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204 馃嚚馃嚧 Old City amazing roof deck & balcony views--1BR, 2BA! 馃槑

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Choose the Balcones or Moneda Apartments (studio, one and two bedroom options) & you are right in the heart of the magical Old City!

In this listing a one bedroom apartment is highlighted, ideal for a single person, a couple, or a couple friends. There's lots of information below, or look through the photos to get to know where you could be staying on your Colombian visit!

Like this apartment but it's booked for your dates? Or need a larger one? I work with 14 apartments in the Old City & can help!

This newly renovated (fall 2016) second floor (walk up) one bedroom apartment is a great place to base yourself in Cartagena. You’ll love sipping your glass of wine or morning cup of Colombian coffee on your balcony while people-watching and getting a true taste of Cartagena life below. Want to get to know your fellow travelers staying in the other Balcones apartments and/or get a higher view of the Old City? Check out the roof deck with amazing views!



*Balcony overlooking Calle de la Moneda

*Teak bistro table & chairs on the balcony

*Double-paned windows & balcony doors with black out shades

*Full bath with rain shower head

*40" flat screen TV

*Kitchenette with small refrigerator, coffee machine, induction burner, toaster, and basics for making (& eating! :) light meals



*Air conditioning (mini-split)

*Ceiling fan

*Wifi/Internet (dedicated broadband!)

*Hot water in the shower and sinks -- not all places in Cartagena have this!


*Bed linens

*Sofabed in the living room

*Towels: dish, hand, & bath

*Personal soap

*Toilet paper

*Hair dryer


*Smoke detector



*Rooftop terrace & 'mirador' -- great views!

*Tourist information

*First aid kit

*Fire extinguisher



*Iron/ironing board

*Beach towels


OPTIONAL SERVICES (at additional expense):

*Housekeeping during your stay

*Laundry service

*Tour guide services


This apartment is one of eleven apartments located on the 2nd & 3rd floors (walk up) of a three-story building (a clothing store is on the ground floor); this apartment (204) is on the 2nd floor. There is a door from the street with stairs to the second & third floors which guests of the eleven apartments share. Guests will have the key to this main door as well as to their own individual apartment.

There is also a roof deck with a 'mirador' and great views of Cartagena! All Balcones guests have access to this.

Once booked, guests receive a multi-page document (in English) and website 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 Benjamin 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 in the building and is readily available. Should you have a question about the apartment or you want tourism assistance, laundry service, or have questions while there, feel free to ask!

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 Fundación La Vecina, a community organization in Cartagena, and 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:
August 12, 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 in North, Central & South America and Europe. 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!

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 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!

Thank you,

Barbara Smalley

Barbara Smalley, Vacation Rentals Cartagena purchased this apartment in 2016


Centro Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Renters are required to pay for any damages.
  • Be mindful of the balcony if there is a child in the apartment.
  • Please respect other renters regarding noise level. Guests of renters are permitted if there is no security threat but they cannot stay overnight.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Living room bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bedroom bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double bed in bedroom, sleeper sofa in living room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Housekeeping, laundry, and tour guide services on request for extra fee. Building has a fabulous rooftop!


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204 馃嚚馃嚧 Old City amazing roof deck & balcony views--1BR, 2BA! 馃槑
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Jonesboro Arkansas

Amazing place in perfect location!!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough nice things about the quality of the rental apartment as well as the management of the overall arrangements by Barbara and Benjamin (apartment manager)!!

I begin emailing Barbara back in September about the apartment rental and she was quick in responding and even called me to discuss details and answer questions I had! She familiarized me with the city to prepare for my vacation by emailing lots of detail - what to see, restaurants, contact people and addresses and etc!

She also immediately got me in contact with Benjamin - who was a God send!!馃檹?馃徑?馃檹?馃徑?馃檹?馃徑? His face was the first thing I saw when I stepped from taxi at apt and was waiting to show us around and answer any questions we had! He was great at checking on isn’t Also and this made us comfortable the entire stay!!

This apartment is comfortable and in walking distance of everything you’ll want to see in the old city!!

This duo (Barbara and Benjamin) are DYNAMIC TO WORK WITH!! You can’t go wrong with working with this pair!

We are so thankful for them and this experience!!馃檹?馃徑?馃檹?馃徑?馃檹?馃徑?

Denise Khalaf

USA, Arkansas

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Denise, we are blushing! Thank you SO much for your nice review & we are thrilled you had a great stay -- hope you can *all* come back soon!
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Atlanta GA

Loved it!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the place. Loved the location. Loved the amazing customer service from Barbara and Benjamin. I will use it again and again. Muchas gracias. Merci.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we loved having you! Looking forward to many return visits to come -- much铆simas gracias!
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Cartagena Rafael Nu帽ez
Nearest Ferry
0.6 Miles
Muelle Turistico/Tourist Dock
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 the corner of Calle Segunda de Badillo and Calle de la Moneda. The streets are lined with shops and a couple of small restaurants. Just at the other end of the Calle Segunda de Badillo is the beautiful Parque Fernández de Madrid surrounded by plenty of nice restaurants and cafes.

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!

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.

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$4-5 taxi ride from the airport, and a 5-10 minute/US$2-3 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

- Strict four guest maximum in the apartment, no matter the age of the guest
- Extra fee for 3rd & 4th guest counts for those age 3 & up
- 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
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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