No. 1 | CASA LA FE
If it’s a great location you’re looking for head to the comfortably-priced Casa La Fe nestled into a lovely corner of the historic barrio of San Diego, Cartagena
Blessed with a great location on Plaza Fernandez de Madrid, Hotel Casa La Fe is a great, reasonably priced launch pad to enjoy Cartagena's historic centre.
La Fe was transformed from one of the finest Republican properties in the city centre seven years ago into a calm and relaxing boutique hotel, laced with a very British flavour.
Treat yourself to a full breakfast in the garden patio, or witness from your balcony the ongoing transformation of a plaza that helped inspire Gabriel Garcia Marquez to write his masterpiece Love in the Time of Cholera.
No. 2 | ALFIZ HOTEL BOUTIQUE
Filled with historic charm, Alfiz Hotel Boutique is a combination of Cartagena through the ages. Delve into the city’s rich past without having to pay through the nose.
Few boutique hotels in Cartagena have captured the authentic feel of the colonial city quite so well as Alfiz Hotel Boutique.
The hotel is located on a historic street linking the political seats of power, each of its eight suites reflect a different period in the city's glorious past.
From La Conquista to independence under the great liberator, Simon Bolivar, the Colombian-Swedish owners scoured the city's antique stores for original period furniture to create the city's mostbona fide gateway to the past.
Book the Virreinato Suite with balcony and transport yourself back to the days when the house's original owner, wealthy French slave trader Juan d'Anglade, ruled the roost. Rooms are keenly priced for such a central location just a stone's throw from the major historic sights and attractions.
No. 5 | PUEBLITO PLAYA HOTEL
A budget hotel unique to Cartagena, Pueblito Playa is an explosion of colour on Bocagrande beach, offering not just a great place to stay - but a plush pad for your pooch too.
Pueblito Playa Hotel may have simple digs but it comes with buckets full of heart and plenty of character courtesy of British owner, Brian Glockler, who gave the hotel a new lease on life when he bought it in 2011.
Brian transformed the run-down property into a friendly home-away-from-home hotel with a vibrant décor, affable and down-to-earth staff and delicious home-cooked meals to boot. All right on the beach for a little over USD$50 a night.
Hotel guests are encouraged to bring their pets to the party, a welcome relief for weary travellers looking to take a break from their campervans and cars and to give their canines some down time running free at the beach.
Brian's main mission is for his guests to feel at home. Like a true English gentleman, he won't sleep unless everything is in working order, so you won't find any faulty showerheads or uncomfortable pillows here.
No. 4 | CASA PEDRO ROMERO
Enjoy a piece of living history at Casa Pedro Romero and revel in the home comforts provided by this relaxed and comfortable hotel without feeling the pinch. .
Casa Pedro Romero takes its name from the man who led a rebellion in Getsemani, spearheading the national independence uprising in 1811. The Cuban rebel-rouser has since become a local hero.
Just like its namesake, this house and its family has played a pivotal role in shaping Getsemani on its way to becoming a thriving international hotspot.
Just metres from Getsemani's heart and soul, Plaza de la Santisima Trinidad, the hotel features four high-ceiling, tastefully decorated rooms, each with their own private bathroom and air-conditioning.
Casa Pedro Romero feels more a home than a hotel - use your own set of keys to come and go as you please, prepare a snack in the kitchen, or make a wish in the historic well. This is the perfect roost for those who, just like Pedro, Salsa to the beat of their own drum.
No. 3 | HOSTAL LAS CHANCLETAS
Arguably the friendliest hostel in Cartagena, perched on one of the city’s most colourful streets, a stay at Las Chancletas is worth every cent.
Hostal Las Chancletas and the street take their names from the obligatory 'chancletas' or flip-flops worn in Colombia's Caribbean city over the ages.
And the owners of this new arrival have opted to put their best foot forward with a flip....flop house that will leave you totally hooked on Cartagena's trendiest barrio, Getsemani.
Charismatic Cartagenero owner 'Nando Velez takes his Havaiianas the extra yard to ensure that visitors take a fantastic impression of his city home with them.
Together with his trusty manager, Marcela Oramas, the dynamic duo will leave you far better than they found you: dancing better salsa, speaking better Spanish and with a smile that stretches from ear-to-ear.