2 stars

Hotel Pueblito Playa

     

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    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 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. 

    The hotel's colour-coded rooms are themed like the one-of-a-kind mariposas amarillas room, a reference to the magical yellow butterflies in Gabriel García Márquez's book One Hundred Years of Solitude. 

    Pueblito Playa's cosy honeymoon suite, tastefully decorated with a red feature wall, fancy cast-iron bedstead, crisp white bed linen and comfy colourful pillows offers an extra treat for extra special celebrations. 

    You can book the room for COP$160,000 (USD$91) a night or treat your loved one to extra champagne on ice, red roses on your arrival and breakfast in bed (with croissants and fresh fruit) for an extra COP$100,000 (USD$57). Nice. 

    With his adorable French bulldog Loulou in tow, Brian gave up his 35-year career running a catering company in Monaco to make a new start in Cartagena. 

    Brian brought his love of pets with him, and has taken in four street dogs, Yupi the Costa Rican street dog, Lucy, and siblings Tigre and Tigra, plus Michicoo the TV-watching street cat, in his first two-years in town. 

    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. 

    The hotel prides itself on serving up fantastic breakfasts, with a different menu for every day of the week, and lunch and dinner can be provided for groups of 20 people or more. With Brian's catering expertise at the helm, his team cooks up a mean Caribbean-style chicken curry.

    THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
    * Competitive rates mean you have more pesos in your pocket to spend on Cartagena's best restaurants and touring the city
    * Dogs are welcome. It doesn't matter how big (or little) they are
    * Free unlimited parking means you can enjoy a rest from driving to enjoy the hotel
    * Pueblito Playa is one of the few budget hotels in Cartagena that includes breakfast
    * The Mexican tortilla breakfast that comes with eggs, corn and peppers
    * Good healthy eating options on the doorstep at La Dulcería and Gokela

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
    * Don't expect the Ritz-Carlton, Pueblito Playa is not five-star accommodation but you get more than you pay for and the facilities are clean and comfortable
    * The hotel's colourful decor could be considered kitsch by some but hey it's cool to wear shades indoors and the friendly atmosphere in the hotel is contagious
    * Brian's shoot-from-the-hip tips on what's good and what's not in Cartagena

    FACILITIES:

    • Air Conditioning
    • Restaurant
    • Family rooms
    • Non-smoking
    • Parking
    • Pets Allowed
    • TV
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Safe Deposit Box

    Address and contact

    ADDRESS: Bocagrande, Avenida San Martín (Cra 2) No. 4-115, Cartagena, Colombia
    TEL: +57 (5) 660 9128
    CHECK-IN: 15:00
    CHECK-OUT: 13:00
    ROOMS: 24
    FOOD: Breakfast Included
    From $ 100/night
    2 nights

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    • Standard Double (Low Season)
      $ 100/night
      Air-conditioned rooms are decorated with bright colours and include private bathrooms. Each room is equipped with cable TV and a safety deposit box, the in-house restaurant offers a selection of regional Colombian food. An American breakfast is served daily at the restaurant. THIS RATE IS NOT AVAILABLE IN HIGH SEASON (Dec 15-Jan15)
    • Standard Double (High Season)
      $ 115/night
      Air-conditioned rooms are decorated with bright colours and include private bathrooms. Each room is equipped with cable TV and a safety deposit box, the in-house restaurant offers a selection of regional Colombian food. An American breakfast is served daily at the restaurant. THIS IS THE HIGH SEASON RATE (Dec 15-Jan15)

     

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    Hotel Pueblito Playa Bocagrande, Avenida San Martín (Cra 2) No. 4-115, Cartagena, Colombia
    From USD$ 100
    per night
    2 stars