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Cartagena (or called by its full name, Cartagena de Indias), is the fifth-largest city in Colombia with a population of nearly a million. There is a distinct Afro-Caribbean feel to this northern city, different from other cities. Cartagena's tropical climate is hot and humid with rains in April and May and from October to December. Temperatures average over thirty degrees Celsius every day.
Cartagena's jewel is Cartajena Vieja, the Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. As it's surrounded by high walls with colonial-style buildings by the Caribbean, walking through the gates feels like stepping into the scene of a pirate movie. Buildings are painted bright colours, the narrow, cobbled streets are shared by cars and horse carts. It is very well looked after and arguably the nicest city in the whole of South America. There are street vendors selling jewelry and souvenirs and performance artists keeping visitors entertained. On warm days it is no problem to find a cafe for a cool refreshment or for some of Colombia's famous coffee.
For a rather unique experience, leave your hostel, pack your swim gear, and book a tour to the Volcan de Totumo. This is a bubbling volcano, where you bathe in the mud pool at the top. You will be covered from head to toe in mud before cleaning off in the lake. There are water taxis that bring tourists out to the beaches at Playa Blanca or Rosario, as the beaches in Cartagena are not clean. Not too far from the centre is the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a magnificently preserved fortress built by the Spanish.
A popular activity at night is to do a "Rumba in Chiva" tour. These are old, colourfully painted buses with benches where you bring alcohol and the chiva bus drives around Cartagena, a great way for people staying at Cartagena hostels to mix with locals! Cartagena has plenty of nightlife and is a destination for many Colombians. The areas of Getsemanai and the modern Bocagrande are good for a night out.
Most Cartagena hostels are located in the Getsemanai area of the city. More hostels are opening their doors as the safety situation continues to improve in Colombia and tourists flock to the region.
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The Chill House Backpackers hostel
"… hours a day. There is a spacious lounge area with sound sistem, flat screen satellite tv,DVD, and movies. We can also close the glass doors leading to the patio and rooms on party nights, that way you could chill in one area or party in another according to your tastes. Guest kitchen with everything you need to cook up your own meals or walk downstairs to enjoy an amazing meal at our restaurant Casa Majagua - Special deals for...
Media Luna Hostel
"Media Luna is a new hostel, opened to fill the void of hostels in the tourist city of Cartagena. The Location The location is in the area of Getsemeni, which is a ten-minute walk from the Old Town walls. The area is reasonably safe although taxis should be used at night. There are many restaurants and drinking spots in the vicinity. The hostel is located a twenty-minute taxi drive away from the main bus terminal. Rooms and...
El Viajero Cartagena Hostel
"If you didn't have to check into El Viajero Cartagena Hostel, your first impressions would be of a really nice, clean hostel with a layout that looks a little like an American motel. Unfortunately, your first impression will instead be molded by a collection of the surliest employees in South America, seemingly handpicked for their poor customer service. Check-in alone takes so long you will probably have to pay for another night by the time...
"… a beautiful courtyard where visitors can waste away the afternoon or evening after a full day of exploring the city. If you are feeling a little hungry, but have no energy to cook, have no fear, Hostal Real has a delicious cafe/restaurant for guests to enjoy that sits just off the courtyard. This charming Guesthouse is situated inside of a beautiful 17th century colonial home in the heart of historic Cartagena. Set amongst a...
Makako Chill Out Hostel
"Relaxing stay - For being a hostel, I really enjoyed my stay. The ambiance was great and the staff was fantastic. Sarah, one of the hosts, was always there with a smile and willing to help us out. The whole scene there was relaxed and provided the necessary accommodations. There was a kitchen, TV, wifi, AC at night, three bathrooms to share with the rest of the house. Kind of the trickiest part but worked out. I like to call it an hipster's...
"… for the rest of your journey. The hostel is simple and economic but yet satisfying. You can cook, watch tv., drink something from the minibar, smoke, listen nice music or just chill outside in our beautiful terrace. Breakfast is included! During weekend Hugo (the drummer and administrator) will guide you through the best discos in Town! Iguana's House is the perfect place to enjoy your trip. Just come and feel the good...
Hostal Casa Nativa
"Historic centre, comfy beds, big lockers - Juan Carlos is a very friendly & helpful host who looked after us on our two night visit. The bunk beds are clean and new, have lots of head room, a locker as wide as the bed, and privacy curtains. The shower is quite small with nowhere to place dry clothes. Kitchen is well equipped and modern." … "… building. Our house maintain the colonial spirit in its walls. It´s a two floor...
"… dorms) and most are pretty spacious. We dont consider ourselves a party hostel, but were not boring either. Theres usually something going on in the patio or the bar. Wednesday is party night on Calle Media Luna, right in front of the hostel. Its pone of the best nights out in Cartagena and theres usually plenty of people at the hostel enjoying it before heading out. We provide a kitchen for those of you who want to cook...
Hostel Green House Coffee Bar
"We are a hostel located in the old town of the marvelous Cartagena de Indias, just a few steps away from the well known parque Fernandez Madrid. Our main focus is attending needs of people interested in a budget accommodation style, providing a space where they can comfortably hang out with different cultures and nationalities within the best chill ambience in the city. Our property is equipped with 5 rooms: 1/ 6 bed shared dormitory. 2/10...
Las Chancletas Beach Hostel
"Be careful -- they'll rip you off they can get away with it! - While the stay was comfortable -- aircon with decent facilities that were clean -- they charged an extra 10% (not recognising the bookers' fee that I had made in advance) and then adding an additional 13% as a credit card fee. A total of 60,000 COP. (On the last night some guests had a party and kept us awake until late -- apparently they have a policy regarding noise but they...
"… with Hostel 25-59 offering its guests personalised water sports packages (scuba, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, surfing and harpoon fishing) in deserted spots along the Islas del Rosario. The reception is manned 6 AM to 12 PM by the family who speak Spanish, litle English and French. Their local knowledge and contacts are invaluable and their open armed friendliness makes even the fleeting guest feel at home. Please...
Calamari Hostel Boutique
"… Cartagena allows visitors evoke colonial times and visit in walking distance the best spots, restaurantes and shows offered by this magical city. Check the facilities we have in our Hostel. From our deck you can have the best view of the historic center of Cartagena while you sunbathe, have a beer or read a book. It is a hostel designed for people like you, who want more for less! Our hostel has private rooms for those guests...
"good beds, good ac, good security, kind people attending the hostel. fully recommend." … "… One block from the beach and also one block from the bay. only four minutes from the old city by taxi and 15 minutes walking. All the rooms with air-conditioning The Jamrock is perfectly situated in the Castillo Grande neighborhood, one of the city’s wealthiest and safest districts! Only four blocks away from Bocagrande,...
Tree House Hostel
"… TV - Laundry - Free bag storage Tree House Hostel is a true backpackers hostel catering for people from all over the globe... We are located in the Getsemani area in Cartagena Colombia . We can also cater for groups - Foreign Exchange students, athletes, music conference lovers etc. Our communal outside courtyard makes it very easy for meeting fellow backpackers and like minded travelers. Please note: Cancellation...
Hostel The Roof
"NEW hostel olocated on the Avenida Venezuela in the legendary WALLED CITY, the only hostel with BREAKFAST INCLUDED and AC in all of our dorms, between two of the most important touristic sites as The Clock Tower and The Indian Catalina. We have a very beautiful , calmed and relaxing ROOF TOP with an excellent view of the walled old city. come and visit us and enjoy lovely sunsets and an excellent staff that will make you stay pleasant and...
Mama Waldy Hostel
"… with a warm stay with Mama Waldy - the family run Cartagena hostel with heaps of heart. Named after the family matriarch, the much loved abuela (grandma) Waldy, this Getsemani hostel is as close as you will find to a home from home in Cartagena. You'll find the hostel nestled in a corner of the historic and culturally rich, Calle de la Sierpe, which snakes it's way from the bustle of Plaza Trinidad all the way to Parque...
Mystic House Hostal
"… could need a comfortable and easy way. Mystic House offers Private and Shared Rooms, Air Conditioning or Fan, Social Area and very nice terrace. In Mystic House you will found all kinds of tourist services within the city, trips to the Islands, City tous, Chivas Parranderas, Totumo Volcano, Tickets Bus Sale, Travel to Panama by Boat, Extreme Sports and More. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 2 days before the arrival...
Papaya Hostel Getsemani
"Great host and location - Very welcoming staff greet you at the secure door at the front. Evan and Anna are very helpful at all times. The hostel is quiet and very clean. I highly recommend!" … "It was comfortable. Staff was nice, always willing to help. - It was comfortable. Staff was nice, always willing to help. It was a clean place. It was close to the Old City and the San Felipe Castle. Loved it." … "… arrival time...
El Genoves Hostal
"El Genoves Hostal is located in the exclusive area of San Diego, between Plaza San Diego Fernandez de Madrid in the old city. It has recognized places nearby with a lot of history and tradition. At this places many visitors share and enjoy the infinite beauty of its squares, restaurants, bars, places of entertainment and fun." … "… San Diego and Plaza Fernandez de Madrid. Guests will have the chance to dine at the...
"The Hostal Arrecifes is located at the north of Cartagena , in a fishermen´s neighborhood , called La Boquilla , well known for its 5 kilometer beaches . The Hostal is located 4 kilometers from the airport and 12 from the walled downtown Cartagena . Is a perfect family oriented location." … "The Hostel is located 4 kilometers from the airport . Take the road to the north , via Barranquilla , turn left 2 kilometers from the...
Amber Hostel Cartagena
"… your needs, from basic dorms (max 6 people) to private rooms with ensuite bathroom, Air-Condition and cable TV. We have 9 different options you can choose from. As well as valuable information about touristic destinations and tours to Islas del Rosario, Playa Blanca, the Totumo volcano, guided city tours or Rumba Chiva, we can help you to find the best sailboat trips to Panama via San Blas. So come and visit us, stay at Amber...
Hostel Mirador de Cartagena
"Hostel Mirador de Cartagena is situated on the top floor of a building facing the sea.We are only 5 minutes by bike from the historic city center. We offer dormitories up to 4 people with shared bathroom, the bed linen is included.This building has also an outdoor swimming pool.Please note :Cancellation Policy : 3 days.Payment accepted on arrival : cash only!Flexible Check-in time.Check-out time : 16:00.Breakfast not included.Taxes included."...
Casa de la Chicheria
"Bedbugs - the hostel was decent overall. Cool party atmosphere in the pool area. the private room was overpriced as across the street they charge 35000 for a private with air conditioning. they also charged me 22000 for a vodka redbull, insanity. there were bedbugs in my bed." … "… our front door and find yourself immersed in the cities culture and diversity. With hundreds of bars and restaurants offering flavours from all over...
Hostel Boutique Blue House
"La Casa Azul in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia is located in the neighborhood of San Diego" … "We are located 15 minutes from the airport by taxi. From the Bocagrande Mall 15 minutes (taxi) 10 minutes walk Banks, 05 minutes walk Teatro Heredia,05 minutes by taxi to Club Nautico." … Barrio San Diego Parque Fernandez Madrid, Casa Numero 38-08
Apartamento Santo Toribo
"Rooms at Yolanda Bed & Breakfast are built out of bricks and woods, that regulate temperatures and provide a cozy atmosphere. All feature king beds. Some rooms also come with a sitting area and bathtub. A complimentary breakfast is served in Yolanda´s eating lounge, including fresh fruits and Colombian coffee. During the day refreshments and drinks can be ordered from the snack bar. Room service is available." … "The hotel Yolanda is...
Apartamento Edificio Centro Turistico Del Caribe
"The spacious apartments of Apartamento Edificio Centro Turistico Del Caribe include a flat-screen TV, fully equipped kitchen and 2 bedrooms. There is also a small dining area. The services in the apartment are 24-Hour Front Desk, Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Express Check-In/Check-Out, Air Conditioning. This Apartment is very comfortable in a beatiful area near that important places and the beach, you can walk and enjoy that of stores and...
Cartagena Apartments One
"Free WIFI, a basket of tropical fruits and water is available to you on your arrival! Our facilities inclide a full kitchen, airconditioning, Cable TV, outdoor terrace and a living area. We are located in front of the beach and just 10 minutes from airport. Meals are not included. Supermarkets and Bars are closeby in our neighborhood. We ensure that our beautiful apartment is clean and in a perfect condition, just for you to enjoy...
Hostal Casa Viena
"Casa Viena is the best hostel i stayed in Colombia. the perfect spot to hang out, to meet people, to get updated information. it's true that air con in the dorm is switched off around 10 a.m, but still better than no air con at all, like in all other low budget places here in Cartagena." … "I really loved the place, especially with its owner Hans, who is a very helpful guy. It's the perfect place for your stay in Cartagena, with lots...
"Cute place - We stayed at Sweety for 2 nights and had a lovely time. It was in a good location and close to the old town. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Our room was huge, clean and comfortable. The breakfasts were great and we had plenty to eat. We are hopefully going back to stay here next month." … "… free WiFi, a large, free breakfast, free national calls, free calls to USA and Canada, bike rentals and sell...
Hostal la casona de getsemani
"With brick wall details and wooden ceiling beams, rooms at La Casona can accommodate up to 4 people. Accommodation includes cable TV. Room service is available. Guests get laundry units and vending machines on site. Currency exchange and shuttle service are offered as well. For sightseeing and renting cars or bicycles, there is a tour desk. You can stop by at the lobby for light snacks and enjoy the XXI century decorations. The guestrooms...
"… La Popa, and La Torre del Reloj. Guest Rooms: #1: Large guest room that accomodates 4 guests in one double bed and 2 twin beds. #2: Standard double room that accomodates 2 guests in one double bed. Features a built-in closet with ample storage space, perfect for guests planning a longer stay. #3: Standard double room that accomodates 2 guests in one double bed #4: Extra large guest room with private balcony....
Hotel Boutique Santo Domingo
"We are a few minutes stroll to a secluded dip in the Caribbean Sea, and a 5-10 minute taxi or bus ride to the beaches of Bocagrande. We are between Plaza Santo Domingo & the Cámara de Comercio in Cartagena." … Calle Santo Domingo N°3-47, Cartagena de Indiass - Colombia
Hotel Casa Villa Colonial
"… offers free Wi-Fi. There is a charming courtyard with palm trees. The guest rooms of Casa Villa Colonial are simply furnished and include air conditioning and a TV. Each room has a private bathroom with shower. Guests can enjoy a drink on the terrace and read the daily journals to catch up on the latest news. The 24-hour front desk is available anytime to advice guests on interesting. Please Note: Cancellation Policy: 72...
"… centers such as casinos, restaurants and supermarkets. We have 60 rooms (11 doubles, 12 triples, 11 quadruples, 19 quintuplets, sextuplets 6, 2 eightfold), located at the rear of the hotel, which have central air conditioning, television with cable TV and private bath. Ideal for groups or individuals with more economic budget. Outside the hotel, overlooking the Avenida San Martin, we have a nice terrace where you can find drinks,...
Costa Del Sol Cartagena
"The Hotel Costa del Sol is located in the exclusive Bocagrande, beachfront, close to major tourist and entertainment centers, just 15 minutes from Rafael Nunez airport." … Avenue 1 a Calle 9 esquina
Hotel Patio de San Diego
"… is the stage of history both old and the new world. His big story, the walled center, excellent location and great tourism potential make this city the more attractive of the Caribbean and America. We also have available charming colonial houses full of luxuries and details for an exclusive stay unique and unrepeatable Privacy filled with all hotel services. For the more adept the sea offer apartments in the area of Bocagrande,...
"… deserve are guaranteed during your stay. All our rooms are equiped with: 1. Desk 2. Air conditioner 3. Mini refrigerator 4. Cable TV 5. Telephone 6. Safe box 7. Voicemail 8. WI-Fi internet conection 9. 24 h. Room Service 10. 110 v Electrical power 11. Alarm Clock 12. Hairdryer Conditions: We need a valid credit card to guarantee your booking request, if a valid credit card is not provided, the...
Bantu Hotel Boutique
"The hotel is accessible and near to the most popular tourist attractions (San Pedro Church, the cathedral, historic Plaza Santo Domingo) as well high-end restaurants, bars, and shops. As well as also the biggets conventions center of Cartagena. “El Cabildo Restaurant with Colombian and Caribbean typical cuisine. A sizeable roof deck encourages relaxation with its Jacuzzi, swimming pool, and solarium. WIFI. It has 26 spacious, cool and...
Hotel Villa Colonial
"Very nice - Media luna street. Room very clean, nice hotel with kitchen available and helpful staff. No swimming pool." … "… option for people visiting Cartagena tourist purposes, or business. Our hosting service is characterized by offering a personalized service with high standards of quality. Within our portfolio of services we provide, travel packages, shuttle service to and from the Rafael Nunez International Airport,...
Hotel San Roque Cartagena
"Hotel San Roque is a family hotel located in the old city or walled in the field of Gethsemane ccalle Crescent No. 10C-48 just 3 blocks from downtown Convensiones, clock tower, castle San Felipe, near the area Pink (bars, restaurants, museums, churches, beaches and other places of interest). It is a renovated old house of 3 floors with wood and white walls contrasting with arquitectura.Las guestrooms offer private bath, cable TV, air...
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