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馃嚚馃嚧 Old City 2 bedroom with balconies, AC, great wifi, hot water! 馃槑

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Choose one of our apartments & you are in the heart of Cartagena's magical walled city! There's lots of information below, or simply look through the photos to get to know where you could be staying on your Colombian vacation!

This renovated two bedroom/two bath apartment has everything you need and more, including balconies overlooking the lively Calle de la Moneda! This apartment is ideal for a two couples, a couple of friends, or a small family. You'll love sipping your glass of wine or morning cup of Colombian coffee on the balcony while people-watching and getting a true taste of Cartagena life!


*Living area: Lounge seating for 4, sofa bed, Smart TV, balcony overlooking Calle de la Moneda

*Dining area: Table seating for 4

*Fully equipped kitchen with counter seating at kitchen

*Front bedroom with balcony, en suite bath, double bed, TV

*Back bedroom with double bed, TV

*Second full bath (with rain showerhead) has two doors: one to back bedroom & one to hallway


*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



*Bed linens

*Towels: dish, hand, bath & beach

*Personal soap

*Toilet paper

*Hair dryer


*Tourist information

*Smoke detector

*First aid kit

*Fire extinguisher


*Baby crib

*Extra single portable mattress


OPTIONAL SERVICES (at additional expense):

*Colombian meals &/or cooking classes in the apartment

*Housekeeping during your stay

*Laundry service

*Tour guide services

This apartment is located on the 2nd floor of a two-story building (a clothing store is on the ground floor); there is another two bedroom apartment on this floor as well. There is a door from the street with stairs to the second floor which guests of the apartments share. Guests will have the key to this main door as well as to their own individual apartment.

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. 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 or larger place, or if you’d like to book multiple apartments (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 Fundación Pescador de Letras in the Boquilla section of Cartagena, plus Cartagena Paws, supporting street animals, & would love to have your help!

We look forward to having you!

Thank you!

Barbara Smalley

More Details

Property Manager
Barbara Smalley, Vacation Rentals Cartagena
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 31, 2018

About Barbara Smalley, Vacation Rentals Cartagena

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, Mexico & 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 lucky to meet Deb & Mark 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!

We 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 Pescador de Letras, a community organization in Cartagena, plus Cartagena Paws, supporting street animals; 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!

Thank you,

Barbara Smalley


Centro Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests of renters are permitted if they do not pose a security threat but they cannot stay overnight.
  • Other renters are to be respected regarding noise level.
  • Renters are required to pay for any damages.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , En suite bath to front bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Rear bath connects to 2nd bedroom & hall
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Front bedroom has balcony & en suite bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Rear bedroom has connecting bath
  • Crib available on request
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Cook, laundry and tour guide services on request for extra fee.


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馃嚚馃嚧 Old City 2 bedroom with balconies, AC, great wifi, hot water! 馃槑
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Perfect spot in historic Cartegena

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect stay in Cartegena. If you are looking for a comfortable, spacious and clean apartment in the perfect location to enjoy historic Cartegena, this is the place. Barbara is the perfect host. Excellent communication and plenty of information provided. Close to everything. The balconies will be the highlight of your stay. So much life at your doorstep yet very quiet at night. Perfection.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for writing such a nice review & for staying with us! The balconies are indeed the best... It was a pleasure having you!
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Could Not Ask For More

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Cartagena, and we did not know what to expect. Barbara started off by sending information right away about the area, things to do, restaurants, everything we would need to plan a great vacation. The apartment overlooks a bustling but not too busy street, with a great balcony to sit and people watch while you have your morning coffee or a drink at the end of the day. Everything we needed was taken care of immediately - from paper towels delivered right way (within seconds, really!) when we ran out, to Benjamin finding us a great dinner spot when our dinner plans fell through last-minute due to heavy rain. The apartment was great - plenty of space, super-clean, all the amenities you could need, and the a/c worked great. It felt very secure, and definitely was a safe neighborhood.

Truly, if you are trying to decide whether to stay here, the answer is yes. There was not a single thing I would change, and we will look forward to visiting again soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Much铆simas gracias, Shannon -- do hope you can come back sometime soon!! And thank you again for your generosity by "packing for a purpose" & helping the community; you made a huge impact!!
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great location, prompt service

  • 4 of 5

Nicely managed and well-maintained units. Benjamin promptly replied to questions and requests. Apts were close to restaurants, theater, eateries, shops, main plazas and local sites, while still being quiet at night. We caught a carriage just outside our door for pre-sunset tour around the town, took a 5 minute walk each evening to the Western wall to watch the sunset, a few minutes walk to dancing in Plaza Aduana or to live music on the portico overlooking Hotel Santa Teresa. Tasty foods abound at every price point nearby the apts.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your nice review & glad to read you were able to enjoy so much during your stay -- hope you can return sometime soon for more fabulous sunsets!
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  • 5 of 5

The location of the Condo was amazing in the heart of the walled city, It was clean and welcoming. The service was excellent from beginning to the end. We enjoyed the balcony so much. Henry the caretaker was very resourceful and helpful. I would recommend this safe place anytime. Everything about the condo was very nice, close to the shopping and nice restaurants.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much -- I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay & hope you can come back again!
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Better than advertised!

  • 5 of 5

My first time ever doing an apartment rental. Friend and I rented the studio and connecting 1 bedroom. Barbara sent 11pages of thorough info about the apartment, excursions etc. plus, she was in constant and fast contact about any questions/concerns. The apartment was modern, clean, spacious. The beds comfy. The air conditioner worked great. We felt very safe. Plus, the manager Henry met us, showed everything, so helpful! We did a walking tour with him which was awesome! The apartment is on a lively street but totally quiet at night. The balcony was the best way for me and Juan Valdez to start my day. Everything is actually closer than we realized (do the walking tour ASAP... We did it the second day). We went to Carmen for dinner (excellent) and all the ice cream places. Loved the Palleteria. Crepes and Waffles. El Bistro was fun for Tapas. Henry arranged a boat trip to a private island where the beaches are Caribbean like. I wish we had done even more stuff. I NEVER a felt unsafe and Henry promised I wouldn't be kidnapped though was kind enough to add that I was kidnapped worthy. Thank you Barb and Henry! It was seamless and anyway you could accommodate us you did! I hope to return soon!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: VERY glad you had such a great stay -- thanks so much for the nice review! Sitting on the balcony & watching Cartagena go by is one of my favorite things too, plus of course wandering the Old City streets. Hope you are able to come back again soon!
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Cartagena Rafael Nu帽ez
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Manga Cruise Terminal
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

- Renters are required to pay for any damage to the apartments.
- Other renters are to be respected regarding noise level
- No drugs
- No non-registered guests without prior permission and then only if they do not pose a security threat to the apartments or other renters; non-registered guests may not stay the night
-Maximum of 6 guests, even if one is an infant
-Extra guest fees for those age 3 & above.
Thank you!

Manager'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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