A few short steps from Cartagena's most popular public square, Plaza Santo Domingo, this 15-room mansion is popular with big groups that don't want to pay through the nose for an unforgettable stay in Cartagena's old town.
More comfortable than luxurious, this well-worn colonial villa trades on its proximity to Cartagena's best nightlife and restaurants, a generous swimming pool and a spacious roof terrace - all the essential ingredients for a perfect stay in Colombia's Caribbean gem.
Like many of Cartagena's most impressive colonial mansions it doesn't look like much from the outside but expands like Dr Who's Tardis once you step inside.
Step into this Caribbean villa and you are struck by a verdant curtain of tropical vegetation that acts as a veil between the downstairs public spaces and the swimming pool at ground level.
Casa Zapallo's lush fauna plays with the house's tangerine motif and vibrant art collection deployed throughout to brighten up the abundant exposed brick and colonial walls.
The nine comfortable rooms are distributed across three levels with a variety of layouts. Most have double king-sized beds, but there are a couple of rooms with twin beds for the kids or friends that don't mind sharing.
Public areas that include a grand salon used for weddings and meetings have a more rustic theme that contrasts with the contemporary style of the bedrooms.
Casa Zapallo's big pull is having plenty of space to let rip, so get planning some impressive social activities.
The pool has seen its fair share of nocturnal action and the expansive roof terrace has great views of the city's principal landmarks. A Jacuzzi on the roof is there for lazy afternoons hanging out with a drink, soaking up the Caribbean sunshine.
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
* A swimming pool is bigger than most and encourages socializing at ground level.
* Staying in Cartagena's old town without paying through the teeth for the privilege.
* Being so close to the city's best nightlife - Bourbon Street, La Movida and La Perla are right on your doorstep.
* Vibrant art that will brighten up your days and nights.
* A nocturnal hot tub session with a view of Cartagena's up-lit Cathedral.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* The owners only rent the house out in its entirety during high season but rooms can be rented separately from March to December.
* It hasn't been refurbished for five years.
* With 15 rooms and 19 beds, the house can sleep up to 30 people comfortably.
* The house comes with a cleaner and someone to prepare breakfast. If you need extra services a concierge service can be arranged.
* The owner is happy to rent the house for social soirees, weddings and other events.
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- Air Conditioning
- Family rooms
- Swimming Pool
- Rooftop Terrace
- Meeting rooms
- Free Wi-Fi