Rumba, Summer Fashion and Baseball - La Vitrola's impeccable maître d' Gregorio Herrera serves up his guide to the city

Gregorio HerreraRumba, Summer Fashion and Baseball

Gregorio Herrera has been running a tight ship at La Vitrola since the emblematic restaurant opened for business 17 years ago.

Blessed with a human touch that makes him popular with both diners and the long-serving staff, Gregorio, has been known to work miracles when the restaurant is fully booked. 

Like the best maitre'd's he makes life look effortless. When he's not working hard to ensure the city's Hoy Polloi go home contented he likes to shoot the breeze with the city's movers and shakers in BaBar or go for some real shooting in the gun range of Turbaco.

He shares Cartagena's love for baseball and softball and enjoys nothing more than to pull one over the competition in the annual softball league held between the city's hotels and restaurants.

Salomon Azulu

Salomon Azulu
"If you're looking to dress to impress then the best places are probably Ketty Tinoco and, of course, Salomon Azulu," says Herrera.

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Ketty Tinoco

Ketty Tinoco
"If you need to get dressed up in Cartagena then you can't go wrong in Ketty Tinoco, the Grand Dame of linen."

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Softball | Baseball

Softball | Baseball
"Cartageneros love to play softball and there is a league between the hotels. La Vitrola is owned by Decameron Hotels chain so I play for them. We're pretty good."

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Babar

Babar
"If you’re looking for rumba then there are a few classics, Café Havana, Mr Babilla but Babar is the best. That’s where you’ll meet the beautiful people."

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