|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
We have three renovated apartments (studio, one, and two bedroom apartments) that can be rented all together to accommodate up to 12 people. They are on the second floor (walk up) of a two-story building in Cartagena's Walled City and are the only apartments in the building.
By renting all 3 apartments, your party would have the second floor of the building to yourselves. This arrangement would be great for a group of friends, a large family, or a couple of small families traveling together.
The studio & one bedroom apartments can combine to become one 2-bedroom/2 bath apartment (with balconies!)--in this configuration the studio becomes essentially a master bedroom with en suite bath & private balcony.
You then essentially have two 2 bedroom/2 bath apartments with each of these apartments sleeping up to 6 guests (or 12 guests total), i.e., 4 total bedrooms (each with double bed; two with en suite baths), 4 total baths, two living rooms (each with sofa bed; one with balcony), and two fully-equipped kitchens.
The balconies overlook Calle de la Moneda and are great for people watching while enjoying a cup of Colombian coffee or Club Colombia beer!
*Balconies overlooking Calle de la Moneda--great people watching!
*Two living areas, each with lounge seating for 4-5, sofa bed, TV
*Two dining areas, each with table seating for 4
*Two fully equipped kitchens with counter seating
*Four bedrooms each with double bed and TV (one of these bedrooms has a balcony & en suite bath; another bedroom has en suite bath)
*Total of four full baths with rain shower heads
*Hot water in the shower and sinks -- not all places in Cartagena have this!
*Air conditioning (mini-split in each room)
*Fans: ceiling and floor
*Wifi/Internet (DEDICATED BROADBAND!)
*Towels: dish, hand, bath & beach
*First aid kit
*Extra single portable mattress
OPTIONAL SERVICES (at additional expense):
*Colombian meals &/or cooking classes in the apartment
*Housekeeping during your stay
*Tour guide services
This arrangement would be great for a group of friends, a large family, or a couple of small families traveling together.
There is a door from the street with stairs to the second floor (there is a clothing store on the ground floor). Guests will have the key to this main door as well as to the individual apartment doors.
Once booked, guests receive a multi-page document and website (in English) with information on the apartments and Cartagena. I have lived in this city for more than two years, traveled around Colombia quite a bit and would be happy to answer any questions or give advice via email or phone prior to your trip.
Upon arrival in Cartagena, our multilingual (Spanish/English/French) apartment manager will meet you at the apartment at the agreed upon time to let you in, show you the place, and give you keys. He lives right around the corner at our neighboring building, Balcones Apartments. Should you have a question about the apartment or you want tourism assistance, laundry service, a cook or cooking class while there, feel free to ask him!
If you’d like a smaller place (parties of 1-12 can be accommodated), please let me know.
We partner with 'Pack for a Purpose', an organization that links travelers who'd like to help fulfill wish lists of non-profits in developing countries. We work with community organization Foundación La Vecina in the Boquilla section of Cartagena & would love to have your help!
We look forward to having you!
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I've lived most of my life in the U.S. but have also lived for a couple of months to up to two years in different countries: Germany, Spain, Australia, Colombia, Ecuador & Belize. Since 2011 I've been living a somewhat nomadic lifestyle while exploring, working & volunteering in new & old places -- I've mostly been in Colombia & Belize but also exploring other areas. It's a great way to keep learning!
I was fortunate to meet a couple from Dallas, who own the Cartagena, Colombia, & Ambergris Caye, Belize, vacation rentals I'm listing. They asked me to help them out and I've fallen into doing something that I love -- helping people like you with their travels. Let me help you with your dream vacation! In the fall of 2015, I was lucky enough to be able to buy my own apartment in Cartagena, Colombia, and rent out the second bedroom when I'm there and the whole apartment when I'm not. I love playing direct host also!
I also partner with 'Pack for a Purpose', an organization that links travelers who'd like to help fulfill wish lists of non-profits in developing countries. We work with Fundación La Vecina, a community organization in Cartagena, and in Belize we partner with Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) and the Saga Humane Society in San Pedro. We'd love to have your help!
These apartments are located in the San Diego section of the magical Old City of Cartagena, within the 500 year old Spanish colonial walls. Colonial architecture abounds!
The building is on Calle de la Moneda, which is a busy and lively street during the day but quiet at night. As the main public transportation hubs (for buses and shared taxis) are a couple of blocks straight down this street, Calle de la Moneda is widely used by Cartageneros as they go to and from work, school, etc. (and to shop!). You are in the heart of “real” Cartagena on Calle de la Moneda!
The street is lined with shops and a couple of small, inexpensive restaurants. Just about everything is closed by 8 pm, however, so you’re not disturbed by noise during the night.
At the far end of Calle de la Moneda is the Exito department store which sells everything from groceries to electronics plus has an ATM. One street away in the other direction you'll find the popular Juan Valdez coffee shop and the main University of Cartagena building. And a block around the corner is the beautiful Parque Fernández de Madrid surrounded by plenty of nice restaurants and cafes.
Churches, museums, other shops, bars, the old city wall, and the Caribbean Sea are only a few blocks away. You are within close proximity to everything here!
Walking is the best way to get around the Walled City – it’s great wandering the maze of quaint streets. But you are never far from the surrounding walls so you don’t have to worry about accidentally straying too far!
If you are in a hurry or want to venture outside the walls, taxis are inexpensive and easily flagged on the street. We are a 5-10 minute/US$6 taxi ride from the airport, and a 5-10 minute/US$3 taxi ride away from other sites/areas, such as San Felipe Castle (the huge old Spanish fort) or the tourist dock (for the boats to the Rosario Islands, where many prefer to go for the beach), or the beaches of Bocagrande, Laguito and Castillogrande.
*Check in: between 3 pm & midnight. If arriving between 10 pm & midnight, there is an additional charge of US$25 payable in cash on arrival.
*Check out: 11 am
*Renters are required to pay for any damage to the apartments.
*2 night stays considered on a case by case basis with the addition of a cleaning fee. Please ask if you're interested in a two night stay!