartment will always welcome you. Please keep us in mind for future visits. I thank you for choosing us. Regards.
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Wonderful apartment with poo and gym

  • 5 of 5

My family including three boys aged 17 - 24 stayed in the apartment for 8 days and loved it. The location was perfect and we could walk everywhere. The two pools were wonderful and always empty. The boys said the gym was amazing too. The apartment had everything we could want and was very clean and tidy. We enjoyed drinks on the sun deck. The owners were so helpful and did so much to help us as we didn't speak Spanish. They even sorted car hire, and gave so much good advise and help. I would recommend it to anybody looking for a rental in Cartagena. Having a pool made such a difference after a long day of walking. The whole complex is beautifully looked after and gives a feeling of peace in a very busy town.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, We are so happy you and your family enjoyed the facilities and the city. Remember you have a home away from home in Cartagena any time! Regards and thanks.
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Home away from home in the walled city, with lots of stairs!

  • 5 of 5

The location is about as good as it gets in Cartagena. I stayed with my wife, 2 young children, and our nanny. We were warned that it might be tough with small children as there are flights of stairs separating each bedroom and the terrace. It was fine for us because our nanny was there but note that it could be risky for unsupervised children. The pools were great, the security staff were very polite and professional and the apartment itself was clean, comfortable, and suited our needs perfectly. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us and you and your family are always welcome.
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Fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time to Cartagena and had debated what part of town to stay in. The location of this townhouse is perfect for those looking to explore the walled city - close to great shops, restaurants etc. The amenities of this complex were top notch - 24 hour security, gardens, 2 pools, gym, steam room, sauna, roof top Jacuzzi's - all impeccably maintained. The unit itself was clean, well equipped and modern. We especially enjoyed the rooftop patio with great views of the ocean and sunset. To note, this is a townhouse with many stairs and might not be suitable for some guests. We would not hesitate to recommend this unit and would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Thanks for taking your time to review my property and please come back anytime, you know my home will be open for you and your group. I am very happy you enjoyed it. You will be always welcome!
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Rates & Availability

San Diego Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Eastern week
Apr 10 2017 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Apr 16 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 7 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $300

Prices are available in COP at the exchange of the reservation time.
Travelers need to provide all the names in the reservation, arrival time and identification number as well as mail and telephone address.
Please read the condominium rules sign attached form and send it back via email.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Aereopuerto Rafael Antonio Nunez
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Hotel Santa clara
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Marbella and Bocagrande
Car: not necessary

Heart of Old City, 10 Min to Beaches, Convention Center & Airport

Other Activities: boating, health/beauty spa, gym.

All mayor restaurant are walking distance as well the historic attractions beside the condominium is a historic site that few has a chance to know. One block distance you will find small convenient store call "Carulla" where you can do groceries and also is our famous coffee house Juan Valdez and across a juice bar call "Pan de Bono" a very local site.

The complex has 24 hours security and a peace that you will enjoy as soon as you entrance.

One block behind our complex you will find "La cevicheria" where you can find great ceviches but I also recommend our maid Maria's recipe. I recommend walk and walk all the plazas and colonial street where you will be with the locals that are always happy and smiling.

Cartagena has some beach 10 minutes to Bocagrande or 10 to Marbella either one you choose be prepare for the informal seller if you want not get involve just ignore them. I recommend go to the Rosario Island a day trip that included lunch and will bring you back around 4PM, Maria can help you with reservation to a good tour.

I also recommend a city tour take will take to the Castillo de San Felipe the major fort that Cartagena has. I work with a person that has a SUV and can give a private tour up to 4 people, just let me know and I will put you in contact with him as well he offers pick up and drop off at the airport.

There are several ATM at plaza de la Aduana and is safe area since is inside the walls, take the same precaution as if you were in any cosmopolitan city. Cartagena offer several international festival so check at your arrival what is going on, where must of them are in December (Classic music festival) end ofJanuary "Hay Festival" a very good festival (my favorite) where writers and deep thinkers are invite to discuss different themes or political, economic situations.

There is also the International festival of cinematography (FICCI) the oldest of South America with a FREE entrance to so many movies than you can not see them all(Feb). Let's d not forget our Cartagena Party where we celebrate our independency from Spain but also the beauty contest to choose our next Miss Colombia and join the Colombian to celebrate our parade with as many contestant aspire to be Miss Colombia.(most add my husband love it!)

In the Condominium enjoy the jacuzzis, sauna, pool adults and also we for children, the gym our just the garden with the water walls that bring so much calm and peace.

I must add that Maria the maid is included in the price as she will come everyday at the time you request to CLEAN the apartment but if you need any additional services as cook, wash cloth, iron, you must agree with her a fee.

Please feel free to ask any question, I will be more than happy to answer you.


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