Hostal La Casona
Named after the fisherman's daughter that cleaned out her father's fishy innards (tripita) and had a penchant for stockings (media) on her day off, Calle Tripita y Media is where you will find Hostal La Casona, one of the best values in Cartagena.
Since the days of tripe and socks, the street has changed a little but it is still one of the liveliest streets in Cartagena becoming a hub for hotels and bars in the happening barrio of Getsemani.
Famed for a plethora of cheap eat restaurants and cafes, music-filled bars and clubs and a blend of local flavour and international visitors, Getsemani has changed rapidly from a no-go to must-go destination in the last five years.
Your neighbours include the much-loved Malagana Cafe & Bar (a corozo mojito from their ambient rooftop is a must-do), authentic curry house Pardesh, and the Salsa Club Cafe Havana, that did much to put Getsemaní on the map when it opened six years ago.
Hostal La Casona houses 27 private rooms that sleep between 1 and 6 people. Rooms weave around a colourful communal courtyard.
The comfortably appointed rooms all contain private bathrooms, air-conditioning and cable television.
Breakfast is included in the economical room rate and bonus features include free wi-fi throughout and a communal kitchen to prepare your own meals. La Casona also offers 6 computer workstations with high-speed internet connections.
Take your morning meal in the sunlit, plant-filled courtyard while you listen to the calls of the neighbourhood fruit and veg vendors and contemplate which of Cartagena's Caribbean beaches you feel like visiting later that day.
Your breakfast will more likely be one of tropical fruits, breads, juices and coffee. It's a matter of taste, of course, but if you like they might even be able to find you some tripe!
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
* Cheap digs in the coolest part of town
* Clean rooms and en-suite bathroom
* Close proximity to great bars like Malagana Cafe & Bar and breakfast cafés like Gato Negro Cafe and Ceiba Juice Bar
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* Early risers get the best breakfast
* If you're a light sleeper try and get one of the rooms to the rear of the house
* Up-and-coming Getsemani is full of characters - their bark is normally worse than their bite
- Air Conditioning
- Dry cleaning
- Free Wi-Fi
- Safe Deposit Box