Where to stay in Cartagena
Updated: May 24, 2020
On our trip to Cartagena, Colombia, we chose to break up our trip and stay in two hotels: one in old town and one in the Getsemani neighborhood. We did this because A) our hotel in old town was a splurge and B) we wanted to discover two different neighborhoods.
In Old Town, we stayed at the Movich hotel. A small luxury boutique hotel with prime location in the old city center. The experience at this hotel was incredible! We were greeted with the most delicious welcome drinks as we checked in to our room. We arrived early, so our room wasn't available, but we headed to the rooftop where there is an infinity pool with an incredible view of old town. We enjoyed a small bite to eat with our drinks and it felt like paradise!
Our room was just as beautiful. No attention to detail was missed. It gets very hot in Cartagena and it was nice to come back to a fully air conditioned room too.
Every morning, we came down to the dining area for breakfast and every meal was so delicious. Breakfast is included in a stay at the hotel. We were treated to fresh juices and some delicious Colombian coffee, a fruit platter of a tropical assortment of fruits, and you could order off of the breakfast menu for your main. My Mom and I wanted to try the local breakfast dishes, so we ordered arepias. These are like fried dumplings with a stuffing of cheese, egg, or meat inside. We asked the staff at the hotel, and they said this is what they eat every day for breakfast.
We could not have had a better stay at the Movich Hotel in Cartagena! Every staff member was so friendly and attentive. The rooms were clean and cozy, and nothing beats that rooftop view over Cartagena! Click here to book your stay at the Movich Hotel.
Allure Chocolat Hotel
Our second hotel was Allure Chocolat located in the urban neighborhood, Getsemani. This used to be a drug ridden neighborhood, but it has turned into quite the art scene with so many murals and fun places to eat. Allure Chocolat is located about a ten minute walk from the old city center. It is very easy to walk to. Our room was very nice and the hotel staff really bend over backwards to ensure everyone is having the best possible stay.
We were treated to breakfast on the roof of the hotel. Breakfast is included in a stay at Allure Chocolat and is served buffet style. We enjoyed a mix of local favorites like arepas as well as a more continental breakfast of eggs and fruit.
Don't miss out on a dip in the pool! This infinity pool overlooks the Bocagrande neighborhood. It was so refreshing in the middle of the day.
We enjoyed staying at both hotels as the offered completely different perspectives of Cartagena! Need more inspiration to visit Cartagena? Check out this blog post!
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