No. 1 | HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
The renowned international hotel group, Holiday inn, has added some much needed Va Va Voom to Bocagrande’s stuck-in-a-60’s-rut hotel beach strip.
Located just a 5 minute taxi ride from the the colonial wonders and a flip flop throw away from the sand and sea action, you get the best of what Cartagena has to offer, without your bank balance going into the red.
The killer roof top pool, slick room design and lots of leg room means you won’t be questioning what you’re paying for.
No. 2 | 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. 3 | SAN DIEGO 974 SUITES
You don’t need a AmEx black credit card to experience the bonafide luxury of Cartagena’s well-heeled San Diego district.
Couples and families looking for 100% privacy and lashings of space without the hefty price tag will be more than satisfied catching their 40 winks in these ultra-spacious digs.
This dreamy bolthole was originally designed to be luxury apartments for Colombia’s Land Rover owner types before plans fell through in 2008 with the financial crisis. The good news is now those with less zeros in their account get to enjoy this plush palace instead.
Savvy modern furnishings, blissful beds and plenty of double figure square metres to stretch yourself out make this star turn a must-sleep option for big groups.
No. 4 | Casa Marco Polo
Get extra bang for your buck with this fantastically cheap and (very) cheerful bed and breakfast option in Cartagena’s colonial centre.
Three rooms can be rented out individually or as a whole house. Rooms are basic, comfortable and clean, but with a luscious terrace that punches above its budget-priced stature, you are not going to be spending too much time holed up in bed.
If you’re one that wakes up with an appetite, Casa Marco Polo is not going to disappoint your grumbling stomach. They swap the sappy Continental for a breakfast of champions that will fill you up till the sun goes down.
NO. 5 | Casa Cuba
A budget villa that packs some serious designer punch with name-drop architects and a mention in Wallpaper magazine is most definitely not to be sniffed at.
It's a geographic money saver too. Ideally located in Getsemani, a bohemian barrio filled with local heroes and reasonably priced bars and restaurants.
Too cool for school travellers will swoon at the exposed brick walls and funky furnishings that clash wonderfully with the 16th colonial structure in which this house was built.
Flat caps off to the design team at Bogotá-based, Meteoro Estudio, for delivering contemporary cool at old-school prices.
NO. 6 | Casa Lulo
Cozy and comfy are the first things that come to mind when you set foot in this deliciously inviting house.
It’s pretty roomy too. Up to 8 people can swan around here without feeling the squeeze - space or price wise.
This star turn delivers everything you need for an amazing holiday that’s big on experiences as opposed to your cheque book.
The bathroom is particularly wonderful, with a free standing bath and lots of light to give you that morning buzz you’ll need to keep you lifted throughout the day.
A well equipped kitchen and dreamy terrace to enjoy meals on means you can save even more money if your travel budget is extra tight.
No.7 Casa Lola
Casa Lola's owner has been creating some of Cartagena's most sophisticated spaces with his rough-cut, well-traveled style that never sacrifices good looks for its reasonable price tag.
From the rooftop pool with a view of the castle to the plunge pool and fountains at ground level, water runs through the three-storey property to freshen up the shared outside spaces.
Walls of industrial-powered fans, Bali-style daybeds and the free-flowing water features help create a stylish, shady snug perfect to escape the crowds and get away from the searing Caribbean sun during the day. Sun-worshipers have the option of roasting themselves by the hotel's rooftop pool and Jacuzzi to the backdrop of San Felipe Castle.
Each of the comfortably fitted bedrooms and suites are equally well decked out and come with their own particular style.Read More