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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 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:
February 19, 2018

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:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Non authorize guest can not entrance the condominium so if you have special guest let me know in advance.
  • No parties are allowed, this is a quiet place were we encourage respect for the neighborhood.
  • Prior your arrival I must have ID number and full name of all guest so proper authorization and check in is done.
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.


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Cartagena in the Old City Elegance with Magnificent Ocean Views and Sunsets
average rating of 4.962963 based on 34 reviews
Boston, US

Unbeatable location + luxury condo + homey feeling = unforgettable stay

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, we truly had an amazing stay. The host, Osiris, was extremely pleasant to interact with, she made sure our stay in Cartagena would be unforgettable, facilitating the admission with security, the check-in and the housekeeping with Maria, who was also very nice with us.

The location is unbeatable!! The condo is located on the same street as fine restaurants like DonJuan or Maria and hip bars like LaJugada or Alquimico, and only a couple of streets from most other super nice restaurants (LaCevicheria…). We attended a 4-day wedding and most reception places were either on the same street as the condo, or on the next one.

The condo is decorated with taste and everything was functioning and as described: independent AC units and ceiling fans in each room, 2.5 bathrooms, washing machine, terrace with a splendid view, cable TV, etc. Small details to make your life easier extended to providing a small safe for passports, and even a steamer & an ironing board(!!). We didn’t have time to try it, but we saw people enjoying the outdoor pool. Everything was made to make us feel at home, and there is even a cookbook with meals Maria can prepare for the guests.

We couldn’t recommend a better place to stay in the old city in Cartagena and a nicer host to interact with from abroad.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very please you enjoy your stay. Maria and I have only one goal and is to make you feel at home when you are away from home. Please come back anytime. Regards, Osiris
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Gorgeous condo

  • 5 of 5

This condo is in a fabulous location and it has everything that you might need during your stay. Owner was a pleasure to deal with and her housekeeper Maria made us the most amazing fish dinner. I would definitely stay here again!! It was a wonderful trip.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very happy you enjoy our place. Thanks for choosing us and you are always welcome. Osiris
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Absolutely Perfect Stay in Cartagena Old Town! 5/5

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Cartagena was absolutely perfect! Once we landed at the airport, it was just a short 15 min taxi to the house. The host, Osiris, provided us with detailed information on how to get into the building. I was blown away by the beautiful architecture and amazing facilities throughout the building (gym, sauna, jacuzzis, pool, etc). The house itself is 4 stories (including the balancing rooftop) and each one is elegantly crafted and wonderfully decorated. The first floor is a very nice kitchen and living room and bathroom, the 2nd and 3rd floors are very spacious bedrooms, and the 4th floor is a large rooftop terrace with an amazing view! The building is located at a perfect spot that is near to some of Cartagena's best restaurants! Everything you need is in walking distance. We loved our stay and highly reccommend anyone visiting Cartagena to stay here! Thanks for the wonderful hospitality Osiris

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michael, What can I said, I am very happy your experience was so positive. I hope you will choose us in your next visit to Cartagena, we will be more than happy to host you and your friends. Regards, Osi
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Highly recommend this property!

  • 5 of 5

My family (2 adults, 2 kids ages 3 and 8) spent a week at this property in April. My husband and I agreed that this is the first property we have stayed where we did not have a single complaint. The apartment complex is well maintained with beautiful gardens and the workers were very helpful and friendly. It is conveniently located and close to everything. It is also on a quiet street, which was important to us, as we were told that other sections can get very noisy at night. The apartment is lovely and has everything you need. There are three flights of stairs and at first I was a bit nervous with my three year old. But he managed them fine and would climb all the way to the rooftop deck. The bedrooms are spacious and the air conditioning works like a charm, which is a necessity for Cartagena's hot climate. After our kids went to bed, my husband and I spent almost every night on the rooftop terrace enjoying the gorgeous view and cool air. The pools were a welcome respite after longs days exploring in the hot sun. We were usually the only ones there and my kids took full advantage. Osi was great to deal with. She was very responsive to all my questions and I found her quite helpful in planning our activities. Maria is an amazing cook. I so miss her ceviche and coconut rice! Her coconut rice was the best we had during our stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ann and Family, We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay. Maria, miss you guys and sent her regards. Come back any time, maybe next time I will have my cabaña en Minca ready to rent. Thank you so much. Osi
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Norman, OK

Great Location, Nice Place

  • 5 of 5

This place was very well furnished and in a great location. We felt very safe and extremely happy with security guards and Maria. Maria did an outstanding job cleaning the place and helping us with any questions we had. I would recommend this place if you are wanting to be inside the wall city. Close to great restaurants and shopping.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: January 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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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.




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.
If the travel decide to use Homeaway credit card payment I will need a copy of the credit card back and front showing the last 4 numbers.
Also travel should know that can pay by wire transfer 50% at reservation time and 50% due before check in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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