"good for few days"
Hotel is not easy to find. Decent neighborhood some music from outside but it calms down by 9. Close to many restaurants. Pool is very small. Safe neighborhood close to all.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Best place for staying outside of the Walled City"
We were the only ones staying there that weekend, so we got the largest room and had the place all to ourselves. The hostel overall is small, but charming. All the rooms open up to the small courtyard. Leah is the owner and is super week and helpful (though she does not speak English). She helped us book bus tickets to Santa Marta. The neighborhood […] in which Casa Portal is located, Getsemani, is colorful and lively. The people are very friendly, and we felt like we got a good taste of the local life, as opposed to the Walled City, which is beautiful and historic in its own right, but extremely touristy. We felt safe in Getsemani and got to see all the locals hang out, and there is some incredible graffiti that visitors should see around the neighborhood. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A feast for the senses"
Waking in the charming Getsemani neighborhood to fruit cart vendors shouting their offerings of the day sums up the personal touch of Casa Portal. Host Leah, quickly becomes a friend, offering conversation, assistance, and delicious breakfasts. Quiet solitude overlaps the nightly chatter of the community spilling into the narrow streets and squares […] to share food, music and conversation with friends and tourists. The Historic Centro district is an easy 20 minute walk, and many delicious eating an drinking spots are practically right around the corner. We even found salsa lessons right down the street to finish our experience. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Enough for overnighting"
Very friendly own operated hotel. Its a family house with adequated rooms as guest rooms. Too small and basic roomsGenuine Expedia guest review
"Colonial Hostal near the castle of San Felipe"
We had a truly wonderful stay at the Casa del Portal. As soon as we arrived Lea (the Land Lady) was very welcoming and presented us with a beautiful and very colonial (en-suite) looking room which was very clean, nicely decorated and had both A/C and a fan. There are only 3 additional double bedrooms in the house, so it feels like you're at home. The […] shared amenities i.e. lounge and kitchen were also very nicely presented and we had full access to them and to the wifi connection and a computer that was there. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Lovely Hostal, Lovely Staff"
This is a beautiful colonial-style hotel in the new area of Cartagena. The rooms are comfy, but the main attraction has to be the wonderful staff.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Leah was great help and funny. Breakfast was good. Changed a little each day. Great place to stay.Genuine Expedia guest review
"bueno el interior muy malo el exterior"
Muy bien en cuanto a la atención de la señora Leo. Nada bien el sitio donde queda la casa.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Goed hotel in de levendige wijk Getsemani"
Goed hotel in het midden van de levendige wijk Getsemani en op loop afstand van het oude stadscentrum. De eigenaresse is erg vriendelijk en wil je overal mee helpen. Elke ochtend krijg je een lekker sapje bij een goed Engels ontbijt. Getsemani is een gezellige volksbuurt en het kloppend hart van de salsa en rumba. Je zit dichtbij Plaza Trinidad en Club […] Havana waar je in het weekend echt naar toe moet. Er speelt dan een live band en toeristen en locals dansen zij aan zij. Je hotel is de perfecte uitvalsbasis in Cartagena. Alle voorzieningen zijn aanwezig, maar het is een klein hotelletje met 3 kamers in totaal. Top plek! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
EXCELENTE SERVICIO. ME SENTI COMO EN CASA.GRACIAS.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
La atenciones son increíbles!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"lugar tipico, atencion familiar muy bueba"
cumplio mis espectativas, un lugar familiar, agradable. Ningun incovenienteGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hermosa casa colonial, muy cerca del centro"
Muy lindo el barrio! es en el centro del barrio Getsemani, cerca de los bares y restaurantes. La casa es divina, y en excelente estado.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A very nice, small place with a super owner"
01/10/14 Doug_Elea Seattle, Washington
Casa Portal is in a great location near Plaza Trinidad, Cafe Havana and a host of things to see in Getsemani. The hotel is small and a great change of pace from bland corporate hotel chains. This is more like a bed & breakfast rather than a hotel. After all, it used to be a home. The architecture is interesting and the common area is very comfortable. The owner, Lea, is super. Sweet and very helpful. She made our trip. We'd recommend Casa Partal just so you can meet her. Cartegena is hot. Steamy hot. Our room had a ceiling fan and air conditioning. We also had hot water which it seems is not always the case in Cartegena. Not that we really needed it. A cold shower was so welcome.
07/30/13 A G Brussels, Belgium
We made a reservation online, but when we arrived they asked us to pay four our room, saying they hadn't received any payment. That same evening they discovered the price had been payed already via our visa card, and they said they would return the cash we had given, but they hadn't enough at the hotel, so ultimately we left and they still owed us money!!!!we had to leave very early so we couldn't talk to the hotel owner. the person in charge was friendly but THIS IS NOT PROFESSIONAL the place is hot and small, the "pool" is actually a bathtub. NEVER AGAIN, such confusion is UNACCEPTABLE
"The worst place I've ever stayed-in"
01/05/13 David S London
We chose this place due to good reviews and location. The location indeed was good (10 minutes walk to the old town). However, we didn’t really understand, how someone could write any positives about this awful place. Casa Portal De Getsemani was shown as a guest house with rating of 4 star. However, it would much better fit in a category of a poor quality hostel. From the very beginning we were told that we had to stay in whether we liked it or not, although the web policy stated something else. We contacted Booking.com and were advised to stay-in at least one night just to prove that we showed up. During that time, the monies were taken from our bank account without our approval, just in case we would decide to leave. The lady, who looked after the house, although very friendly, did not speak any English. The breakfast, although included in the price, was of extremely poor quality (no choice whatsoever; ever day a piece of bread, either juice or coffee and eggs - no more then that!!!). The room was very dark and dirty. There were just two small lights which didn’t give enough light. Even during the day, there was not much light as the room had only a very small window. The towels were just changed after 3 days of our stay which was completely unacceptable considering the very hot and humid weather in Cartagena (and just after we asked for it). Hot water in the bathroom every other day. The bathroom itself was very small (had to go inside the shower if wanted to close the door of the bathroom). No ventilation whatsoever. Rust of the tap. Toiletries included just a small soap. The beds were very small and uncomfortable (base made of concrete). No storage for the language whatsoever (wardrobe very small, old, smelly and dirty). An outdoor pool was tiny and dirty. Free Wi-Fi only in a communal area which didn’t have an air-condition making impossible to browse the net for longer than 5 minutes due to the heat. Definitely would never recommend this place to stay. On the very same street, there were much nicer and cheaper HOSTELS with hammocks and English speaking staff. No social life as there were just 3 rooms in the whole house. Please refer to the photos which show the real state of the house. We also recorded a video which shows much better the poor state of Casa Portal de Getsemani.
"Deliberately put in another hostel!"
12/24/12 19Caesar80 Eindhoven
We had a reservation for casa portal that was made over 2 months in advance. However, when we got there we were told it was full. The excuse was that the website was to blaim for the overbookings. On the question why they did not inform us of this in advance I never received an answer... Instead they redirected us to another hostel, supposedly of the same organisation, and offered us a room there. Although this place looked better than casa portal, with a large room and swimming pool, we did not take it. The lady was not particularly friendly and the whole situation spoilt it for us. The fact that another review mentiones the same tells me that this is standard operating procedure to expand business instead of a malfunctioning website
11/13/12 hannibalboy New Orleans
My wife and I spent a week at Casa Portal de Getsemani in September 12. Cartagena is an enchanting Spanish colonial afro-caribbean creole city full of sights, sounds, smells, tastes. Our barrio, Getsemani, awoke to the cries of street hawkers with their papayas, citrus, plantanos. Later salsa and cumbia and champeta from doorways, somewhere in the background someone practicing the trumpet, children playing futbol in the street. Aromas of frying fish and plantains. The bed and breakfast served both as our gateway to and refuge from this world. We could sit in the living room enjoying the tropical warmth and watch and hear the life of the neighborhood. Or we could retreat to our quiet air conditioned bedroom. Or we could cool off in the quite tiny but perfectly cool courtyard pool. Sipping on cuba libres or aguardiente or aguila. Every corner has a corner store. Some have two. All are ready to provision you with chilled bottles of ron or aguardiente complete with complementary plastic shot glasses. Oh yes, the breakfasts. Must mention the breakfasts. Lovely fresh tropical fruit juices, eggs, queso, papaya, patacon, empanaditos, toast, marmalade, cafe. Every morning anticipation. What will we have today? FInally and most importantly the hospitality. Muy simpatico! In short, Lea is a true jewel. Ever smiling. Ever helpful. Ever patient with our virtually non-existent Spanish. We considered ourselves most fortunate to have her as our host in Cartagena. Un abrazo grande para Lea.
01/13/15 Izadora D
Não é um hotel, é mais como uma casa de hospedagem em que a dona aluga os 3 quartos da residência. O nosso quarto era perfeito. o banheiro amplo, com uma ducha forte (só agua fria, assim como a maioria dos lugares em que ficamos em cartagena, mas que não faz a menor diferença devido ao calor). O quarto era grande, com uma cama imensa, tinha televisão (que não ligamos), ar condicionado, ventilador e armário com chave. Tudo era limpo todos os dias, toalhas e roupas de cama também eram trocadas. O café da manhã era feito pela dona da casa, o menu super variado, cada dia com um suco ou uma comida comum da região.
"Honestidad y Calidad"
08/18/14 Cristian Z Fusagasuga, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Lo mejor la atención personalizada de Doña lea, con amabilidad y respeto. un bonito lugar, muy bien ubicado cerca a todos los lugares de interés, habitaciones cómodas limpias y acogedoras, el desayuno variado, rico y nutritivo.
"Gute Lage im Getsemani"
02/16/14 Felipe_Switzerland Lucerne, Switzerland
Gute Lage im Getsemani in der Nähe der Plaza Trinadad, dem lebendigsten Platz in Cartagena am Abend. Ruhige Lage an Nebengasse, aber trotzdem sicher! Typische Architektur für Cartagena mit hohen Räumen. Unser Zimmer öffnete sich direkt auf den kleinen Patio mit Wasserbecken. Grosszügiges Bad mit moderner Duschtrennwand. Abwechslungsreiches und schmackhaftes Frühstück. Während drei Tagen wurde drei verschiedene Frühstücks serviert. Die gut möblierte Unterkunft mit ihren drei Gästezimmern und dem grosszügigen Ess- und Wohnzimmer bietet eine ideale Möglichkeit, die Spanischkenntnisse mit der sehr freundlichen Eigentümerin aufzufrischen und die Altstadt von Cartagena in kurzen Spaziergängen zu erkunden! Muchas Gracias!!! Felipe und Raphaela de Suiza
"q buena extancia"
09/21/13 jose m Bogota, Colombia
estuve en casa portal de getsemani en un viaje de negocios, la experiencia con respecto a los comentarios anteriores es muy diferentes a la vivida, la anfitriona y el hotel son excelentes, ya había leido sus comentarios y llegue al hotel por su costo y ubicacion lei los comentarios antes de mi estancia,lo que pude notar fue que la administración ya habia cambiado...y valla que sorpresa...fue GENIAL...espero poder ir pronto...saludos a Cartagena la Fantastica
04/08/13 Brujita1304 Florence, Italy
Lo mejor ? doña Lea que nos atendio super bien! La primera noche tuvimos problemas con la reserva por booking.com y no habian habitaciones libres. La semana anterior yo habia tratado de confirmar por mail y por telefono pero nadie me contestaba. Los dueños del hostal fueron muy groseros. No se sintieron responsables por la reserva y nos dejaron tirados en la calle! pero doña Lea fue lo mas de amable y nos ayudo a buscar otro hotel mientras se desocupaba una habitacion en el Portal de Getsemanì. El hostal es una casa muy bonita, limpia y bien cuidada. Tiene solamente 3 habitaciones asì que no hay mucha confusión. El cuarto donde dormimos era muy grande, con baño limpio y ducha con agua caliente ! Para refrescarse hay una pequeña piscina muy cómoda. También se puede usar la cocina para cocinar lo que uno quiera. Lea nos preparo un delicioso desayuno con frutas, arepa, jugo, café y todo lo que uno desea! Hay wifi gratis y funciona bien en toda la casa. El barrio Getsemanì es muy característico y muy seguro. Nosotros salimos todas las noches y no tuvimos ningún problema! hay buenos restaurantes y bares. Nos encanto! ademas es muy cerca de la Torre del reloj y del muelle turístico. Se puede ir a pie.
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