The apartment is nicely set up, clean with everything working well - the AC is strong and silent - the hot water is very much appreciated and all the lights etc work. The location is ideal for exploring, you are right in the heart of the old town. Expect some street noise during the day, vendors, lots of people walking and traffic - but at night it is quiet - no restaurants or clubs in the immediate vicinity. Benjamin the manager is very punctual and helpful - all in all a great choice.
The 1BR apartment is clean, comfortable, spacious, well-appointed, modern with local accents. The A/C units worked strongly, quietly, and perfectly, as did the ceiling fans - your choice (or, sit shirtless on the balcony as the locals do...) Real hot water - yay! WiFi worked fine. Additional towels and cleaning supplies in the laundry room - self-help - no waiting for service. Building manager Benjamin is a really nice person and very helpful. The balcony is off the living room; the BR is set back, so potential street noise is not an issue. Street is a busy commercial street during the day, quiet at night, safe any time. Right in the middle of the "walled city" - most places of interest to tourists are no further than 15 minutes of unhurried walking. Several grocery stores nearby, inc. a big supermarket (with cell phone shop). Juan Valdez coffee shop a block away - this is a step up from Starbucks; better coffee to be had at the Brioche eatery across the street from it (but if you want the best coffee in Cartagena, amble over to Cafe San Alberto, near Plaza Bolivar, which also offers a coffee class) (and while I'm offering this sort of tips, the chocolate museum - Museo del Cacao - about a block from the apartment offers chocolate classes). Also easy access to Getsemani shopping and entertainment districts, if that's your thing. Would stay again.
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